Starting in the fourth quarter, Verizon Wireless customers who still have legacy unlimited data plans who cross into the top 5 percent of data users on Verizon's LTE network could see their speeds slowed when they are on high-traffic cell sites.
Sprint's pledge of unlimited data is looking increasingly less sustainable, as the carrier maneuvers to rein in network traffic generated by its heaviest data users and ensure quality of service for the majority of its customers.
Regional carrier C Spire Wireless is offering to pay the early termination fees (ETFs) of customers who switch over to the operator. C Spire is taking a page out of T-Mobile US' book, which launched a similar offer in January.
Regional carrier C Spire Wireless revealed in a Facebook post that it will launch a new $65 per month unlimited price plan called "Unlimited Everything" that will include unlimited voice, texting, picture messaging, web, music and video. The plan, which will debut April 7, will come with free international text messaging to 140 countries and free access to its PERCS program for discounts and rewards.
H2O Wireless, an MVNO that is managed by Fort Lee, N.J.-based Locus Telecommunications and runs on AT&T Mobility's network, has revived an unlimited data offer that it had discontinued in 2011.
T-Mobile US has indicated it will move customers off of grandfathered legacy rate plans to new rate plans starting next month. However, many details about the changes remain uncertain.
Sprint CFO Joe Euteneuer said the carrier remains open to using its multi-mode base stations to host another company's spectrum, provided such a deal was beneficial to both parties.
Sprint, as had been rumored, joined rivals T-Mobile US, AT&T Mobility and Verizon Wireless in offering its own early handset upgrade program, called "One Up."
While pricing can never be low enough from a consumer perspective, the ongoing quest for operators as they roll out LTE networks across Europe is to find a balance between competiveness and the ability to fund future investments.
The device upgrade plans recently introduced by T-Mobile US, AT&T Mobility and Verizon Wireless could help spike the carriers' margins, according to a new research report, but that margin boost may be eroded by intensifying competition.