The second quarter earnings season for wireless has come 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.
Now that the wireless industry's second-quarter earnings season has wrapped up, it's time to take a look at how the top U.S. wireless operators compared to one another.
Verizon has inked a deal with Smith Micro to use the company's NetWise data and device management product for an undisclosed service. Smith Micro said it expects revenues from its new Verizon contract to start rolling in in the fourth quarter.
The second quarter earnings second has come 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. Ja ckdaw Research analyst Jan Dawson has assembled 13 slides that provide an in-depth look at how Verizon Wireless, AT&T Mobility, Sprint and T-Mobile US performed in the second quarter. Dawson also covers América Móvil's U.S. MVNO, TracFone Wireless, which is by far the nation's largest MVNO. TracFone's service piggybacks over the networks of Verizon, AT&T and other top carriers.
Verizon Wireless said in a letter to the FCC that its new "network optimization" policy on its LTE network is "a measured and fair step" that will ensure that heavy wireless data users "not disadvantage all others in the sharing of network resources during times of high demand." The carrier also said the practice is widely used among wireless carriers.
At least one of the deals T-Mobile US recently engaged in to get more 700 MHz A Block spectrum was with I-700 A Block LLC for two spectrum licenses in the Midwest, according to an FCC filing.
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler told Verizon Wireless CEO Dan Mead he is "deeply troubled" by the carrier's decision to start slowing down the speeds of some customers who still have legacy unlimited data plans and who cross into the top 5 percent of heavy data users on Verizon's LTE network when they are on high-traffic cell sites.
Financial analysts are divided over how much of an impact T-Mobile US' new family plan promotion will have on the carrier's subscriber growth and financials, and how the promotion will affect T-Mobile's rivals. The plan could put pressure on AT&T Mobility and Verizon Wireless, but analysts see the impact as being minimal at this point.
Verizon Wireless hit back hard against the Find Me 911 Coalition, arguing to the FCC that the group was spreading "misleading" information about how often Verizon provides the most precise location information needed for dispatchers and first responders to find callers. Verizon told the FCC that it "does not take lightly such allegations and undertook an internal review of its own performance data in response to the claims."
Verizon Wireless is testing a service that lets customer uninstall unwanted applications that are pre-installed on devices. However, for now the service only works on one phone: LG Electronics' G3.