According to a new report on the first quarter from OpenSignal, which has partnered with FierceWireless, Verizon Wireless showed a slightly higher latency in LTE when compared with its competitors, though the difference likely is imperceptible to subscribers.
In the past seven months, Verizon Wireless said its customers have placed more than 1 billion VoLTE calls, talking for more than 3 billion minutes.
Sprint is giving customers access to unlimited international 2G data roaming and texting in 15 countries, taking a stab at T-Mobile US, which introduced similar plans in October 2013 in more than 120 countries.
The FCC is investigating whether Verizon Wireless' program that inserted an undetectable and undeletable tracking ID into its subscribers' mobile Internet browsing activity violates consumer privacy laws.
Sprint's Wi-Fi calling service is coming to Apple's iPhone. The carrier said that starting today, Sprint customers with an iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 5s and 5c will get access to the feature via an over-the-air software update that will be distributed over the next week.
The FCC approved the assignment of AWS-3 spectrum licenses to Verizon Wireless, AT&T and T-Mobile US, along with several smaller bidders. However, the commission has yet to approve licenses won in the AWS-3 auction by two designated entities in which Dish Network has an 85 percent economic stake, Northstar Wireless and SNR Wireless. The FCC has also not yet approved licenses for several other bidders.
As the first-quarter earnings season draws near, one of the big questions is whether T-Mobile US will officially surpass Sprint in terms of total subscribers to become the No. 3 U.S. carrier. It's one of several interesting questions that will be worth watching for as the carriers hold their quarterly earnings conference calls.
For the past three years, I've been saying that 2015 will be "the year when you will see small cells ramp up." Six months ago, I was getting pretty nervous because the firm orders had not come through and semiconductor backlog was weak. I felt like a weatherman predicting rain after a five-year drought... everyone wants to believe that it's true, but there is no evidence on the ground. Now, the drought is ending. Mobile operators have ended the endless field trials, and have moved toward reliance on small cells for network capacity and enterprise applications.
Unlike rivals Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile US, AT&T Mobility is not in a rush to trial and deploy LTE-Unlicensed (LTE-U) technology, according to an AT&T executive. AT&T might use LTE-U, but only if it can assure that it will not harm Wi-Fi, according to AT&T's Tom Keathley, who said that the carrier would be willing to wait for a standardized version of the technology known as a Licensed-Assisted Access.
Verizon Wireless is letting customers totally opt out of its program that inserted an undetectable and undeletable tracking ID into its subscribers' mobile Internet browsing activity. The practice, which AT&T Mobility had engaged in but stopped last fall, sparked a backlash over fears that the program could be used by the carriers or advertisers to build up a profile of a users' mobile Web usage.