Posts Tagged ‘HSPA+’

AT&T might have to pay Sprint millions of dollars if it is successful in acquiring Leap Wireless. Leap has an existing MVNO contract with Sprint in order to roam onto its CDMA and LTE networks. The agreement contains a clause specifying that any company that purchases Leap could terminate the MVNO agreement, but “would be required to pay to Sprint a specified percentage of the remaining aggregate minimum purchase commitment.” The MVNO contract was forged in 2010 and was worth $300 million at the time. Based on the payment schedule, Leap has already paid Sprint about $175 million, leaving $125 million unpaid. Leap did not disclose the amount of the final minimum payment. AT&T proposed to buy Leap Wireless earlier this year for $1.2 billion. If the proposal meets regulatory approval, AT&T will eventually transition Leap’s CDMA customers to its GSM/HSPA network and repurpose Leap’s spectrum for its own LTE 4G network.

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T-Mobile will conduct a live tweet conference on October 23 where the wireless provider plans to announce a second part of the Uncarrier Phase 3.0.

What would an Un-leashed tablet look like?  Only T-Mobile can offer tablets to consumers in a highly disruptive Un-carrier way!  Come hear about our next market changing offer in our first ever live press conference on Twitter.

AT&T recently introduced a $5/day no-contract tablet plan that provides 250MB of data so it stands to reason that T-Mobile will one-up Ma Bell with tomorrow’s announcement. Perhaps 500MB or more is in order? Perhaps a week’s worth of data for $5.  We’re just spitballing our own lofty ideas, of course.

You can participate in the October 23 event by tweeting questions to T-Mobile’s CEO with a specific hashtag.

Oct. 23, 2013, at 9:00 a.m. Pacific Time.

Text us or tweet us! Send your questions to @TMobile for John Legere and Mike Sievert with the hashtag #unleashthetablet. Or text a question to 313131 by typing in TMUSQA-your question (limit 160 characters). Questions will be answered live on twitter.com/TMobile and on a live audio stream at newsroom.t-mobile.com.

Nokia today announced the Lumia 1520, a device that is the first to take advantage of new features built into Windows Phone, including a high-definition display and quad-core processor. The 1520 boasts a 6-inch full HD ClearBlack LCD with Gorilla Glass 2, sunlight mode, and high sensitivity for use with gloves. The latest version of Windows Phone supports a third column on the screen, which means owners of the 1520 will be able to add more content and Live Tiles to their home screen. The 1520 is powered by a 2.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, and comes with 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and support for microSD cards up to 64GB. The 1520 takes imaging seriously and includes a 20-megapixel PureView camera with dual LED flash, Carl Zeiss optics, lossless zoom, and optical image stabilization. Nokia’s custom camera software is on board, which has been updated so that accessing the various shooting modes is easier. The 1520 has a 1.2-megapixel wide-angle, user-facing camera and Storyteller, a new app that automatically creates a chronological picture journey based on time/location data stored in photos. The 1520 is widely compatible with wireless networks, supporting dual-carrier HSPA+ at 42Mbps and LTE Bands 2, 4, 5, 7, and 17 in the U.S. Dual-band Wi-Fi, GPS/GLONASS, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, and a bevy of sensors are on board, as is an integrated 3,400mAh battery. The Nokia Lumia 1520 is expected to reach the U.S. and other markets during the fourth quarter of the year. The 1520 carries a full retail price of $749. AT&T said that it will offer the 1520 later this year. Nokia also announced the Lumia 1320, which is similar to the 1520, but dials down the specs. For example, the screen measures 6 inches, but offers only 720p resolution. The camera is also of lower quality. It will be sold for $339 in select world markets. Nokia also added three more devices to its Asha portfolio, the 500, 502, and 503. Nokia’s Asha devices straddle the line between smartphone and feature phone, offering advanced features at price points that are friendly to their emerging market targets.

LG today announced the G Pro Lite, a low-cost, big-screen Android smartphone that competes with the Samsung Galaxy Mega. The G Pro Lite features a 5.5-inch qHD display and a dual-core 1GHz processor with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of built-in storage. The G Pro Lite comes with a stylus that is embedded in the phone and a large 3,140mAh battery. It has an 8-megapixel main camera and a 1.3-megapixel user-facing camera. Wireless networking speeds are limited to HSPA, and it also comes with Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi, and GPS. According to LG, the G Pro Lite includes many of the user interface features seen on the G2, such as KnockOn for waking the screen, QuickMemo, and QTranslator. The LG G Pro Lite is headed to Latin American markets first, followed by others in Asia, Russia, China, India, and the Middle East. LG did not announce plans to bring the G Pro Lite to the U.S.

Target today announced brightspot, a new prepaid service that the company plans to launch on Sunday, October 6. According to a blog post on the company’s web site, brightspot offers a $35 unlimited talk and text plan, and a $50 unlimited talk and text plan with 1GB of 4G data. brightspot did not say if users who surpass the 1GB limit will be throttled or cut off. brightspot operates on T-Mobile’s network, which uses HSPA+ and LTE for high-speed data. Once customers choose a plan, they can select any device, be it a flip phone or smartphone, and activate service. Customers may bring their own device and purchase a SIM card kit if they so desire. Target didn’t say what devices it is offering, nor what they might cost. Last, for each six months customers remain with the service, Target will send them a $25 gift card.

The Federal Communications Commission today approved AT&T’s proposed acquisition of spectrum and assets from Atlantic Tele-Network’s Alltel properties. The deal, first proposed earlier this year, gives AT&T wireless spectrum licenses in the 700, 850, and 1900MHz bands, network assets, retail stores, and 620,000 subscribers in markets sprinkled throughout the mid-west. However, the FCC has placed conditions on the deal. “Based on our analysis, we find that the proposed transaction will likely cause some competitive and other public interest harms in several local markets. We find, however, that the proposed transaction is likely to result in public interest benefits that, when combined with voluntary commitments from AT&T, will mitigate our competitive concerns. AT&T’s voluntary commitments in the areas of network deployment, roaming, and customer transition allow us to conclude that the proposed transaction overall is in the public interest.” In order to win the FCC’s approval, AT&T had to commit to launching HSPA+ and LTE service across the new spectrum assets within 15 months and 18 months, respectively, of the transaction closing date. AT&T also committed to offering CDMA voice and data roaming services over the Alltel 3G EV-DO network until at least June 15, 2015. Last, AT&T committed to offering Alltel’s customers a handset comparable to their existing handset at no cost and without requiring a contract extension. AT&T will have to file quarterly progress reports covering these commitments for the next three years.

Straight Talk, a prepaid carrier that offers unlimited service for $45 per month, now works on AT&T’s LTE 4G network. Previously, it was limited to HSPA+ speeds for data. This means customers who supply their own LTE-capable phone will be able to access faster mobile broadband speeds. Customers will need to purchase an new SIM card, which costs $6.99, and sign up for Straight Talk’s month-to-month service. Straight Talk is compatible with most unlocked GSM-based phones, including smartphones. The $45 plan includes unlimited voice minutes, messaging, and data, though some customers report being throttled after they exceed 2.5GB per month.