Sprint MVNO Scratch Wireless dropped unlimited cellular data passes from its offering last week. Scratch makes text, voice and data services free when a user is on Wi-Fi. Like with fellow Sprint MVNOs Republic Wireless and FreedomPop, when a Scratch customer is out of Wi-Fi range, they roam onto Sprint's network.
Verizon Wireless is taking flak for a posting on its website written by industry analyst Jack Gold that suggests customers do not want or need unlimited data plans.
T-Mobile US is automatically upgrading a "small percentage" of its customers to plans with unlimited LTE data for no additional cost. But the carrier said it will return those customers back to their capped data plans at the end of this year.
The FCC is set to vote on final net neutrality rules on Feb. 26, and T-Mobile US and the CTIA are urging the agency to give wireless carriers a great deal of flexibility in designing new service plans and business models.
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler's draft order to create net neutrality rules will apply all of the rules to mobile broadband networks for the first time. One of the practical effects of the proposed rules is that wireless carriers would have less flexibility to deploy "reasonable network management" practices on their networks. The rules would also put future uses of zero-rating and sponsored data programs under the microscope to ensure they are not harming consumers or content providers.
Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile US' MetroPCS prepaid brand launched dueling new offers aimed at enticing prepaid customers to sign up and use more data. Verizon's new pricing comes a week after T-Mobile unveiled new prepaid plans under its "Simply Prepaid" brand starting at $40 per month.
T-Mobile US launched a new family plan for its Simple Choice customers that offers unlimited voice, texting and LTE data for two lines for $100 per month, undercutting offers from Verizon Wireless, AT&T Mobility and even Sprint.
LAS VEGAS--Now that Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus have been announced, U.S. carriers are getting down to brass tacks to try to take advantage of consumer excitement. The launch is shaping up to be the most dynamic, unpredictable and hard-hitting iPhone release U.S. carriers have ever seen.
Sprint is trying to make the most of Apple's launch of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus by introducing a $50 unlimited plan for customers who buy one of the new phones. The plan is likely the opening salvo in a battle carriers will engage in over the next several weeks to retain and attract new iPhone customers.
T-Mobile US is quadrupling the amount of data customers on its low-cost "Simple Starter" plans can get per month to 2 GB for $45, just $5 more than the existing plan, which offers 500 MB of data. Both plans offer unlimited voice and texting.