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Sprint's Claure calls out T-Mobile's Legere on Twitter

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.

Carriers, Apple, Samsung, Microsoft and others put anti-theft measures in place for smartphones

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.  

FCC pushes TracFone to start unlocking handsets as part of settlement

The FCC reached a settlement with América Móvil's U.S. MVNO, TracFone Wireless, which will force TracFone to unlock its customers' handsets.

T-Mobile, AT&T each worried about bidding manipulation in 600 MHz auction

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.

Sprint brags of 4,500 retail stores, strikes deal with Dixons Carphone for U.S. pilot project

Sprint said it is now selling its service at 4,500 retail locations across the country thanks in large part to its partnership with RadioShack. The carrier also announced a partnership with European mobile retailer Dixons Carphone to launch a pilot program of around 20 stores in the U.S.

Independence Day Holiday

In observance of the Independence Day holiday, FierceWireless will not be publishing on Friday, July 3. We will be back in your inbox on Monday, July 6.

Analysts: Verizon scored in Q2 thanks to $80/10 GB and $100/15 GB shared data plan pricing

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.

Report: MediaTek gains ground on Qualcomm in LTE baseband market

Qualcomm has been the leader in the LTE baseband chipset market, and it still is, but it now has a clear strong competitor in the form of MediaTek, according to a new report from research firm Strategy Analytics.

LightSquared to GPS industry: Work with us on interference testing or stop complaining

LightSquared is serving notice to the GPS industry, its longtime nemesis: participate in new tests on interference between LightSquared's spectrum and GPS receivers or waive your right to complain, according to a lawyer representing LightSquared.

Kantar: Samsung's Galaxy S6 helps cut into Apple's share of U.S. smartphone market

Thanks in large part to the introduction of Samsung Electronics' Galaxy S6 smartphone, Google's Android platform saw its market share in the U.S. inch up at the expense of Apple's iOS, according to a new report from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech.

AT&T: Competition in U.S. wireless 'has gone into overdrive;' CCA says not so fast

Two vastly different narratives on the state of competition in the U.S. wireless market emerge from various filings carriers and trade associations made with the FCC as it prepares its latest annual competition report. On the one hand, AT&T Mobility argues "competition has gone into overdrive." On the other, the Competitive Carriers Association wants the FCC to find that the industry is not effectively competitive, and take steps to remedy the state of the industry.

Strategy Analytics: U.S. to have 387M LTE subscriptions in 2020

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.

Sprint ditches 600 Kbps streaming video speed limit after outcry

Sprint quickly dropped a throttling limit on its new "All-In" data plans that limited streaming video to speeds of 600 Kbps after customers loudly complained about the policy.

Meet the highest-paid execs in the pay-TV industry

For all of their fears of the threats posed by over-the-top players, the top executives in the pay-TV industry aren't doing too bad for themselves. Our sister publication FierceCable has a roundup of the highest-paid executives in the cable and pay-TV industry. Special report

LightSquared hires advisers to help overcome GPS industry concerns

LightSquared has hired a wireless consultancy and other advisers and is angling to work with the GPS industry to resolve any concerns GPS device makers have over interference with LightSquared's spectrum, according to an FCC filing.

AT&T offers $200 bill credit for new and existing customers who choose Next plan

In a last-gasp effort to boost its second-quarter subscriber and smartphone sales numbers, AT&T Mobility said customers can get a $200 bill credit when they buy a smartphone through its Next equipment installment plan and activate a new line of service. The offer applies to both new and existing customers--but the two-day only deal ends today.

Qualcomm's Jacobs: We have no plans to spin off chipset biz

Qualcomm Executive Chairman Paul Jacobs said the wireless silicon giant has no current plans to spin off its chipset business from its licensing business despite pressure from an activist investor to do so.

Analysts: Samsung, HTC and OEMs in general are losers in shift to equipment installment plans

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.

Sprint teams with David Beckham to tout 'All-In' pricing combining service and device costs

Sprint unveiled a new pricing scheme called "All-In" that incorporates an unlimited $60 per month service plan and a $20 per month device payment in one price point. Sprint says that the pricing plan is more transparent about the total monthly cost a customer pays than other carriers' plans, and is rolling out an advertising campaign featuring soccer star and businessman David Beckham to tout the new offering. 

Dish's Ergen tells DBJ: 'We're not feeling any pressure' to make a deal

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.