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#TBT: AT&T goes after T-Mobile; Sprint counters with Evo 4G device … this week in 2011

AT&T made a $39 billion play for T-Mobile, while Sprint countered the competitive threat with its Evo 4G device … 6 years ago this week. Editor’s Note: RCR Wireless News goes all in for “Throwback Thursdays,” tapping into our archives to resuscitate the...

#TBT: AT&T Wireless prepares for sale; Sprint expands billing options … this week in 2004

AT&T Wireless began sifting through multibillion dollar bids, while Sprint offered up third-party billing … 13 years ago this week. Editor’s Note: RCR Wireless News goes all in for “Throwback Thursdays,” tapping into our archives to resuscitate the top headlines from the...

#TBT: AT&T expands Wi-Fi initiative; McCaw resigns from Clearwire … this week in 2010

AT&T announced plans to expand its public Wi-Fi service in NYC, while industry veteran Craig McCaw was set to resign from Clearwire … 6 years ago this week. Editor’s Note: RCR Wireless News goes all in for “Throwback Thursdays,” tapping into our...

#TBT: Cingular launches as No. 2 behind Verizon; DT gets approval for VoiceStream purchase … this week in 2000

Verizon received a strong No. 2 rival in the form of Cingular, while DT’s $50B purchase of VoiceStream received labor, business support … 16 years ago this week Editor’s Note: RCR Wireless News goes all in for “Throwback Thursdays,” tapping into our archives to resuscitate...

#TBT: Sprint pushing WiMAX, hikes text fees; MySpace bigger than Facebook … this week in 2007

Sprint laid out arguments as to why WiMAX is a new business model and raised text fees, while MySpace topped Facebook in social media … 9 years ago this week Editor’s Note: RCR Wireless News goes all in for “Throwback Thursdays,” tapping into our archives...

T-Mobile pockets Chicago 700 MHz license from AT&T Leap subsidiary

T-Mobile 700 MHz coverage set to now include Chicago as it picks up A-Block license from AT&T’s Leap subsidiary, pushes total 700 MHz coverage to 269M pops T-Mobile US continued the expansion of its 700 megahertz spectrum portfolio, announcing a deal to acquire a 12-megahertz A-Block...

#TBT: Sprint stumps for T-Mobile, shakes up executive ranks … this week in 2014

Sprint Chairman Son tried to convince lawmakers a combined Sprint and T-Mobile was best for the country Editor’s Note: RCR Wireless News goes all in for “Throwback Thursdays,” tapping into our archives to resuscitate the top headlines from the past. Fire up the time machine,...

#TBT: Sprint scores a billion; Leap commits to Apple iPhone … 3 year ago this week

Editor’s Note: RCR Wireless News goes all in for “Throwback Thursdays,” tapping into our archives to resuscitate the top headlines from the past. Fire up the time machine, put on the sepia-tinted shades, set the date for #TBT and enjoy the memories! Sprint Nextel...

Muving on: AT&T sells Muve Music service to French buyer

AT&T has agreed to sell its Muve Music service to Deezer, a French streaming-music service. Muve was owned by Leap Wireless, which marketed wireless service through the Cricket brand and was last year acquired by AT&T in a deal that also included Muve Music....

Carrier Wrap: SK Telecom speeds up LTE-A; BT, Alcatel-Lucent set fiber speed record

Editor’s Note: Wireless operators are a busy bunch, and as such RCR Wireless News will attempt to gather some of the important announcements that may slip through the cracks from the world’s largest carriers in a weekly wrap-up. Enjoy! --SK Telecom continued to push the...

Time Trippin’: EDGE in, WAP out; Leap losses its couch … 10 years ago this week

Editor’s Note: The RCR Wireless News Time Machine is a way to take advantage of our extensive history in covering the wireless space to fire up the DeLorean and take a trip back in time to re-visit some of the more interesting headlines from...

Reality Check: T-Mobile US – just a good year, or a dynasty?

This past week, many in the telecommunications community began to take T-Mobile US seriously. For the second quarter in a row, the Bellevue-based wireless carrier posted net additions of over

Leap loses customers, boosts ARPU

Leap Wireless (LEAP) says its Cricket prepaid service lost 140,000 customers during the most recent quarter, while the company lost $83.4 million on revenue of $694 million. Average revenue per user was the one bright spot for Leap, increasing $3.51 year-over-year to $45.45. The...

Wheeler, O’Rielly FCC nominations approved

The Federal Communications Commission finally received official new leadership late Tuesday as the U.S. Senate approved the nomination of long-time telecommunications veteran Tom Wheeler as the new chairman of the FCC. Wheeler will replace Julius Genachowski who left the government agency in May. Wheeler, who...

Low-end of the market confounds Verizon Wireless, AT&T Mobility

If one thing can be drawn from third-quarter financial results from both Verizon Wireless and AT&T Mobility it’s that competitive pressures are impacting their abilities to retain “price-sensitive” consumers. Executives from both carriers came out and said as much during conference calls following their respective...

RWA seeks conditions on AT&T’s plans to acquire Leap

AT&T’s pending attempt to acquire Leap Wireless gained a new foe as the recently re-branded Rural Wireless Association said it has filed comments with the Federal Communications Commission asking that a “reasonable” spectrum cap be considered before moving forward on the deal. “If the proposed...

AT&T Mobility jumps on device financing bandwagon

They say you are not a leader until someone follows you, which now grants T-Mobile US leadership status in the device financing game as today AT&T Mobility rolled out its own version of the model. AT&T Mobility announced that beginning July 26 customers would be...

Reality Check: Everyone gets a headline this week

On Friday, AT&T announced that they were acquiring Leap Wireless for $15 per share in cash. The transaction, including the acquisition of $2.8 billion in net debt as well as proceeds from the

Prepaid update: Leap reports slower growth; T-Mobile USA rolls out GoSmart Mobile

Leap Wireless (LEAP) reported a dip in service revenues for the fourth quarter, and although the carrier added customers, the rate of customer additions slowed. Fourth quarter service revenues were $700.2 million, down 4% from the year-ago quarter. Operating income was $60.6 million,...

Feature Report: LTE options for rural carriers

The push to LTE is having a marked impact on rural carriers that have to this point been able to remain relatively competitive in the market due to their 2G and 3G networks. However, with LTE, rural carriers have to decide how they want...

T-Mobile USA names Legere new CEO

T-Mobile USA received new leadership today as parent company Deutsche Telekom announced that John Legere will head up its U.S. operations effective Sept. 22. Legere is a veteran of the telecom space, most recently as CEO of Global Crossing. Legere replaces Jim Alling, who has...

RadioShack partners with Leap for wireless service

RadioShack (RSH) announced that it will begin selling its own brand of wireless phones and service in its retail stores nationwide, using Leap Wireless' (LEAP) Cricket network. Starting tomorrow, RadioShack No-Contract Wireless powered by Cricket will offer a line of devices and services to RadioShack...

Cricket makes its Muve to tiered data

Leap Wireless' Cricket Communications will launch a new pricing plan next month that gives customers more choices, and potentially less data. Cricket is a major player in the fast-growing prepaid market, and until now has offered its customers 2.5GB of data, plus a popular...

Verizon gets FCC approval for AWS spectrum deal

Verizon Wireless has gotten the final green light it needs to proceed with its acquisition of spectrum from seven different companies, including four cable companies.

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