Sprint Owner May Push T-Mobile Merger As Broadband Competition Solution

Sprint Owner May Push T-Mobile Merger As Broadband Competition Solution

Since taking a controlling ownership in Sprint, Japanese telecom company SoftBank has made no attempt to hide the lust it has in its heart for fellow wireless company T-Mobile USA. Since then, federal regulators have basically told SoftBank to put its ardor on ice because there is already too little competition in the wireless market. But SoftBank may have a trick up its sleeve, coming at the deal through the lens of a market that is even less competitive — broadband. [More]

Here are the new monthly data costs for the various Verizon Wireless tiers. These prices are in addition to the monthly phone/text charges associated with each device.

Verizon Raises Some Data Caps, Finally Gives $10/Month Discount For Early Upgrade Program

T-Mobile gave up on phone subsidies altogether last spring, and in December AT&T finally dipped its toe into those waters by offering discounts to people who own their phones or are part of its AT&T Next early upgrade program. Verizon, the wireless industry’s most expensive carrier, had refused to budge, but today showed the first signs that it might be open to change. [More]

Why Sprint’s Case For T-Mobile Merger Is Logical But Bad For Consumers

Why Sprint’s Case For T-Mobile Merger Is Logical But Bad For Consumers

Japanese telecom giant SoftBank owns a controlling share of Sprint and has made no attempt to hide its desire to acquire T-Mobile USA and merge the two companies into one. It’s a plan that makes sense from a business point of view, but could be a disaster for consumers. [More]

T-Mobile Wins Legal Battle Against AT&T Subsidiary Over The Color Magenta

T-Mobile Wins Legal Battle Against AT&T Subsidiary Over The Color Magenta

Last summer, T-Mobile sued Aio Wireless, a prepaid service subsidiary of AT&T for trademark infringement for daring to use a color that is somewhat similar to T-Mobile’s well-known pink logos. An actual judge who gets paid to rule on such things has decided that Aio would have to stop using the similar color. [More]

AT&T No Longer Paying For T-Mobile Customers To Switch Providers

AT&T No Longer Paying For T-Mobile Customers To Switch Providers

Remember way back in January, when AT&T announced it would pay T-Mobile customers up to $450 to switch wireless carriers? Well, we hope those people who were interested in making that change weren’t taking too long to mull it over, as AT&T quietly pulled the plug on the promotion after only a few weeks. [More]

DOJ’s Antitrust Chief: Decision To Block AT&T/T-Mobile Deal Has Helped Consumers

DOJ’s Antitrust Chief: Decision To Block AT&T/T-Mobile Deal Has Helped Consumers

Not so many years ago, the folks at AT&T were so confident they could acquire the little pink wireless company called T-Mobile that they bet billions of dollars in cash and spectrum that the deal would go through. Then both the FCC and the Justice Dept. said they would fight the merger and AT&T ultimately left T-Mobile stranded at the altar. The head of the DOJ’s Antitrust division says that what has happened since that failed marriage is evidence that regulators did the right thing. [More]

AT&T Unveils Yet Another Deal To Show It Loves Offering Credit To Customers

AT&T Unveils Yet Another Deal To Show It Loves Offering Credit To Customers

AT&T made another move in the ongoing chess game to determine which wireless provider can create the best, most enticing discounts and special offers. To continue what seems like an obvious battle between AT&T and T-Mobile, the larger provider has yet another deal for consumers – a $100 credit for adding new lines. [More]

T-Mobile Claims “AT&T Dismantles Death Star” In Mocking Press Release

T-Mobile Claims “AT&T Dismantles Death Star” In Mocking Press Release

Weeks after crashing AT&T’s big Las Vegas party at CES, T-Mobile CEO John Legere continues to poke the lion with a stick. This time, T-Mobile has issued a press release — complete with fake quotes from an actual AT&T exec — applauding the telecom giant for its decision to “leave the dark side, step into the light.” [More]

A Whole New Meaning To Mobile Banking: T-Mobile Announces Money Management Service

A Whole New Meaning To Mobile Banking: T-Mobile Announces Money Management Service

Don’t like going to the bank? Aren’t interested in fees or maintaining a minimum balance? Not to worry, there’s a new service just for you. That is if you’re a T-Mobile customer. The company just announced it’s heading into the banking industry. [More]

AT&T Letting Customers Out Of Contract If They Switch To AT&T Next

AT&T Letting Customers Out Of Contract If They Switch To AT&T Next

AT&T continues its push to move customers away from standard two-year plans (that include subsidized device prices) and toward plans where the customer owns pays full price for her phone, but gets a discount on her monthly data rate. Yesterday, the company announced that it would allow certain contract subscribers to ditch their contracts without penalty — if they switch over to the AT&T Next plan. [More]

Curious Which Mobile Phone Bills Are Highest? Survey Says: Verizon!

Curious Which Mobile Phone Bills Are Highest? Survey Says: Verizon!

Ever wonder how your phone bill stacks up against the average? Sometimes it’s hard to know if you’re actually getting a decent deal, or if you’re being suckered into something ridiculous. Thanks to some newly published survey data, now you can see how your own bill compares to everyone else’s. [More]

T-Mobile’s “Maverick” Pricing May Drop Call On Potential Sprint Merger

T-Mobile’s “Maverick” Pricing May Drop Call On Potential Sprint Merger

Sprint has reportedly been eyeing a merger with T-Mobile since December. Together, the two companies might have the size and clout to stand up to the nation’s two largest mobile carriers, Verizon and AT&T. But could T-Mobile’s small size and untraditional strategies actually be the roadblock preventing the purchase from happening? [More]

Rumor: T-Mobile Will Pay Your Whole Family’s Early Termination Fee If You Switch

Rumor: T-Mobile Will Pay Your Whole Family’s Early Termination Fee If You Switch

Update: The rumor is true! We’re leaving the original post up for the record. This afternoon, T-Mobile has a big announcement planned this afternoon for the assembled nerds at CES in Las Vegas. That announcement? They’re not saying. But a mysterious banner ad started to run on tech sites this morning, and that ad leads to a site that isn’t yet live. That ad promises to pay early termination fees with your current carrier for your entire family if you switch to T-Mobile. [More]

T-Mobile Increases Coverage With $3.3B Purchase Of Verizon Wireless Spectrum

T-Mobile Increases Coverage With $3.3B Purchase Of Verizon Wireless Spectrum

Is T-Mobile coming to a cornfield near you? The little mobile company that could will likely increase its coverage outside densely populated cities this year, all thanks to a tidy bit of wireless spectrum it just bought off Verizon. [More]

AT&T Offers “Up To” $450 For T-Mobile Customers To Switch, But Is It Worth It?

AT&T Offers “Up To” $450 For T-Mobile Customers To Switch, But Is It Worth It?

You know those former couples who broke up before getting married and now one of them is a little too obsessed with how the other is doing? That seems to be the deal with AT&T and T-Mobile, with the larger wireless provider now trying to seduce customers away the smaller company with the lure of hundreds of dollars in credits. But is the offer worth making the switch? [More]

The Pros And Cons For Consumers Of Ending Wireless Phone Subsidies

The Pros And Cons For Consumers Of Ending Wireless Phone Subsidies

While many overseas wireless providers choose to not subsidize customers’ new phone purchases in exchange for locking the consumer into a contract, it’s still the prevailing model among three of the four major wireless companies here in the U.S., with T-Mobile the sole provider offering only non-contract plans (sort of). But with AT&T recently dipping its toes into the water to encourage customers to buy their own phones, the market may be in for a major change. [More]

Does Dish Also Have Lust In Its Heart For T-Mobile?

Does Dish Also Have Lust In Its Heart For T-Mobile?

Last week’s big news in the wireless world was a report that Sprint was making googoo eyes at T-Mobile and dreaming dreams of wedded bliss. But, as always seems to happen in great romantic comedies, there’s now rumors of a new suitor from the other side of town. [More]

Now Sprint Reportedly Wants To Hook Up With T-Mobile

Now Sprint Reportedly Wants To Hook Up With T-Mobile

Like one of those horrid ABC reality dating competitions where spurned contestants from previous seasons come back to get their “chance at love,” T-Mobile is once again being pursued by a moneyed suitor with unlimited data. Will the wireless company find true romance with Sprint or will the spoilsports in D.C. ruin these wedding plans like they did for AT&T? [More]