U.S. Cellular reported weaker financial and subscriber results for the third quarter and is also working to move beyond problems with its new billing system. While it is dealing with that, company is also rolling out new shared data plans and gearing up for the Nov. 8 launch of Apple's iPhone 5s, 5c and iPad Air, its first Apple products.
U.S. Cellular launched its own shared data plans, weeks later than expected, and as had been rumored beforehand, the plans largely conform to the share data offerings of larger carriers such as Verizon Wireless and AT&T Mobility.
AT&T Mobility confirmed it will make all of its new customers sign up for its Mobile Share shared data plans, in effect doing away with its traditional voice and data plans.
U.S. Cellular's forthcoming shared data plans will largely look similar to plans offered by larger carriers such as Verizon Wireless and AT&T Mobility, according to an Engadget report.
Verizon Wireless followed competitor AT&T Mobility in offering a lower-cost option on its shared data plans, though the new offering is more expensive per month than AT&T's cheapest shared data plan.
Sprint officially shut down its Nextel iDEN network at the end of June, and forecasted that during the second quarter it would "recapture" 30 to 40 percent of the remaining 1.31 million iDEN customers still left, and keep them on Sprint's network. That means, by Sprint's estimation, that at least 786,000 and as many as 917,000 iDEN customers left Sprint. Those customers presumably helped fatten the subscriber numbers for competitors in the second quarter. A major question facing the industry now though is, now that leaving iDEN subscribers won't be a source of subscriber growth for Sprint's competitors, where will growth come from?
AT&T Mobility is offering less expensive options in its Mobile Share shared data plans in an effort to boost adoption of the plans.
The shared data plans instituted last year by Verizon Wireless and AT&T Mobility have performed well for the carriers and will continue to gain steam in terms of adoption in the months ahead, according to new research from Chetan Sharma Consulting.
BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins and a senior Nokia executive expressed varying degrees of support for tablets. The comments are notable considering some research firms predict that tablet connections will generate billions of dollars in revenue for wireless carriers--but currently most tablet users in the United States continue to rely on Wi-Fi connections, according to the NPD Group.
Verizon Wireless has fully one-third of its postpaid subscriber base on its Share Everything plans less than a year after launching the plans, according to Verizon Communications CFO Fran Shammo.