AT&T has its sights set on becoming the top carrier in North America after buying Nextel Mexico earlier this week and the company is coming off a strong 2014 to bolster those prospects. The second largest carrier in the US added 1.9 million wireless customers through the fourth quarter and 5.6 million through 2014, while operating income stood at $3.2 billion for the last calendar period of last year.
T-Mobile's new SCORE! Plan was leaked last week and now the carrier has pushed out the deal officially. It?s the company's latest uncarrier plan and it is pretty easy to get hold of. It is those customers who are pre-paid subscribers who paid full retail price (off plan) for their smartphone, even if you bought that handset away from the carrier.
Google is looking to increase its capacity as a wireless provider, and reports last week suggested that the internet giant has been in talks with Sprint and T-Mobile to become a reseller for those US based networks. Businessweek is now saying that Google has signed a deal with Sprint.
T-Mobile has grown hugely over the last 3 years. Since the company ushered in the Uncarrier movement under the leadership of CEO John Legere it has become successful. In that time T-Mobile has added millions of new customers, is close to taking over Sprint as the third biggest carrier in the US, and has won plaudits for the quality of its LTE services and customer care.
Blackberry's Passport has been out in the wild for some time, and it has actually been received positively with good sales figures and strong critical acclaim. However, Blackberry still wants its square screened handset to have more of an impact in the United States, and the newly launched AT&T variant may achieve that.
T-Mobile CEO John Legere is a colorful chap who has turned the carrier around and shook up the network industry in the United States. He often makes bold predictions that have a funny habit of coming true, and he has been at it again with his predictions for 2015. Among them Legere believes his company T-Mobile will surpass Sprint as the third biggest carrier in the US.
Sprint is in hot water with the FCC over accusations of cramming and the company could be hit with a big $105 million fine. Cramming is when a carrier adds unauthorized charges to a customer's monthly data bill, something the FCC has been clamping down on lately. Back in October the regulatory body fined AT&T a similar amount of money for the same reason.
T-Mobile has today launched a new service called Data Stash, something that it says makes it easier for customers to manage how much data they are using. At the Magenta Networks' Un-carrier 8.0 event today the carrier said it would remove the "infuriating wireless industry practice of confiscating data".
T-Mobile is continuing to go to war with other carriers with aggressive pricing and plans, the latest of which is the Simple Choice family plan. The company found that 40% of customers are worried about going over their monthly data, so the Uncarrier created this plan that gives two lines unlimited data per month for $100.
Windows Phone has made some gains in emerging markets but Microsoft's platform still struggles to make an impact in its home market in the USA. That is not going to get better anytime soon and if you are on the lookout for a Windows handset this Christmas your options have just lessened. Sprint, the third largest carrier in the United States no longer sells Windows Phone smartphones on its website.