With the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic in the US, the best solution for everyone is to stay home. In line with this, wireless carriers have announced that they will be temporarily shutting down their retail stores to help flatten the curve.
Early this week, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless already announced that they will be closing their stores situated inside indoor malls. AT&T has followed their example and announced that they will be closing 40% of its retail stores. They have also decided to close their stores on Sundays and adjust the hours of the stores that will remain open. These stores will only be available from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm local time.
Earlier today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) revealed that service providers have signed a Keep Americans Connected Pledge. This pledge aims to help US users stay connected to wireless, telephone, and broadband networks in the middle of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The government agency revealed that the major US carriers have already signed the pledge.
The pledge asks the involved companies to not cancel the service of its residential and small business customers who are unable to pay their bills and to suspend any late fees that may be incurred by their customers for the next 60 days starting today. In addition to these, the pledge also asks the companies to make their Wi-Fi hotspot service available to those who need them.
So last week, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) shared news that they will be imposing a fine to the big four U.S. carriers for sharing the location data of its customers. The report shared that the government agency could impose a fine of more than $200 million. Well, it looks like T-Mobile will be shouldering most of the fine with a $91 million price.
Uh oh. It looks like the major four wireless carriers in the country are about to be fined big time.
According to reports, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is planning to hit AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, and T-Mobile a fine of at least $200 million in total. This is for selling the location data of their customers. The report says that the carriers have been given a chance to challenge the fines before it becomes final. But there is a chance that the final amount ends up higher than the $200 million number.
Now that most of the legal and regulatory hurdles have been taken care of, the only thing left for the T-Mobile and Sprint merger to complete is the approval from the California Public Utilities Commission. With this as the only thing they’re waiting for, the two companies have announced a change to their agreement to merge.
As reported by CNBC, the new deal gives Deutsche Telekom a slightly higher stake in the New T-Mobile company. They won’t also require a new shareholder vote, which could potentially delay the deal that has been pending for nearly two years.
It’s a momentous day for T-Mobile and Sprint. Earlier today, it was revealed that a federal judge decided to allow the proposed merger between the two carriers to proceed. This means that the opposition’s move to block the $26 billion merger is dismissed.
To recall, a total of 14 state attorneys general sued to block the merger after it received approval from the Justice Department and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). They argued that the merger would decrease competition among the three remaining providers, thus increasing the prices for consumers.
It’s been a tough morning for the big four carriers in the country!
Customers from the big four carriers have reported experiencing network outages on DownDetector. According to the map on the website, it seems like the areas most affected by the outage include the East Coast, particularly the Carolinas.
One of the most anticipated sporting events of the year is here once again and it’s taking place in Miami. In line with the Super Bowl event, T-Mobile has already gone ahead and ensured their 5G network can be experienced throughout the whole city.
The event, slated for February 3rd, is expected to be a huge one. With the influx of fans and visitors, it’s only normal for the network to slow down. The Un-carrier wants to make sure that its users do not get to experience frustration with the slow speed.
T-Mobile customers are in for a treat! In addition to a complimentary subscription to Netflix on Magenta and Magenta Plus unlimited plans, the Un-carrier is offering something new.
Earlier this week, T-Mobile revealed that they have partnered up with a new video streaming service called Quibi. Despite only making the announcement official this week, they have teased this partnership back in October.
The new streaming service, founded by Jeffrey Katzenberg, former Walt Disney Studios chairman and DreamWorks Animation CEO, is set to make its debut on April 6th. Pricing will start at $4.99 per month with occasional ads. If you prefer a plan with no interruptions, it will cost you an extra $3 per month.
Are you ready for T-Mobile’s big move for its prepaid customers tomorrow?
Earlier this week, T-Mobile unveiled its 5G network that covered over 200 million people and more than 5,000 cities and towns throughout the United States. The launch also positions T-Mobile as the first carrier to offer nationwide 5G network, even in rural America. But T-Mobile has also promised that its merger with Sprint will allow it to invest in the foundation and be able to provide deep 5G for all. The best news about this is that its Metro by T-Mobile customers will also have access to 5G network at no extra charge. The network will be available to prepaid subscribers starting tomorrow, Dec. 6.
Wirefly Is America's Most Trusted Source For All Cell Phones, Plans, TV, and Internet Deals
Wirefly offers great deals on a large selection of smartphones, cell phones, tablets, mobile hotspots, and other wireless devices for the nation's most popular carriers. Use Wirefly’s innovative cell phone and plan comparison tools to ensure you are getting the best deal on the market. Shop with confidence knowing that Wirefly wants to help you find the best prices on cell phones, cell phone plans, TV, and Internet service.