U.S. wireless carriers along with Dish Network sit on wireless spectrum worth around $368 billion collectively, according to a report from a financial analyst at Goldman Sachs.
T-Mobile US is asking the FCC to require AT&T Mobility to honor T-Mobile's existing roaming agreement with Plateau Wireless in the Southwestern United States. AT&T is in the process of acquiring Plateau Wireless, and T-Mobile has warned that AT&T will increase T-Mobile's roaming costs in the area unless the FCC steps in.
Google's Project Fi MVNO will not be a "game changing" move in the wireless industry, for a variety of reasons related to its pricing, scope and experimental nature. However, it could push the wireless industry in a new direction and spur carriers provide faster service and introduce more consumer-friendly offerings, which I think would be a net positive for customers and the wider industry.
Google is officially getting into the wireless business, and unwrapped its "Project Fi" MVNO in partnership with Sprint and T-Mobile US. The service will let customers dynamically switch between the carriers' LTE networks and Wi-Fi networks, and will also give customers credits for their unused mobile data, as had been expected.
Google's MVNO could launch this week, according to a Wall Street Journal report, and it will give customers credit for unused mobile data.
Will Comcast, Cablevision, Google and other companies take a "Wi-Fi first" approach to compete with traditional wireless carriers on a large scale across the U.S.? Probably not, according to BTIG analyst Walter Piecyk.
With little fanfare, Sony unveiled its latest flagship smartphone, the Xperia Z4, but in a sign of the company's more limited mobile ambitions Sony did not announce any details on international availability for the Z4 outside of Japan.
Sprint wholesale partner nTelos Wireless closed a deal to sell some of its 1900 MHz PCS spectrum to T-Mobile US for $56 million. The transaction was announced in December as part of nTelos' plan to exit from its Eastern Markets. NTelos wants to focus on markets in western Virginia and West Virginia where it has a stronger retail presence and benefits from a network deal with Sprint.
T-Mobile US is likely going to best Verizon Wireless, AT&T Mobility and Sprint in terms of handset subscriber additions in the first quarter, according to a new report from financial analysts at Wells Fargo. However, the other carriers likely will continue to make strides in tablets. Additionally, the analysts are looking for a more detailed outlook for the rest of the year from Sprint, especially on its capital expenditure plans.
T-Mobile US CEO John Legere is keeping up the pressure on Verizon Wireless, AT&T Mobility and Sprint to drop overage charges on their domestic plans, as T-Mobile did a year ago. Legere said in a new video that if a petition he started on the issue, which has already attracted around 200,000 signatures, gathers 50,000 more signatures, he will "send them a message that they won't miss."