Verizon Wireless, AT&T Mobility, Sprint, and T-Mobile US agreed to team with the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials and the National Emergency Number Association to improve the indoor location accuracy of 911 calls over the next six years.
Nokia expects sales and profits in its core Networks business to continue to grow. The company is also anticipating higher sales from its mapping and patent licensing units.
T-Mobile US CFO Braxton Carter said he does not think that rival Sprint needs to fail in order for his company to succeed in the market, arguing that they are both training their sights on market leaders Verizon Wireless and AT&T Mobility.
Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure said "you ain't seen nothing yet" in terms of how aggressively and clearly Sprint intends to push its message that it offers the best value in the U.S. wireless market. Claure indicated that new executives will be joining the company in the next 60 to 90 days to replace ones who are leaving, and said that while "it's just the beginning of a very long journey" he is encouraged about the carrier's turnaround prospects.
After years of buildup and preparation, on Nov. 13 the FCC will formally kick off Auction 97, better known as the AWS-3 auction. It will be the largest and most consequential auction of airwaves since the 700 MHz auction in 2008. 65 MHz of spectrum is going to he be auctioned. Who is going to bid? Who is going to win? And how much money are they going to spend? FierceWireless has compiled a handy primer to consult as the auction gets underway.
Sprint said it will reduce the cost of its 12 GB and 16 GB shared data plans by $10, another move by the carrier to juice its subscriber additions as it enters the critical fourth-quarter holiday shopping season.
Sprint MVNO FreedomPop is launching free international calling as part of its service, even to customers who do not have FreedomPop as their primary carrier. The company's salvo is aimed not just at traditional wireless carriers but also VoIP providers like Skype and Vonage that have made international calling their hallmarks. FreedomPop also announced new plans for its expansion into Europe.
As the third-quarter earnings season comes to a close, FierceWireless is taking a deeper look at the revenue trends at the top 8 U.S. wireless operators.
Sprint disclosed it is going to book another $105 million charge related to its latest round of job cuts, according to a securities filing. That comes on top of the $160 million charge it had already recorded.
Deutsche Telekom CEO Timotheus Hoettges said that T-Mobile US can fund purchases of spectrum in upcoming U.S. auctions by itself, taking pressure off the parent to inject funds into T-Mobile as it invests to beef up its network.