Why Google’s Plan To Sell Wireless Probably Doesn’t Scare Network Providers

google Google is gearing up to sell wireless service directly to customers as a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO), by acquiring excess network capacity from Sprint and T-Mobile and reselling it to customers under its own brand. This is the same approach used by Cricket Wireless, MetroPCS, Pure Talk, Republic Wireless and many others in the U.S., but Google’s arrangement apparently… Read More

Sprint Says Strict Net Neutrality Rules Won’t Disrupt Its Infrastructure Investments

sprint-logo As you must have heard, if the FCC institutes strict net neutrality regulations, and especially if it uses its authority under Title II of the Communications Act, investment in Internet service infrastructure will catastrophically decrease, gutting improvements of our nation’s private data backbone. Read More

Sprint To Replace CEO, Drop Bid For T-Mobile Amid Tough Regulatory Climate

Sprint will drop its efforts to buy T-Mobile amid a hostile regulatory climate and financing difficulties. The prospect of lowering the number of major mobile carriers in the United States from four to three proved unpopular among U.S. regulatory bodie…

Sprint Asks If Two Useless Things Can Become One Useful One With The LivePro Projector Hotspot

 Sprint is taking two devices with questionable utility and mashing them together, to create a hybrid pocket projector/mobile hotspot that might actually succeed at making an actual Voltron out of pieces from the spare parts bin. The small device …

Regulators Frosty On Possible Wireless Consolidation

Screen Shot 2014-01-30 at 10.13.02 AMRegulators are not enthused about a possible Sprint and T-Mobile U.S. merger agreement, voicing concerns that further consolidation of the market could lead to reduced competition. The New York Times reported earlier today that William Baer, assistant attorney general for the Department of Justice’s antitrust division, said it would be “hard for someone to make a persuasive case that reducing four firms to three is actually going to improve competition for the benefit of American consumers.” As the Times notes, Baer didn’t specifically detail which firms might be working to combine, but the subtext is clear. Sprint shares fell yesterday on the news. Bloomberg reported that Sprint had received a “cool reception” from the Department of Justice. The irony is that T-Mobile itself has been making waves, offering to pay the early termination fee of customers of rival carriers to tempt them to its service. Some are making the jump. That’s a competitive move. Uniting two American carriers at this point would reduce the total pool by a fourth, a sharp contraction. Putting T-Mobile U.S. into a Sprint box could see it reduce its efforts to disrupt its market. And that could worry regulators about decreasing competition. Baer, the Times quotes, thinks that the American consumer has been the recipient of “much more favorable competitive conditions” since the government axed the 2011 AT&T/T-Mobile deal. Or, in other words, the folks dealing with this sort of thing have historical precedent to be conservative in their regulatory decisions. Recent precedent, even. We’ll keep an eye on this over the next few months, but the government appears to be signaling that if Sprint and T-Mobile U.S. want to unite, the journey will be a full slog on a steep incline. If it’s possible at all. Top Image Credit: Flickr

U.S. Senator Issues Letter To Top 5 Wireless Carriers Urging Kill Switch Adoption

Amy-KlobucharU.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota has today taken up the battle cry of numerous legislators before her, calling for wireless carriers to enable new anti-theft technology on handsets.

According to the Senator, one-third of robberies involve cell phone theft, resulting in an estimated $30 billion in lost or stolen phones.

That said, Klobuchar has written a letter to the heads of the major wireless carriers, including Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and U.S. Cellular.

FreedomPop intros a free plan: includes 200 voice minutes, 500 texts and 500MB of data per month

It’s no longer a summertime tease: FreedomPop’s freemium mobile phone service is now officially a go. Launched in beta today, the operator’s basic plan offers consumers a voice/text/data bundle that nets them 200 anytime minutes, 500 texts and 500…

Mobile Miscellany: week of September 23rd, 2013

If you didn’t get enough mobile news during the week, not to worry, because we’ve opened the firehose for the truly hardcore. This week brought a new LTE phone to Boost Mobile, hints of consolidation between Sprint and T-Mobile, and lastly, hints …