U.S. carriers' embrace of streaming music services could help them maintain their subscriber bases amid intensifying competition on price, but it's not going to likely win them many awards for creativity--or push them to offer new kinds of services.
Sprint MVNO FreedomPop is expanding its business internationally, and has inked a deal to ride on the network of KPN's Belgian subsidiary BASE as part of a wider strategy to move into Europe and other markets. FreedomPop plans to expand to the UK, Germany, France, Spain and the Pacific Rim by brokering deals with additional carrier partners in the future.
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Sprint will work with its rural LTE roaming partners to get them access to LTE devices and network infrastructure for the 2.5 GHz band, the carrier confirmed.
LTE Advanced is the next phase in the network technology roadmap and many operators are embarking on the LTE-A migration path more quickly than expected thanks to the escalating growth in mobile data. As of July 1, the trade group 4G Americas had tallied 13 operators that had deployed LTE-A in 11 countries worldwide. In the U.S. there is just one operator so far: AT&T Mobility.
ItsOn, the cloud-based mobile services provider behind the Sprint MVNO Zact Mobile, said it will shut down Zact. However, Sprint will be using ItsOn's technology and platforms to power a new, no-contract service it will launch in the coming months.
Sprint is testing a shared data plan in select cities, according to a CNET report. The trials could indicate that Sprint wants to follow in the footsteps of Verizon Wireless and AT&T Mobility, which have made shared plans cornerstones of their offerings.
For around a year now Verizon Wireless has quietly been offering prospective customers in the Midwest the opportunity to take home a Verizon device and test it for a week to see if they like the carrier's coverage and services. The offering is very similar to T-Mobile US' recently launched Test Drive offering, which allows customers across the country to take home an iPhone 5s with T-Mobile service for seven days.
VTel Wireless, one of the 12 smaller wireless carriers Sprint announced LTE roaming deals with in June, launched LTE service in parts of Vermont on Tuesday.
FierceWireless has partnered with AllNet Labs, a wireless consulting firm, to map out exactly how much spectrum each of the four Tier 1 carriers currently has that they could deploy for LTE service, broken down on a county-by-county basis. T hese maps show how much spectrum each of the nation's Tier 1 carriers currently has for LTE based on their stated LTE deployment plans. It doesn't show actual LTE deployments, only the spectrum that likely is used or will be used for LTE deployments.