Verizon Wireless abandoned plans to throttle the data speeds of customers who are on legacy unlimited data plans who crossed into 5 percent of data users on Verizon's LTE network when they are on high-traffic cell sites.
Verizon Wireless is jumping into the game of increasing the size of its data buckets for shared data plans, too. The carrier is launching two new promotions after rivals Sprint and AT&T Mobility launched promotional offers to increase the size of the data buckets they offer for high-usage customers.
Two can play that game, according to Sprint. For a limited time, the carrier is doubling the data on some of its shared data plans, just days after AT&T Mobility offered to do the same for its shared plans.
Verizon Communications argues that it's no slouch in the connected-car market even though rival AT&T has twice as many deals as it does with automakers. Verizon notes that it provides services beyond simple connectivity. Meanwhile, other carriers, including Sprint, continue to plow ahead with their connected-car efforts.
Rather than network improvement, Sprint needs network acceleration. Just as he was aggressive in pricing and promotions, Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure has the opportunity to step on the gas to expand the 2014 2.5 GHz target and accelerate the 2015 rollout with at least 250 million POPs covered before the end of next year.
Verizon Wireless is likely going to lead the pack in terms of postpaid net subscriber additions in the third quarter, according to a research note from financial analysts at Jefferies. However, the analysts expect AT&T Mobility and T-Mobile US to also perform well, though they expect Sprint will continue to struggle to gain traction with its new plans and promotions.
The roiling debate over net neutrality rules got another jolt Wednesday when two of the FCC's Democratic commissioners pushed for strong net neutrality regulations, and one indicated that strict net neutrality rules should apply to wireless as well as wireline networks. Meanwhile, the CTIA and wireless carriers continued to push back against the notion that the regulations should cover mobile technologies.
Dish Network launched fixed TD-LTE service in Corpus Christi, Texas, using Sprint's 2.5 GHz network and spectrum.
Sprint parent SoftBank is looking to expand its reach in the Western Hemisphere by investing in Mexican wireless carrier Grupo Iusacell as part of an effort to ride growth in the Latin American market, according to a Bloomberg report.
Karma, an MVNO that rewards customers with additional data when they share their hotspot connection with others, is launching its first LTE hotspot, called Karma Go, on Sprint's tri-band LTE network. The company previously only offered service on Sprint's WiMAX network.