AT&T Mobility will restrict the maximum download speeds available to its new Cricket prepaid customers to 8 Mbps on LTE devices and 4 Mbps on HSPA+ devices. The action is likely a way for AT&T to differentiate its AT&T-branded services from its Cricket-branded prepaid services, which now operate over the same network.
T-Mobile US continued its surging momentum in the first quarter, recording its best ever quarter in terms of branded postpaid subscriber additions largely on the back of the offering the carrier launched in January to pay off the Early Termination Fees of customers who switched over from other carriers.
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.