Almost all T-Mobile US customers who traded in their BlackBerry phones during a recent promotion switched to another smartphone platform, according to a blog post from TMoNews.
T-Mobile US reported adding another 1.6 million new customers in the fourth quarter of 2013, and used its end-of-2013 results to trumpet the progress of its "uncarrier" initiatives, which it launched at the beginning of last year. Specifically, T-Mobile said it was able to garner 2 million branded postpaid net adds in 2013, ahead of its guidance of 1.6 million to 1.8 million, and that it earned 2013 adjusted EBITDA of $5.3 billion, directly in line with its previous guidance range of $5.2 billion to $5.4 billion.
T-Mobile US is offering its existing BlackBerry customers up to $250 in credit if they upgrade to a new BlackBerry Z10 or Q10 phone. If the carrier's existing BlackBerry customers choose to upgrade to a different device, including an Android phone or an iPhone, the carrier said it would give them $200 in credit.
BlackBerry CEO John Chen struck back hard at T-Mobile US for sending a promotion to the carriers BlackBerry customers urging them to switch from BlackBerry to an iPhone 5s. Chen said he was "outraged" over the promotion and puzzled as to why BlackBerry was not informed of the promotion beforehand.
Verizon will finally take the covers off its "One Verizon" initiative, a combination of Verizon Communications and Verizon Wireless, later this month. But what exactly will One Verizon do that Verizon Wireless and Verizon Communications cannot? Mike Dano, executive editor for FierceMarkets' Telecom Group, examines that question in his latest Editor's Corner.
The Department of Justice's top antitrust official said that any wireless merger among the four Tier 1 carriers would face heightened scrutiny, a strong hint that any potential deal between Sprint and T-Mobile US would face an uphill battle with the DOJ.
Sprint CEO Dan Hesse and SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son met recently with antitrust officials at the Department of Justice to pitch the idea of a merger between Sprint and T-Mobile US but encountered skepticism and resistance, according to a Wall Street Journal report.
T-Mobile US CEO John Legere once again did not rule out the possibility of a merger with No. 3 carrier Sprint, saying such a combination would allow the companies to better compete with what he called the "duopoly" of Verizon Wireless and AT&T Mobility.
LAS VEGAS--T-Mobile US CEO John Legere didn't outright deny rumors of a potential deal with Sprint, but he also seemed to throw cold water on the idea by insisting that the T-Mobile brand is going to be around for the long haul and also by disparaging Sprint and its network.
LAS VEGAS--T-Mobile US just upped the ante on its competition once again by announcing that it will pay up to $650 in early termination fees (ETFs) for customers that want to switch to T-Mobile from AT&T Mobility, Sprint or Verizon Wireless.