América Móvil's U.S. MVNO, TracFone Wireless, agreed to pay $40 million to the Federal Trade Commission to settle charges that it duped millions of consumers by advertising unlimited data service and then throttling customers' speeds or cutting their service off entirely when they exceeded certain data allotments. The FTC said TracFone did not properly disclose its throttling practices.
The third-quarter earnings season is coming to a close, so now it's time to see how the nation's top wireless carriers stacked up against each other in terms of key metrics. Jackdaw Research analyst Jan Dawson has assembled these slides that provide an in-depth look at how the largest carriers fared in the quarter.
Jackdaw Research analyst Jan Dawson has assembled these slides that provide an in-depth look at how Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile performed in the third quarter. Dawson also covers América Móvil's U.S. MVNO, TracFone Wireless, which is by far the nation's largest MVNO. Dawson's research covers relatively standard metrics including revenue growth and net adds, but also includes deep dives into prepaid vs. postpaid performance, subscriber acquisitions vs. losses, and net additions by device type.
Postpaid competition has been dominating mainstream and industry press headlines. Postpaid device and double data promotional moves by all rivals set the competitive tone as we enter the all-important fourth quarter. On Verizon's third-quarter 2014 earnings call, CFO Fran Shammo noted that the prepaid sector growth has slowed relative to previous years, and given entry price points are so close to postpaid, some of those subscribers are moving to postpaid.
América Móvil once again had to quiet speculation that it is interested in acquiring T-Mobile US. Just as the company was forced to do in the second quarter, the Mexican-based telecoms giant addressed rumors of a deal on its quarterly conference call; CEO Daniel Hajj said the company is not in talks with T-Mobile.
Verizon Wireless MVNO Page Plus Cellular, which is owned by TracFone Wireless, has started to offer LTE service, making it the first Verizon MVNO to do so.
A T-Mobile US representative said that there is a "long list" of independent wireless dealers that have shown interest in signing up for the carrier's new Simply Prepaid retail store package. "To date, stores that have opted into the new initiative are seeing a significant increase in T-Mobile sales as compared to similarly located stores not in the program," a T-Mobile representative said in response to questions from FierceWireless.
MVNO Red Pocket now appears to support all of the nation's Tier 1 wireless carriers, including Verizon Wireless, AT&T Mobility, Sprint and T-Mobile US. América Móvil's U.S. TracFone Wireless unit is the only other major MVNO in the United States that supports all of the nation's top carriers.
The following charts the top U.S. wireless carriers in the second quarter of 2014 by subscriber base, according to research firm Strategy Analytics, and includes major metrics--such as churn, ARPU...
América Móvil does not have any plans to acquire a U.S. carrier, the company's management said during the carrier's second quarter earnings call. The statement serves to squash speculation that América Móvil might purchase T-Mobile US with the money it expects to raise through a sale of its assets.