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There's no denying that talking has taken a back seat to data usage and texting in the United States, with carriers far and wide offering up unlimited minutes like they're candy, while charging an arm and a leg for a small pool of data. Such is the world of supply and demand. That said, those who are situated in a different country from their family members still face challenges, particularly on the mobile front. Ultra Mobile, a prepaid mobile provider serving international communities across the United States, today unveiled Ultra Zero in an effort to lend a hand. The feature enables Ultra Mobile... Read more...
Far too often, we hear plenty of negative stories making the news, with very little positive news to balance things out. It's a depressing cycle, to be sure, so we're thrilled to see a nugget in the technology world that's breaking that trend. Defense Mobile Corporation aunching a new nationwide wireless service on the Sprint 4G LTE network, with a unique mobile affinity platform, integrated mobile banking, and a set of community-focused mobile applications. When it launches in 2014, the service will be available to active-duty officers and enlisted personnel of the U.S. military, including those... Read more...
Perhaps the second time will be the charm for AT&T. The carrier, which failed in its attempt to scoop up T-Mobile a couple of years ago, still needs access to additional spectrum in order to truly compete with Verizon Wireless in terms of network coverage. It's pretty hard to get spectrum these days, but a surefire way is to acquire a rival operator that owns a chunk of their own. Now, the nation's fifth largest carrier is in AT&T's sights, as the company announced this week that it had agreed to buy Leap Wireless for a staggering $1.19 billion. Under the terms of the agreement, AT&T... Read more...
Well, it's pretty easy to tell which U.S. carriers are doing well, and which aren't. Verizon and AT&T recently extended the length of time required for its customers to get a subsidy on a new phone, while T-Mobile and Sprint are both making some pretty consumer-friendly moves. Clearly, those first two are raking in the cash. Sprint, however, has been slipping for years. The carrier has trumpeted its unlimited data option for some time now, but that's seemingly not enough. This week, it's introducing a wild new unlimited guaranteed plan for those who are ready to tie the knot with an operator.... Read more...
T-Mobile + MetroPCS. That's a thing now, remember? And it seems that the former is well ahead of schedule when it comes to integrating networks with the latter. A release shot out this week from T-Mobile makes clear that just six weeks after the combination was locked down, it's already working to migrate MetroPCS customers onto T-Mobile's HSPA+ and LTE networks. The good news? It's moving "ahead of schedule." This means that T-Mobile users will have access to an LTE network in the near future. The company is making HSPA+ and LTE compatible devices available to MetroPCS customers as well as allowing... Read more...
These days, it's a spectrum turf war for carriers. The more spectrum they have, the more power and coverage they have... so they'll do anything to acquire it. It's a highly limited asset, and Sprint is a carrier that needs more spectrum in the worst way. So, they're acquiring certain bits of U.S. Cellular spectrum to bolster their coverage. Additional spectrum will significantly increase Sprint's network capacity and further improve the customer experience in Chicago, St. Louis and other Midwest markets, which are some pretty monumental markets to be working in. Specifically, Sprint will acquire... Read more...
The concept of a mobile carrier is changing drastically. Last week, even AT&T dove into the prepaid arena with AIO Wireless, and T-Mobile USA is attempting to get rid of the conventional contract altogether. Now, there's another player: Zact. The company is billing itself as the industry's first "smart mobile service," that promises to help its customers "never overpay" for voice, text, and data. It's built around adjustable plans, improved sharing, data-by-the-app, and built-in parental controls. People are often frustrated by expensive one-size-fits-all plans and mobile phone subsidies that... Read more...
It's about time, isn't it? U.S. Cellular customers have waited six long, grueling years, and while other carriers have slowly but surely slid the iPhone into their lineups, USCC remained silent. Sure, it expanded coverage, gained LTE and offered up plenty of Android superphones, but yet, no iPhone. It was no doubt a gaping hole in the product portfolio, and it looks as if that hole will finally be plugged before the end of this year. According to the company, it'll offer a variety of iPhones "later this year," and it sure sounds as if an LTE-enabled iPad may also be in the cards. It's not saying... Read more...
As carrier networks gravitate more and more towards data (and less towards pure voice services), Sprint has announced a bolstering that'll position it to serve its future customers -- folks who will no doubt be clamoring for plenty of IP-based information. The operator this week launched Sprint Data Link and Static IP networking services over the Sprint 4G LTE network. Both products are compatible with 3G as well as 4G, and include upgrades that make it easier for businesses and government agencies to deploy, manage and extend an enterprise network to modems, tablets and handsets. Sprint Data Link... Read more...
You know, this is finally starting to feel like a trend. And it's certainly a trend we're happy to get behind. The trend of high(er)-speed Internet is seemingly sweeping the developed world, with fiber-based solutions and ISPs offering 1Gbps+ speeds becoming less of an exception compared to yesteryear. Now, even customers Down Under will soon be able to enjoy the blistering speeds that folks in Kansas City already have access to. Australians will soon be able to thank NBN for installing 1Gbps access, as the network is set to go live prior to the end of 2013. To put this in perspective, a 1Gbps... Read more...
Sprint lost a lot (a lot!) of time in the 4G war by selecting WiMAX while everyone else waited for LTE to become the de facto choice of carriers. Now, the carrier's trying to right the ship, and it's slowly but surely introducing a swath of new LTE markets. This week, it introduced one of its largest chunks to date, as it looks to drop LTE coverage over 21 new markets. Sprint's network holes have become glaringly obvious of late, and it's clearly on a lower level (along with T-Mobile) in the coverage game. Adding LTE, however, could help the customer bleeding that has been happening in recent quarters.... Read more...
You know, it's a funny thing -- it seems that while the Big Four compete against one another for wireless sales in the U.S., they sure don't offer a lot of differentiation. Each carrier charges roughly the same thing each money, offers roughly the same portfolio of phones, and after one carrier went all-in with shared data contracts, it looks as if the dominos are falling there as well. Now, there's word that Verizon Wireless may follow T-Mobile's "no contract" lead. Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam recently stated that he'd be open to the thought of getting rid of contracts, but here's the thing: while... Read more...
T-Mobile has a major press event scheduled for this coming Tuesday, and if you wanted a clue at what the carrier may be revealing, take a look at this. The so-called "UNcarrier" has revealed some new pricing plans early, and they're actually fairly compelling coming from a postpaid network operator. The company, which is set to merge with MetroPCS in the coming months, has been on a rampage of late, attempting to boast about its lack of restrictions and competitive pricing compared to the likes of AT&T. Humorously, T-Mobile and AT&T were set to merge as well not too long ago, but since... Read more...
Well, it's good to see the ball rolling on this one already. In January, the US government deemed it illegal to unlock your cell phone without explicit carrier permission - and obviously, that didn't go down too well with consumers. Almost immediately, a petition was started that garnered over 115,000 signatures. President Obama took notice, and agreed that people should be able to unlock their phones if they own it. Now, a bill has been introduced that aims to re-legalize the process. Utah Republican Mike Lee has said, "Consumers shouldn’t have to fear criminal charges if they want to unlock... Read more...
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