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Jan
22
2015

T-Mobile To Reward Customers That Pay Bills On Time -

According to a blog post by T-Mobile CEO John Legere, 63% of Americans have a less than perfect credit score. Bad credit, the CEO argues, keeps most consumers from being able to qualify for most of the best wireless service and device deals made available. As such, T-Mobile says it’s constructing a new policy they’re calling “Smartphone Equality.” This new effort effectively allows bad credit folks to get the same perks everyone else does — […]

Jan
22
2015

What Happens to "Triple Play" Strategy when Voice and Linear Video Both Have Dwinded?

As foundational as the “triple play” bundle of voice, linear video entertainment and high speed access now is in the U.S. consumer telecom services market, it is bound to change as over the top subscriptions gain traction. If that seems an unremarkable statement, consider that AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson–presently working to acquire DirecTV–also says says it is “inevitable” that the traditional bundle of cable television channels will crumble as more content travels “over the top.” […]

Jan
22
2015

Verizon Earnings Show Growing T-Mobile Impact -

Verizon’s fourth quarter earnings were certainly nothing to laugh at, but they continue to indicate that Verizon’s feeling increasing competitive pressure on the wireless front. The company added a whopping 2.1 million new wireless connections during the fourth quarter, though Verizon did see its contract customer turnover (or “churn”) rate increase 18 basis points from last year to 1.14% (it historically never heads above 1%). On the wireline front, the company’s financial sheet (pdf) notes […]

Jan
22
2015

T-Mobile US Alters Credit Policies to Spur Smartphone Purchases

T-Mobile US, in a new credit policy it calls “Smartphone Equality,” will use a different approach to assessing potential customer credit, a move T-Mobile US expects will allow it to sell smartphones to a significant number of new customers. The problem, says John Legere, T-Mobile US CEO, is that as many as 50 percent of potential buyers do not qualify for the best plans T-Mobile US and other leading U.S. mobile service providers offer. “For […]

Jan
22
2015

Netflix CEO Agrees 25 Mbps Should Be The New Baseline -

Preparing for a protracted fight over net neutrality and municipal broadband, FCC boss Tom Wheeler has been making a significant push to redefine the baseline broadband definition at 25 Mbps. Why? To justify legal action on both fronts, the agency needs to fall back on its Congressional mandate to ensure that broadband is deployed in a “reasonable and timely basis.” That’s why the FCC has been highlighting that two-thirds of the public can’t get access […]

Jan
22
2015

FreedomPop Offers $5, Unlimited Access to 10,000 Hotspots -

“Freemium” wireless carrier FreedomPop has announced a new plan that offers consumers unlimited access to a network of 10,000 Wi-Fi hotspots for $5 a month. Noting that 90% of data consumed by mobile devices is over Wi-Fi networks, FreedomPop says the 10,000 hotspots will cover roughly 120 million people and between 65% and 90% of the 100 largest metro markets. The company has released an Android app, and an iOS app is in the works. […]

Jan
21
2015

More Channel Conflict in U.S.. Mobile Business

The loosely-coupled Internet ecosystem perhaps is not like some other tightly-coupled ecosystems that might tend to break down if there were channel conflict. In some industries, industry segments have contractual relationships with each other, because the output from one segment is a necessary input for the next segment. That is not true of the Internet ecosystem, where, almost by design, the value chain can work, to an extent, without any formal business relationships between participants, […]

Jan
21
2015

Google Plans To Offer Wireless Services -

Last Spring, paywall-loving tech news outlet The Information floated a rather vague rumor that Google was considering a very serious jump into the wireless industry. Eight months later and the news outlet is back with some additional information, claiming that Google’s essentially going to be operating an MVNO that utilizes, at least in part, the T-Mobile and Sprint networks: quote:Google is preparing to sell mobile phone plans directly to customers and manage their calls and […]

Jan
21
2015

AT&T Takes a $10 Billion Fourth Quarter Hit -

Hoping few would notice, AT&T’s filing with the SEC last Friday notes that the telecom giant will be taking a $10 billion hit on fourth quarter earnings. According to AT&T, $7.9 billion of that total is “related to actuarial gains and losses on pension and postemployment benefit plans.” The specific nature of those losses? The company’s ex-employees are living longer than company projections estimated (or as AT&T puts it, they’ve had to “update mortality assumptions”). […]

Jan
21
2015

Municipally-owned Click! Network Achieves MEF 2.0 Certification

WASHINGTON — Click! Network, an enterprise of Tacoma Public Utilities and one of the largest municipally-owned telecommunications systems in the US, has earned the industry’s highest level of certification from the MEF for Carrier Ethernet (CE) network services. The MEF CE 2.0 certifications were received for E-Line (EPL/EVPL), E-LAN (EP-LAN/EVP-LAN), and E-Access (Access EPL/Access EVPL) service configurations. The MEF (Metro Ethernet Forum) is the defining body for Carrier Ethernet services and technologies. MEF’s flagship work […]

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