VTel Wireless, one of the 12 smaller wireless carriers Sprint announced LTE roaming deals with in June, launched LTE service in parts of Vermont on Tuesday.
FierceWireless has partnered with AllNet Labs, a wireless consulting firm, to map out exactly how much spectrum each of the four Tier 1 carriers currently has that they could deploy for LTE service, broken down on a county-by-county basis. T hese maps show how much spectrum each of the nation's Tier 1 carriers currently has for LTE based on their stated LTE deployment plans. It doesn't show actual LTE deployments, only the spectrum that likely is used or will be used for LTE deployments.
The Federal Trade Commission is alleging that T-Mobile US made "hundreds of millions of dollars" by knowingly charging customers for purported "premium" SMS subscriptions that, in many cases, were "bogus charges" customers never authorized. T-Mobile said the complaint is "unfounded and without merit."
According to a new report from BTIG analyst Walter Piecyk, Verizon Wireless is in a better position than AT&T Mobility to maintain ARPU since fewer Verizon subscribers currently subscribe to shared data plans above 10 GB.
T-Mobile US confirmed it met its mid-year goal of covering 230 million POPs with its LTE network. The carrier plans to cover 250 million POPs with LTE by the end of 2014.
Some T-Mobile US customers are reporting that they are still incurring data charges from using music streaming service Spotify despite a recently introduced new plan from T-Mobile that exempts that data from counting toward customers' data caps.
Verizon's contract with the German government has been cancelled following revelations last year of U.S. government spying, according to multiple media reports.
Sprint CEO Dan Hesse said that creating a bigger No. 3 carrier in the U.S. market would lead to better coverage in rural areas. Though Hesse did not specifically address a merger between No. 3 carrier Sprint and No. 4 carrier T-Mobile US, in an interview with Cnet he said that the creation of a larger rival to AT&T Mobility and Verizon Wireless would likely lead to that third carrier providing better coverage in rural areas.
Sprint yesterday hosted a media event to announce a number of new initiatives, including a longer trial period for its services, nationwide HD Voice, additional LTE markets and a new focus on fitness apps and services, along with the fitness-focused Samsung Galaxy S5 Sport. However, some in attendance remained notably unimpressed: "We do not believe any of the announcements are a game changer and continue to expect Sprint to struggle to take share," wrote Credit Suisse analysts Joseph A Mastrogiovanni and Michael Baresich in a note to investors following the event.
Sprint today made a number of new announcements today aimed at increasing interest in its services and improving its offerings, including reinstating a 30-day satisfaction guarantee that it discontinued in 2011.