T-Mobile USA parent Deutsche Telekom sweetened its offer for MetroPCS shareholders less than two days before MetroPCS shareholders will vote on a merger between MetroPCS and T-Mobile. The move represents a major concession by DT to MetroPCS shareholders, which have been demanding for weeks that the company improve its offer.
As T-Mobile USA parent Deutsche Telekom hurtles toward an April 12 meeting where MetroPCS shareholders will vote on a merger with T-Mobile, it has one distinct advantage: it gets to count the votes.
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.
Sprint Nextel's Virgin Mobile USA prepaid brand is offering T-Mobile USA customers $100 to switch over to Virgin's no-contract service. The action is a response to T-Mobile's new no-contract business strategy.
Deutsche Telekom denied a Reuters report that said the company is considering changing the terms of T-Mobile USA's proposed merger with flat-rate player MetroPCS, whose shareholders will vote on the deal April 12.
Verizon Communications CEO Lowell McAdam said Verizon Wireless could easily drop wireless contracts in the wake of T-Mobile USA's decision to do so--if consumers start asking for it. His comments reiterate what other top industry executives have said: That they will be watching to see how the market reacts to T-Mobile's new model and will respond accordingly.
In preliminary subscriber figures for the first quarter of 2013, T-Mobile USA managed to reverse its "branded customer" losses, recording a net gain of 3,000 branded customers during the period. The figure is notable considering T-Mobile reported a loss of 349,000 branded customers in the previous quarter and the loss of 262,000 branded customers in the year-ago quarter.
AT&T reaffirmed its plans to launch HD Voice service on its LTE network this year, but other Tier 1 carriers are not rushing to embrace the technology. Verizon Wireless, for example, will not push HD Voice through its Voice over LTE technology until late in 2013 or early 2014.
T-Mobile USA confirmed job cuts at its headquarters in Bellevue, Wash., after weeks of refusing to acknowledge the cuts, but the carrier did not specify how many jobs have been culled.
Google's Android mobile operating system led U.S. smartphone sales during the three-month period ending in February 2013, buoyed by gains made by partners Samsung Electronics and Sprint Nextel, research firm Kantar Worldpanel ComTech reports.