Dish Network CEO Joseph Clayton said the company is still looking for a wireless carrier to partner with to build out its planned LTE Advanced network, but he seemed to rule out Sprint Nextel as a partner.
MetroPCS shares have fallen 27 percent since the company's transaction with T-Mobile USA was announce in October, noted a Wall Street Journal article. Although that decline could open the door for other companies to step in and make their own counterbids for MetroPCS, the list of potential suitors appears to be notably short.
Leap Wireless and MetroPCS both recently launched handset financing options that will allow eligible customers to make a down payment on a smartphone and pay off the remainder in the future. The programs are geared toward helping the prepaid carriers' customers afford high-end smartphones, which the carriers do not subsidize and can cost as much as $500 upfront.
Republican FCC commissioner Ajit Pai warned Thursday that the FCC could attempt to regulate the pricing of usage-based broadband packages next year if its net neutrality rules are upheld by an appellate court.
T-Mobile USA confirmed to FierceWireless that it is testing a new prepaid brand, GoSmart Mobile, in "select markets." The carrier said it will be "using what we learn to make a decision about a potential national launch sometime in 2013."
T-Mobile USA will eliminate all device subsidies from its rate plans in 2013. During Deutsche Telekom's annual investor conference, T-Mobile CEO John Legere said that customers will pay an upfront fee for their devices and then pay the balance of the device in affordable monthly installments.
T-Mobile USA appears to be preparing to launch a new, low-cost prepaid service called GoSmart Mobile, but it is unclear when the service will launch and whether it will be an independent brand or a T-Mobile sub-brand.
Softbank's planned $20.1 billion investment in Sprint Nextel and T-Mobile USA's intended merger with MetroPCS are "significant transactions," but that does not mean the deals will alter the competitive landscape in the U.S. wireless industry, according to Standard & Poor's Rating Services.
MetroPCS plans to expand its no-contract service to three new markets by the end of 2013 if its proposed merger with T-Mobile USA is approved. Although the company did not reveal the three markets where the service will be launched, MetroPCS CFO Braxton Carter has said in prior discussions with investors that the company will launch service in markets such as New Orleans and Minneapolis where MetroPCS' prepaid flat-rate offering is not currently available.
A federal appeals court upheld the FCC's rules requiring data roaming, dealing a blow to Verizon Wireless, which had sued to block the rules under the argument that the FCC overstepped its authority in passing them.