Now that its exclusive carrier arrangement to sell the flagship is out of the way, BlackBerry’s Priv is being sold by T-Mobile. The carrier stated last week it would begin selling the handset on January 26, and today orders were accepted on schedule.
Boost Mobile, the prepaid carrier owned and operated by Sprint, today announced a slew of new options and benefits for customers old and new. The carrier is focusing on offering more high-speed data at an affordable price in addition to launching promotions that put money back in your back.
Fourth quarter results are in, and it looks like Sprint’s aggressive marketing and price slashing has paid off. The carrier still posted a loss, but its postpaid subscriber additions and customer retention are both on the up and up. Read more
The Internet of Things is a growing market of connected devices, ranging from light switches to refrigerators to anything else you can imagine that could be controlled by a smartphone or tablet. But like any new technology or idea, right now it’s a pretty fragmented landscape with tons of different manufacturers trying to push their own stuff as the “standard,” which obviously causes some compatibility issues. Read more
Based on the major wireless carrier ads that are running during this afternoon’s NFL game, it takes some balls to compete in the market. The latest carrier to jump in the mix is Sprint which released their own version of ads currently running by Verizon and Sprint. Read more
Last fall Verizon announced their plans to start testing 5G connection speeds in 2016 with a goal of deploying their 5G network by 2020. Verizon thinks this timeline will put them on track to be the first U.S. carrier to offer this capability. During their fourth quarter financial results conference call this past week, chief financial officer Fran Shammo repeated the vow and said Verizon is on track to commence 5G trials during 2016 in San Francisco, California and in Waltham, Massachusetts using some sandbox facilities they have available. Read more
Nextbit proudly announced earlier this month that its first phone, the cloud-powered Robin, would begin shipping to Kickstarter backers on February 16. Backers that were not among the first wave on Kickstarter were told to expect their Robin ship near the end of February; however, Nextbit didn’t provide any status of the CDMA model beyond saying they have been “working on a date.” It was originally believed that this model, destined for a carrier like Verizon, would come in February or March, but Nextbit is disappointed to clarify that neither month is possible.
The CDMA model of the Robin will likely ship in the second quarter of 2016 following the delay.
Just as we turned to the new year, Verizon debuted a television advertisement showing Verizon’s colorful balls leading AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile’s. The carrier wanted to show that a RootMetrics study found its network to be ahead of the the competition. T-Mobile, however, isn’t happy with what Verizon is saying.
Team Magenta has now set out to prove Verizon wrong by busting their colorful balls.
The millennial-targeted Go90, which is owned and operated by Verizon, arrived in October 2015 as video streaming service limited to use on mobile devices. Verizon created Go90 because the company knows that video is on the rise and phones are the one thing that youngsters bring with them everywhere. Combine the two and you should have a valuable platform to generate big dollars. But, at least for Verizon, that doesn’t seem to be the case just yet. Big Red does not expect Go90 to be profitable for at least two years, focusing on content and marketing in the meantime.
Verizon’s Q4 results are in for 2015, and it looks like the nation’s largest wireless carrier had a pretty solid holiday season. Revenue is up, churn is down, and they even managed to get some solid additions to their home internet services. Read more