FierceWireless Editor Phil Goldstein bids goodbye in his final column for the publication and reflects on how the wireless industry has changed during the seven years of his tenure.
Evercore ISI analysts said in a report that if AT&T winds up spending $9 billion on wireless network capital expenditures in 2015, that would represent a 20.9 percent year-over-year reduction in spending, "far worse than our initial expectations after T announced a reduced capex outlook roughly a year ago."
Verizon and AT&T Mobility remain not just far ahead of T-Mobile US and Sprint in terms of subscriber counts, but also in profitability, both on a raw basis and on a per customer basis, according to industry analyst Chetan Sharma.
AT&T Mobility is launching native Advanced Messaging and Video Call capabilities on its network using Rich Communication Services, following in T-Mobile US' footsteps.
Financial and industry analysts are divided over how large of an impact Sprint's new promotion to cut the rate plans of its competitors in half if customers switch will have on Sprint's financials and subscriber performance. Some think it is too little to move the needle while others see it as an opportunity to highlight consumer awareness of its improving network.
AT&T Mobility's Cricket Wireless prepaid brand is launching its own rewards program and is touting it as the first such program from a no-contract U.S. operator. Customers can earn rewards by taking actions in a variety of different apps and signing up for Cricket services, and then redeem them for gift cards, the ability to enter sweepstakes and make charitable donations.
Sprint is going all out to woo customers from its competitors this holiday season. The carrier said it will cut the rate plans in half of customers who switch to Sprint from Verizon, AT&T Mobility and T-Mobile US, and the savings will last through 2018. Sprint will also offer existing customers one year of free service for an Alcatel OneTouch PIXI 7 tablet with a two-year contract, while supplies last.
AT&T Mobility said it is in fact not testing a program to give its Digital Life home security and automation customers discounts if they give up some of their personal data. Light Reading initially reported that the company was conducting such a test, but AT&T subsequently said that its spokesman misspoke and that it is not conducting tests for such discounts.
AT&T Mobility is letting its Mobile Share Value customers roam freely when in Mexico and is also giving those subscribers extra data to use when south of the border. The offering is the latest salvo between the U.S. carriers as they try to offer better international roaming and data usage plans, especially for customers traveling to Mexico and Canada.
Verizon Wireless will start charging a $20 fee to customers who activate new lines of service on Verizon's "device payment option," its equipment installment plan. The changes go into effect on Nov 15. Up until now, Verizon has not charged any activation fee for customers who choose its EIP option.