T-Mobile US is notifying customers of its MetroPCS prepaid brand in New England and Las Vegas that they will need to upgrade their devices as T-Mobile prepares to shut off MetroPCS' legacy CDMA network in those areas and move customers to its GSM-based network.
AT&T Mobility plans to launch an upgraded version of the Cricket prepaid brand in the second quarter, according to AT&T CFO John Stephens. AT&T closed on its $1.2 billion acquisition of Leap Wireless' Cricket brand and 4.5 million customers last month.
The National Labor Relations Board has consolidated several complaints of labor violations against T-Mobile US and its MetroPCS unit into one national case. The NLRB decision does not yet represent a judgment against T-Mobile but is an escalation of the battle waged by the Communications Workers of America to get T-Mobile workers unionized.
SAN FRANCISCO--AT&T Mobility and T-Mobile US will launch the Nokia Lumia 635, one of three new Windows Phones the handset maker announced here at Microsoft's Build developer conference.
T-Mobile US CTO Neville Ray pushed back hard against a recent report from network testing firm RootMetrics that placed T-Mobile last in overall network performance and reliability and third in speed.
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 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.
T-Mobile US has deployed a 20x20 MHz LTE network in Dallas, which should give the carrier additional capacity in that market as it prepares for a wider rollout of 20x20 MHz LTE service.
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.
T-Mobile US rolled to another strong quarter of subscriber growth in the third quarter, making good on executives' promises that the carrier would continue the momentum generated by its new no-contract plans, handset upgrade program and aggressive new style.