Verizon Wireless will activate compatible and unlocked iPhones, Google's Motorola-made Nexus 6 and other devices on its network if customers bring them from other carriers.
Verizon Telematics renamed and relaunched its after-market connected vehicle program as "Hum", and said it will bring roadside assistance, car diagnostics and other services to millions of older cars that cannot connect to wireless networks today. The carrier said a two-year subscription plans start at $15 per month plus taxes and fees. The monhtly fee includes equipment for the customer's first vehicle, which Verizon said valued at $120, with the option to add other vehicles for less money.
T-Mobile threw down the gauntlet this summer with its new Mobile without Borders plan, pre-empting and expanding on AT&T's plan to make the US and Mexico one calling area. Within a few weeks the rest of the industry adjusted their price plans, highlighting the very fluid and dynamic competitive situation in the wireless industry.
The following charts the top U.S. wireless carriers in the second quarter of 2015 by subscriber base, according to research firm Strategy Analytics, and includes major metrics--such as churn, ARPU and revenue--of each carrier.
Despite a flurry of promotions during the second quarter, the four Tier 1 carriers saw their lowest postpaid churn rates on average, according to analysts at Wells Fargo. That led to a sharp jump in net subscriber additions compared to the second quarter.
Verizon Wireless and Sprint are tussling over data roaming rules, with Sprint arguing that the FCC should not overlook the differences in spectrum holdings and the "head start" Verizon and AT&T got in building out their nationwide networks. Verizon maintains that Sprint's arguments are "tired" and designed to avoid building out its network.
Zayo continues to see new opportunities in its fiber-to-the-tower business, announcing that as of the end of June it sold services to over 800 macro tower and small cell sites that leverage previous anchor FTTT network builds already in place.
Verizon Wireless stayed slightly ahead of AT&T Mobility in terms of overall network performance, while Sprint maintained its lead over T-Mobile US in overall performance thanks to improvements in mobile data performance and speeds as well as call and texting reliability, according to network testing firm RootMetrics.
Verizon Wireless confirmed that in June it quietly stopped throttling the data speeds of customers who were on legacy unlimited data plans on 3G devices and who crossed into the top 5 percent of data users when they were on high-traffic cell sites.
AT&T Mobility is revamping and simplifying its pricing plans for its Mobile Share Value shared data plans, eliminating some options and giving customers more data for the same amount or less on others. The biggest change to AT&T's plans is that its $100/10 GB plan will now come with 15 GB of data. The new AT&T plans, which will go into effect tomorrow, come just days after Verizon Wireless introduced its own simplified shared data plan pricing.