Verizon Wireless confirmed that in June it quietly stopped throttling the data speeds of customers who were on legacy unlimited data plans on 3G devices and who crossed into the top 5 percent of data users when they were on high-traffic cell sites.
AT&T Mobility is revamping and simplifying its pricing plans for its Mobile Share Value shared data plans, eliminating some options and giving customers more data for the same amount or less on others. The biggest change to AT&T's plans is that its $100/10 GB plan will now come with 15 GB of data. The new AT&T plans, which will go into effect tomorrow, come just days after Verizon Wireless introduced its own simplified shared data plan pricing.
As expected, Samsung Electronics unveiled two new phablets, the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+, and also got strong support from all of the major U.S. carriers. However, each carrier is rolling out its own promotions to entice customers to switch or upgrade when they buy the new smartphones, which are largely identical in terms of their specifications.
Wireless operators now consider Wi-Fi calling to be a key part of their service offering as companies like AT&T, Sprint and Google make Wi-Fi a key part of their service offerings.
Sprint parent SoftBank bought around $87 million more shares in the carrier, a sign of confidence that SoftBank is standing behind Sprint as the company continues its turnaround push.
T-Mobile US led the industry in July by spending 23.2 percent of the total amount spent on TV advertisements, taking over the lead held by AT&T Mobility in June. That data comes from an exclusive partnership FierceWireless has struck with TV advertising measurement firm iSpot.tv. Special report
American Tower sees a strong future ahead for its portfolio of cell towers it acquired earlier this year from Verizon Wireless, according to an American Tower executive. T-Mobile US, in particular, has been looking to co-locate its network gear on those towers as it expands its LTE network.
Service revenues in the U.S. wireless industry declined 1 percent year-over-year in the second quarter, according to a report from industry analyst Chetan Sharma, following a decline in the first quarter, which has been the first decline in the history of the industry. However, Sharma points to signs of stabilization in the market as promotions faded.
Sprint extended CEO Marcelo Claure's contract until May 31, 2019, and said he will get 10 million shares of company stock if his turnaround efforts can push Sprint's stock to at least $8 per share.
Over the past year top executives from Sprint parent SoftBank floated the possibility of selling Sprint to both Comcast and European telecom firm Altice, according to a Wall Street Journal report, which cited unnamed sources. The efforts never went anywhere and SoftBank CEO and Sprint Chairman Masayoshi Son has firmly backed Sprint, but turning around the carrier has been anything but smooth for Son and SoftBank.