T-Mobile US CEO John Legere said that now that a petition he started in April 2014 to abolish data overage charges has garnered more than 250,000 signatures, he and T-Mobile are going to take action.
Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure and T-Mobile US CEO John Legere either really don't like each other, or they are just putting on a convincing act. The two CEOs got into their latest brouhaha on Twitter following the publication of network testing firm RootMetrics' latest bi-annual report on the carriers' network performance. What's notable is that RootMetrics eventually jumped into the profanity-laced fray to defend itself.
T-Mobile US CEO John Legere indicated that the carrier will work with its handset partners to include FM radio chipsets in its phones. The move comes weeks after AT&T Mobility indicated it plans to do the same for its Android-based smartphones that come out next year.
No one got everything they wanted out of the FCC's rules, including broadcasters. The FCC is trying to balance numerous competing interests. However, I think it's in every carrier's best interest to show up next year. Carriers will be sorry for years to come if they don't.
The FCC's vote to approve final rules for next year's incentive auction of 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum drew a lukewarm response from both wireless carriers and broadcasters. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler had said that no stakeholder got everything they wanted in the complex set of rules, and that was reflected in the reactions to the 3-2 vote to approve the rules and set the auction to start on March 29, 2016.
As expected, T-Mobile US lost its year-long fight to increase the spectrum reserve from 30 MHz of spectrum in a given market to 40 MHz 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 significant blow to T-Mobile and smaller carriers.
T-Mobile US exceeded Wall Street's expectation in terms of its revenue and earnings in the second quarter, and analysts think it has enough momentum to carry it through the end of 2015. However, the same analysts also have questions about whether T-Mobile needs to diversify its business in the next few years and if it will merge with another company.
T-Mobile US said it now expects to add 3.4 million to 3.9 branded postpaid net customers in 2015, up from the company's previous guidance of between 3 million and 3.5 million, which it issued in April.
T-Mobile US is partnering with Apple for its latest "Un-Carrier Amped" move and is letting customers who upgraded to a new iPhone 6 at a cost of $15 per month in device fees keep that price and swap the old phone out for the next iPhone for free.
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.