T-Mobile US plans to significantly expand the footprint where its MetroPCS brand offers service--by around 100 million POPs over the next six quarters--as it continues to modernize its network and integrate MetroPCS customers following the merger between the two companies that closed earlier this month.
T-Mobile US confirmed that customers who choose its new "Simple Choice" no-contract plans will need to pay $149.99 up front for Apple's iPhone 5, up from $99.99 previously. The $99.99 price was apparently only a promotional price for the first month of T-Mobile's iPhone sales, though the carrier did not indicate that when it announced in late March it was launching the iPhone.
Two hackers claim they can boost HSPA+ data speeds on Apple iPhone 5 smartphones being used on the T-Mobile US refarmed PCS 1900 MHz network.
U.S. Cellular will launch Apple products, including the iPhone, later this year, reversing its earlier position. The company said in 2011 that it would not launch the iPhone because it did not make financial sense.
Apple said it sold 37.4 million iPhones and 19.5 million iPads in its fiscal 2013 second quarter, which ended March 30, beating analysts' expectations for around 35 million iPhones and 17 million iPads. In the year-ago quarter, Apple sold 35.1 million iPhones and 11.8 million iPads.
T-Mobile USA acknowledged that its website and in-store computer systems were briefly out of commission this past Saturday, and the carrier cited demand from customers as the culprit, though it did not provide a specific explanation of what caused the system failures.
América Móvil's U.S. TracFone unit reported stronger subscriber growth and gains in average revenue per user in the first quarter. Though the parent company did not mention it, TracFone's Straight Talk launched support for Apple's iPhone in January, which likely helped boost its first quarter numbers.
T-Mobile USA is brimming with confidence about its launch of Apple's LTE-capable iPhone 5.
To build buzz and hike sales of its anticipated April 12 launch of Apple's iPhone 5, T-Mobile USA is launching an iPhone trade-in program aimed at encouraging existing iPhone users to switch to T-Mobile's network.
Clearwire MVNO FreedomPop announced today that its long-delayed iPhone Sleeve may soon be released commercially. The company said the FCC has completed testing the gadget and that "a decision by the FCC is expected by the end of April."