AT&T Mobility's announcement over the weekend that it is cutting prices on its higher-end Mobile Share shared data plans is both a way to retain current customers and respond to aggression by T-Mobile US, according to analysts. AT&T's new prices, which went into effect Sunday, could also target rival Verizon Wireless and its family plan customers, analysts said.
T-Mobile US is buying lower 700 MHz A Bock spectrum from Verizon Wireless for $2.36 billion, but argues that it still needs more low-band spectrum to compete more effectively with Verizon and AT&T Mobility.
When the Denver Broncos won their final playoff game two weeks ago, I actually told my boyfriend something to the effect of, "If we get tickets to the Super Bowl, we'll not only get to see the Broncos play, but we'll get to check out Verizon Wireless' LTE Broadcast service that they've been planning for the big game."
In addition to developing new mobile devices capable of delivering live video using LTE Multicast technology, Verizon Wireless is talking to consumer electronics (CE) manufacturers about integrating LTE Multicast with connected TV devices, a top Verizon executive said Wednesday.
AT&T reported weaker wireless subscriber growth for the fourth quarter than it had in the year-ago period, but the company also posted stronger data revenues.
As expected, Verizon Communications and Vodafone shareholders approved an agreement for Verizon to buy Vodafone's 45 percent stake in Verizon Wireless for $130 billion. With the deal sailing toward a closing date next month, attention is now turning to what Verizon plans to do with full control of its lucrative wireless asset and what might change.
The start of the 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum incentive auctions may have been pushed from this year to the middle of 2015, but the fight to define rules that might restrict the ability of Verizon Wireless and AT&T Mobility to acquire airwaves in the auctions rages on. Last week, representatives from Sprint, T-Mobile US, U.S. Cellular, Dish Network and a wide array of associations and public interest groups met with FCC officials and urged for those restrictions.
The U.S. is hardly the only place where cable consolidation efforts--spurred at least in part by industry icon John Malone--are happening. In Europe, Malone's Liberty Global is in a battle with Vodafone Group to build continent-dominating pay TV empires.
Verizon Wireless is offering a cheaper option for customers who want to use a small amount of data on its network. The carrier said for a limited time it will make its low-end Share Everything offering $60 per month ($40 for a smartphone, plus $20 for unlimited voice, texting and 250 MB of data).
AT&T Mobility and Verizon Wireless made changes to their respective handset upgrade programs to let customers upgrade to new devices sooner. The responses from the two largest carriers come as T-Mobile US is offering customers up to $650 per line if they switch to T-Mobile and trade in their phones.