T-Mobile US exceeded Wall Street's expectation in terms of its revenue and earnings in the second quarter, and analysts think it has enough momentum to carry it through the end of 2015. However, the same analysts also have questions about whether T-Mobile needs to diversify its business in the next few years and if it will merge with another company.
T-Mobile US announced it launched new messaging services based on Rich Communication Services (RCS) technology. The carrier said the service will be called Advanced Messaging and will be available initially on the new Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime smartphone. The carrier said it will soon update the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S5 to support the technology as well.
T-Mobile US is continuing to lobby the FCC to increase the size of the spectrum reserve in next year's incentive auction of 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum, arguing that without a larger reserve Verizon Wireless and AT&T will continue to dominate the industry.
T-Mobile US now covers 280 million POPs with LTE, according to CTO Neville Ray. The carrier had pledged to reach that coverage goal by the middle of this year, and thus appears to have reached that goal earlier than expected.
In the battle for marketshare, T-Mobile US is now putting its focus on competitor Verizon Wireless. With its new "Never Settle Trial" T-Mobile is offering Verizon customers the opportunity to try T-Mobile's network and service for up to two weeks at no cost.
T-Mobile US, which has worked to set itself apart from its competitors as the "uncarrier," said it has found another avenue for differentiation: its coverage map. T-Mobile unveiled its so-called "Next-Gen Network Map," which the carrier said will show real-world network information from its customers.
T-Mobile US aims to deploy LTE in all of its 700 MHz A Block spectrum this year, according to T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray. However, he cautioned the carrier may not achieve that goal.
At last week's Mobile World Congress conference in Barcelona, Spain, T-Mobile announced that it will deploy Licensed Assisted Access (LAA) in the 5 GHz unlicensed spectrum band in 2016. The operator, which is working with multiple vendors, also demonstrated LAA capabilities at the show with Nokia Networks. Sue Marek, editor in chief of FierceWireless, spoke with T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray and Ricky Corker, EVP of North American markets for Nokia Networks, about the growing momentum around LAA in the United States.
BARCELONA, Spain--AT&T Mobility thinks T-Mobile US should stop complaining about the results of the AWS-3 spectrum auction and that companies like AT&T that walked away with large spectrum holdings bid market prices for them--more than T-Mobile was willing to spend.
Where did the 2.1 million net wireless customers that T-Mobile US added in the fourth quarter come from? According to T-Mobile CMO Mike Sievert, those customers were lured away from AT&T Mobility and Verizon Wireless. And T-Mobile plans to do more of the same in 2015.