Verizon and Sprint are taking great strides to enable LTE roaming. Verizon counts 21 partners in its LTE in Rural America program and Sprint counts 12 carriers in its Rural Roaming Preferred Program. I wish T-Mobile and AT&T would more aggressively follow their path.
Verizon Wireless appears to be preparing to give its MVNOs access to its LTE network, according to people familiar with the matter. Verizon's MVNOs, including TracFone Wireless' Page Plus Cellular and Selectel Wireless, currently are only able to connect to Verizon's CDMA 3G network.
Verizon Communications wants to build a new coalition of wireless carriers and device makers to create an application storefront that would be an alternative to Google's Play Store, according to a report from The Information. The new store could let app developers take advantage of network-specific functionality, advertise their wares in the store and give consumers more proactive tips about which apps to use, the report said.
HTC unveiled a variant of its flagship One M8 smartphone running Microsoft's Windows Phone software, giving the platform the same kind of high-end hardware HTC and other phone makers have usually reserved for flagship Android devices. HTC hopes it can fill what it sees as a gap in the premium Windows Phone segment.
Sprint made its first bold move under new CEO Marcelo Claure, introducing shared data plans that offer double the data of similarly-priced plans from Verizon Wireless and AT&T Mobility. However, financial analysts said that while the new plans could put pressure on Sprint's rivals, they were not truly disruptive and were unlikely to catapult Sprint back to growth in the short term.
T-Mobile US surpassed Sprint as the No. 3 carrier in terms of overall network performance, according to a new report from network testing firm RootMetrics, which covered the first half of 2014. That marks a reversal from RootMetrics' last report, which covered the second half of 2013 and was released in early March.
T-Mobile US changed its family plans over the weekend to add support for up to 10 lines. The carrier initially launched its family plan in July with four lines of service for $100 per month.
Verizon Wireless launched a new plan for individual subscribers that offers unlimited voice, texting and 2 GB of data for $60 per month. The new plan is $30 per month cheaper than a comparable offering on Verizon's More Everything shared data plans.
T-Mobile US said it may throttle the data speeds of its subscribers with unlimited data plans who engage in peer-to-peer file sharing or use their phones as modems to download continuous and automatic data feeds.
AT&T expects to begin deploying LTE Broadcast technology, also known as LTE Multicast, sometime in 2015, according to a top AT&T executive.