All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘mobile provider’

AT&T Now Allows Current Subscribers to Upgrade to “Next”

AT&T today announced that it has eased up on the requirements for its Next plans. The carrier will now allow current AT&T subscribers to enjoy the same Next plans that new subscribers do. The new policy applies to all AT&T subscribers on a two-year service agreement who have been on their plans for at least six months. Last summer AT&T …

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Verizon Earnings & Subscriber Numbers Up in 2013

Verizon today released its fourth quarter 2013 and full-year 2013 financial results, showing that the company has made a significant turnaround from its disappointing fourth quarter 2012 numbers. Verizon’s fourth quarter earnings per share hit $1.76 in 2013, a significant increase over its $1.48 earnings per share loss during the fourth quarter of 2012. The company blames part of its …

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Sprint’s “One Up” Program is Now “Easy Pay”

When T-Mobile announced its “JUMP!” pricing and upgrade program last year, U.S. mobile providers scrambled to implement similar deals. Sprint was the last major carrier to roll out its plan, which was dubbed “One Up.” The plan allowed customers to purchase devices with monthly payments over the course of two years and upgrade those devices at a faster rate. When …

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Mobile Data Revenue Hit New Highs in 2013

Smartphone manufacturers may be seeing their sales growth slow in established western markets, but the companies providing mobile data access on the those devices are still seeing their revenues soar. Market research firm ABI Research today released a report estimating that mobile internet service revenue rose over 23% worldwide in 2013, up to nearly $300 billion. Smartphones are becoming more …

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Sprint’s “One Up” Plans No Longer Available

Less than four months ago, Sprint announced its “One Up” pricing program. The offering was a reaction to T-Mobile’s “Jump!” announcement, which allowed T-Mobile subscribers to Pay for their smartphones through monthly payment plans while using T-Mobile service through a no-contract monthly agreement. The system allowed for customers to upgrade their devices yearly, with no extra down payments. Sprint’s One …

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AT&T’s Sponsored Data Raises Big Concerns For Consumers and Content Providers

Though it was easy to miss among the flood of CES coverage this week, AT&T has announced a plan to capture new revenue from its data network. Called “Sponsored Data,” the plan would see AT&T charging mobile content providers for AT&T subscribers’ data usage. In other words, Netflix or Facebook could pay AT&T for its customers to access their mobile …

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T-Mobile Claims It Now Has The Fastest 4G Speeds

Today at its Consumer Electronics Show (CES) presentation T-Mobile laid down the gauntlet for other mobile providers, promising to pay customers’ early termination fees if they trade-in their devices. Even paying $650 for a customer to switch won’t be enough, though, if T-Mobile’s network isn’t up to the standard of what customers are used to. So, along with the termination …

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T-Mobile to Pay Other Carriers’ Early Termination Fees

Late last week AT&T announced a plan to pay T-Mobile subscribers up to $450 to switch to AT&T. T-Mobile CEO John Legere’s criticisms aside, it now seems that AT&T was getting out ahead of a new T-Mobile plan that was announced at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) today. During the T-Mobile CES presentation today Legere announced a plan to pay …

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Sprint Announces New “Framily” Service Plans

While AT&T and T-Mobile have been dealing with their own issues during this week’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Sprint has used the venue as the debut of a new mobile service plan it is calling “Framily.” Though Sprint is calling the new plan “revolutionary,” the realities of the plan are a bit more mundane than that. Under a Framily plan, …

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AT&T’s Sponsored Data Criticized by Congresswoman

Yesterday AT&T announced its “Sponsored Data” initiative, which would allow companies to pay AT&T subscribers’ data costs for accessing their content. The plan immediately raised red flags for net neutrality activists, who saw the plan as the very thing they had been fighting to prevent. Though AT&T attempted to promote Sponsored Data as a good thing for consumers who might …

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CES 2014: AT&T Announces New “Sponsored Data” Offering

AT&T today unveiled a new plan to allow content providers to subsidize data costs for AT&T mobile subscribers. The plan, called “Sponsored Data” would allow companies to pay for any data charges that AT&T mobile customers would ordinarily incur accessing those companies’ content. Sponsored Data content will be marked with a special icon denoting that certain apps, videos, and services …

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T-Mobile CEO Calls AT&T Payouts “Desperate”

Earlier today, AT&T announced that it will now pay up to $450 to T-Mobile customers willing to switch over to an AT&T plan. The deal included $200 per line for the switch and up to $250 for a traded-in smartphone, depending on the phone model. The move was a tacit admission that T-Mobile has been syphoning off subscribers from AT&T. …

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