Reports that Dish Network and T-Mobile US are in merger talks sparked a flurry of speculation from financial analysts about the potential ramifications for the wireless and cable industries. Some analysts think that the deal could increase pressure on Sprint, which would have no clear path to scaling up, and on Verizon Wireless which would be deprived of a source of additional spectrum it might have gotten from Dish. At the same time, analysts think a T-Mobile/Dish combination will be a major bonanza for tower companies.
Verizon Wireless is one of several companies working with NASA on experiments related to monitoring of drones, and Verizon's part of the project is to see whether drones could be monitored via cell towers.
T-Mobile US is continuing to lobby the FCC to increase the size of the spectrum reserve in next year's incentive auction of 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum, arguing that without a larger reserve Verizon Wireless and AT&T will continue to dominate the industry.
T-Mobile US is extending its "Never Settle Trial" promotion through June 27 in an effort to steal away Verizon Wireless customers. The promotion, which was announced last month, was supposed to run from May 13 through May 31.
América Móvil's U.S. MVNO, TracFone Wireless scored the highest in terms of customer satisfaction among U.S. wireless carriers in the latest survey from the American Customer Satisfaction Index.
The FCC is leaning toward rejecting a push from T-Mobile US, Sprint and others to increase the amount of spectrum set aside for smaller carriers to bid on in next year's incentive auction of 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum, according to a Reuters report.
Verizon Wireless is changing its Edge equipment installment plan (EIP) so that customers will need to pay off the full cost of their devices before they upgrade. However, they will now be able to do so at any time and will be able to keep their smartphones once the device is fully paid off instead of having to turn them in.
Verizon Wireless, AT&T, T-Mobile US and Sprint's emergence as the top four wireless operators came through an aggressive campaign of consolidation of a number of regional providers, including Alltel, Leap Wireless, MetroPCS and others. FierceWireless, in partnership with Quexor Group, looks at acquisition patterns of the four major wireless carriers during the past 10 years.
Let's take a step back in time--a time when cell phones were carried by just one out of every two Americans, and smartphones hadn't yet hit the scene. Check out this chart was created by Quexor Group for FierceWireless: It depicts the major wireless acquisitions and mergers consummated by today's four major wireless carriers during the past 10 years.
How are the largest U.S. carriers faring on key metrics like subscribers, revenue and ARPU? The following charts the top U.S. wireless carriers in the first quarter of 2015 by subscriber base, according to research firm Strategy Analytics. Special report