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Jan 21, 2014

Verizon revenue climbs on sturdy mobile growth

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Verizon Communications Inc reported faster subscriber growth and stronger profits than expected at its Verizon Wireless venture with Vodafone Group Plc, easing some concerns about intensifying competition if only temporarily.

Investors are worried market leader Verizon Wireless, which is paying $130 billion for Vodafone’s 45 percent share in their venture, will cut prices as discounts from No. 4 U.S. mobile service T-Mobile U.S. have drawn responses from No. 2 service AT&T Inc and No. 3 ranked Sprint Corp.

Jan 11, 2014

Price war in U.S. mobile market raises fear of profit hemorrhage

NEW YORK (Reuters) – New Year’s rivalry among U.S. mobile operators has Wall Street worried that the industry’s profits could seriously decline.

After months of aggressive moves by T-Mobile US to lure customers from other carriers, No. 2 operator AT&T Inc counterattacked on January 3 by offering to pay consumers to switch from T-Mobile. Days later, No. 3 ranked Sprint Corp promised big discounts for family and friend groups. On Wednesday T-Mobile upped the ante, saying it would pay hefty exit costs for converts.

Jan 8, 2014

Mobile US customer growth strong, offers cash to switch

LAS VEGAS/NEW YORK (Reuters) – T-Mobile US on Wednesday reported a fourth-quarter boost in customer growth and offered to pay customers to switch from rival services, escalating already intense competition in the U.S. wireless market.

The company, the No. 4 U.S. mobile operator, promised payments of up to $350 per line to consumers who break their contract with any of its bigger rivals and switch to T-Mobile.

Jan 8, 2014

Sprint unveils ‘framily’ plans for up to 10 people

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Sprint Corp on Tuesday unveiled a new option called “framily” plans that give up to 10 family members or friends big service discounts if they sign up as a group, the latest move in an increasingly competitive market.

The new option, which could represent a service discount of almost 50 percent from Sprint’s existing family plan in some cases, follows aggressive discounts by Sprint’s smaller rival T-Mobile US that sparked a new wave of competition.

Jan 7, 2014
Jan 6, 2014

Mobile to buy Verizon spectrum for $3.3 billion, eyes more purchases

By Sinead Carew and Neha Alawadhi

(Reuters) – T-Mobile US Inc(TMUS.N: Quote, Profile, Research) is buying wireless airwave licenses from Verizon Wireless to improve its high-speed network in a $3.3 billion deal and said it hopes to follow up with more spectrum purchases.

Shares in T-Mobile, majority owned by Deutsche Telekom (DTEGn.DE: Quote, Profile, Research), rose 2.5 percent on Monday after the company said it will pay Verizon Wireless $2.365 billion cash and give it $950 million worth of spectrum.

Jan 6, 2014

AT&T promises sponsored data services in coming months

NEW YORK (Reuters) – AT&T Inc plans to give cash-strapped consumers options to save money on mobile data fees as soon as this quarter while offering sponsors a new way to entice consumers to use their services.

The company said it will announce details on Monday at AT&T’s developer conference at the Consumer Electronics Show. The offering will let sponsors subsidize consumer’s data fees, which have gradually gotten more expensive in recent years as phone companies charge for mobile web-surfing based on how much data their customers download.

Jan 6, 2014

Mobile to buy Verizon Wireless spectrum in $3.3 billion deal

By Sinead Carew

(Reuters) – T-Mobile US Inc (TMUS.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) said on Monday it would buy spectrum licenses from Verizon Wireless to improve its high-speed wireless services in a deal worth $3.3 billion.

T-Mobile, majority owned by Deutsche Telekom (DTEGn.DE: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), said the deal includes $2.365 billion in cash and a transfer of spectrum worth $950 million.

Jan 3, 2014

AT&T tries luring T-Mobile users with credit

NEW YORK (Reuters) – AT&T Inc on Friday offered customers of No.4 U.S. mobile provider T-Mobile U.S. Inc a $200 credit to switch to its service, firing the first volley in what may be a price war that benefits consumers but plays havoc with profits.

AT&T, the No.2 U.S. mobile provider, announced the promotion after months of direct marketing against it by T-Mobile, and in anticipation of a new competitive offer from its smaller rival on January 8.

Dec 24, 2013

In telecom merger mania, skeptical eye from Obama administration

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – A pair of potentially transformative U.S. telecoms and cable deals could run afoul of Obama administration regulators who worry that mergers among market leaders would hurt consumers.

With both cable and mobile phone operators grappling with slowing growth, speculation has intensified recently about potential takeovers of No. 4 wireless service provider T-Mobile US Inc (TMUS.N: Quote, Profile, Research) and No. 2 cable service provider Time Warner Cable Inc (TWC.N: Quote, Profile, Research).

    • About Sinead

      "Sinead is a telecommunications industry correspondent. Her coverage area spans U.S. service providers, cellphone makers and chip makers. Before joining Reuters in 2002, she covered technology and telecoms for various trade publications."
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