This is the story of the creation of Go90, Verizon's attempt to create a new service that appeals to a demographic it views as significantly important to its future, as told by some of the key executives involved in its development. It's a story of how Verizon wanted to create a product that would appeal to millennials, driven by a desire to create a large audience the carrier could deliver to marketers for targeted advertising (advertisers have largely been flummoxed by millennials' aversion to traditional pay-TV products). And more broadly, it's the story of how a multibillion-dollar telecommunications company known for its staid leadership and methodically consistent financial results incubated a startup-- and a startup mentality-- inside itself.
Sprint is going all out to woo customers from its competitors this holiday season. The carrier said it will cut the rate plans in half of customers who switch to Sprint from Verizon, AT&T Mobility and T-Mobile US, and the savings will last through 2018. Sprint will also offer existing customers one year of free service for an Alcatel OneTouch PIXI 7 tablet with a two-year contract, while supplies last.
Verizon has certified CommScope's ION-E in-building wireless solution for installation in enterprises across Verizon's wireless footprint in the United States.
Verizon and American Tower executives highlighted the challenges to installing small cells and Distributed Antenna Systems, especially in urban markets and inside buildings, even as they acknowledged that such installations will be key to their businesses going forward.
AT&T Mobility is letting its Mobile Share Value customers roam freely when in Mexico and is also giving those subscribers extra data to use when south of the border. The offering is the latest salvo between the U.S. carriers as they try to offer better international roaming and data usage plans, especially for customers traveling to Mexico and Canada.
Verizon Wireless will start charging a $20 fee to customers who activate new lines of service on Verizon's "device payment option," its equipment installment plan. The changes go into effect on Nov 15. Up until now, Verizon has not charged any activation fee for customers who choose its EIP option.
Liberty Media Chairman John Malone said he thinks cable operators, including those in the U.S. market, will inevitably add a cellular wireless component to their bundle of service offerings, calling the addition something of "enormous" importance. He said the easiest way to jump into wireless will be through MVNO deals and cautioned against buying spectrum and building out networks too soon.
FierceWireless has teamed with research firm Strategy Analytics and Jackdaw Research analyst Jan Dawson to give you the major metrics-- such as churn, ARPU and revenue-- of each carrier, as well as provide deeper insight tnto the carriers' performance in the third quarter. Special report
Verizon Wireless is wading into the competitive market for international roaming offerings, and said its customers can now use their existing voice, messaging and data plans for $2 per day per line in Canada and Mexico, and $10 per day per line in more than 65 other countries around the world. Verizon also promises users that they won't get bumped down to 2G networks when traveling abroad for data access.
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. In this report you will find a ranking of the of the top eight U.S. wireless carriers in the third quarter of 2015 by subscriber base, according to research firm Strategy Analytics. Below that, Jackdaw Research analyst Jan Dawson provides several slides that offer an in-depth look at how Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile US and Sprint each performed in the third quarter of 2015.