AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile have announced that they will cease charging subscribers for premium texting services, most of which are nothing more than spam that tricks users into paying highly monthly fees for unwanted messages.
Sprint is the third-largest carrier in the United States; however, when it comes to the satisfaction levels of those millions of subscribers, the Now Network is rated as the worst carrier in the country, according to Consumer Reports.
Isis, the mobile payment joint-venture by three of the largest carriers in the United States, has officially gone nationwide today. After several delays and a lengthy testing phase in only two markets, consumers can now pay for items with their smartphones at thousands of locations throughout the US.
While Sprint has chosen November 8 as its date to launch multiple Android devices, that will also be the day that AT&T launches the Samsung Galaxy S 4 Zoom, an Android smartphone with a 16-megapixel camera and 10x optical zoom.
AT&T wants to become an even bigger telecommunications and service provider, and the US-based company may look to merge with one of Europe's largest operators, Vodafone Group, to make that happen. Bloomberg reports that AT&T is devising a strategy that would allow it to takeover Vodafone and become the world's largest carrier.
Leap Wireless, the prepaid service provider that operates Cricket Wireless, has gained the approval of its shareholders to sell the company to AT&T. Leap reached a deal to sell to AT&T for $1.2 billion this summer, and 99 percent of its stockholders approved the sale today. The transaction still requires approval from the FCC and Department of Justice, which could arrive in 4 to 6 months. If approved, AT&T would gain Leap's wireless spectrum, 5 million customers, and 3,400 employees.
Motorola last week cut $100 from the price of its Moto X smartphone at three carriers, and orders placed online at its MotoMaker customization site also dropped to just $99 on contract. Motorola originally didn't drop the price on the off-contract price, but that has changed. Customers can now visit MotoMaker.com and place an order that lowers the off-contract price to just $479.99. The website is still limited to AT&T model phones, but customers can pay full price to avoid having to alter or renew their existing AT&T contract.
AT&T released its earnings report for the third quarter of 2013, and the carrier predictably had a strong sales period - so strong that 75 of every 100 customers now owns a smartphone.
AT&T today announced 13 new markets with 4G LTE as its enhanced 4G network has reached 240 million people. The carrier is on its way to reach 270 million people by the end of the year. The latest market launches include: Tuskegee, Ala.; Bloomington-Normal, Decatur, and Pontiac, Ill.; Lewiston-Auburn, Maine; Hickory, Jacksonville, and Sanford, N.C.; McAlester, Okla.; Adjuntas, Puerto Rico; Gillette, Jackson, and Sheridan, Wyo.
AT&T Mobility is once again growing its 4G LTE coverage map with the launch of 4G in new markets. The carrier today revealed that it has made LTE available for the first time in some cities and expanded coverage in others to allow for users to access the network in more than just the central area of a specific market. New and expanded markets include Birmingham, Ala.; San Francisco, Fresno, and Stockon, Calif.; Concord, N.H.; and Jamestown, New York.