Last week, there was talk that Dish Network and Amazon were engaging in discussions for a potential partnership, a move that just might begin to challenge the dominance of the Big Four carriers in the United States (namely Verizon Wireless, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint) as well as those cable companies who are already entering into the wireless industry.
T-Mobile, Dish Network, and Comcast have emerged as the top three bidders in the incentive spectrum auction conducted by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Major US wireless carrier T-Mobile committed the most money, bidding almost $8 billion in order to get its hands on 600 MegaHertz airwaves. According to T-Mobile officials, the mobile operator is looking to take full advantage of the 600 MegaHertz spectrum it has acquired as early as within the year. Dish Network continues to expand its already formidable midrange airwave portfolio by ponying up $6.2 billion. Dish has made no secret of its plans to establish an NB-IoT (Narrow Band - Internet of Things) network. As for Comcast, the cable TV giant has bid $1.7 billion.
It seems that Sprint is currently testing a new special offer that bundles four lines of service that provide unlimited data with a Sling TV subscription, absolutely free of charge. Although it should be noted that the major US wireless carrier is only making this promotional deal available to its current and new subscribers who are based in the cities of Chicago in Illinois and Atlanta in Georgia.
Mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) FreedomPop has decided to team up with Dish Mexico in order to start providing free wireless services in Mexico. If this partnership proves to be a successful model, the carrier is looking to replicate its success in other mobile markets as well. Dish Mexico is owned by Dish and MVS Comunicaciones and is game in collaborating with FreedomPop in bringing free voice calls, text messaging and data access to Mexican mobile users. FreedomPop is tasked with overseeing the operational side of the partnership at the same time powering the mobile service, while Dish will take care of the distribution and customer service, and provide local expertise.
Yup, you read that headline right. Dish, the satellite TV provider, has just launched a new service that offers to fix Apple iPhone devices, and the really cool thing about this is that those availing of the service will never need to get out of their homes. Granted, this latest move from a company primarily known for satellite TV services is a bit odd, but why not, right?
There has been talk about a merger between wireless carrier T-Mobile and satellite TV provider Dish Network for years, but nothing really concrete has come out of it. Well, until now.
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