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.
Emerging news that Sprint is considering selling off its struggling wireline business should be of no real surprise, particularly as its new owners at Softbank have made it clear that becoming a bigger threat to AT&T Mobility and Verizon Wireless in the wireless market is their key priority.
Momentum for Wi-Fi calling among wireless operators continues to build, and it's making players in the Wi-Fi market more bullish than ever.
As the third-quarter 2014 earnings season winds down, FierceWireless is taking a look at how the top U.S.-based wireless operators performed. In partnership with Jackdaw Research analyst Jan Dawson, this new report takes a deeper dive look into how Verizon Wireless, AT&T Mobility, Sprint and T-Mobile US performed in the third quarter.
Sprint's Boost Mobile prepaid brand and T-Mobile US' GoSmart Mobile prepaid unit are continuing the wireless industry's promotional spree of offering double their usual data allotments.