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Verizon Wireless added fewer total subscribers in the fourth quarter of 2013 than it did in the fourth quarter of 2012, but still powered ahead with 1.7 million net customer additions in the period. Although T-Mobile US is wreaking havoc in the industry with its lower prices and offers to pay customers' early termination fees if they switch and trade in their phones, T-Mobile's aggressive tactics do not appear to have slowed Verizon much in the fourth quarter.
LTE users in the world's most advanced mobile markets consume considerably more data than 3G users, even eschewing Wi-Fi networks in order to stick with their LTE connections, according to new analysis from GSMA Intelligence.
T-Mobile US has gotten at least 80,000 customers to post social media messages that they have "broken up" with their wireless carriers since the No. 4 operator unveiled a plan last week to pay for customers' early termination fees if they switch from other Tier 1 carriers to T-Mobile and trade in their devices. T-Mobile is also expanding the program to lure subscribers from smaller carriers that offer contracts.
Sprint is expected to report weak postpaid subscriber results for the fourth quarter, likely losses of 150,000 customers, while Verizon Wireless will report 1.5 million new customers, according to estimates from Credit Suisse analysts. Meanwhile, according to the analysts, data plan sales at T-Mobile US and AT&T Mobility likely grew, while remaining steady at Verizon and Sprint.
Yesterday's court ruling striking down key components of the FCC's net neutrality rules likely sparked celebrations among the executive ranks of carriers like AT&T Mobility and Verizon Wireless. At the FCC, meanwhile, regulators are likely considering a handful of options to regain oversight of Internet traffic and Internet providers.
NetZero Wireless today is launching its mobile broadband service via Sprint's 3G CDMA network and aims to launch service on the carrier's LTE network in the third quarter of 2014, according to a senior NetZero executive.
AT&T Mobility is testing Voice over LTE (VoLTE) service on smartphones from Samsung Electronics, according to a Yonhap News report. The report, which cited unnamed sources, comes less than 10 days after AT&T revealed that its first VoLTE phone will be from Asus, a relatively small smartphone player.
The aggressive moves T-Mobile US has made to lure customers, and the responses so far from AT&T Mobility and Sprint, has investors and financial analysts worried that the carriers could cut into their own profits in an effort to attract subscribers.
Verizon Wireless is tussling with the Competitive Carriers Association over how large an area spectrum licenses should cover for airwaves carriers will purchase in the 2015 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum incentive auctions. Verizon is arguing for large areas, while the CCA is pushing for small--or at the least, medium-sized--areas, arguing that smaller-sized licenses will benefit rural carriers.