According to a report recently released by OpenSignal, it appears that a growing number of mobile users are no longer taking full advantage of Wi-Fi networks, or at least not as frequently as before. And it seems that unlimited data plans, such as those currently being offered by the Big Four (Verizon Wireless, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint), have something to do with people not using Wi-Fi like they used to.
T-Mobile has just announced that its new T-Mobile One Military pricing plan now comes with a 20 percent discount on the first line of service and then a 50 percent discount on up to five extra voice lines. This new pricing plan is made available to members of the military and their families, or small businesses owned by current or former military personnel. For good measure, the plan promises a 50 percent discount on a Galaxy S9, a Galaxy S9 Plus, or a Galaxy S8 Active unit.
The Federal Communications Commission has issued a fine of $40 million to T-Mobile, which according to the agency has violated the Communications Act. After an investigation, the FCC concluded that the major wireless carrier had failed to correct continuing problems related to the completion of phone calls to end users based in rural areas in the United States.
T-Mobile has just announced that it will be giving customers who switch to its MetroPCS prepaid brand (check out our 2018 review) from rival networks a couple of months of wireless service, completely free of charge. According to the official press release, new customers can pick from the $50 Unlimited LTE plan, the $60 plan that comes with Unlimited LTE plus 10 gigabytes of hotspot data, or the $100 plan that offers four lines of service with Unlimited LTE.
It appears that major wireless carriers T-Mobile and Sprint are at it again -- initiating merger negotiations anew, at least according to a report recently published by the Wall Street Journal. As indicated in the report, the talks are said to be in the early stages, which means that an agreement between the two parties is not to be expected as of the moment.
According to a new report recently released by analyst firm CCS Insight, the total volume of subscriptions to 5G wireless service will reach nearly 60 million across the globe by the year 2020. This number represents an increase of 50 percent compared to earlier projections made by CCS half a year ago. The company also proceeded to revise its predictions for year 2021 by 25 percent, with 5G connections breaching the 280 million mark around the world.
CCS Insight also made changes to its projections for the subsequent years. For mid 2023, it expects the volume of 5G wireless subscriptions to hit 1 billion worldwide. Meanwhile, for 2025, the analyst firm has updated its estimates to 2.7 billion 5G connections.
By way of a note recently issued to investors just this week, analysts from Morgan Stanley Research are projecting that the first three months of the year will mostly see the Big Four carriers in the United States (namely Verizon Wireless, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint) record low subscriber activity.
Some may remember that nearly a month ago, Randall Stephenson, the chief executive officer of AT&T, had hinted that mobile users everywhere might soon be able to experience the wonders of 5G not directly through their smartphones and tablet devices, but through 5G pucks. These pucks can basically serve as mobile 5G hotspots for consumers, at least until phone makers can start releasing true 5G compatible handsets in the market.
There is no doubt about it -- some Android fans will already be itching to get their hands on Samsung’s newest flagship devices, the Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy S9 Plus phablets. Well, they will not have to wait for long -- the handsets will be made available for preordering starting on March 2nd, and exactly two weeks later on March 16th, the South Korean tech giant’s newest toys will hit store shelves everywhere.
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