Sprint prepaid brands Virgin Mobile and Boost Mobile will throttle the speeds of heavy data users to slower speeds starting in May, apparently the result of increased smartphone penetration and data usage in the brands.
Sprint may be bringing back the Nextel brand to lure enterprise customers back into the fold, according to a TechCrunch report. The report, which cited an unnamed source familiar with the company's plans, also said that Sprint may merge its Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile prepaid brands into a new brand dubbed "Sprint Freedom."
BT signed an agreement to use the mobile network of UK operator EE, in a move that could see the UK incumbent return to the consumer mobile market as soon as next year.
As América Móvil's Carlos Slim tries to increase his presence in Europe with a bid for an increased stake in KPN, one of Europe's very own business heavyweights is now planning to take on Slim in his backyard, as Richard Branson revealed plans to challenge the dominance of Slim in the Mexican mobile market.
Virgin Mobile unveiled plans to offer LTE services in France after signing a "4G Full MVNO" contract with Bouygues Telecom to use the operator's LTE and 3G networks, although it's not clear how this arrangement will affect the MVNO's existing network deals with Orange France and SFR.
Vodafone's latest MVNO deal with UK supermarket chain Sainsbury's means that three of the UK's largest supermarkets will in future offer mobile services based on an MVNO model. In the view of one analyst, more mobile network operators across Europe and elsewhere should be cashing in on wholesale services, where margins can be as much as 50 per cent.
AT&T Mobility revamped its GoPhone prepaid plans, as it recently promised it would, and highlighted the fact that its GoPhone customers can access its LTE network, which now covers more than 200 million POPs.
Virgin Group owner Richard Branson is planning to extend the Virgin Mobile brand to the Middle East, and has already submitted a bid for an MVNO licence in Saudi Arabia.
Verizon Wireless confirmed that tomorrow the carrier will launch a prepaid plan that includes 500 minutes and unlimited mobile web and texting. The plan will go for $35 per month and will only be available on basic phones.
Sprint Nextel's Virgin Mobile USA prepaid brand is offering T-Mobile USA customers $100 to switch over to Virgin's no-contract service. The action is a response to T-Mobile's new no-contract business strategy.