AT&T Mobility is working with several smaller carriers, likely including T-Mobile US and U.S. Cellular, to prepare for interoperability between their different band classes in the 700 MHz band. In a filing with the FCC, AT&T revealed the progress it has made in following through on a commitment it made in September 2013 to support interoperability between Band Class 17 and Band Class 12 in the 700 MHz band.
AT&T Mobility is partnering with major brands including ExxonMobil, Macy's, Nationwide Insurance, Rite Aid, Direct Energy and Hulu to launch a new loyalty rewards program. The program, called "Plenti" and powered by American Express, will let customers earn and redeem points at any of the merchants in the coalition.
T-Mobile US is bringing its rollover data program, which it calls "Data Stash," to its Simple Choice prepaid customers as of March 22. The offering has only available to T-Mobile's Simple Choice postpaid customers up until now.
T-Mobile US is looking to give its customers discounts when they upgrade to a new smartphone, hoping to ameliorate the cost of a new phone since the carrier does not offer subsidized devices.
Don't expect Verizon Wireless to join its rivals in offering a rollover data plan, according to Verizon Communications CFO Fran Shammo.
Regional carrier C Spire Wireless is expanding its rollover data feature, which it first launched in November, to three of its most popular shared data plans.
AT&T Mobility launched a rollover data offering that is similar to plans offered by C Spire Wireless and T-Mobile US.
LAS VEGAS--The fact that Sprint abandoned a merger with T-Mobile US in the face of opposition from regulators, especially at the FCC, has set back the cause for competition in the U.S. wireless market, according to C Spire Wireless CEO Hu Meena.
Regional carrier C Spire Wireless is joining AT&T and Verizon Wireless in offering what is fast becoming an industry standard pricing for shared data plans: C Spire will now offer unlimited voice, texting and 10 GB of shared data for four smartphone lines for $160 per month.
AT&T warned that it would have to "reevaluate" whether it would participate in the FCC's planned incentive auctions of 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum if the FCC places restrictions on how much spectrum it could purchase.