Prepaid consumers are something of an afterthought to some wireless carriers increasingly trying to poach lucrative postpaid users from their competitors. But T-Mobile has actually increased its focus on that segment, as evidenced by the record 807,000 net prepaid customer additions it scored during the first quarter.
T-Mobile's first-quarter earnings topped elevated expectations, beating Wall Street estimates almost across the board. The carrier also bumped up its guidance for the rest of the year. And it shored up its financing in advance of the crucial incentive auction of 600 MHz spectrum.
T-Mobile continued to expand its zero-rated offerings, adding content sources for both its Binge On and Music Freedom offerings.
Facebook said it doesn't degrade the quality of its video for specific mobile network operators, unlike Netflix. But whether Amazon or YouTube do is still uncertain.
Netflix degrades the quality of the video it makes available to AT&T and Verizon, The Wall Street Journal confirmed, but doesn't do the same for T-Mobile and Verizon.
T-Mobile CEO John Legere once again took a swipe at the competition, saying both Verizon and AT&T deliver lower-resolution video from Netflix than T-Mobile's Binge On provides. But the nation's two largest carriers say he's wrong.
BARCELONA, Spain-- Verizon has made little secret of its plans to aggressively pursue 5G technologies and services well ahead of some of its competitors. And the carrier underscored the point with this week's acquisition of XO Communications' fiber-optic network business for $1.8 billion. Importantly, that acquisition will give Verizon access to additional spectrum it will use for its 5G tests.
T-Mobile US confirmed that it suffered a network during the weekend, which appeared to affect customers' ability across the country to make voice calls over Wi-Fi and LTE.
T-Mobile executives said Verizon's recent claims over its ability to deploy 5G services are-- ahem-- baloney. "We're starting to see a lot of news starting to form in and around the 5G space," T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray said during a conference call to discuss the carrier's quarterly earnings. "I think folks have seen some of the earlier announcements, and you know, Verizon trying to move and saying they're going to be the first to 5G, well, it's kind of BS, to be honest."
T-Mobile reported 1.3 million net postpaid adds during the final quarter of 2015, including 917,000 net postpaid phone customers, to finish the year with totals of 3.5 million net postpaid phone adds and 4.5 million overall net postpaid adds.