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With pent-up demand, competitive intensity in wireless primed to detonate

Verizon is now applying discounts to phones with cracked screens. That's just one indication among several of how the US wireless landscape could soon get a lot more competitive.

Verizon's other network buildout focuses on location tech

Verizon's new hyper-sensitive location service relies on several dozen Real Time Kinematics (RTK) reference stations the operator has constructed across the US.

Here's how AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile slice and dice 5G plans and pricing

All of the big US network operators are working to get customers to subscribe to their expensive service plans, but the details of their 5G pricing strategies highlight their divergent network positions.

Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile kill RCS plans

The biggest wireless network operators in the US announced in 2019 that they would jointly launch RCS messaging services sometime in 2020. But it was not to be.

T-Mobile blasts Dish 'misinformation campaign' about 3G CDMA shut off

Dish Network has said T-Mobile's CDMA shutdown plans raise 'significant competition and public interest concerns.' But T-Mobile issued a blistering retort to Dish: 'Go do your job.'

Eurobites: Telecom Italia brings broadband blend to Friuli Venezia Giulia

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Fastweb taps Amdocs for network inventory upgrade; MTN seeks $5 billion valuation of mobile money unit ahead of stake sale; A1 Telekom Austria brings your package inside.

Verizon: Global chip shortage shouldn't slow 5G

Following warnings from the likes of T-Mobile, Gogo and Infinera, Verizon said that it does not expect the global chip shortage to affect its C-band buildout plans.

T-Mobile puts the finishing touches on its 5G growth engine

T-Mobile is now offering a free 5G phone alongside promises of cheaper 5G services than the competition. The operator's announcement may represent the final piece of its 5G puzzle.

Japan's messaging Battle Royale pits telco RCS against Line

The recent misfortunes of Japan's answer to WhatsApp could be an opportunity for Japan's telecom operators.

AT&T kills sponsored data due to California net neutrality law

AT&T primarily used its sponsored data service to remove usage charges from its video services, including HBO Max, for customers who have otherwise had to pay per-GB fees to stream them.

Sea Street looks to automate SD-WAN, SASE services for operators

'The requirement for a completely new architecture for developing service products and then delivering and managing them became apparent to me,' says CEO Harley Stowell.

Verizon's C-band vs. T-Mobile's 2.5GHz: Which is better for 5G?

Verizon claims that its C-band spectrum can cover more territory than T-Mobile's 2.5GHz spectrum can. T-Mobile claims the exact opposite. The truth may be somewhere in the middle.

Starry gears up for 24GHz deployment, after T-Mobile allows tests

Starry spent $48 million on 24GHz licenses in 2019. Now, the company is working with T-Mobile to test its own equipment for transmissions in that band on the way toward 'final certification and deployment.'

T-Mobile to join AT&T, Verizon in selling customers' data

T-Mobile quietly changed its customer privacy policy so that it can begin selling customer data to advertisers without having to obtain the customer's explicit consent.

Dish's new 5G strategy: MVNO aggregator

Dish announced it will purchase T-Mobile MVNO Republic Wireless and its 200,000 customers. The move signals Dish's apparent interest in building an MVNO empire on the road to 5G.

Verizon's 4G network one of the most congested in the world – analyst

A Rewheel study based on factors including macro cell site counts and customers' average data usage indicates Verizon, Jio and MTS operate networks that could be constrained.

Microsoft dials up operators for Teams calls

Operator Connect function to allow calls to be placed over the PSTN, part of a raft of Teams updates announced for Microsoft Ignite.

Eurobites: Deutsche Telekom bids for vaccination passport contract

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Deutsche Telekom teams up on urban data; Openreach goes with Viavi for network management; Proximus in Bruges.

How Dish Network's Boost plans to navigate T-Mobile's 3G shutdown

Late last year, T-Mobile told Dish it would shut down its 3G CDMA network for Boost customers by January 1, 2022. That's a full year earlier than Dish had expected.

T-Mobile puts premium price on 5G perks

T-Mobile is hoping to encourage customers to sign up for new, more expensive Magenta MAX service by removing monthly usage limits.

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