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.
América Móvil's U.S. TracFone unit banked on its acquisition of 1.4 million subscribers from Page Plus Cellular in the first quarter for the vast majority of its customer growth. Absent the deal, TracFone added 452,000 customers organically in the quarter, weaker than in the year-ago period.
Verizon Wireless launched a customer loyalty program earlier this year called Smart Rewards, which allows customers to accumulate points and then use those points toward discounts on the purchase of various goods and services. The carrier is preparing to take the service nationwide, a launch that could happen as soon as April 1, according to a person familiar with the company's plans.
The following charts the top U.S. wireless carriers in the fourth quarter of 2013 by subscriber base, according to research firm Strategy Analytics, and includes major metrics--such as churn, ARPU and revenue--of each carrier. The subscriber figures include both retail and wholesale customers. As the fourth-quarter reporting season comes to a close, it's time to start parsing the information to see which carriers slipped and which managed to get ahead.