AT&T is on the hunt for more 700 MHz spectrum to fill coverage gaps in its footprint, a reminder that even though the carrier claims to have largely finished its LTE buildout it still plans to purchase additional spectrum to add coverage and capacity to its network.
How are the largest U.S. carriers faring on key metrics like subscribers, revenue and ARPU? The following charts the top U.S. wireless carriers in the first quarter of 2015 by subscriber base, according to research firm Strategy Analytics. Special report
A federal judge has refused to approve a proposed $50 million settlement between Sprint and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau over charges related to the carrier's unauthorized third-party subscriptions and premium text messaging services--unless the carrier and the agency offer additional details about the agreement.
AT&T Mobility customers will no longer be able to purchase smartphones with two-year contracts at some national retail and local dealer locations by June 1, according to multiple reports. However, AT&T will still be offering two-year contracts to customers in its other retail and online channels.
The following charts the top U.S. wireless carriers in the first quarter of 2015 by subscriber base, according to research firm Strategy Analytics, and includes major metrics--such as churn, ARPU and revenue--of each carrier. The subscriber figures include both retail and wholesale customers.
Carrier aggregation will pick up as the speed war, fueled by the never ending RootMetrics reports and the subsequent carrier press releases and earnings call citations. AT&T and Verizon's network transformations are "skating to where the puck will be" in an effort to become more agile and drive down costs. So far smaller Sprint and T-Mobile haven't seen this need. There's no doubt that more changes will come about this year.
AT&T Mobility plans to release exclusive content, including videos and games, that can be streamed onto smartphones and tablets inside connected cars later this year, according to an AT&T executive.
AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson said it will likely be around 18 months before AT&T can deliver a truly strong LTE data experience beyond urban areas in Mexico. The AT&T chief said though that he is confident AT&T can ride the wave of mobile data growth that the carrier expects from Mexico's burgeoning middle class.
Despite falling overall U.S. tablet sales, the nation's Tier 1 wireless carriers continued to add cellular-connected tablets to their networks at an impressive clip in the first quarter. Analysts note that carriers have been heavily promoting and discounting tablets, which generate additional revenue streams for carriers while carrying lower subsidy costs.
AT&T Mobility is letting some of its GoPhone prepaid customers access the carrier's "Rollover Data" program. AT&T started offering rollover data to its customers on its Mobile Share Value shared data plans in late January.