AT&T Mobility's Cricket prepaid brand is hopping into the year-end promotional frenzy by offering a $100 billing credit to customers who switch from Sprint, T-Mobile US and other carriers.
Looking to juice its prepaid subscriber numbers in the fourth quarter, Sprint is partnering with Best Buy to offer one month of free Sprint Prepaid service to customers who sign up for the offering in Best Buy stores.
The Wall Street financial analysts who watch the nation's carriers are in a bit of a tizzy this week because Verizon and AT&T, the two dominant players in the market, are warning of pressure on earnings and margins from promotions and higher subscriber growth in the fourth quarter. The analysts are worried because they think the competition from T-Mobile US and Sprint could get more intense. I think that'd be fine if that happens. If Verizon and AT&T lost profits and customers to Sprint and T-Mobile, I'd say that would be a grand development for the U.S. market and would be broadly beneficial for consumers.
Sprint MVNO Ting is adding support for GSM service and will launch SIM cards that can be used in unlocked GSM phones. Although Ting is not saying which U.S. GSM carrier it is working with, a coverage map provided by the company of its GSM partner indicates that it will be partnering with T-Mobile US.
Sprint wholesale partner nTelos Wireless is likely going to benefit financially from exiting some of its markets, but its earnings will remain under pressure, according to financial analysts. The company could benefit from selling some its towers or excess spectrum, they added, but it's unclear when that will occur.
In the LTE downlink speed race, Verizon Wireless is the top carrier, taking a lead over competitors T-Mobile US, AT&T and Sprint.
Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure is expecting strong December sales thanks to a new promotion Sprint launched on Friday to cut customers' service bill prices in half if they switch from Verizon Wireless or AT&T Mobility and buy a new Sprint phone.
Thanks to an exclusive partnership between FierceWireless and network testing firm RootMetrics, readers will be able to see the maximum recorded downlink and uplink speeds the firm observed for the four Tier 1 carriers across eight different regions in the U.S. The data also lets readers see which regions of the country in general let wireless customers access the highest peak downlink and uplink speeds. RootMetrics conducted extensive testing across the country both in the first half of 2014 and in the third quarter to gauge how the four Tier 1 carriers fared in terms of maximum downlink and uplink speeds.
Sprint is still committed to supporting Microsoft's Windows Phone platform despite the fact that its website does not show any Windows Phones for sale.
AT&T Mobility plans to make its data throttling policy more uniform next year for customers on legacy unlimited data plans, regardless of what kind of smartphone they are using, according to an Ars Technica report.