All Things D reports that T-Mobile is finally taking advantage of this year’s MetroPCS merger. The fourth-largest mobile carrier in the U.S. plans to use the new spectrum to offer even faster speeds on its LTE network nationwide. Some markets are already seeing an increase in speed, and more will see faster service next year. The company says it hopes to cover up to 90% of its current subscriber base with improved service.
In direct contrast to this data network improvement, T-Mobile is also planning to launch new pre-paid plans with no data allowance included, according to TMo News. The carrier confirmed that the new plans will come with unlimited talk and text, but will not include any data. These new pre-paid plans will be available on December 8th, the the same day AT&T is launching its new selection of plans.
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When Apple updated its website on Tuesday and added the new iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c to its online store, we were surprised to see that it was only advertising support for two of the U.K.’s four 4G carriers — EE and Vodafone. But don’t worry, both Three and O2 have confirmed that the devices […]
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Spanish mobile operator Telefonica has partnered with Microsoft in a bid to boost Windows Phone 8 adoption. The two companies plan to launch an “enhanced marketing effort” that will fight back against “the current duopoly” of Android and iOS. As part of the agreement, Telefonica, which owns O2, Movistar, and other carriers all over the [...]
Hutchison Whampoa, owner of Three U.K., has today acquired O2 Ireland in a deal worth €850 million ($1.1 billion). Telefonica, O2′s parent company, believes the move will “create a new competitive dynamic in the Irish market,” which Three can now claim 37.5% of with 2 million active subscribers.
Three will now be second only to Vodafone in Ireland.
In 2012, Three and O2 Ireland had combined revenues of €803 million ($1.05 billion), while Three’s standalone revenue was just €174 million ($228 million). The acquisition will provide Three “with the scale and financial strength necessary to compete even more aggressively in the market to the benefit of consumers,” the company said in a press release today.
“It leaves Three optimally positioned to become the number one player in the Irish market by providing the best value and service to its customers. In addition the combined business plans to invest strongly in creating a state of the art network including 4G/LTE over the next number of year,” it added.
The Irish Times reports that Spanish firm Telefonica is Europe’s “most indebted telecommunications company,” with a net debt of €51.3 billion ($67.28 billion). That’s more than its market value, and a sale of its O2 Ireland arm has reportedly been a subject of speculation for some time.
Three will pay €780 million ($1.02 billion) in cash once the deal has been approved and completed, with a further €70 million ($91.8 million) due later if certain financial objectives are achieved.
The demand for 4G LTE connectivity has never been higher, and companies are pulling all the tricks out the bag to try to fulfil the high demand. Last night, Sprint announced that it has turned on high-speed 4G LTE data in 22 new locations. The announcement was made in a single press release on the U.S. carrier’s website.
The new 22 locations that Sprint has turned on high-speed LTE data in include:
Baton Rouge, La.
Fond du Lac, Wis.
Lansing/East Lansing, Mich.
St. Cloud, Minn.
St. Joseph/Benton Harbor, Mich.
That means that Sprint currently support LTE connectivity in a whopping 110 locations across the United States.
In the same press release Sprint also listed a number of cities that will recieve its LTE service in the coming months in Texas, Wisconsin, and Michigan. Those include:
Grand Rapids, Mich.
Ann Arbor, Mich.
Battle Creek, Mich.
Corpus Christi, Texas
Eagle Pass, Texas
Marshfield/Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.
Mount Pleasant, Mich.
Oak Harbor, Wash.
Watertown/Fort Atkinson, Wis.
Sprint’s LTE mobile technology is capable of delivering mobile internet speeds more than 10 times faster than the standard 3G network.