T-Mobile US' "un-carrier" moves over the past year have pushed all the U.S. Tier 1 operators into a world of no contracts and no device subsidies. And the result is that carrier brand loyalty has taken a hit--at least that's what research firm Market Strategies found in its latest "Brand Love" report that queries consumers on their loyalties to their wireless carriers, their smartphones and their mobile operating systems.
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Halloween is fast approaching. It's a time of year when the spooky and supernatural get more attention than usual; and, if you're given to frights at things that go bump in the night, it can also be a time when nightmares flourish. Thus, FierceWireless is taking a look inside the minds of some of the industry's top executives to see what really scares them.
The Merchant Customer Exchange (MCX) is willing to use Near Field Communications technology like its rivals, its CEO said. MCX is a consortium of some of the country's largest retailers that is setting up a mobile payments program that will stand as a rival to Apple Pay, Softcard and other mobile payment offerings.
Verizon Wireless is the latest carrier to face consequences for alleged deceptive billing practices. The carrier will pay as much as $64.2 million in cash and phone credits to settle a class-action lawsuit that claimed the carrier over-charged customers on its Family Share Plan, which let subscribers share minutes and call each other for free.
Alcatel-Lucent reported a narrower net loss for the third quarter and an improved margin as cost cuts and a slower cash burn offset falling sales. However, in the company's crucial U.S. market, sales continued to fall in the period.
Lenovo officially closed its $2.91 billion deal to buy Motorola Mobility from Google, a move that immediately turns Lenovo into the third largest smartphone player in the world by market share. Lenovo, which is popular in China and many markets where Motorola doesn't play, will use a dual-brand strategy to grow the combined company's mobile businesses in emerging markets.
FierceWireless today published its roundup of wireless executive nightmares. And concurrent with this, FierceTelecom is taking a look at the nightmares that are haunting executives in the wireline industry. Among those nightmares is FairPoint's ongoing fight with its union workers. The situation remains unresolved and is surely giving FairPoint executives sleepless nights. Similarly, Verizon executives are likely becoming concerned with slowing FiOS growth as the company's rollout of that technology comes to a halt. Check out FierceTelecom's full report on the nightmares that are making executives afraid to turn out the lights.
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Halloween is typically a scary time filled with little ghosts and goblins roaming the streets... your neighbor's kid egging your house because he thinks club-store candy corn is lame... your teenage daughter trying to sneak out of your house in a "slutty witch/vampire/nurse/etc." costume... your 9-year-old son going to bed with Dots candy stuck to $3,000 worth of recently installed orthodontics. But it's a really scary time in the wireline and wireless businesses, too.