Clearwire Boots Data Hogs and 4 Telecom Titans Attract Interest
Sprint Nextel Corp. (NYSE:S) used today to announce that it will release its 4G LTE network to 11 additional cities and counties, which include Harrisburg, Pa., Muncie, Ind., Peabody Mass., and Salina, Kan. Now, Sprint smartphones customers there will have the ability to share photos, download videos, and surf the Web with improved speed and reliability, according to the carrier.
Vodafone Group plc (NASDAQ:VOD) has begun to work with Visa as a way to offer new SIM cards with virtual credit cards encoded onto them. By using the NFC that is built into the smartphone and a new Vodafone SmartPass app enabling the user to create a virtual wallet for making payments, users pre-load funds into SmartPass instead of it directly accessing bank accounts.
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MetroPCS Communications, Inc. (NYSE:PCS): Deutsche Telekom (DTEGY) Chairman Ulrich Lehner has stated that he believes that the merger of T-Mobile USA and MetroPCS (NYSE:PCS) is likely to create “several billions of euros” in synergies, according to Reuters, citing German weekly WirtschaftsWoche.
Frontier Communications Corporation (NYSE:FTR) reported about the availability of its Satellite Broadband in various country markets northwest Washington state.
Clearwire Corporation (NASDAQ:CLWR) customers used Twitter and Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) as a sounding board to complain that their wireless broadband service was terminated for excessive use even although they believed they were paying for unlimited service. Various users claimed that they had received notices from Clearwire last week that told them that their accounts were being canceled as a result of excessive use of network resources. Clearwire told Broadband Reports that it does resort to cutting service if a user’s heavy-bandwidth applications has the ability to adversely affect the speeds and service quality for their neighbors. “It is rare that we take this step and when we do it affects an extremely small percentage of our total user base. We typically contact users to notify them of this type of situation first in order to provide an opportunity to make necessary changes,” the WiMAX operator stated.