AT&T reported weaker wireless subscriber growth for the fourth quarter than it had in the year-ago period, but the company also posted stronger data revenues.
Sprint is playing into the emerging mobile nature of its business clients by adding Microsoft Lync to its cloud-based unified communications (UC) solution, Sprint Complete Collaboration, which it debuted in 2012.
The start of the 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum incentive auctions may have been pushed from this year to the middle of 2015, but the fight to define rules that might restrict the ability of Verizon Wireless and AT&T Mobility to acquire airwaves in the auctions rages on. Last week, representatives from Sprint, T-Mobile US, U.S. Cellular, Dish Network and a wide array of associations and public interest groups met with FCC officials and urged for those restrictions.
T-Mobile US CEO John Legere once again did not rule out the possibility of a merger with No. 3 carrier Sprint, saying such a combination would allow the companies to better compete with what he called the "duopoly" of Verizon Wireless and AT&T Mobility.
Sprint said it will book a $165 million charge in the fourth quarter related to job cuts, but did not reveal how many employees it plans to cut as part of a restructuring.
Sprint has no intention of bringing back the Nextel brand for enterprise customers, despite recent rumors to the contrary, the company confirmed to FierceWireless.
T-Mobile US is launching a service called "Mobile Money" that is designed to provide the benefits of a checking account to those who do not have one. The service, through which the carrier is clearly branching out beyond traditional wireless service offerings, appears aimed at low-income customers who have not traditionally had access to bank accounts and who use check cashing services.
Verizon Wireless is offering a cheaper option for customers who want to use a small amount of data on its network. The carrier said for a limited time it will make its low-end Share Everything offering $60 per month ($40 for a smartphone, plus $20 for unlimited voice, texting and 250 MB of data).
AT&T Mobility and Verizon Wireless made changes to their respective handset upgrade programs to let customers upgrade to new devices sooner. The responses from the two largest carriers come as T-Mobile US is offering customers up to $650 per line if they switch to T-Mobile and trade in their phones.
Sprint parent SoftBank has engaged in direct talks with T-Mobile US parent Deutsche Telekom to try to iron out a deal between Sprint and T-Mobile, according to a Bloomberg report.