BARCELONA, Spain--To help seed the market for Rich Communications Services (RCS), MetroPCS will enable its customers to invite friends and family to access the operator's joyn-branded services, regardless of which wireless network they are on.
The largest single MetroPCS shareholder, hedge fund Paulson & Co., said it may vote against MetroPCS' merger with Deutsche Telekom's T-Mobile USA, adding a new voice to shareholder unrest over the deal.
AT&T Mobility users enjoyed the fastest LTE connections in the country, according to new data from OpenSignal, with average speeds of 13 Mbps.
AT&T can claim the U.S. LTE speed title with its customers enjoying average download speeds of 13 Mbps, far outpacing data speeds experienced by customers of its leading LTE rivals. Regional operator MetroPCS, on the other hand, limped along in last place with LTE download speeds of 1.2 Mbps, according to an industry vendor.
The National Association of Broadcasters is backing the merger of T-Mobile USA with MetroPCS, arguing that it is indicative of a robust market for wireless spectrum and that carriers are remaking themselves to get the airwaves they need.
T-Mobile USA parent Deutsche Telekom strongly defended its merger of T-Mobile with MetroPCS after a minority MetroPCS shareholder sent a letter to the company's board urging it to reconsider the deal.
Shared-data plans make for more satisfied customers when it comes to an operator's customer-care service, according to a fresh report from J.D. Power.
For a little more than a year before Sprint Nextel struck a deal with Softbank, it held merger and strategic partnership talks with four companies, according to a regulatory filing. Two of those companies were likely Dish Network and MetroPCS, though Sprint is not disclosing the names of its would-be partners.
Verizon Wireless effectively cut the price of its high-end prepaid smartphone plan from $80 to $70, bringing its prepaid pricing closer to rival AT&T Mobility. However, Verizon's prepaid services are still much more expensive than those from many traditional prepaid and flat-rate players.
MetroPCS said its deployment of Rich Communication Services under the GSMA's joyn brand is humming along just fine. The comments are notable considering the technical difficulties Deutsche Telekom is experiencing in Germany that have forced the carrier to indefinitely delay launching joyn there.