T-Mobile is working hard to attract consumers way from Verizon. Its latest campaign, called "Get Out of the Red," will help people switch without incurring any fees or losing their device purchased from Verizon. T-Mobile is offering to cover people's early termination fees.
Comcast's wireless service, Xfinity Mobile, has launched. It only costs $65 per month for unlimited data and those who are already using Xfinity Internet can now sign up for the plan. Early subscribers can get it for $45. The roll out will take months.
A 5G network from Sprint will be up and running by the end of 2019, the carrier has announced. It's not releasing much information about its planned 5G upgrade, though Sprint is known to be partnering with Qualcomm and SoftBank on the wireless technology.
T-Mobile is no longer offering 200 MB of free data with new iPads on the network. As of May 7, new iPad activations don't come with free LTE data per month. T-Mobile first offered its Free Data for Life plan in 2013. You'll no longer have the data upon upgrading.
T-Mobile intends to launch a nationwide 5G network by 2020, with a roll out starting in 2019. Major carriers are still just testing 5G technology and no official 5G standard even exists, but the major players are aiming to offer 5G by the early 2020s.
Grandfathered unlimited data plans for tablets are going to be throttled on AT&T's network. The carrier has contacted grandfathered customers to let them know their plans will sometimes be throttled upon reaching 22 GB of data usage in a given month.
AT&T has reported a loss of nearly 200,000 subscribers for the first quarter of the year. It also failed to meet its revenue estimates due to lower hardware sales and some competition from other carriers offering unlimited data plans. Those other carriers are to blame.
The European Union has been moving towards an abolishment of roaming fees for years and it's finally getting close to realizing that goal. As of this week, the European Council has adopted a legal act that'll limit what mobile operators can charge each other for roaming.
Unlimited data is now available with an $80 prepaid wireless plan from Verizon. The plan comes with unlimited data, talk, and text in the US. It also offers unlimited talk to Mexico and Canada. Customers don't have to worry about a long-term contract or credit check.
AT&T is growing its LTE network to include rural locations and that expansion is first showing up in some parts of Georgia. The company has already finished an initial rollout, giving Georgia residents "at least" 10 Mbps down and 1 Mbps up with a $60 plan.
T-Mobile has announced a nearly $8 billion investment in its network infrastructure. The carrier is acquiring over 1,500 wireless licenses throughout the United States in an attempt to bring its network on par with Verizon and AT&T. The licenses are for 600 Mhz spectrum.
Vodafone has dropped wireless roaming charges in dozens of countries. Beginning today, customers will be able to use their minutes, texts, and data in 40 extra countries without paying extra. Most of the locations on the list are in Europe along with French territories.
Straight Path Communications, a wireless spectrum holding company, is being acquired by AT&T for $1.6 billion. The deal will give AT&T important licenses across the 39 GHz, 28 GHz, and 620 MHz bands, all of which can be used for next-gen wireless capabilities.
A plan to allow cellphone calls during flights is no longer going to be pursued by the FCC. Ajit Pai, the current FCC commissioner, has officially put an end to proceedings to allow in-air calls that began in 2013. Fliers can use their devices, but calls are banned.
A couple wireless carriers in India, Airtel and BSNL, are working with Nokia on the next generation of wireless technology. Even though the country is still lacking in 4G coverage, both providers have signed agreements with Nokia to upgrade their infrastructure to support 5G.
Comcast has announced a wireless offering called Xfinity Mobile. It'll roll out later this year and offer unlimited data for $65 per month. Xfinity Mobile is only available for Comcast's internet customers. Xfinity Mobile is based on Verizon's network.
HBO will be included with AT&T's Unlimited Plus wireless plan for free. If you happen to have an AT&T video service like DirecTV Now and already have the channel, you'll now get it for free. Everyone else will simply gain access to HBO. HBO also doesn't count against your limit.
Verizon has announced it'll release a piece of software called AppFlash to subscribers with Android devices "in the coming weeks." AppFlash is basically spyware and it'll track what users are installing, with that data potentially then being sold to third-party advertisers.
Two new tools that'll combat scam calls will soon roll out from T-Mobile. Scam ID and Scam Block offer pretty much exactly what their names suggest. With Scam ID, customers will be alerted to a call likely not being legitimate. Scam Block will actually block calls.
Vodafone and Idea Cellular have agreed to a merger that'll make Vodafone the largest mobile carrier in India. Their combined provider will immediately have a customer base of 395 million subscribers, far surpassing some of the other largest carriers in the world.