Verizon Wireless tied T-Mobile US for the fastest U.S. LTE data speeds, according to a new report from network testing firm OpenSignal. Yet, as past reports from the firm have shown, the U.S. is not anywhere close to being the world leader in LTE coverage or speeds, even if it is ahead in LTE subscribers.
AT&T Mobility's Cricket Wireless prepaid brand said that as of yesterday it is offering unlimited voice and SMS messaging to and from Mexico. Later this month it will also add those features for Canada.
T-Mobile US announced it launched new messaging services based on Rich Communication Services (RCS) technology. The carrier said the service will be called Advanced Messaging and will be available initially on the new Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime smartphone. The carrier said it will soon update the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S5 to support the technology as well.
T-Mobile US' MetroPCS customers are getting the benefits of seamless service in Mexico that T-Mobile has extended to its branded customers in Mexico and Canada. Analysts said the MetroPCS offer stands out because of its extension of data service to Mexico.
HTC is aiming to bounce back from a weak launch of its flagship One M9 smartphone by releasing a bevy of mid-range phones in its Desire lineup to U.S. carriers, especially prepaid ones. The hope is that by targeting phones that cost $200 or less without a contract at U.S. consumers, it can regain market share and mindshare while still emphasizing the software and design touches of the M9.
Sprint's recently announced promotion for its Boost Mobile prepaid brand to cut the bill in half of customers who switch from T-Mobile US' MetroPCS and AT&T Mobility's Cricket prepaid brands represents a "race to the bottom" in wireless pricing, according to MoffettNathanson analyst Craig Moffett.
T-Mobile US said that as of Friday, 190,000 customers on its MetroPCS prepaid brand still had phones connecting to MetroPCS' legacy network, which was turned off on Sunday as T-Mobile completed the final market shutdowns in Dallas, Miami and New York City.
Sprint's Boost Mobile prepaid brand is looking to steal customers from T-Mobile US' MetroPCS and AT&T Mobility's Cricket prepaid brand by offering via a promotion to cut those customers' service bills in half if they switch to Boost.
T-Mobile US and Sprint's Boost Mobile prepaid brand are unveiling dueling sets of promotions aimed at the prepaid market just ahead of Memorial Day weekend and the unofficial start of summer.
T-Mobile US now covers 280 million POPs with LTE, according to CTO Neville Ray. The carrier had pledged to reach that coverage goal by the middle of this year, and thus appears to have reached that goal earlier than expected.