In a blow to Sprint and Dish Network, the FCC plans to add much of their respective spectrum portfolios to its so-called spectrum screen, which will bring more scrutiny to any future spectrum transaction they engage in.
The shift away from the traditional U.S. model of a subsidized smartphone in exchange for a two-year contract appears to be accelerating and is likely going to continue to do so for the next few quarters. However, the shift might not be in the best interests of carriers, handset makers or consumers in the long run.
Verizon Wireless reported weaker subscriber growth for the first quarter on a year-over-year basis and its postpaid customer additions in the period were driven by the addition of tablet customers.
AT&T Mobility was able to withstand an onslaught of competition from T-Mobile US and its other Tier 1 competitors in the first quarter, according to predictions from Credit Suisse analysts.
Verizon Wireless is expanding the reach of its LTE network in California and Hawaii via new deals with two small carriers, Golden State Cellular in California and Mobi PCS in Hawaii. Under the terms of the two separate deals, which both still require FCC approval, Verizon will essentially buy the small carriers.
Now that the dust has settled, the nation's Tier 1 wireless carriers say their subscribers are largely protected against the Heartbleed Internet security bug, which was first disclosed last week. The bug affected open-source OpenSSL cryptography, which is used by millions of web servers around the world. The bug's disclosure prompted millions of people to change their passwords for fear that malicious hackers could use the Heartbleed bug to access their personal information.
Verizon Wireless took the largest share of phone subscriber activations in the first quarter, according to a survey released by research firm Consumer Intelligence Research Partners.
AT&T warned that it would have to "reevaluate" whether it would participate in the FCC's planned incentive auctions of 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum if the FCC places restrictions on how much spectrum it could purchase.
The nation's largest wireless carriers and device makers banded together to support voluntary anti-theft measures for smartphones released starting next year. The action comes amid mounting efforts by state lawmaker to mandate so-called "kill switches" in smartphones and tablets that would render the devices useless if stolen.
The FCC is contemplating a plan that would reserve for smaller carriers a chunk of the spectrum to be auctioned in next year's planned incentive auctions of 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum, according to a Re/code report.