FCC Strikes Spectrum Deal with Mexico That Helps Sprint
The Federal Communications Commission today announced that the U.S. State Department and the government of Mexico have come to an agreement over the use of 800MHz and 1900MHz spectrum near the U.S.-Mexico border. The agreement mostly centers on assigning bands within the 800MHz block to public safety agencies so that there's no interference between U.S.- and Mexican-run public safety agencies. However, another piece of the agreement allows Sprint to deploy CDMA cellular service in the 1900MHz band along the border with Mexico. This should increase the coverage available to Sprint's customers who live near the border.
AT&T: Free Mobile Roaming in Mexico Starts Friday
AT&T is prepared to make it less expensive for customers to roam in Mexico. The new AT&T Mexico Roaming Bonus is available to all Mobile Share Value customers beginning Friday at no extra cost.
MetroPCS Wins Mexico Calling Plan of Its Own
MetroPCS today revealed a new plan for making calls to Mexico. The Mexico Unlimited package borrows a page from T-Mobile's Mobile Without Borders plan and offers unlimited calling and messaging to mobile and landlines in Mexico.
FCC Relaxes Rules Governing 800 MHz Spectrum
The FCC this week made it easier for carriers to add LTE to their 800 MHz spectrum holdings. Rules concerning the 800 MHz band (CDMA Band Class 0, LTE Band 5) have been in place since 1981 and limit how much power carriers can use to transmit wireless signals across those airwaves.
Sprint to Let Customers Manage Movistar Prepaid Accounts in Mexico and El Salvador
Sprint today announced a new program that will allow customers to help pay for wireless service for relatives and friends in Mexico and El Salvador. The new Plan Conectados, which is built into the Sprint World Top-Up app, makes it possible for Sprint customers to provide wireless access for $25 per month through a partnership with Movistar.