Biggest blunders, top operators, and the return of unlimited data plans

It was a big week for the wireless industry--unlimited data plans made a comeback, the FCC approved Verizon's $3.9 billion purchase of AWS spectrum from some cablecos, and AT&T launched its Mobile Share data plans. To  help you keep on top of all the news and industry metrics, Fierce's editorial team has been busy writing special reports that bring you all the latest information on the top trends. Here is a rundown of this week's special reports and features from the team:

  • FierceWireless decided to delve into the archives to uncover the top five biggest blunders in the wireless industry. This feature is generating a lot of discussion among readers. Weigh in with your opinion: Special Report
  • Within the span of about 20 hours, both MetroPCS (NYSE:PCS) and T-Mobile USA announced new unlimited data plans for smartphones. FierceWireless Executive Editor Mike Dano contemplates the comeback of the unlimited data plan. Editor's Corner
  • As he does every quarter, ABI Research's Michael Morgan checked out the world's 11 largest branded cell phone makers in the second quarter of 2012, providing sales data as well as insight into their strategy and competitive position in the market. See his list here.
  • Verizon Wireless (NYSE:VZ) and AT&T Mobility (NYSE:T) managed to tighten their hold on the wireless market during the second quarter of 2012. Both carriers reported overall gains in postpaid subscribers and both reported churn below 1 percent. Strategy Analytics looked at the second-quarter results of all the top operators: Feature
  • FierceWireless Editor Phil Goldstein attended a MetroPCS (NYSE:PCS)  press event in New York City and talked with COO Tom Keyes about the company's views on the iPhone, spectrum constraints and VoLTE: Article
  • FierceDeveloper Editor Shane Schick delved into social media and how social search is helping mobile app developers bring draw more attention (and users) to their apps. Feature

Keep your eyes peeled for more special reports and features from the Fierce team in the weeks ahead. --Sue