All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Wireless Carriers’

No-Contract Phones Are Found To Be More Expensive Than Subsidized Devices

No-contract phones are all the rage these days thanks to T-Mobile. The wireless carrier ditched contracts last year and instead adopted a business model that allows consumers to pay off their new phone in small monthly payments. Other carriers have adopted this new model alongside other pre-paid plans that require consumers to pay for the entire device up front. The …

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Mobile Data Plans: The End Of Unlimited Data?

Some are saying that the “unlimited data” selling point that has long been a part of mobile data plans among top wireless carriers is in its death throes. It’s been pointed out that both Verizon Wireless and AT&T have switched to a “tiered system”. Instead of giving customers as much data as they want, they are now hit with higher …

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T-Mobile’s Jump Being Changed For The Better [Report]

In its quest to shake up the mobile industry, T-Mobile revealed Jump last year as a way to allow consumers to upgrade their devices twice a year. It also instigated a six month waiting period between signing up and being able to upgrade. All of that may be gone by next week. TmoNews reports that T-Mobile will be introducing a …

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AT&T Logs Q4 Profits, 500K New Subscribers

AT&T today released its fourth-quarter earnings, reporting a net income of $6.9 billion – a significant increase over the company’s net $3.9 billion loss during the fourth quarter of 2012. These earnings came on revenue of $33.2 billion, up 1.8% over revenue during the holiday quarter 2012. For the full-year 2013 AT&T reported revenues of $128.8 billion, up slightly from …

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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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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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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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AT&T to Pay Up to $450 For T-Mobile Subscribers to Switch

Just over two years ago AT&T and T-Mobile were set to merge into But for the U.S. Department of Justice that merger would have created the largest mobile provider in the U.S., further stifling competition. Instead, CEO John Legere has turned T-Mobile, the fourth largest mobile provider in the U.S., into a pain in the sides of larger mobile providers …

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AT&T Is Tired Of Footing The Bill For Your New Smartphones

For the longest time, wireless carriers have operated on a business plan that subsidized hardware in exchange for locking customers into a pricey two-year contract. The logic was that the almost pure profit these carriers pulled from subscriptions helped to make up the cost of the phone. Now one carrier isn’t so sure of that business plan anymore. CNET reports …

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AT&T Announces 4G Data Roaming in Canada Through Rogers

AT&T today announced a deal with Rogers Communications to provide its customers with 4G LTE data roaming capabilities while in Canada. Access to the data will, of course, not be free. AT&T customers will have to buy packages of capped monthly data to use Rogers’ network. The packages start at $30 per month for 120MB and also come in $60 …

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Sprint Tanks in New Consumer Satisfaction Survey

With smartphone industry growth in North American now slowing, mobile providers in the U.S. are getting creative to scoop up the last few customers who have yet to sign up for mobile plans and to maintain their large subscriber bases. T-Mobile has been wildly successful at this in the past year, with its market share and subscriber base both growing …

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Sprint to Unveil Its Unsubsidized Pricing Plan

Back in July, T-Mobile introduced its “Jump!” pricing plan. The mobile provider’s new plan, instead of subsidizing the cost of new smartphones, allows customers to pay for their devices on a monthly basis. In addition, customers on the plan can upgrade to newer smartphones on a yearly basis instead of being locked into a two-year contract. Within days of T-Mobile’s …

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AT&T Tops J.D. Power Purchase Experience Survey

Earlier this month, J.D. Power released the results of its “2013 U.S. Wireless Customer Care Full-Service Performance” study. The report showed that AT&T ranks number one among top U.S. mobile providers when it comes to customer service satisfaction. Today, J.D. Power released the results of its “2013 Wireless Purchase Experience” Study. The survey looks at and rates the experiences customers …

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T-Mobile Adds 1.1 Million Subscribers In Q2

For the longest time, T-Mobile was the third wheel of wireless carriers as it did everything the same as AT&T and Verizon, but without the excellent 4G coverage. That all changed earlier this year as the carrier became the “un-carrier” and got rid of contracts. It has also aggressively expanded its 4G coverage. All of this has culminated in the …

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AT&T Ranks 1st in Customer Service For U.S. Mobile Providers

U.S. mobile providers aren’t known for their fantastic customer service, but some are certainly better than others. J.D. Power’s “2013 U.S. Wireless Customer Care Full-Service Performance Study” was released this week, ranking each of the country’s mobile carriers on their customer’s satisfaction with each company’s service. The study found that AT&T now ranks highest in customer service satisfaction among all …

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Sprint Loses $1.6 Billion, Loses Nextel Subscribers

Today Sprint Corporation released its first quarterly report since its acquisition by SoftBank. The U.S. mobile provider posted a massive $1.6 billion net loss during the second quarter of 2013, while the company’s revenue during the quarter dropped slightly to just over $845 million. One of the few bright spots of the report includes an 8% rise in Sprint’s wireless …

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T-Mobile Announces $0 Down For Any Smartphone

T-Mobile was the first mobile provider in the U.S. to introduce a contract-free service that allows users to pay off their smartphone in monthly installments and upgrade more than once every two years. The “Jump!” service was billed by the self-styled “un-carrier” as a big shake-up of the U.S. mobile industry. The industry has now quickly followed T-Mobile’s lead, with …

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AT&T Becomes the Official Wireless Carrier For Disney Parks

AT&T announced this week that it has become the official wireless provider for The Walt Disney Company’s theme parks, including Disneyland and Disney World. As part of the agreement, AT&T will get Disney-related marketing and branding opportunities, including sponsorship of events at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Disney “Cast Members” (employees) will soon be suing AT&T’s network for …

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AT&T Adds New Low-Cap Share Plans

AT&T today announced two new versions of its “Mobile Share” plans. The new offerings have low data caps and are among the least expensive of AT&T’s “Share” plans. Starting this Friday, July 26, AT&T will offer Mobile Share plans with data caps of 300MB and 2GB. The 300MB offering (the lowest data cap offered by AT&T) will be priced at …

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No Contract, Flexible Upgrade “Verizon Edge” Plans Announced

Though T-Mobile got the ball rolling with its “Jump!” plan that allows customers to upgrade their phones twice every year, AT&T soon followed suit with its similar “Next” pricing plans, which allow customers to upgrade after making payments on a device for one year. The announcements seem to have put pressure on Verizon, which earlier this week was rumored to …

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Verizon Meets Earnings Expectations, Adds 1M Subscribers

Verizon Communications today released its second quarter earnings report. The U.S. telecom company managed to meet Wall Street’s expectations, posting a $0.73 earnings per share – a 14% increase over the second quarter of 2012. The earnings came on revenues of $29.8 billion, a 4.3% increase over the second quarter of 2012. Of particular not is Verizon’s continued subscriber increases. …

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Verizon Could Soon Offer Flexible Upgrades Too

Last week, T-Mobile announced it’s new “Jump!” pricing plan. Under the service, customers would pay $10 per month for the privilege of being able to trade in their smartphone for an upgrade twice a year, with the fees for upgrading dropped to new-customer levels. It’s a deal that consumers might expect from the fourth-largest U.S. carrier that did away with …

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AT&T Next Lets You Upgrade Your Phone Every Year At No Extra Cost

For years, wireless carriers made it all but impossible to upgrade your smartphone. Sure, you could pay the full price of the phone, but you could only get those wonderful upgrade subsidizations every two years. Now the wireless carriers are beginning to wise up and offer better upgrade options. AT&T announced AT&T Next today – a new plan that allows …

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FCC To Vote On Whether Wireless Carriers Can Sell Your Private Information

Did you know that pretty much everything you do on your smartphone, feature phone or cellphone is logged at your carrier? Did you also know that this information is routinely sold to advertisers without your consent? Well, the FCC is saying enough is enough. The Hill reports that the FCC plans to hold a vote in late June on wireless …

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Sprint to Shut Down Nextel on June 30

Sprint Nextel today announced that it is still planning to shut down the Nextel National Network by the end of June. The company has stated that June 29 will be the final day of full Nextel iDEN network service. On Sunday, June 30, iDEN phones will not receive voice or data. Sprint stated the equipment that powers the network will …

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Over 94,000 Consumers Want Verizon To Drop Contracts

Wireless carrier contracts are just a way of life. Well, they used to be until T-Mobile rebranded itself as the unCarrier by getting rid of two-year contracts entirely. This led to some consumers demanding that Verizon do the same, and those consumers now number in the thousands. A petition on Change.org asking Verizon to drop contracts has reached over 94,000 …

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T-Mobile Turns On 4G LTE In Seven Markets, 200 Million To Have LTE By Year’s End

At this morning’s UnCarrier event, T-Mobile has already announced that its ditching contracts in favor of a simpler plan, and that it plans to offer the iPhone 5 starting early next month. It’s a great start for the beleaguered wireless carrier, but it still needs to compete with AT&T’s and Verizon’s LTE market penetration. To better compete in the modern …

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