T-Mobile US netted 933,000 postpaid subscribers on a 23% increase in total revenue in the most recent quarter. The carrier, which predicted that it will add up to 3.4 million postpaid customers this year, will "front-load" its 2017 LTE capital spending budget of $4.8 billion to $5.1 billion to deploy its low-band 700 MHz spectrum, T-Mobile's Braxton Carter said.
A cellphone is broken every two seconds in the US, estimates Squaretrade, a smartphone insurance provider. The smartphone repair industry is experiencing 3% annual growth and has amassed $4 billion in annual revenues, IBISWorld said.
Sprint will work with Nokia to showcase the Finnish vendor's 4.9G technology this month when Nokia introduces its AirScale massive MIMO Adaptive Antenna technology. Nokia asserted that AirScale will boost cell capacity and downlink speeds by up to fivefold.
T-Mobile US has adjusted its unlimited data plan in response to competitive measures, saying it will add a pair of features Friday. The carrier will include HD video in its plan and increase the amount of tethering allowed under the T-Mobile One hot spot feature from 3 gigabytes to 10 GB a month.
Apple has boosted hopes that it will bring wireless charging to its next iPhone by joining the Wireless Power Consortium, the group backing the Qi standard.
Swappa has opened registration for repair companies to take part in the Swappa Repair Network, allowing smartphone users to find repair shops near them. Many consumers don't realize that their broken devices may still have value, and we want to we help with that awareness," said Ward Johnsmeyer, Swappa's director of business development.
Staymobile increased its number of stores by more than 30% in 2016, adding 13 locations. The company also debuted a new store prototype that boosts efficiency and reduces costs.
Competitive Carriers Association has urged Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai to reconsider his opposition to supporting the second phase of the Universal Service Fund's Mobility Fund, which dishes out $25 million a month to support wireless broadband in rural areas. There "clearly is broad bipartisan support in ensuring sufficient and predictable USF support," CCA President and CEO Steven Berry said.
Sprint might be become the nation's first carrier to beef up its 4G network by deploying a 64x64 array of smart antennas in a technology known as "Massive MIMO." Nokia North America Chief Technology Officer Michael Murphy said the carrier will likely begin testing the high-frequency 2.5 GHz system this year, adding that deployment "will be coming very soon."
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