Dish Network has made no secret of its desires to own some wireless spectrum and a wireless phone provider. Dish bid $25.5 billion for Sprint back in April, but was unable to seal the deal. Dish is also working with another wireless carrier in a plan to put fixed 4G broadband in place in a test in Texas.
The major US telecoms delivered at minimum 1.1 million cell phone records to law enforcement at all levels of government in 2012. The records include voicemail and text content. The telecoms earned $26 million from the transactions. Many of the fulfilled information requests legally required no warrant, no subpoena, and no probable cause. These and other irresistible revelations come compliments of US Sen. Edward Markey, whose voluminous correspondence with the involved telecoms revealed the information. They include US Cellular, Sprint Nextel, T-Mobile USA, Leap Wireless/Cricket Communications, MetroPCS, Verizon, AT&T and C Spire Wireless.
The iPhone 5s has been available for several months now inside the United States, and here near the end of November of 2013 we're seeing the first push of an unlocked, off-contract iteration of the smartphone. This device has been available off-contract inside the USA previous to today, but until now we've not seen the fully SIM-free iteration of the device.
Wireless subscribers have been hit by scheming and scamming third parties over the years who trick customers into subscribing to premium text messaging services. These services send the user text messages and then charge money to the user's wireless bill. Many consumers simply pay these bills without realizing a bogus charge has been added.
Reuters is reporting that an unnamed source "familiar with the matter" is saying T-Mobile is looking to buy $3 billion worth of wireless airwave spectrum from Verizon. T-Mobile, which is majority-owned by German telecom Deutsche Telekom, is the fourth-largest mobile carrier in the US. Its rapidly expanding wireless services operation is in need of more spectrum.
Coming off a rather long testing phase, Isis Mobile Wallet has launched nationwide today. The digital wallet service is arriving with support from three of the big four US carriers and basically means users will be able to make mobile payments with their NFC-equipped smartphone. The catch of course, having a supported device and finding a location that will accept mobile payments.
This afternoon the folks at T-Mobile have made clear their intent to push forth their own unique - however that may be - Nexus 5 to the public. This version of the device should by all means be essentially identical to the version users will be able to purchase from Google Play online, but here T-Mobile USA aims to bring it with their own unique pricing plan. This device will appear in T-Mobile retail stores on the 20th of November.
When you're using Android 4.4 KitKat's version of Hangouts - aka the version released today to the public - you'll be able to work with SMS messaging as well. This integrates the Google experience with the smartphone world on a new level. This week T-Mobile has also stepped up their game when it comes to connecting your smartphone to Google - they've allowed MMS messages to integrate with Google Voice.
T-Mobile increased its customer base in Q3 2013 by more than 1 million, the company announced in its earnings call. This marks the second consecutive quarter in which the mobile carrier has led the industry in customer acquisition. It sold 5.6 million smartphones in the quarter, 15% of which were iPhone sales, and smartphones made up 88% of the company's device sales revenue.
This week T-Mobile USA unveiled a plan that would allow unlimited international data and texting to customers using their Simple Choice plans for phones. Those users with a Simple Choice subscription plan will be working with automatic unlimited data and texting in more than 100 countries and 20 cents a minute for phone calls. We had a chat with T-Mobile's Andrew Sherrard this afternoon about the plans and T-Mobile's further initiatives on a more grand scale, finding him and T-Mobile itself "glad to share things up."