Back in black
John Legere’s Uncarrier campaign may have landed T-Mobile plenty of customers over the last two years, but Uncarrier’s numerous consumer enticements haven’t…
When customers defect
At a high level, Verizon had a very good fourth quarter for customer growth. It brought on board an additional 2.07 million…
Data for a rainy day
Starting tomorrow, many T-Mobile customers will start seeing a new item show up on their bills: a bank of unused megabytes or…
T-Mobile is flouting one of the biggest taboos of the mobile industry: The monthly data allotment. T-Mobile CEO John Legere on Tuesday…
T-Mobile keeps growing, adding new prepaid and postpaid customers and activating new smartphone and even internet-of-things connections. The only area where its lagging far behind the competition is in tablets.
Apple’s new SIM card will act as a gateway between the iPad and mobile networks. That gives Apple an enormous amount of power over the carriers. It’s doubtful, though, that Apple will use it.
Ting’s customers may use less cellular data than the national average, but they’re also a paying a lot less each month. That reflects the company’s pay-for-what-you-consume billing model.
Vodafone’s share price rose Friday on rumors of a takeover bid by AT&T. We’ve so been here before — AT&T promised back…
With no merger possibilities on the horizon, Sprint and T-Mobile will have to look at a different acquisition target: spectrum. The 2015 incentive auction will be both carriers’ opportunity to get the low-band frequencies they lack.
Nokia is starting to reclaim lost ground in the U.S. mobile networking market. Consequently it’s buying Chicago-based SAC Wireless to help it roll out its new network contracts.
Ultra Mobile, an MVNO specializing in international SMS and voice, is taking the unlimited calling plan and making it global — at least to landlines in 40 countries.
Verizon(s vz) now claims that its disconnecting Chromebook Pixels owners prematurely disconnected from their free 100-MB-a-month 4G plans was a mistake, and…
Eden Rock’s self-optimizing network (SON) technology recognizes where the demand is highest and the coverage is most sketchy in the mobile network. It can then start growing and shrinking cells to fix those problems.
Apple plans to drive more iPhone purchases through its stores by offering prepaid and month-to-month plans to customers who buy unlocked phones.
Now that it has a name, Verizon has started revealing more details about its new LTE network in the AWS band. It covers half of Verizon’s current 4G footprint and 35 percent of its LTE devices.
T-Mobile is bucking the trend of focusing single-mindedly on faster networks. Using a new antenna technology, it’s building better, more consistent mobile data networks. T-Mobile will roll out the new technology to multiple cities this year.
Not much has changed in the pecking order of U.S. mobile networks since last year, according to Root. But there was a lot of network upgrade activity in recent months not necessarily reflected in the results.
The biggest bogeyman of any cellular network is interference, but Perlman’s new startup Artemis Networks claims to make interference work for a network, not against it.
AT&T’s limited-time offer that paid up to $450 to users who switched their service from T-Mobile has ended after less than a month.
Who has built the fastest network? The most resilient network? The network with the most room to grow? Gigaom takes a look at how the carriers stack up on LTE given their recent flurry of activity.
Any dip in North American iPhone sales is bound to have an impact on U.S. mobile carriers, in particularly AT&T which has leaned heavily on the iPhone for years.
Verizon’s latest data plan is its cheapest yet, but that doesn’t make it a very good deal.
One week after dropping its One Up program the carrier has introduced a new to upgrade early with Sprint Easy Pay.
According to a report in NFC Times, France’s number-three mobile operator has effectively put its pioneering NFC program on hold, with top executives associated with the technology leaving the company.
At CES, T-Mobile claimed to have the fastest network in the country, but in its analysis it seems to have ignored one network entirely: Verizon’s new LTE monster.
AT&T’s planned LTE network in the AWS band looked like a forgotten dream when it was forced to give up its licenses after the AT&T-T-Mobile merger failed. But AT&T is trying to replace those lost airwaves.
AT&T now matches Verizon 4G market for 4G market, though it still lags in total population coverage. AT&T, however, doesn’t appear to be done with its LTE rollout.
Cash-rich Vodafone(s vod) is keen on becoming India’s largest mobile carrier by buying out Tata Teleservices, according to a report in the…
SingTel is using Ericsson technology to give its HSPA networks a little self-awareness. Instead of mechanically passing subscribers from cell to cell, the network is now reconfiguring itself on the fly to meet demand.
AT&T introduced new Mobile Share Value plans and changes to its Next plans that could save many customers money.
With an HTC One and coordinates to find Spark in hand, I set out to run some speed tests on Sprint’s latest network in New York City.
Verizon CFO Fran Shammo admitted that the carrier’s network quality has been compromised in some areas due to 4G LTE traffic, but a fix is on the way by the end of the year.
AT&T’s LTE network is now in in 461 markets, 39 shy of Verizon’s. It probably won’t finish the year matching Verizon’s network footprint, but it will get close.
In the race to deploy LTE networks nationwide, Sprint is in last place. It’s now covering 230 cities and towns, but there are still some big metropolitan holes in its footprint.
Sales of smartphones and LTE-connected devices continued to drive the pace: 67 percent of its retail contract subscriber base now owns a smartphone, and 34 percent owns an LTE device.
Verizon’s double-wide LTE network has made its first appearance in New York — spotted by a GigaOM reader. Clocking in at 80 Mbps, the network is already speedy, but it likely will be even faster when it officially launches.
As part of the third phase of its “un-carrier” campaign, T-Mobile announced nationwide 4G LTE, free unlimited data and texting worldwide, and a partnership with pop signing sensation Shakira.
Guavus, a San Mateo, Calif.-based startup that specializes in analyzing the data coming off carrier networks, has hired former NetApp EVP Manish…
AT&T completed its summer LTE expansion plans this week with 370 markets under its belt. It hopes to finish the year with 420 markets and 270 million people covered.
Three of the big four carriers have already started beaming their cellular signals into the depths of New York City’s subway system…
AT&T’s new Next program is simple: You pay the full cost of your device off in monthly installments, but at month 12 you can trade in your phone for a new device. There are a few catches.
According to an OECD study, it’s generally cheaper to get a phone and contract separately — or at least with the separate costs clearly marked — than it is to opt for a bundle with a “discounted” handset.
AT&T was targeting 78 markets for its expanded LTE network this summer, but it’s already completed the upgrade in 68. That puts it well ahead of schedule.
Dish set its sights on two big carrier M&A deals, but now it appears to be leaving with nothing. It’s withdrawn its bids for both Clearwire and Sprint.
AT&T estimates that it will close the quarter with half a million new contract customers. The big improvement on last quarter is probably due to new promotions and some key smartphone wins.
The Financial Times says it has seen a questionnaire the European Commission is sending to carriers, asking them to clarify Apple’s channel terms. Authorities are also said to be looking into 4G restrictions on the iPhone 5.
Content providers will soon pay mobile carriers to exempt their traffic from consumers’ mobile data plans, says AT&T’s Randall Stephenson. That may seem like a good deal for consumers but in the long-term it’s actually a raw deal.
Hype over T-Mobile’s “Uncarrier” event on Tuesday is building. There are no guarantees about what exactly T-Mo will announce tomorrow, but here’s what we expect — and hope — will come out of the NYC press extravaganza.
How does RootMetrics know who has the best mobile data network? During a ride-along, Root showed us just how it collects the millions of data-points that go into its detailed coverage maps and performance reports.
After focusing its LTE rollout on small town America for months, Sprint is returning its attention to big cities. Boston and Austin join Chicago and Indianapolis as the latest cities to get the 4G upgrade.
ItsOn, a startup founded by wireless gurus Greg Raleigh and Charles Giancarlo, is coming out of stealth mode with $15 million in funding from Andreessen Horowitz and SV Angel. The company is creating a cloud platform that allows operators to offer tailored data plans for consumers.
At the Frankfurt Book Fair on Tuesday, Berlin-based Txtr announced a tiny e-reader that will cost under €10 when subsidized by mobile carriers. With the Beagle, the company aims to convert the 80 percent of global mobile phone users who don’t already read ebooks.
Want a new iPhone, but not sure which U.S. carrier is best suited for your needs? Enter CarrierCompare, a free iPhone app that uses real network tests in your location combined with crowdsourced data to help you choose the carrier that’s right for you.
French operators won’t begin rolling out their LTE networks until this summer, but once they do, Wireless Intelligence projects they will add 4G subscribers at a steady clip until they hit 10 million connections in 2017.
Sprint should be getting the new iPhone when it arrives, and according to a new report, the company is paying for the privilege. Sources close to the deal report that Sprint will pay around $20 billion for 30.5 million iPhones over the next four years.
Sprint’s CEO says he doesn’t want to talk about whether the carrier is getting the iPhone. But he’s not exactly going out of his way to deny it, despite several reports that indicate Sprint will be U.S. customers’ third carrier option to buy Apple’s upcoming smartphone.
Every fourth bit transferred over mobile data networks worldwide is part of a YouTube video: That’s the gist of a new study from network optimization vendor Allot Networks. The research also shows strong growth for VoIP and IM traffic, albeit on a much smaller level.
France Telecom said it is in talks with Google about offering segmented services for users, so those who want faster or more stable service can pay more. It’s part of a larger push by FT to come to some agreement with Silicon Valley companies.
The mobile space is all about a tug-of-war of control between network operators, device manufacturers and software developers. But rarely do the players involved make the power play so obvious as did France Telecom CEO Stephane Richard during a recent interview.
Apple has submitted a proposal to make SIM cards even smaller than the micro-SIM currently used in the iPhone 4 and iPad. The new smaller SIM standard is also backed by French carrier Orange, and was submitted to the European Telecommunications Standards Institute last week.
Apple unveiled the iPad 2 today, and I was surprised by at least one thing: Unlike its predecessor, the iPad 2 looks to be locked to a single carrier, even in at least one country where carriers use the same mobile network technology.
Tech-savvy smartphone users are the least likely to stick with their carrier, and 31 percent of U.S. consumers are ready to switch wireless providers for better or improved services, says a recent Nokia Siemens Networks survey. Is the smartphone starting to render carrier loyalty obsolete?
Crown Castle completed its $115 million acquisition of NewPath Networks last week, which builds and operates distributed antenna systems (DAS) networks. The deal underscores the increasing importance that technology will play in the future deployment of mobile services.
AT&T today restructured its pricing plans for mobile data, killing all-you-can-eat offerings that have long been enjoyed by users with iPhones and other high-end handsets. The move marks the beginning of the era of metered billing — which could significantly impact the world of mobile apps.
AT&T this morning confirmed it will carry Palm’s webOS devices, in addition to Dell’s Android-based Aero. Still, the network operator’s strategy is all about the iPhone. Here’s a quick breakdown of tier-one carriers’ current strategies.
Deep discounts are helping to push smartphones beyond early adopters and hardcore business users and into the hands of mainstream U.S. consumers, but they’re also stalling revenue growth, and demand for the sophisticated handsets may suffer once network operators do away with all-you-can-eat data plans.
Google continued to build on its impressive momentum in mobile this week as Android stole the headlines at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The company’s increasing footprint in mobile has some network operators shaking in their boots — and for some very good reasons.
AT&T has chosen Alcatel-Lucent and Ericsson to build its LTE network, which is set to begin commercial deployment next year. While the carrier is playing catch-up to Verizon, its move to 4G may enable it to hold on to iPhone users after its exclusive pact ends.
LTE will be the 4G standard of choice in mobile, but the technology must clear several key hurdles before it gains any real traction. WiMAX will build a considerable lead over its rival technology as LTE suffers growing pains in the next few years.
Comnet Wireless has tapped ZTE to deploy a test 4G network for voice and data services in 3 states — and teaming with the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority in the hopes of getting a piece of the $7.2 billion broadband stimulus fund to help.
Verizon’s FiOS business slowed in the fourth quarter but Verizon Wireless continued to build on its momentum, adding 2.2 million new customers. And mobile data — which has become a focal point for the carrier — fueled much of the revenues.
Tuesday’s 7.0 earthquake in Haiti knocked out the country’s only direct submarine cable system, leaving the country to rely largely on satellites and mobile networks for international communications. Digicel, the nation’s leading mobile carrier, is working to send technicians to the island to ease congestion problems.
The surge in mobile data usage will keep ramping up as multimedia-friendly phones continue to gain traction. So network operators are exploring ways to move beyond flat-rate plans to monetize high-end users and minimize the effects of increased traffic on the network.
Cars will become increasingly connected to the web over the next several years, according to iSuppli. While that represents a huge opportunity for mobile players, network operators will need to make sure they can deliver the kind of content consumers are sure to want.
AT&T’s Ralph de la Vega this morning said the carrier either has to “reduce or modify” the mobile data consumption of some of its high-end users. Which could mean the end of flat-rate pricing in favor of prices that vary based on network congestion.
[qi:101] Subsidies for high-end smartphones can be a Faustian bargain for mobile operators, but there are riches in the coming wave of…
Mobile network operators can boost data revenues by providing personalized apps and content experiences for their subscribers, according to a report released…
Vodafone is hoping that social networks and a new app store can give it a much-needed facelift. The carrier is launching a…
Orange will merge with T-Mobile UK in a deal that will see the combined company become the largest player in the UK,…
The days are getting shorter, the mercury is falling and the kids are headed back to school. And network operators are pouring boatloads of money into marketing campaigns to turn those youngsters into high-end, ARPU-boosting customers.
Ask Phil Asmundson what his duties are at Deloitte & Touche and be ready for an earful. As the vice chairman and…
Five major UK carriers are banding together to pool customer data so that it can be put into a giant database and…
Oracle’s (ORCL) unsolicited $6.67 billion bid for BEA Systems (BEAS), deemed not enough by the prey, is a sign that the era…