LAS VEGAS--T-Mobile US is working with multiple partners to enable LTE roaming and will have several LTE roaming deals completed by year-end. Speaking at the FierceWireless breakfast on LTE roaming held at the Competitive Carriers' Association event here, Heather Stacey, director of business development at T-Mobile, said that the company is working with roaming partners using CCA's data roaming hub or through a bilateral roaming arrangement.
Sprint added 15 new rural wireless carrier partners to its LTE roaming program, growing the size of its LTE roaming footprint by more than 4 million POPs.
T-Mobile US' MetroPCS brand is expanding into 10 new markets and is doubling the high-speed data allotments it gives to some of its customers.
Japanese operator SoftBank will start selling its humanoid robots named "Pepper" at Sprint stores in the U.S. by next summer. Pepper is a 4-foot-tall robot that can make jokes and guess human emotions based on expressions, and has 12 hours of battery life.
Sprint's prepaid brand Boost Mobile is launching a new promotion in which it is cutting the price and doubling the data allotments of its plans. The new prices come after Sprint introduced new shared data family plans and cheaper individual unlimited data plans on its primary Sprint brand.
Iliad is continuing to explore different ways of improving its bid for T-Mobile US, with latest reports saying the France-based company is now in talks with private equity companies on a possible collaboration.
Sprint and its parent SoftBank will partner with Sony Mobile Communications to launch Sony's next flagship Xperia-branded smartphone, according to multiple reports. The launch would represent the first time either carrier partnered with Sony for a phone rollout.
T-Mobile US said it is adding AccuRadio, Black Planet, Grooveshark, Radio Paradise, Rdio and Songza to the Music Freedom program it first announced in June. The carrier also said that its customers have streamed almost 7,000 terabytes of music since the launch of the program, and that its customers are streaming 5 million more songs per day than before the carrier launched Music Freedom.
Sprint subsidiary Pinsight Media may not be a household name for developers, but the unit wants to change that. Kevin McGinnis, vice president at Pinsight Media, spoke with FierceDeveloper about Sprint's change in attitude toward the application market, what Pinsight is doing to help developers with discoverability, engagement and monetization, and where the app market is going from here. Hot Seat
T-Mobile US simplified its family plan pricing yet again and also is now offering customers the ability to add a tablet for an extra $10 per month and get the same data allotment they have on their smartphone plan on their tablet.