Verizon Wireless started rolling out Voice over LTE service nationwide but is initially making VoLTE available on only two smartphones: the Samsung Galaxy S5 and LG G2. The carrier had promised that a " robust " lineup of devices would come with its VoLTE launch, and vowed that more will come soon.
AT&T Mobility is expecting a strong third quarter in terms of churn and overall results, according to a senior AT&T executive. "We're not the victim in the quarter," AT&T's John Stankey said.
T-Mobile US would strike an M&A deal with another company only if they had U.S. spectrum, a U.S. customer base and offered "favorable financial terms," according to financial analysts.
Apple said it took a record 4 million preorders for its iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in the first 24 hours of availability, which started last Friday. The company did not say how many preorders it took during the first weekend of preorder sales; retail sales for the phones start Sept. 19.
T-Mobile US added 760,000 branded net customers in the month of August, which was its best month ever in terms of postpaid net adds, according to CEO John Legere. The brash and outspoken T-Mobile chief said that while the company is open to a deal with another player to gain more scale, it has a great deal of momentum already.
LAS VEGAS--Executives from a handful of the nation's top wireless carriers unanimously rejected arguments that wireless networks should fall under the same net neutrality guidelines as wireline networks. The comments are notable in light of a speech this week from FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler hinting that the agency is considering rules that would apply much more strict open Internet guidelines onto wireless carriers than it did in 2010.
LAS VEGAS--The fact that Sprint abandoned a merger with T-Mobile US in the face of opposition from regulators, especially at the FCC, has set back the cause for competition in the U.S. wireless market, according to C Spire Wireless CEO Hu Meena.
SAN FRANCISCO--T-Mobile US is making a big push for Wi-Fi calling by letting customers upgrade to a new Wi-Fi capable smartphone if they don't already have one. In addition, the carrier is offering postpaid customers a free (with a $25 deposit) proprietary "Cellspot" Wi-Fi router for their home to enhance their in-home coverage.
LAS VEGAS--Now that Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus have been announced, U.S. carriers are getting down to brass tacks to try to take advantage of consumer excitement. The launch is shaping up to be the most dynamic, unpredictable and hard-hitting iPhone release U.S. carriers have ever seen.
Sprint is trying to make the most of Apple's launch of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus by introducing a $50 unlimited plan for customers who buy one of the new phones. The plan is likely the opening salvo in a battle carriers will engage in over the next several weeks to retain and attract new iPhone customers.