Last week, Comcast confirmed plans to launch a mobile service by mid-2017 using Verizon Wireless's expansive nationwide network. Here's what this Comcast/Verizon collaboration could mean for you and the U.S. wireless industry.
When making voice calls, users’ phones can utilize a nearby WiFi network instead of using their carrier's network connection. This can bypass the issue of weak carrier coverage in certain areas where users may be unable to get an adequate signal.
The U.S. carrier race for best 4G LTE coverage continues. Last week, AT&T proclaimed itself the king of LTE in North America, with about 355 million people covered under its 4G LTE – more than any other carrier. Meanwhile, despite this recognition, Verizon continues to outperform its competitors with the best overall network performance...
The Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL will be Microsoft's first ever Windows-powered smartphones, offering Windows 10. However, the software giant might have to think of another way to stay relevant in the smartphone industry: Currently, AT&T is the only carrier that plans to sell the Lumia 950 in the United States.
The FCC has proposed a $100 million data throttling fine for AT&T based on charges that the wireless carrier used deceptive carrier practices against consumers. More specifically, AT&T is being accused of data throttling, the practice of slowing down data flowing from a mobile network, resulting in slow connection speeds for users.
Carrier spending on WiFi equipment grew 23 percent to $336 million globally throughout 2014. And in 2015, experts predict that worldwide WiFi spending will escalate an additional 88 percent, strengthening networks and allowing for enhanced performance and a better user experience.
In 2014, the two biggest cable companies in the U.S. agreed upon a $45 billion deal in which Comcast would acquire Time Warner Cable -- but in the end, Comcast decided to abandon the merger in April 2015. Here's what this collapsed deal means for consumers and the industry.
Verizon is focusing on its wireless growth, East Coast landlines, and its FiOS business by consolidating its wireless and wireline networks. As of last week, Verizon announced 2 deals totaling $15.6 billion with Frontier Communications and American Tower Corp.
In the last weeks of 2014, Sprint and T-Mobile became the latest targets of cramming lawsuits by the U.S. government. Sprint was slammed with lawsuits from the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and the FCC, while T-Mobile settled with the FCC to pay $90 million in similar penalties for cramming.
Throughout the year, carriers have worked to improve their offerings, including better WiFi performance and expanded LTE coverage. These improvements – and others on the horizon – paint a bright future for network performance in 2015.
Earlier this year, regulators discovered that major U.S. carriers have allegedly been abusing practices like throttling -- slowing down data flowing from a mobile network. Until the full extent of this practice is known across the industry, experts highlight ways to avoid throttling.
In the wake of President Obama's speech and the FCC's impending decision, we explore -- and rule out -- possible outcomes of the net neutrality debate, including recent claims by Internet service providers.
President Obama himself joined the net neutrality debate earlier this week, supporting net neutrality advocates by calling for the FCC to “implement the strongest possible rules to protect net neutrality.”
Carrier network growth must accommodate rising data usage across the industry -- Continuing its recent “UnCarrier” theme to set itself apart from competitors, T-Mobile is making headlines again with its Q3 earnings.
The issue of cramming has recently taken center stage in the mobile industry, in light of scandals involving top U.S. carriers AT&T and T-Mobile. Find out more about mobile cramming, and what this could mean for you...
Following the announcement that T-Mobile will offer free in-home WiFi equipment to subscribers as part of its UnCarrier 7.0 launch, market leaders AT&T and Verizon have announced that they will follow suit – next year.
In the wake of the failed merger between Sprint and T-Mobile, competition is escalated in the wireless industry. Last week, Sprint implemented a new pricing strategy, eliciting a response from T-Mobile.
The U.S. wireless industry has achieved many firsts lately -- but now, It turns out that in Q2, the U.S. wireless industry achieved yet another first – ZERO year-over-year growth in service revenue compared to last year.
Earlier this month, Sprint signed low-cost LTE roaming agreements with a dozen rural operators. This will broaden Sprint's LTE presence while simultaneously providing rural carriers with the necessary tools to successfully deploy LTE.
An infographic comparing U.S. carriers’ 2G/3G, 3G+ and LTE network coverage (AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon). Based on speed tests of working 4G LTE signals and networks across the U.S., we can get a good view of 4G connectivity.
The price of the merger is about $40 per share for Sprint to purchase T-Mobile, resulting in a total mega-deal of around $32 billion. The intended merger is expected to officially be announced within the next few months.
Thanks to aggressive data promotions for tablets, the growing popularity of data sharing plans and progress in the tablet market, tablets boasted some of the most promising numbers for carriers from Q1.
T-Mobile closed a $2.4 billion buyout of A-Band 700MHz spectrum from Verizon Wireless, a low-band spectrum deal that will open the door for better in-building, suburban and rural coverage by the end of 2014.
Ever since wireless carriers first began offering mobile data services, widespread data consumption in the mobile industry has skyrocketed, exceeding 50 percent and surpassing voice revenue for the first time.
As more users utilize 4G LTE capabilities, the overall quality of networks around the world is rapidly improving. But in terms of good coverage and fast speeds, LTE still has a long way to go to achieve its full potential.
Verizon's $130 billion deal with Vodafone is finally complete, leaving Verizon as the sole proprietor of Verizon Wireless. The acquisition is part of Verizon's overall plan to gain independence and build a more integrated environment.
According to recent studies, we're consuming data faster than ever. Operators are turning to “offloading” to handle the data traffic crowding their mobile networks, particularly as technology like LTE continues to steadily flourish.
You might be shocked to see that select telecom bills have increased this month, and you won’t be the only one. As of this month, carriers are hiking up surcharges like the notable increase of AT&T’s Federal Access Recovery Fee (aka FARF) for internet services.
Thanks to an intervention last month by the FCC, cell phone users will soon have the freedom to unlock devices after their contracts expire. Unlocking lets users move seamlessly between networks or use their devices while traveling overseas.
With an ever-increasing proliferation of smartphones in the market, a problem also emerges: the issue of smartphone theft. It’s a huge-scale problem with hundreds of devices stolen every day across the country, particularly in major cities. Now, the wireless industry is beginning to fight back.
The world of M2M is beginning to offer some neat (and convenient) innovations, but this convenience may come at a price. Without added security measures to keep this technology in check, our privacy (and possibly our safety) is very much at stake.
When it comes to wireless, speed is everyone’s number one priority -- but there’s more to this lightning-fast technology than just speed. Wireless network latency plays a considerable role in maintaining the speed of LTE and other high-speed wireless technologies.
With its incredibly fast speeds and easy access to mobile Internet, LTE is considered the next generation mobile radio technology. This heat map displays the progress that LTE has made across the world, with different regions at various levels of integration...
Although the WiFi market continues to quickly grow and evolve, there are still significant obstacles on the path to achieving seamless and improved WiFi usage. Below are a list of the toughest problems carriers face when it comes to a seamless WiFi experience.