Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure and T-Mobile US CEO John Legere have gotten into spats on Twitter before. But Claure took it up a notch when he tweeted yesterday at Legere to express his frustration and displeasure with T-Mobile's new "Jump On Demand" phone leasing program," in which customers can upgrade their phones up three times per year if they trade in their existing phones.
CTIA said that a group of wireless carriers and smartphone makers had implemented a set of voluntary principles aimed at stopping smartphone theft. The announcement came just as a California law requiring smartphones sold in the state to have a "kill switch" went into effect.
T-Mobile US likely has lost the fight over the size of the spectrum reserve in next year's incentive auction of 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum. But the carrier is now proposing the FCC change a rule on when bidding for that reserve will kick in.Meanwhile, AT&T is concerned that carrier that bid on the reserved spectrum will manipulate bidding.
Verizon Wireless likely added more postpaid customers in the second quarter than analysts at Wells Fargo had previously thought, as the carrier scored thanks to promotions it launched in April.
LTE networks will become more ubiquitous and popular in the years ahead, with the number of LTE subscriptions ballooning from around 210 million this year to around 387 million in 2020, according to a new report from research firm Strategy Analytics.
U.S. carriers' embrace of equipment installment plans, and consumers' newfound appetite for such plans, helps operators' bottom lines. But analysts say that as consumers hold onto their phones for longer than they used to under two-year contracts, it is likely going to cause pain for smartphone makers that had grown accustomed to consumers upgrading to new phones more often.
Speculation is still rife that Dish Network and T-Mobile US will forge some kind of deal, but Dish CEO Charlie Ergen said that he does not feel any pressure to make any kind of deal, though he declined to comment directly on a transaction with T-Mobile. "We're not feeling any pressure to do anything," Ergen said in an interview with the Denver Business Journal.
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler reaffirmed his commitment to starting the incentive auction of 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum in the first quarter of next year, and his vow to spark competition in the wider broadband market. Yet smaller carriers say the rules being crafted for the auction will not do enough to foster competition in wireless broadband.
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is recommending to his fellow commissioners that the FCC reject T-Mobile US' petition to increase the amount of spectrum set aside for smaller carriers to bid on in next year's incentive auction of 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum. The move is a victory for AT&T and Verizon Wireless and a major blow to T-Mobile, which has argued since last summer that the size of the reserve should be increased from 30 MHz of spectrum in a given market to 40 MHz. T-Mobile has been increasing its lobbying on the issue the last several weeks as a formal decision neared.
T-Mobile US' push to increase the size of the spectrum reserve in next year's incentive auction of 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum got a shot in the arm after the Department of Justice urged the FCC to give "considerable weight" to how large the reserve should be. However, according to a Washington Post report, T-Mobile's lobbying efforts on the issue are alienating allies in Washington and could backfire.