Operators hoping to engage in widespread deployment of voice over LTE in order to gain spectral efficiencies in their network may face some unhappy customers because one vendor's recent tests showed that VoLTE calls can slash a device's talk-time battery life by half.
T-Mobile USA named former Clearwire executive Mike Sievert as its new CMO, placing him in charge of the carrier's brand as it works toward a merger with MetroPCS and the launch of LTE next year.
The FCC is close to finalizing rules for the satellite spectrum Dish Network owns, and is likely going to allow Dish to deploy terrestrial-only service, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal . However, the report said the FCC's rules will also include interference protections for the PCS H Block, a move Dish has argued could threaten the viability of a portion of its spectrum.
AT&T is racing to play catch-up and then some with its archrival Verizon Wireless, doubling the reach of its LTE network in one year but still falling far behind Verizon's sprawling LTE footprint.
T-Mobile USA has lost customers because it does not carry Apple's iPhone, but the company is not willing to make major sacrifices to add the device to its portfolio, said a T-Mobile executive
MetroPCS was courted by nearly a half-dozen different wireless companies, including Dish Network and Sprint Nextel, prior to its Oct. 3 agreement to merge with T-Mobile USA.
The likes of MetroPCS and Sprint Nextel prepaid brands Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile outhustled Tier 1 carriers in signing up prepaid smartphone customers in the third quarter, according to a new report from research firm NPD Group.
T-Mobile USA expects its merger with MetroPCS to be followed by increased consolidation in the U.S. wireless industry in the future, according to a senior T-Mobile executive.
T-Mobile USA's proposed merger with MetroPCS does not signal the end of the MetroPCS brand. According to a MetroPCS executive, the transaction instead will allow MetroPCS to expand its brand nationwide using the T-Mobile network.
There is an obvious disconnect between MetroPCS and its suitor T-Mobile USA when it comes to Rich Communication Services (RCS) and voice over LTE (VoLTE). Either MetroPCS' efforts will ultimately be in vain once the merger of the two operators is completed or, possibly, T-Mobile will employ lessons learned from MetroPCS' experiences and use those to rapidly introduce a host of groundbreaking new services.