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.
LAS VEGAS--The 2014 Consumer Electronic Show took an interesting turn this year. Typically CES is a glitzy, gadget-centric convention. And in some ways it still is: wearables and connected automobiles garnered significant attention. But this year the convention also became a venue for wireless operators to fuel their competitive juices and launch some new rate plans. Yep, that's right--rate plans.
LAS VEGAS--T-Mobile US just upped the ante on its competition once again by announcing that it will pay up to $650 in early termination fees (ETFs) for customers that want to switch to T-Mobile from AT&T Mobility, Sprint or Verizon Wireless.
T-Mobile US reportedly yanked an online banner ad Tuesday night that confirmed its plan to pay families' early termination fees when they cancel service with rival carriers, switch to T-Mobile and trade in their devices, a move designed to maintain the self-proclaimed "uncarrier's" momentum in stealing customers from its competitors.
A merger deal that results in the U.S. mobile market having only three national operators rather than four might be approved but only if the parties involved divest some of their spectrum holdings, predicted Verizon Communications CEO Lowell McAdam.
LAS VEGAS--I think the biggest news so far to come out of the Consumer Electronics Show here is AT&T Mobility's announcement of "Sponsored Data," which will allow advertisers to cover the cost of data access to their services. At its core, AT&T's Sponsored Data service represents a welcome innovation from a carrier that too often plays catch up to its rivals.