Verizon Accuses MetroPCS of Abusing Regulatory Process
Verizon Wireless made scathing accusations against competitor MetroPCS in a letter it recently sent to the Federal Communications Commission. According to Verizon, MetroPCS's attempts to block its bid to acquire 122 AWS spectrum licenses from a consortium of cable companies is nothing more than an attempt to force the FCC to regulate LTE roaming agreements. Verizon said that MetroPCS's implications that Verizon Wireless is unwilling to negotiate roaming agreements is flat-out incorrect. "MetroPCS and Verizon Wireless have been engaged in roaming discussions, and they exchanged rate proposals last November. Verizon Wireless also offered to extend the negotiations, which had previously focused on voice and EVDO data roaming, to include discussions toward an LTE roaming agreement. In February, Verizon Wireless sent MetroPCS a revised offer and attempted to contact MetroPCS to continue negotiations, but until this week MetroPCS had not responded. It appears that MetroPCS has decided to try to wring conditions out of the regulatory process rather than negotiate commercial arrangements." Verizon's AWS spectrum acquisition has met with resistance from a number of companies in the wireless industry and is currently undergoing federal review.
MetroPCS to Sell the iPhone
T-Mobile's prepaid brand, MetroPCS, today said it will soon sell the entire range of iPhones from Apple. MetroPCS plans to kick off iPhone sales at select stores in Florida on July 1, but will expand to all stores around the nation soon.
Flat Wireless Alleges Verizon Charging Unfair Roaming Rates
Flat Wireless, a Texas-based company, has filed a complaint with the FCC over roaming rates charged by Verizon Wireless. Flat said Verizon's data rates are "unjust and unreasonable in absolute terms and in relation to charges assessed by Verizon Wireless for similar services to its retail customers, MVNOs, and to international roaming partners.
AT&T, Verizon Take Issue with FCC's Data Roaming Rules
AT&T and Verizon Wireless have challenged a ruling made by the FCC in December regarding data roaming rates. The FCC sided with an argument made by T-Mobile about how reasonable roaming rates are calculated.
MetroPCS CDMA Network to Go Dark in June
T-Mobile intends to shutter MetroPCS' legacy CDMA network by late June, according to information on the carrier's web site. The company recently said it had three major metro markets — and about 500,000 customers — still using its CDMA network.
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