January 16, 2018

NTT, Sprint lead ETSI’s zero-touch service-management efforts, sets focus on network automation

NTT and Sprint are leading ETSI’s Network Operators Council (NOC) advisory group for its new zero-touch network and Service Management Industry Specification Group (ZSM ISG). ZSM ISG, which recently ended its kickoff meeting that took place at ETSI on Jan. 10-12, elected a leadership team, started discussing the first topics to work on and initiated collaboration with other standards bodies, fora and open source communities. The Network Operators Council (NOC) advisory group named Ashiq Khan of DOCOMO as chair and Serge Manning of Sprint as vice chair. Klaus Martiny of Deutsche Telekom was elected as chair of the ZSM ISG, […]
January 11, 2018

T-Mobile brings Buy One Get One, rebates, leave-Verizon-deals

T-Mobile, famous (or infamous?) for not pulling its punches when trying to beat the competition, is starting off the year big with deals that will try to convince people to live their current carriers. They even have one that is specifically for one of their biggest competitors. The carrier is offering three big deals for those looking to get new smartphones: Buy One Get One when you avail of premium Samsung and LG devices, $150 off if you don’t want a second phone, and Verizon customers looking to leave Big Red also get good deals if they switch. If you’re […]
January 10, 2018

T-Mobile Announces BOGO Rebate Offer: Get Up to $700 Off Second iPhone 7, 8, or X

The nation’s No. 3 wireless operator launched a buy-one-get-one deal on twelve flagship phones from Samsung, LG and Apple for users who activate a new line of service and buy both phones on the company’s monthly installment plan. Switchers who trade in a qualifying phone and buy a Samsung Galaxy S8, LG G6, LG V30 or LG V30+ will get a free model after the mail-in rebate; those who buy a Galaxy S8+, Active or Note 8 are eligible for as much as $700 back. The BOGO rebate applies to the iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 […]
January 8, 2018

Verizon increases Total Mobile Protection monthly cost, lowers replacement cost

With the holiday season wrapping up, the deals are dying down and reality is setting back in. To kick off the New Year, Verizon is switching up its Total Mobile Protection plan. The company is lowering the replacement cost for lost or broken devices to $89. To make up for the lower replacement cost, Verizon is increasing the monthly cost of Total Mobile Protection. New customers will pay $13/month, while existing customers will continue to pay $11/month until March 6, when their monthly cost will increase to the new $13 rate. Verizon is also touting nationwide cracked screen repairs, with […]
January 5, 2018

AT&T to Offer Mobile 5G Wireless Phone Service This Year

Now that the industry has settled on a spec for 5G, carriers are racing to use it — and AT&T hopes to be one of the first. It just unveiled plans to launch spec-based mobile 5G (not the fixed-in-place kind) to everyday consumers in 12 cities by late 2018. It’s not specific about where those markets are or which devices will be the first to adopt the faster speeds, but the arrival of the 5G spec has kicked off the start of hardware development. While 5G technology offers a path for a slowing industry to revive growth, challenges abound. Mobile-phone […]
January 2, 2018

AT&T says all U.S. states will use its public safety network

NEW YORK (Reuters) – AT&T Inc said on Friday that all 50 U.S. states had decided to participate in the nationwide broadband network it is building for first responders as part of a $6.5 billion government contract. In March, the U.S. government awarded a contract to AT&T to build the network, years after a federal commission recommended setting up such a system following the 9/11 attacks. The No. 2 U.S. wireless carrier will receive 20 megahertz of wireless airwaves and success-based payments of $6.5 billion over the next five years as part of the project known as FirstNet. AT&T expects […]