With Sprint choosing to sit out the 600 MHz incentive auction, it has been widely assumed that T-Mobile and other competitive carriers will be able to bid for the "set aside" airwaves-- up to 30 MHz in a given market-- without having to worry about AT&T and Verizon Wireless. However, that likely won't be the case, and in many rural markets AT&T and Verizon will be able to fully bid on reserve spectrum and put pressure on smaller carriers during the auction, and potentially after it as well.
Apple's entrance into direct-co-consumer smartphone leasing is being embraced by T-Mobile US and is a tactic pioneered by Sprint. However, AT&T Mobility and Verizon Wireless remain wary of leasing, preferring instead to get customers on equipment installment plans, in which subscribers can keep their devices after fully paying for them in installments.
Verizon Wireless plans to cut management positions as it consolidates its regional offices to speed up decision-making and get employees closer to customers. However, it's unclear how many layoffs will come as a result of the changes.
Verizon Wireless is pushing ahead with plans to deploy Cloud-RAN network architecture and also will keep deploying small cells and distributed antenna systems (DAS) to handle growing capacity requirements in urban markets.
For Verizon Wireless and Lenovo's Motorola Mobility unit, Droid still does. The carrier teamed up with Motorola to keep the companies' years-long partnership going and unveiled two new Droid-branded smartphones, including one with a screen that is being marketed as "shatterproof."
Verizon is facing yet another call to come to an agreement with the Communications Workers of America from Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.
T-Mobile US CEO John Legere made good on his promise to send a message to T-Mobile's competitors to stop charging overage fees for mobile data usage and sent a skywriter airplane to deliver a message to "Abolish overages" above Verizon Wireless' headquarters.
Carrier aggregation, network twinning and LTE-Unlicnesed are in various states of deployment and development-- and they're all ultimately win-wins for both mobile carriers and users.
Verizon Wireless recently launched a national promotion to give customers a $300 gift card when they switch and trade in their phone. Meanwhile, according to research firm Wave7 Research, Verizon is also running two regional promotions, including one in Chicago that offers up to $650 in credit.
Verizon Wireless is going to run out of spectrum over the next few years but could get a lifeline if it strikes a spectrum leasing agreement with Dish Network, according to a report from analysts at New Street Research.