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
A federal judge has refused to approve a proposed $50 million settlement between Sprint and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau over charges related to the carrier's unauthorized third-party subscriptions and premium text messaging services--unless the carrier and the agency offer additional details about the agreement.
A little more than half of Sprint's rural LTE roaming partners have launched LTE service, according to a Sprint spokeswoman, though it is unclear exactly which ones have done so.
The following charts the top U.S. wireless carriers in the first 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. The subscriber figures include both retail and wholesale customers.
Carrier aggregation will pick up as the speed war, fueled by the never ending RootMetrics reports and the subsequent carrier press releases and earnings call citations. AT&T and Verizon's network transformations are "skating to where the puck will be" in an effort to become more agile and drive down costs. So far smaller Sprint and T-Mobile haven't seen this need. There's no doubt that more changes will come about this year.
Verizon Wireless will employ an advertising-based model for its planned over-the-top mobile video service, which a top executive at the carrier predicted could become a multibillion-dollar business over time. And that's the major reason why Verizon Communications just spent $4.4 billion to buy AOL.
The first-quarter earnings season is coming to a close, so now it's time to see how the nation's top wireless carriers stacked up against each other in terms of key metrics. Jackdaw Research analyst Jan Dawson has assembled these slides that provide an in-depth look at how Verizon Wireless, AT&T Mobility, Sprint and T-Mobile US performed in the first quarter of 2015.
T-Mobile US' "#NeverSettleforVerizon" Twitter advertising campaign appeared to run into some troubles after a significant number of Twitter users lashed out at T-Mobile and defended Verizon Wireless in reaction to the ad. Seemingly in response to the situation, T-Mobile appears to have withdrawn its ad on Twitter.
T-Mobile US has leased its spectrum to other carriers in an effort to expand its LTE network. However, it's unclear how extensive those efforts have been or how T-Mobile's work with other carriers compares to similar programs from Verizon Wireless and Sprint.