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.
Verizon Wireless does not feel a need to strike a deal with Dish Network, to get access to its mid-band wireless spectrum, according to a senior Verizon executive. The comments from Verizon Communications CFO Fran Shammo at an investor conference could cool speculation that a deal for Verizon to lease Dish's airwaves is imminent.
Ericsson and Cisco's announcement of a partnership to resell each other's products and services and collaborate on network design will accelerate U.S. carriers' shift to software-defined networking (SDN) and IP communications more broadly, according to top Ericsson and Cisco executives.
As has been the case for much of 2015, Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile US led the way in terms of capital expenditures for wireless network gear in the third quarter, with AT&T Mobility and Sprint appearing to be hanging back in terms of major capex spending. However, Sprint is just beginning its network densification efforts and some tower companies do expect AT&T to begin ramping up spending next year.
AT&T Mobility continues to lead all of its competitors in TV advertising spending in October, according to a new report from TV advertising measurement firm iSpot.tv. AT&T also led the market in TV ad spending in September and August, according to iSpot.tv, while T-Mobile US was the leader in July.