The FCC is contemplating a plan that would reserve for smaller carriers a chunk of the spectrum to be auctioned in next year's planned incentive auctions of 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum, according to a Re/code report.
Verizon Wireless said customers who are on month-to-month contracts or who bring their own phones can now get discounts on their service pricing by moving to the carrier's "More Everything" shared data plans.
T-Mobile US will drop its overage fees for all of its domestic plans and is launching a petition to get Verizon Wireless, AT&T Mobility and Sprint to do the same thing.
According to a new, detailed analysis from New Street Research, Sprint and T-Mobile US need to merge in order to effectively compete against AT&T Mobility and Verizon Wireless, because one of the companies will ultimately fail if they are not able to merge. However, New Street Research said that, if Sprint and T-Mobile attempted a merger today, regulators at the FCC and Department of Justice would move to prevent the transaction.
AT&T Mobility is rolling out a new advertising slogan, "Mobilizing Your World," to highlight the activities and businesses its network enables. The company is shedding its "Rethink Possible" tagline for its ads, which it has used since 2010.
During the past several years, AT&T Mobility has set up a series of innovation centers, or foundries, at various locations around the world. The first was opened in Plano, Texas, in March 2011, followed by one in Ra'anana, Israel, in June 2011 and another in Palo Alto, Calif., in September 2011. FierceWireless Editor Phil Goldstein recently spoke with Mark Nagel, executive director of marketing for AT&T Foundry, at the Palo Alto facility. Nagel discussed how the foundries have changed, how the work at the foundries has informed AT&T's network evolution and why they're important for carriers. The following is an edited version of the conversation.
T-Mobile US introduced a low-end $40 plan and promised other competitive moves in the days ahead as it seeks to continue shaking up the market with its "uncarrier" push.
Now that the FCC has set a band plan for the auction of AWS-3 spectrum this fall, a complex bit of game theory is underway to see which spectrum blocks Verizon Wireless, AT&T Mobility, Sprint and T-Mobile US will bid for.
AT&T Mobility again blasted proposals by T-Mobile US to restrict bidding in next year's incentive auctions of 600 MHz broadcast spectrum, arguing that they will doom the auction to failure.
Verizon Wireless is offering 1 GB of extra data per month to customers who activate a tablet on the carrier's new "More Everything" shared data plans. The offer comes as Verizon and its competitors turn to tablets to spur sales of data services.