T-Mobile US has published its Q1 2014 report. The company has reported its best ever quarterly performance in branded postpard net customer additions. A total net of 2.4 million customers were added, including over 1.3 million branded postpaid net customers. This report marks the first quarter the carrier has had with more than 2 million net customers added to plans. It's a stark contrast to Sprint, which is still experiencing issues upgrading its network while maintaining its customer base.
Sprint has announced the Framily Plan, a aimed at non-family groups that want to share wireless service. As customers on this plan are not expected to be living under one roof, each member is billed separately for their own line.
AT&T will soon rollout a new program that will allow customers to use AT&T's LTE network at no additional charge on top of their monthly data allotment. Sponsored Data, as it's being called, participating companies can pay when AT&T customers view their content on the network, things like movie trailers, mobile shopping, and more, and in return, they get your data.
T-Mobile US is acquiring $3.3 billion in unused spectrum licenses from Verizon Wireless. The spectrum consists of certain 700MHz A-block, and in addition to paying $2.365 billion in cash, T-Mobile will also be trading Verizon some of its own AWS and PCS spectrum, worth about $950 million.
Last week AT&T's Randall Stephenson was once again repeating the familiar refrain: that Apple and the iPhone (and now other premium smartphones, like Samsung's) demand far too high an up-front price from carriers. If anyone should be charging anyone too much, dammit, it's the carriers! Jean-Louis Gassée, once of Apple, now of Allegis Capital, lays out the case for their shameless complaints in his Monday Note:
The Federal Communications Commission has made an agreement with five major national cellular carriers on principles that will allow customers to easily unlock their phones. The deal, with Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile US, and US Cellular, stipulates when carries would need to allow for phones to be unlocked, among other things.
Three UK is currently pushing out a carrier update to iPhone users that allows them to enable 4G LTE on an iPhone 5 or iPhone 5s. Users should be prompted to update their carrier settings at some point, though you may find that you need to go to Settings > About in order to receive the prompt.
If you're in the U.S., Apple's new iPad Air and Retina iPad mini bring with them new choices for carriers. In addition to AT&T, Verizon and Sprint, T-Mobile is offering iPad service now. Coverage and cost are your two major factors, as well as LTE footprint, since all cell-equipped iPads support the technology. Which carrier is right for you?
Sprint has flipped the switch on LTE service in 45 more markets today. That bring's the carrier's total LTE coverage to 230 markets. LTE coverage from Sprint is now available in Lexington, Kentucky, New Haven, Connecticut, and Spokane, Washington. Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island, N.Y. now have LTE coverage as well. Sprint also says that their 3G service has been improved with better signal strength and call quality.