Even though Verizon Wireless will follow T-Mobile US and AT&T Mobility with a new smartphone upgrade program, Verizon Communications CFO Fran Shammo said he doesn't think many customers will use the plan and Verizon won't change its service pricing as a result.
T-Mobile US struck back hard against AT&T Mobility's "Next" handset upgrade program, arguing that while the plan tries to copy T-Mobile's "Jump" upgrade program, AT&T is essentially making customers pay for their phones twice with Next.
KPN said it has abandoned its handset-leasing model because of an underwhelming response from subscribers, who told the operator they wanted to own their mobile handsets at the end of their contract terms.
AT&T Mobility will now make customers wait 24 months instead of 20 months to upgrade to a new, subsidized device. The move mirrors one that rival Verizon Wireless announced in April.
The purported plan by the European Commission to launch an investigation into Chinese vendors Huawei and ZTE has run into resistance from European Union member countries over fears that European equipment manufacturers would be shut out of the strong growth market of China in retaliation, Reuters reported.
Concerns over possible state subsidies and security threats have prompted the European Union's trade commissioner to seek the backing of EU states to investigate Chinese equipment vendors Huawei and ZTE, according to a Reuters report. The report cited unnamed EU diplomats.
Verizon Wireless confirmed it will launch a "Device Payment Plan" starting April 21 to help customers finance the purchase of devices that cost more than $350.
Sprint Nextel's Virgin Mobile USA prepaid brand is offering T-Mobile USA customers $100 to switch over to Virgin's no-contract service. The action is a response to T-Mobile's new no-contract business strategy.
T-Mobile USA wants you to know that it's the "Uncarrier." It's moving to a no-contract model (mostly), and doing away with the traditional Tier 1 U.S. carrier model of smartphone subsidies in exchange for a two-year contract. Unfortunately, I don't think much will change in the U.S. industry as a result.
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.