T-Mobile US CEO John Legere again intimated that the carrier would benefit through larger scale, likely via a merger with Sprint, and served warning to the company's larger competitors about a potential deal.
Sprint parent SoftBank and T-Mobile US owner Deutsche Telekom are inching closer to a deal, with DT reportedly willing to keep a minority stake in T-Mobile in a deal to sell T-Mobile to SoftBank, according to a Reuters report.
Deutsche Telekom remained tight lipped over reports it has agreed a deal to sell nearly all of its T-Mobile US business to SoftBank-owned rival Sprint.
Verizon Wireless indicated it has struck deals with both Sprint and T-Mobile US to interconnect VoIP traffic, which could be a precursor to Voice over LTE roaming agreements.
SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son said that Sprint needs "greater scale" if it is going to effectively compete in the U.S. wireless market, laying yet more groundwork for a potential combination between Sprint and T-Mobile US.
Sprint has a long history with mobile virtual network operators, becoming the first nationwide operator to openly embrace this business model and welcome new MVNOs to its network. Over the past several years that strategy has helped the company gain new subscribers even as its core wireless business struggled due to network issues and intense competition. Just over a year ago Karen Freitag joined the company as its vice president of global sales and business development for Sprint's emerging and wholesale business group, which contributed more than $1.5 billion to Sprint's bottom line in 2013. Freitag recently talked with FierceWireless Editor in Chief Sue Marek about Sprint's thriving MVNO business as well as the growing opportunity it sees in M2M.
AT&T Mobility launched a new device protection program that lets customers protect gadgets that are not on AT&T's cellular network.
The deal-making chess pieces are being moved around in the telecom industry, and one financial analyst thinks the next move might be for Comcast to make a bid for T-Mobile US.
T-Mobile US said it has launched Voice over LTE in the Seattle area for customers using three devices, the LG Electronics G Flex and Samsung Electronics Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Light. The announcement comes just ahead of AT&T Mobility's own VoLTE launch, scheduled for Friday in a handful of markets on one phone.
T-Mobile US, along with its MetroPCS prepaid brand, surpassed Sprint and Sprint's MVNOs as the third-largest U.S. carrier in terms of smartphone volumes in the first quarter, according to a new research report.