AT&T to Absorb Wisconsin's Element Mobile
AT&T has agreed to take control of Element Mobile's CDMA network, which operates in Wisconsin, and eventually transition it to an HSPA-based network. AT&T will form a new company with Element Mobile's assets, called Lake Mobility, that is 60% owned by AT&T. It will market and sell products under the AT&T brand to consumers in the central Wisconsin area. According to documents filed with the Federal Communications Commission, AT&T will operate Element's CDMA network for at least a year while it builds out its own HSPA network in the region. It will eventually transition Element's customers to its own network over time with no loss of service. "AT&T will offer each postpaid subscriber a HSPA+ handset comparable to their existing CDMA handset without requiring a contract extension," said AT&T. "For postpaid CDMA subscribers with term contracts (other than month-to-month contracts), AT&T plans to honor the majority of such subscribers' contracts for the life of those contracts by providing them with substantially similar AT&T service plans." Financial details of the transaction, which requires FCC approval, were not shared.
HTC One A9: First Phone To Work on Verizon Without CDMA
HTC will sell an unlocked version of its new One A9 that can be used on Verizon's LTE network, even though the phone lacks the legacy CDMA technology found in all other Verizon phones to date. That makes the One A9 the first phone announced for use with Verizon in LTE-only mode.
Boost and Virgin Mobile Outline Galaxy S7 Launch
Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile today both confirmed plans to offer the Samsung Galaxy S7 to their prepaid customers. Boost will kick off sales of the flagship handset on March 11, with Virgin to follow March 18.
Cricket's CDMA Network Goes Dark September 15
Cricket Wireless says the vast majority of customers have transitioned away from its legacy CDMA network ahead of tomorrow's planned shutdown. AT&T has been moving Cricket customers from the older CDMA network to its own GSM-based network since it acquired the carrier several years ago.
T-Mobile Cutting HSPA+ from Its AWS Spectrum
T-Mobile is more aggressively transitioning its HSPA+/UMTS service from its 1700 MHz AWS-1 spectrum to its 1900 MHz PCS spectrum. Moving HSPA+ service to 1900 MHz clears up more room in the 1700 MHz band for LTE.