T-Mobile US COO Jim Alling said AT&T Mobility's old "Next" handset upgrade program was a "ripoff" that shortchanged customers, which is why he thinks AT&T made changes to Next and its rate plans last week.
AT&T Mobility's prepaid brand Aio Wireless suffered a service outage Monday night but said that by Tuesday morning it had fixed the issue.
The Tier 1 carriers are not the only ones launching holiday-focused promotions, as smaller carriers C Spire Wireless, U.S. Cellular and Leap Wireless' Cricket are getting into the act with deals of their own.
The following charts the top U.S. wireless carriers in the third quarter of 2013 by subscriber base, according to research firm Strategy Analytics, and includes major metrics--such as churn, ARPU and revenue--of each carrier.
AT&T Mobility could be required to pay Sprint millions of dollars due to a wholesale MVNO agreement Leap Wireless and Sprint inked in 2010. AT&T earlier this year announced plans to purchase Leap; the transaction is on track to close early next year.
Leap Wireless lost customers and reported lower revenue for the third quarter, though its customer defections were fewer than it had in the year-ago period. The flat-rate carrier, which operates the Cricket brand, is in the process of being acquired by AT&T, making its third-quarter report likely one of its last as an independent company.
T-Mobile US prepaid unit MetroPCS expects to see benefits from AT&T Mobility's purchase of Leap Wireless and Leap's Cricket prepaid brand, according to a senior MetroPCS executive. If that notion seems paradoxical--a major competitor moving more aggressively into the prepaid market actually being a positive development--Tom Keys, executive vice president and COO of T-Mobile's MetroPCS unit, does not seem to think so.
AT&T Mobility's prepaid brand Aio Wireless is seeking to assuage customer concerns that their service will be disrupted once AT&T finalizes its purchase of Leap Wireless and Leap's Cricket prepaid brand.
Leap Wireless shareholders voted to approve AT&T's $1.2 billion acquisition of the company on Wednesday, leaving only regulatory approvals in the way of the deal's closing.
Today is Halloween, so it's time to pull out your costumes, light up your jack-o-lanterns, turn on a horror movie or two--and of course, go trick-or-treating (either by yourself or… with your kids). It's also time to take a light-hearted break from the third-quarter earnings season rush: Just like we did in 2012 and 2011, FierceWireless in 2013 has taken a look inside the minds of some of the industry's top executives to see what really scares them. These nightmares are scenarios that could plausibly come to pass within the next year.