Google has plans to offer its own wireless carrier program through Project Fi, which would (in theory) save people money and offer more flexibility. The reason something like Project Fi is greeted with a clamor of interest is that most of us are unhappy with our current options. Let’s commiserate.
We've long heard whisperings that Google wanted to become a wireless carrier, and over the weekend, a Google executive confirmed those rumors. Intriguing! Just imagine Google Fiber—but for mobile. However, Google's not trying to compete with the Verizons and AT&Ts of the world. Think of it more like Nexus for networks.
Everyone wants a piece of T-Mobile. First, AT&T came knocking in 2011. Three years later, Softbank's Masayoshi Son, the Japanese owner of Sprint, expressed interest. Now, bolstered by a growing number of subscribers and CEO John Legere's somewhat crazed antics, a French Telecom company called Iliad is making its play.
Google bosses are dreaming about adding wireless service to the search giant's menu of offerings. A couple of unnamed sources "who have discussed the matter with Google" told Amir Efrati at The Information that it would roll out the service in the same areas where Google Fiber is offered. In other words, Google wants…
As it struggles to expand its 4G LTE, AT&T is spending $1.9 billion in cash for unused spectrum from its biggest rival, Verizon. This upgrade will improve service for some 42 million people in 18 states thanks to an additional 39 700MHz licenses. This bodes well for AT&T's ambition to offer 4G LTE to 270 million…
AT&T just agreed to acquire Leap Wireless, the company behind the Cricket brand. The acquisition includes Leap's spectrum which will be absorbed into AT&T's network and should offer AT&T customers more 4G coverage in more cities.
It's maybe not that big a surprise, given the huge number of iPhones Apple moved this past quarter, but it's still a big number: AT&T activated 5.2 million iPhones this summer. That's nearly 70% of their entire integrated device activations.
If the people who brought us television had played by the same rules that today's wireless carriers impose - we'd probably all be listening to the radio.
Soon, every internet-connected device will make "phone calls"—Xbox, iPhone, laptop, whatever. Data is data, be it voice, text or video. Carriers should charge for data—more even—but leave off the dumb premiums for voice and SMS.
Hey, T-Mobile customer, do you have any idea that your wireless carrier is actually owned and operated by German telecom giant Deutsche Telekom? No? Well, ignore everything I just said, because it probably won't be true soon.
A survey by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) revealed that the US, Canada and Spain pay considerably more for cellphone service than dozens of other nations. Of course, the carriers were quick to spin the findings.
The New York Times' David Pogue has a great story condemning Congress for trying to outlaw exclusivity contracts instead of implementing changes in the cellphone industry that would actually benefit consumers. Down with those outlandish, unfair fees!
Verizon has outlined a plan to loosen its handset exclusivity deals, limiting their lifespan to six months. The announcement's caveats are massive and Verizon's motivations aren't pure, but it's nonetheless a step in the right direction.
From June 1st, customers of Vodafone, the world's second largest wireless carrier, will be able to text and call from over 35 countries at no extra charge. Attention American carriers: Be more like this.
While on vacation in Mexico, Alberto downloaded Wall-E over his wireless carrier's network, only to be slapped with an insane $62,000 bill.
mocoNews reports talks are going on between Helio and Virgin Mobile USA about a possible merger between the two wireless phone carriers. Helio has had some finanical issues over the past year, and its owner, SK Telecom, has been looking to make a splash in US markets. Current talks include SK Telecom buying out Virgin…