T-Mobile US CEO John Legere may be crowing about how his company passed Sprint in total number of subscribers, but what does that mean exactly? Jackdaw Research analyst Jan Dawson breaks down key U.S. operator metrics for an in-depth look at how Verizon Wireless, AT&T Mobility, Sprint and T-Mobile performed in the fourth quarter.
T-Mobile US CEO John Legere essentially said that T-Mobile has already passed Sprint in terms of subscribers if inactive Sprint MVNO customers are taken out of Sprint's subscriber count.
T-Mobile US CEO John Legere thinks the FCC's recently completed AWS-3 auction was a smashing financial success for the U.S. Treasury but a "disaster for American wireless consumers" because he said AT&T and Verizon Wireless won the lion's share of the spectrum (Dish Network's bidding partners also won a major chunk of AWS-3 spectrum). Legere wants to make sure that doesn't happen in the 600 MHz incentive auction.
Sprint MVNO Ting Mobile said that because of a system Sprint has implemented to check if a customer still owes the carrier money, some customers are experiencing difficulties in bringing their phones over to Ting and other Sprint MVNOs.
Last week the largest U.S. wireless carriers agreed to let customers who have fulfilled their contracts unlock their phones and tablets and move to another carrier. Yet according to the consumer advocate who spurred the movement to change unlocking policies, Sprint and T-Mobile US in particular are not fully meeting their six commitments under the new policy.
As wireless carriers increasingly embrace equipment installment plans (EIPs), they are working to mitigate the risk of those plans to their balance sheet by turning to a variety of financing alternatives, according to a report from investment bank Jefferies.
Sprint MVNO Ting Mobile reported that the number of accounts and devices attached to its service effectively doubled in 2014, to a total of 94,000 active accounts and 147,000 active devices at the end of the year. While the numbers are relatively small in the context of the larger wireless industry, the company's growth is noteworthy in that Ting is one of the few U.S. MVNOs that publicly reports its subscriber numbers.
As part of an agreement between the CTIA and FCC, the nation's largest U.S. wireless carriers agreed to let customers who have fulfilled their contracts unlock their phones and tablets and move to another carrier.
Despite growing smartphone sales, overall handset sales fell in 2014 due to a decline in feature phone sales and growing acceptance of equipment installment plans (EIP), according to a report from research firm Recon Analytics. Consumers' embrace of the EIP model could have negative consequences for carriers, handset makers and mobile networks, according to the report.
Sprint's decision to split from its wireless rivals and endorse an FCC plan that would reclassify broadband as a telecommunications service under Title II of the Telecommunications Act was part of an effort by the carrier to show that such a move by the FCC would not stop investment in networks, according to Sprint CTO Stephen Bye. The FCC plans to vote on such a proposal on Feb. 26 as part of an effort to craft net neutrality regulations.