Sprint Nextel prepaid brand Boost Mobile launched an Android-based mobile wallet service powered by Wipit that will let consumers load cash to their wallet, pay their bills, top-up their account, transfer funds and send money to other countries. In addition, customers will get a reloadable Visa prepaid card that is linked to their mobile wallet account.
In the wake of a deadly tornado that tore through Oklahoma City and its suburbs Monday, wireless carriers are responding to aid the victims and restore service. Dozens were killed and scores more were injured as a result of the tornado.
Sprint Nextel boosted its offer price to acquire the approximately 50 percent of Clearwire it does not already own from $2.97 per share to $3.40, caving to the demands of minority Clearwire shareholders and blocking Dish Network's unsolicited $3.30 per share offer for Clearwire.
Verizon Wireless launched new prepaid pricing that significantly increases the amount of data its prepaid smartphone customers can consume per month with their plans, as competition in the prepaid market, especially among Tier 1 players, continues to heat up.
The FCC said it requires additional testing of MVNO FreedomPop's iPhone Sleeve, which the company said could "take another couple months and tens of thousands of dollars." As a result, the company is now offering anyone who pre-ordered the company's iPhone Sleeve before February 2012 a FreedomPop Photon mobile hotspot with 2 GB of free data. The company said that "if/when" the iPhone Sleeve does ship, customers will also be eligible to receive a free Sleeve as well.
In our new feature, The rising stars of wireline in 2013 , FierceTelecom profiles five wireline executives who are the risk takers or change leaders at their respective wireline companies.
Dish Network has lined up the financing it needs to make its $25.5 billion bid for Sprint Nextel, according to multiple reports, which could ratchet up pressure on both Sprint and SoftBank, which is seeking to acquire 70 parent of Sprint for $20.1 billion.
The following charts the top U.S. wireless carriers in the first quarter of 2013 by subscriber base, according to research firm Strategy Analytics, and includes major metrics--such as churn, ARPU and revenue--of each carrier.
BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins unveiled the company's newest smartphone, the Q5 aimed at emerging markets, and said BlackBerry is in a much stronger position than it was this time last year.
A new Sprint Nextel MVNO, Zact, is taking aim at the Tier 1 carriers--including T-Mobile US' new "uncarrier" strategy--by giving customers granular control over their plans, including the ability to change them on the fly.