The FCC's net neutrality rules could undermine what is being proposed for 5G networks by the Next Generation Mobile Network (NGMN) Alliance and others. Who knows how very well 5G might enable development of other innovative new services, business models and pricing packages if it remains unshackled?
T-Mobile US is automatically upgrading a "small percentage" of its customers to plans with unlimited LTE data for no additional cost. But the carrier said it will return those customers back to their capped data plans at the end of this year.
AT&T Mobility has only 10 pilot customers for its Sponsored Data program a year after the carrier launched the program, but a new report from research firm Strategy Analytics claims that sponsored data plans are gaining traction around the world. The report notes that the U.S. is probably not the most favorable market for sponsored data plans, but it said there is definitely potential for such plans in the U.S.
BARCELONA, Spain--Google and Facebook executives said that they are willing to work together to expand access to the Internet and basic web services, despite their contrasting visions for doing so.
Facebook and its Instagram photo service, Google's YouTube, Netflix and Snapchat make up 61 percent of U.S. mobile application data traffic, according to a new report from network vendor Ericsson. The phenomenon is similar in other developed markets, the report found.
Even as more cellular data traffic is being offloaded onto Wi-Fi networks and femtocells, consumers around the world are using mobile data more than ever, according to a new report from Cisco Systems.
ABI Research expects global mobile data upload traffic to increase from 6,860 petabytes to over 60,000 petabytes by 2019.
Sprint's Boost Mobile prepaid brand is giving customers on its entry-level $35 plan an increase in data to 2.5 GB when they sign up for automatic payment.
Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile US' MetroPCS prepaid brand launched dueling new offers aimed at enticing prepaid customers to sign up and use more data. Verizon's new pricing comes a week after T-Mobile unveiled new prepaid plans under its "Simply Prepaid" brand starting at $40 per month.
Data use on 2G, 3G and 4G wireless networks approached 3,000 petabytes per month worldwide in the third quarter of 2014, while voice traffic on mobile phones remained flat, according to Ericsson data reported by Akamai in its quarterly State of the Internet report.