U.S. Cellular Eying Tiered Plans
U.S. Cellular today indicated during its quarterly earnings call with media that the company plans to introduce tiered voice and data plans at some point in the next two or three quarters. The company didn't provide more details about the tiered plans beyond that statement. AT&T and Verizon Wireless have rolled out tiered plans, which let subscribers choose how much they want to pay for a defined amount of service. U.S. Cellular also confirmed that is Long Term Evolution network is on track for a November launch. The company plans to offer at least one LTE-enabled smartphone by the end of the year, but it hasn't provided details on that device other than that it will run Google's Android operating system.
Galaxy S8 to Cost $750, S8+ to Cost $850: Carriers Share Launch Details
Samsung's new Galaxy S8 and S8+ smartphones will cost $750 and $850, respectively. The phones share almost all features other than size and both ship with 64 GB of internal storage.
Verizon to Restrict Heaviest 'Unlimited' LTE Users
Verizon Wireless plans to use its Network Optimization policy later this year in order to manage its heaviest users. The change in policy applies only to subscribers with an unlimited LTE monthly data plan, who were previously grandfathered in and essentially unrestricted in their use of mobile data.
US Cellular Offers to Beat AT&T and Verizon Plans
U.S. Cellular is targeting AT&T and Verizon Wireless customers by promising to offer a lower monthly bill.
Comcast Targeting Mid-2017 for Wireless Network Launch
Comcast CEO Brian Roberts today said the company plans to offer wireless service as soon as the middle of 2017. The service will rely on some 15 million WiFi hotspots Comcast has located around the country, as well as cellular access via Verizon Wireless.
FCC Chairman Not Pleased with Verizon's Plans to Throttle Users
Tom Wheeler, head of the FCC, is questioning Verizon Wireless' intent to begin throttling the speeds of its legacy unlimited LTE 4G data customers. Verizon announced the policy change July 25, suggesting it is to help manage its network in congested areas.