Verizon Wireless launched a new tablet-focused data plan that costs $5 per day, opening up a fight with its rivals as the holiday shopping season kicks into full swing and customers go hunting for tablets.
connections, according to Sharma. That growth was driven largely by continued momentum from Verizon Wireless and AT&T, but more importantly by a rejuvenated T-Mobile. Here's a quick breakdown on the nation's top wireless carriers and their general strategic position at the close of the third quarter:
U.S. wireless carriers added 2.4 million net new subscribers in the third quarter after a record-low 139,000 in the second quarter, which was due in large part to Sprint's shutdown of its Nextel iDEN network, according to a new report from Chetan Sharma Consulting.
T-Mobile US CMO Mike Sievert said the company stands behind its offer of 200 MB of free data for tablet customers as long as they keep their tablet on the carrier's network. Sievert's reiteration of the offer, which launched Nov. 1, comes after media reports of customer confusion about the plans and how much they really cost.
Apple sold 33.8 million iPhones in its most recent quarter, slightly above a consensus of analysts and a record for the company's September quarter. Apple also posted quarterly revenue of $37.5 billion and quarterly net profit of $7.5 billion in its fiscal fourth quarter. Overall, Apple's gross margin was 37 percent, compared to 40 percent in the year-ago quarter.
Apple reports its fiscal fourth-quarter results after the market closes today, and all eyes will be on how the company's iPhone business is doing, and to a lesser extent, how well its iPad tablet sales have held up.
While T-Mobile's "free data" for tablets strategy is smart, it does make me wonder about the overall message wireless carriers are sending to consumers about LTE data and its value in the market. There's a huge discrepancy in the pricing of LTE data among the operators with some offering free data and others charging a premium.
T-Mobile US plans to offer up to 200 MB of free LTE data each month for life for customers who use tablets on its network. The carrier said its latest "uncarrier" move is designed to get customers using cellular data on their tablets.
Apple unveiled new iPad models on Tuesday and for the first time T-Mobile US will sell service for the popular tablets.
N okia unveiled a bevy of new devices, including its first Windows Phone Lumia products since partner Microsoft announced plans last month to acquire Nokia's hardware business for $7.2 billion. At its Nokia World event in Abu Dhabi, as expected, Nokia announced its Lumia 1520 phablet device and its first tablet, the Lumia 2520, which runs Microsoft's Windows RT operating system.