AT&T Mobility reported it sold a record 10 million smartphones in the fourth quarter, another indication that Tier 1 postpaid carriers enjoyed strong sales and subscriber activations during the period--likely at the expense of prepaid carriers.
MetroPCS reported that it lost around 93,000 subscribers during the fourth quarter, bringing its total subscriber loses for 2012 to around 460,000. The prepaid carrier's fourth-quarter declines were far greater than analysts had expected, and the news sent MetroPCS' shares down around 2 percent to $9.50 per share.
Sprint Nextel will launch its own branded prepaid service later this month, according to the blog Android Police. The move would add another layer to Sprint's multi-pronged prepaid strategy.
Chipmaker ST-Ericsson is battling the contention that phones offering voice over LTE have battery life issues, saying such issues are restricted to first-generation LTE chipsets and devices running simultaneous voice and LTE (SVLTE) service during VoLTE calls.
Dish Network CEO Joseph Clayton said the company is still looking for a partner to help it build a wireless broadband service using its LTE Advanced spectrum.
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."