ROK Mobile, the recently launched music-focused MVNO, aims to have 1 million total customers within the next 12-15 months, according to a ROK Chairman and co-founder Jonathan Kendrick. He also said that ROK hopes to land a third U.S. carrier partner by the end of the year.
Wireless carriers have largely shifted to charging customers based on how much data they use, with voice and texting becoming unlimited commodities, and Verizon Wireless has come out on top in that business model, according to a new survey. According to a report from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners, Verizon has the most customers paying more than $100 per month on average.
Verizon Wireless and AT&T have signaled their opposition to proposals from T-Mobile US and Dish Network to effectively split the upcoming auction of AWS-3 spectrum between paired and unpaired airwaves.
T-Mobile US said it launched LTE service in Las Vegas on "Wideband" 15x15 MHz channels, making it one of 17 markets where T-Mobile is touting more capacity and faster speeds.
Sprint and T-Mobile US reportedly won't announce any kind of merger deal until August, but the potential combination has a major backer in billionaire hedge fund manager John Paulson.
Sprint has been seeding the market with devices that can support the 4x2 MIMO antenna technology the carrier disclosed it will start deploying, a company spokeswoman confirmed. The new technology is expected to improve Sprint's LTE network performance, especially at the cell edge.
Sprint and T-Mobile US plan to create a joint venture to bid for spectrum in next year's planned incentive auction of 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum, according to a Bloomberg report. Meanwhile, the Wall Street Journal separately reported that the JV will seek to raise $10 billion for bidding.
Sprint parent SoftBank and T-Mobile US parent Deutsche Telekom have reportedly reached a "basic agreement" for Sprint to merge with T-Mobile, according to a report in the Japanese business publication Nikkei.
AT&T Mobility fired back at T-Mobile in the companies' ongoing debate over the FCC's data roaming rules. AT&T argues that T-Mobile's recent data roaming petition "would effectively eviscerate that FCC decision and run afoul of the D.C. Circuit case which upheld it," in the words of one AT&T executive.
AT&T Mobility and T-Mobile US are proposing a swap of PCS and AWS spectrum across parts of 10 states. In some cases, AT&T is divesting spectrum it acquired from Cricket provider Leap Wireless in March.