AT&T Mobility, Sprint Nextel, Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile USA parent Deutsche Telekom were among the top five mobile operators worldwide in terms of patent filings, according to a report from industry analyst Chetan Sharma.
Verizon Wireless, AT&T Mobility and Sprint Nextel seemed unfazed by T-Mobile USA's decision to do away with wireless contracts and CEO John Legere's vow to shake up the status quo.
The U.S. Senate voted against a proposal that would have cut cell phones out of the FCC's Lifeline program. The vote, largely along party lines, likely will generate a sigh of relief among the likes of TracFone, AT&T Mobility, Sprint Nextel and other wireless carriers that receive Lifeline funds in order to provide wireless service to low-income Americans.
FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said he still step down from his post in the coming weeks after nearly four years as the chief of the commission. His announcement ends months of speculation about if or when he would depart and comes just days after his colleague, Republican Commissioner Robert McDowell, said he will also resign in the next few weeks.
BlackBerry's Z10 smartphone, running on its new BlackBerry 10 platform, makes its debut today in the U.S. market in what could either be a renaissance for the company or a last gasp attempt to plot a comeback amid declining market share.
Sprint Nextel announced a new program Wednesday aimed at making it easier for its MVNOs to place their brands into unsold Sprint Android smartphones.
The FCC's review of Softbank's proposed $20.1 billion purchase of 70 percent of Sprint Nextel, as well as Sprint's bid to take control of Clearwire, is on track, according to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski.
Crest Financial, a minority Clearwire shareholder, is not backing down from its bid to block Sprint Nextel's takeover of Clearwire. Crest said it hired proxy-solicitation firm D. F. King & Co., to help it oppose the deal.
In the next few years, there will be the beginning of a price war in the family shared data plan market between U.S. carriers. To stay ahead, we are likely to see the carriers embrace truly flexible and affordable shared data plans in the U.S for smartphones, tablets and next-gen connected devices alike.
Sprint Nextel CEO Dan Hesse, Softbank CEO Masayoshi Son and Clearwire CEO Erik Prusch recently met with FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski and other FCC commissioners to argue that regulators should approve their various deals, according to FCC filings.