October 23, 2017

Apple and AT&T activate LTE Band 8 to give iPhone users in Puerto Rico cellular service by Loon Balloon

Apple has been working with AT&T to extend and activate cell service for users in Puerto Rico. To improve what is a terrible connectivity situation there, it’s going to enable a provisional band of LTE that has been recently approved, but not activated in the US and Puerto Rico, where it has not been licensed. This will allow iPhones to connect to Alphabet X’s Project Loon balloons in the region, which were activated today. This should allow users to send text messages and access some critical online services. Because LTE is not licensed on Band 8, many phones have not […]
October 18, 2017

Sprint, T-Mobile Merger? Don’t Rent a Tux Yet

If a deal were to go through, it would be a boon for carriers, but bad news for towers. SunTrust Robinson Humphrey’s Greg Miller and his team take a look at the potential for a merger between Sprint (S) and T-Mobile (TMUS). Spoiler alert: They’re “highly skeptical.” Miller writes that there seem to be leaks about a potential deal nearly daily, although he doesn’t expect anything to come out before an official announcement, which may happen as soon as third-quarter earnings. That said, he doesn’t think it will actually happen, as it will be very difficult to get such a […]
September 21, 2017

AT&T offers free HBO with its cheaper unlimited plan

AT&T’s initial offer of free HBO access to wireless subscribers was tempting, but there was a catch: you had to spring for an Unlimited Plus plan, which at $90 or more per month isn’t a trivial expense. Now, however, you don’t have to be such a big spender. The carrier is extending bonus HBO access to Unlimited Choice customers on September 15th, giving you the same streaming TV if you pay as little as $60 per month for cellphone service. This is one of the few perks of giant mergers, it seems. There are some catches to getting a freebie like this on a […]
August 30, 2017

T-Mobile Netherlands rolls out TD-LTE in 2.1 GHz band

T-Mobile Netherlands announced plans to use TD-LTE spectrum in the 2.6 GHz band to boost speeds on its 4G network. This is the fourth carrier band used by the operator, after recently completing the roll-out of 4G in the 2,100 MHz band. The 2.6 GHz spectrum is expected to add up to 120 Mbps to customer speeds. The new carrier will be activated in busy and highly populated areas first, and by the end of this year, much of the national network should support the new frequencies. Most new smartphones, including the iPhone since version 6, support TD-LTE. T-Mobile said […]
August 9, 2017

Will Sprint and T-Mobile merge this time?

According to the news T-Mobile and Sprint which currently hold #3 and #4 spots in the wireless industry are in talks of merger again. Sprint and T-Mobile tried merging under Obama administration three years ago but it was not successful due to regulations at the time. Softbank CEO, Masayoshi Son who has a majority stake in Sprint has been trying to get a deal for Sprint however he has not been successful. Just last week there were reports of Sprint and Charter communications merger however it was dismissed after Charter’s announcement to decline to merge. If the merger is successful […]
August 1, 2017

Sprint still scrambling for a buyer. Charter declined to merge with Sprint.

Sprint’s Japanese owner Masayoshi Son was hoping that merger between Charter and Sprint will create a new company that will focus on providing both television and wireless as a package for customers. It will help keep Sprint afloat as the 5th largest telecommunication has been struggling to be profitable. But SoftBank CEO and owner of Sprint, Masayoshi Son was disappointed on Sunday after the statement released by Charter that they are not interested in a merger. According to the news, Sprint and T-Mobile tried to merge during Obama administration, but the idea was shot down due to strict regulations. Hope […]