U.S. Cellular reported weaker financial and subscriber results for the third quarter and is also working to move beyond problems with its new billing system. While it is dealing with that, company is also rolling out new shared data plans and gearing up for the Nov. 8 launch of Apple's iPhone 5s, 5c and iPad Air, its first Apple products.
U.S. Cellular launched its own shared data plans, weeks later than expected, and as had been rumored beforehand, the plans largely conform to the share data offerings of larger carriers such as Verizon Wireless and AT&T Mobility.
T-Mobile USA is bringing its new "Simple Choice" no-contract plans to the B2B market, hoping that its "uncarrier" rebranding effort will also translate into more enterprise sales. The plans are priced from $50 per month to $70 per month and are essentially exactly the same as what T-Mobile offers on the consumer side.
As the end of the first quarter looms, it's worth taking a minute to see where the wireless carrier industry stands now and where it's headed. Here is a look at the main themes from the nation's top operators during their critical holiday quarter.
Just weeks after Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile announced shared data plans for business customers, Sprint Nextel threw its hat into the ring and said it too will offer the service. Sprint said that starting today and running through June 13, the carrier will offer shared data plans for small business users covering smartphones, tablets and other data gadgets.
C Spire Wireless said it will launch shared data plans starting Dec. 3, becoming the third U.S. carrier to do so after Verizon Wireless and AT&T Mobility. The plans are similar in pricing to those of the two Tier 1 carriers, but regional operator C Spire said that it will allow customers to top up their data buckets mid-month with a range of "passes" so they do not incur overage charges for exceeding their limit.