The mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) market is already a very competitive one, but with the arrival of Tello, the competition is sure to go up a notch. So how will this new mobile carrier be able to manage? Well, it turns out Tello has plenty up its sleeve, starting with a “No Fees, Whatsoever” branding that just might attract throngs of mobile users eager to sign up for even more affordable wireless plan options.
Apparently so, at least according to mobile market research firm Wave7 Research and then later reported by Fierce Wireless. The fourth biggest wireless carrier in America appeared to have began ending its leasing program for mobile devices that run on Google’s Android mobile operating system as recently as a few days ago.
Let the battle begin. Two major US wireless carriers, Sprint and T-Mobile, have just introduced competing new unlimited data options for their respective customers, especially those who are okay with the idea of watching video content at lower quality. The good news is that the carriers’ new plans are cheaper than the usual $95 per month that each mobile operator charges for unlimited data.
A week ago, Republican supporters consumed Super Bowl level loads at the Republican National Convention (RNC) held in the city of Cleveland in Ohio. This week, the same thing is likely to happen in the city of Philadelphia in Pennsylvania, where the Democratic National Convention will take place. Wireless carriers, however, are ready to handle all that mobile data.
Regulating bodies in the United States now want to gather more information about how phone makers and wireless carriers go about dealing with security issues in mobile devices. At the same time, the feds want to know why fixes for bugs and vulnerabilities take too darned long be deployed. Indeed, both the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) have sent letters of inquiries to more than a dozen firms, collecting data about how mobile manufacturers and network operators handle security updates.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has voted (3 to 2) to proceed with reforms of special lines. This move by the FCC looks to be beneficial to a couple of major US wireless carriers -- T-Mobile and Sprint -- and may even preempt price hikes in light of the upcoming commercial deployment of 5G networks.
According to analysts of Wells Fargo Securities, T-Mobile is looking to be the only major US wireless carrier to post some growth in postpaid net phone additions during the first quarter of this year. Wells Fargo predicts that the third biggest wireless carrier in the United States will register 1.4 million net new users, marking a 12th straight quarter in which it managed over 1 million net additions.
HTC has officially announced its newest flagship device, the HTC 10. As can be expected of any major smartphone release from the Taiwanese phone maker, the HTC is a high end smartphone offering with plenty of impressive specifications and features. But in an incredibly competitive Android smartphone market, it is somewhat puzzling that HTC’s latest high profile device will be offered by only three of the Big Four wireless carriers in the United States.