Verizon Wireless will launch its Voice over LTE service on a nationwide basis in the "coming weeks," and will enable HD Voice and video calling in phones' native dialers. However, Verizon is not saying exactly when it will launch VoLTE or which devices will support the service.
It might not be a name with which app developers are deeply familiar, but Kevin McGinnis is focusing on making them feel the same level of awareness for Pinsight Media as they have for Sprint. Based in Kansas City, Pinsight Media is a Sprint subsidiary that was designed to help the carrier build new kinds of opportunities in mobile advertising, mobile analytics and mobile commerce. Last year, Pinsight Media grew substantially via the acquisition of Handmark/OneLouder, a former partner that developed both apps and mobile advertising services. McGinnis spoke with FierceDeveloper by phone to explain more about Pinsight Media's genesis and its future.
A "major carrier" is considering purchasing Sprint MVNO FreedomPop, according to a person familiar with the matter. The talks started after Sprint reportedly discontinued its efforts to merge with T-Mobile US. The talks were described as "formal," although they are still in the negotiation stage and the transaction may not come to pass.
T-Mobile US is quadrupling the amount of data customers on its low-cost "Simple Starter" plans can get per month to 2 GB for $45, just $5 more than the existing plan, which offers 500 MB of data. Both plans offer unlimited voice and texting.
One of the more interesting filings in the FCC's ongoing 3.5 GHz proceeding is a letter submitted by China Mobile, the world's largest wireless operator, which pushes the TD-LTE agenda.
Somewhat predictably, Sprint is backing T-Mobile US in T-Mobile's dispute with AT&T Mobility over data roaming rates. Also unsurprisingly, Verizon Wireless is supporting AT&T's position that T-Mobile's proposed remedies in the matter are unwarranted.
Sprint's new $60 unlimited plan for individual subscribers could put pressure on smaller rival T-Mobile US, according to financial and industry analysts, but it is unlikely to make a major dent in the armor of Verizon Wireless and AT&T Mobility.
Sprint is discontinuing its offer of guaranteed unlimited voice, texting and data for the life of the phone line for new customers who choose its recently introduced individual and family data plans. However, it will still be available to new customers who choose its older Unlimited, My Way and My All-in plans.
Just days after announcing its new shared data plans for families, Sprint today announced its new unlimited talk, text and data plan for individuals. The plan costs just $60 per month, a price that undercuts T-Mobile US' $80 unlimited data plan by $20 and is available to existing and new Sprint customers. Sprint's $60 price does not include the cost of a phone; customers can either purchase a new phone through Sprint's Easy Pay handset upgrade program and pay for it in monthly installments, they can bring their own phone, or they can purchase their phone at full price.
T-Mobile US took a hearty stab at Sprint (as well as Verizon Wireless and AT&T Mobility) with a new referral reward program that will give any customer on its Simple Choice plans unlimited LTE data for a year if they bring a new customer to T-Mobile. For those Simple Choice customers who already have unlimited data, T-Mobile said it will give them a $10-per-month credit for a year.