By Christian Zibreg on Dec 6, 2013
After the Wall Street Journal on Wednesday said that anonymous sources claimed Apple and China Mobile have finally inked an iPhone distribution agreement, most outlets, including us, reported it as a fact.
Add on top of that the carrier’s Suzhou subsidiary opened a reservation system for the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c and the fact that China Mobile is gearing up to launch its fourth-generation Long-Term Evolution (LTE) mobile network this month and it’s no surprise that everyone bought the WSJ report.
But now, an influential news organization relays words of a China Mobile official who insisted that the deal has not been inked yet… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Dec 5, 2013
The nation’s second-largest wireless carrier, AT&T, today introduced new Mobile Share Value plans that, similar to T-Mobile’s Un-carrier approach, disentangle the device hardware cost from the monthly service charges, allowing people who prefer not to buy their smartphones subsidized to save at least $15 or more per month on Mobile Share Value plans.
These savings kick in when you buy a new smartphone or bring your own device bought at its full retail price, get a new smartphone for no down payment with AT&T Next or switch to the new plans when your smartphone is no longer under contract. All Mobile Share Value plan customers will benefit from shared data plus unlimited talk and text on their phones, the carrier said… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Dec 4, 2013
Three, one of UK’s top wireless companies, yesterday began turning on its new fourth-generation Long-Term Evolution (LTE) network in select locations. The carrier claims to run the UK’s fastest-growing 3G network which covers more than 97 percent of the country’s population.
In addition to Three’s first LTE sightings in the UK, the company is also extending its Feel At Home roaming service to the United States, starting today. The U.S. joins other countries where Feel At Home has been available, including Austria, Australia, Denmark, Hong Kong, Italy, the Republic of Ireland and Sweden.
The service allows Three’s UK-based Feel At Home customers to use their voice minutes, text messages and cellular data for no charge while traveling outside the UK and roaming the aforementioned countries… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Nov 27, 2013
Black Friday is just around the corner and TMoNews is reporting that T-Mobile USA will be offering Apple’s iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c with $0 down on its usual installment plans, for the Black Friday weekend only, November 29. Following the weekend, limited time pricing “for these amazing devices” will be available beginning Cyber Monday, December 2, as per the carrier’s internal memo.
I’m guessing these prices are for entry-level iPhones with sixteen gigabytes of storage. For those wondering, that’s a $149 saving on the iPhone 5s and a $49 saving on the iPhone 5c right off the bat as you’ll be paying about $20 per month for 24 months on T-Mobile’s installment plans. I’ve included the full details right after the break… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Nov 26, 2013
NTT DoCoMo, Japan’s top wireless carrier with about sixty million subscribers, accounts for more than half of that country’s market for cell phones. Apple products – the iPhone in particular – are tremendously popular with the Japanese so fans will be delighted to learn that NTT will soon open sales for Apple’s new iPad Air.
The confirmation came via a senior DoCoMo executive who said in Tokyo that his company will start carrying the iPad Air “in the not-too-distant future”. I guess you could say the development’s been in the cards ever since Apple announced an iPhone distribution agreement with the carrier in September… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Nov 25, 2013
The nation’s fourth largest wireless carrier, T-Mobile, has flipped the switch on its fourth-generation Long-Term Evolution (LTE) network in twenty new markets across the country while confirming that even faster LTE roll-out is to be expected starting early next year. This new technology uses 20+20 towers on the 20MHz band and is capable of delivering a theoretical download speed of up to 150Mbps, or at least 50 percent higher than the download speeds offered by the current LTE implementation in use today… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Nov 22, 2013
The United States wireless carrier Bluegrass Cellular started selling the iPad Air on November 1, along with many other regional U.S. wireless companies.
And as cellular models of the iPad mini with Retina display have recently begun trickling into Apple’s U.S. retail stores, the Kentucky-based carrier has started selling nearly every Retina mini model.
Moreover, Bluegrass is offering the device via both its web store and directly to customers who shop in one of its retail stores. Customers can buy the device either on or off-contract, with monthly installments making it easier on the wallet. The full breakdown is right below… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Nov 20, 2013
It is no secret that T-Mobile USA, the nation’s fourth-largest wireless carrier, could use some additional spectrum to expand its network and improve the quality of its coverage.
According to Reuters, the Deutsche Telekom-owned telco is mulling the possibility of buying $3 billion worth of additional spectrum from its rival Verizon Wireless.
A source familiar with the matter told Reuters yesterday evening that T-Mobile might agree to the price as it needs more to bolster up its network coverage and quality… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Nov 18, 2013
If you’re a student on the lookout for an iPhone this holiday season, look no further than Best Buy and Sprint which teamed up for a cool smartphone promotion. Beginning today and valid until January 4, eligible students who purchase an eligible Sprint phone at Best Buy stores, at the student-activated price, and sign up for one of Sprint’s plans will received twelve months of free service which includes unlimited talk, text and one gigabyte of data.
This normally costs $70 per month so the free year of service could save you a total of $840. Jump past the fold for the full reveal… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Nov 13, 2013
When was the last time you heard a major United States wireless carrier admit that its network is facing pressure to meet the needs of its users? That’s exactly what Fran Shammo, Verizon’s chief financial officer, said in response to reports that its LTE network is folding under pressure in major cities such as New York, San Francisco and Chicago.
The network strain results in some users in metropolitan areas seeing their data throughput dropping to slower 3G speeds. Verizon blames its deteriorating network quality on “capacity constraints.”
The company has promised to allocate more resources toward fixing the network in high-congestion areas so that these slowdowns dissipate by the end of the year… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Nov 8, 2013
I reported on October 21 that Sprint’s prepaid brand, Boost Mobile, was gearing up to launch the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c real soon. The significant development would mark the first time in Boost’s history it offered the iconic smartphone. Cody followed up with another write-up stating that Boost could sell the handsets at $100 in retail.
Today, the carrier has begun carrying the new iPhones contract-free. The unsubsidized devices start out online at just $449 for the 16GB iPhone 5c model and $549 for the entry-level iPhone 5s, each a cool $100 saving over Apple’s regular price points. But if you’re switching from another carrier, you can claim an additional $100 discount… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Nov 5, 2013
Earlier this morning, T-Mobile filed its September quarter earnings and announced selling 540,000 iPhones amid iPhone 5s shortages, representing fifteen percent of T-Mobile’s prepaid and MetroPCS-branded devices sold. During an earnings call with Wall Street investors, company executives dropped another interesting factoid: just on the iPad Air launch day this past Friday, the Deutsche Telekom-owned carrier has managed to move more tablets than it’d done throughout the entirety of the prior quarter.
It’s an ambiguous data point which doesn’t reveal much in terms of numbers, nor does it tell us which specific tablet brands moved the needle on the iPad Air launch day. However, it jibes with claims made by other carriers such as AT&T, which yesterday said its Apple tablet activations over the iPad Air launch weekend tripled compared to last Fall’s launch… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Nov 5, 2013
T-Mobile USA, the nation’s fourth-largest wireless carrier, has sold 540,000 iPhones during the September quarter, comprising between ten and fifteen percent of the telco’s total 5.6 million smartphones sold, which includes T-Mobile’s prepaid and MetroPCS-branded devices.
By comparison, the #3 Sprint typically reports iPhone sales comprising as much as 25 percent of all smartphone sold.
For example, Sprint said it sold 1.4 million iPhones during the third quarter of 2013, 40 percent of which went to new customers, versus the five million total smartphones sold… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Nov 4, 2013
T-Mobile has caused quite a stir announcing carrying the new iPads with no downpayment, especially the promise of 200MB of free LTE data for life for those who opt for cellular models, as long as they remain customers.
Our own Jeff Benjamin praised T-Mobile’s un-carrier move, noting no other U.S. wireless company has offered free data to iPad users.
The controversy was born after some customers complained that T-Mobile reps told them they couldn’t claim 200MB worth of free monthly data unless they were paying phone customers. Otherwise, it’s a $10 a month On Demand plan charge and T-Mobile CEO John Legere calling it an “executional mistake” didn’t help.
So, what exactly is going on here? Is the 200MB free tier a bait and switch or a legitimate offer, with some strings attached? We lay it all out for you right after the break… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Nov 4, 2013
Sprint’s mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) Ting has recently started quietly supporting Apple’s iPhone, a new report has discovered. According to a help document posted on the carrier’s website, Ting customers can now activate the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S on its network. Previously, the Tucows-owned telco would not allow users to bring their unlocked iPhone and use it with one of its no-contract wireless plans.
Ting still isn’t selling the Apple handset directly, despite a bunch of regional U.S. wireless carriers now offering the latest iPhone 5s/5c as well as previous iPhones… Read More
By Ed Sutherland on Oct 30, 2013
Sprint, America’s third-largest wireless carrier, announced Wednesday that 1.4 million of the five million smartphones it sold during the third quarter were iPhones, of which 40 percent were to new customers.
The iPhone sales are just under the 1.5 million Apple smartphones Sprint activated during the same period in 2012.
The iPhone numbers have helped the carrier reduce the gap from a $398 million operating loss, rebounding from a $767 million loss during the same quarter in 2012. By comparison, Verizon Wireless, the nation’s largest carrier, announced selling about 3.9 million iPhones during the third quarter… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Oct 25, 2013
As Apple is prepping to unleash its newly-announced iPad Air in a massive 42 markets come next Friday, some regional United States wireless carriers are now modestly confirming their vague plans for Apple’s new device. GCI, Bluegrass Cellular and C Spire Wireless – which already carry the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c in their stable – confirmed Friday that the 9.7-inch iPad Air is coming to their respective networks when it debuts “in the coming weeks”.
Bluegrass Cellular and C Spire Wireless combined cover much of the southern United States, including Mississippi, Tennessee, Florida, Alabama, Georgia and Kentucky areas… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Oct 24, 2013
Piggy-backing on Tuesday’s unveiling of the iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display, the agile T-Mobile USA immediately tweeted out they’ll be carrying cellular models with a free 200MB plan. Today, the Deutsche Telekom-owned carrier, the nation’s fourth-largest, has shed more light on its iPad strategy.
Your key takeaway: there will be no downpayment for those in the market for a cellular iPad Air or Retina iPad mini variant. However, the no-downpayment bait applies only to the entry-level models with sixteen gigabytes of storage. The full breakdown of T-Mobile’s UnCarrier offering is right below… Read More
By Ed Sutherland on Oct 23, 2013
Two of the three Russian carriers that dropped the iPhone in 2012 now want it back. MTS and Vimplecom announced Tuesday they will begin selling Apple’s new iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s starting Friday.
Vimplecom (which owns Russia’s No. 3 carrier Beeline) said it signed a contract with Apple for the new handsets. MTS, on the other hand, will use a distributor to get the smartphones. Both Vimplecom and MTS stopped iPhone sales last year, complaining Apple’s stringent contracts created “harsh conditions”… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Oct 21, 2013
EV Leaks, the credible source of carrier and device rumors, recently claimed that prepaid U.S. telco Boost Mobile would soon start offering the new iPhones with its Shrinking Payments plan. Sure enough, the Sprint-owned prepaid carrier on Monday announced that it will start carrying both the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c on Friday, November 8. The full reveal is right after the break… Read More