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.
Sprint MVNO FreedomPop launched a new $20 per month plan with unlimited voice, texting and 1 GB of LTE data before throttling. The company also released its free, over-the-top Free Voice and Text communications app on Android.
Sprint and its wholesale partner nTelos Wireless changed and expanded their wholesale agreement to give each other access to their respective LTE networks through 2022. The deal is the first significant one Sprint has made with a smaller carrier since it announced partnerships in March with the Competitive Carriers Association and the NetAmerica Alliance to expand LTE roaming deals.
Speaking at the J.P. Morgan Global Technology, Media and Telecom Conference, AT&T CFO John Stephens said the carrier considered a purchase of Dish Network's spectrum holdings, but ultimately decided against making a move over concerns that regulators at the FCC and Department of Justice might squash the deal.
Whether it's a potential marriage between Sprint and T-Mobile US or Apple putting out an iWatch, rumors in the wireless industry continue to run rampant.
The high-tech world is constantly awash with rumors, and many these days revolve around the wireless industry. Will Sprint and T-Mobile US merge? Is Google planning an MVNO? Will we see an iWatch from Apple? FierceWireless is taking a look at some high-profile rumors to assess the evidence behind them and determine how likely it is that a particular rumor will become reality.
Sprint has filed a lawsuit against two FairPoint subsidiaries, Verizon and Windstream over claims that they are improperly billing for switched-access charges on wireless calls, reports Channel Partners.
Sprint has to pay the FCC $7.5 million for failing to honor the agency's do-not-call rules by making unwanted calls and sending unwanted text messages to consumers.
AT&T Mobility will restrict the maximum download speeds available to its new Cricket prepaid customers to 8 Mbps on LTE devices and 4 Mbps on HSPA+ devices. The action is likely a way for AT&T to differentiate its AT&T-branded services from its Cricket-branded prepaid services, which now operate over the same network.
Now that AT&T's bid to acquire DirecTV is official, and the FCC's rules for the spectrum screen and the 600 MHz auction are finalized, the merger-and-acquisition landscape in the wireless industry is now much, much clearer. Specifically, the proposed merger between Sprint and T-Mobile US appears significantly more daunting, and a Verizon purchase of Dish Network's spectrum appears somewhat more likely.