AT&T Mobility reported fewer postpaid subscriber additions in the third quarter than analysts had expected. Still, the carrier reported strong data revenue growth and said that customers buying smartphones via its Next handset upgrade plan accounted for half of all smartphone sales in the quarter.
T-Mobile US is looking to settle a lawsuit filed against it by the Federal Trade Commission that alleges the carrier netted hundreds of millions of dollars by knowingly charging customers for purported "premium" SMS subscriptions that, in many cases, were "bogus charges" subscribers never authorized.
Wireless carriers have always battled with each other to encourage customers to switch to a new carrier. But that fight is now starting to heat up in select markets across the country because of a confluence of network shutdowns, technology transitions and smaller carriers exiting the business. Although these market-by-market battles don't get much national attention, they're still worth watching--after all, millions of subscribers scattered across dozens of markets are up for grabs.
Verizon Wireless is expected to post substantial progress in the third quarter with 1.3 million postpaid net customer additions, according to analysts at Credit Suisse. AT&T Mobility, for its part, will report the addition of 800,000 postpaid net customers, the analysts predicted.
The wireless industry earned a major supporter in its net neutrality battle with the FCC as OnStar owner General Motors issued a strong appeal for looser open Internet rules for wireless operators.
AT&T Mobility, Sprint, T-Mobile US and UK operator EE support a new SIM card for Apple's iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 that lets customers switch between carriers. Although Verizon Wireless will provide wireless service for Apple's new tablet, it is not listed as a supporter of the new Apple SIM card.
Most indications so far have been that Amazon's Fire smartphone has been a dud in the market, but a new report from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners indicates that Amazon may have sold only a few thousand units of the phone thus far.
AT&T Mobility ended a promotion under which its family plan customers could get a discount on the streaming Beats Music service, the company confirmed.
Sprint's "iPhone for Life" leasing program for new iPhones should boost the carrier's EBITDA and is actually more financially beneficial to the company in some respects than more conventional equipment installment programs, according to financial analysts. Meanwhile, Verizon Wireless' recently confirmed changes to its own Edge handset upgrade program should help it close the gap financially and competitively with AT&T Mobility, according to analysts from Jefferies.
Chipset giant Intel reported just $1 million in revenue in its mobile and wireless business in the third quarter, thanks in large part to the subsidies it is paying tablet makers to include its silicon in their products. However, Intel executives indicated better days are ahead for the mobile business as the company works to move into lower-cost smartphones starting later this year. Meanwhile, Intel announced a deal with AT&T Mobility and Asustek for AT&T to launch an Intel-powered smartphone.