T-Mobile Could Launch Data Only Plans This Month

T-Mobile is known for their data options, with their video on demand service, named Binge, offering people the chance to watch as much Netflix and video streaming sites as they could wish for (if the service has agreed to partner up on as one of Binge supporters). This was until it was revealed that the service was, in fact, throttling other video sites that weren’t on the Binge service. Now it would seem that they want to give you just the data in a new data only plans.

TmoNews managed to obtain a document that seems to reveal the option for Simple Choice Data Only plans, offering people the choice of mobile options without having to pay for the minutes , instead opting to use VoIP (voice over IP) systems like Skype.

The listed release date for the data only bundles is the 30th March, offering the service to GSM devices only (although as a standard this should cover most phones). In addition to the data you receive all of the bundles will also include unlimited texting, giving you the ability to lose the minutes that are rarely used for even more YouTube and Facebook time.

With more and more people using systems like Skype to communicate instead of traditional phone networks, could we see data only plans become an option across the board for mobile providers?

Video Startup Leaves T-Mobile Binge On Service

T-Mobile didn’t have a great year last year, after having their customer records stolen. After such a public fiasco, they didn’t have too much luck with their data policies. First the CEO confirmed that their unlimited data plans had restrictions, and then at the end of last year, it was revealed that their new service Binge On was throttling videos. The problem being is that 4Stream.TV, a video startup, has left T-Mobiles Binge On service over recent concerns for the service.

4Stream.TV’s creator, Slidefuse, has left the service citing the comments recently made on John Legere, CEO of T-Mobile, on his twitter account.

When Legere was asked by the EFF what Binge does to alter video streams or if it just limits the bandwidth used by the video, his response was that it used “proprietary software” and then began to ask “who the **** are you, anyway, why are you stirring up so much trouble, and who pays you?”. After being so defensive against the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a charity known for promoting equal access and rights to internet users, Slidefuse retracted their name from the 38 providers currently assigned to the Binge On service.

The controversial service would see that the listed providers such as Hulu and Netflix, would not count towards a user’s data use. The problem that has been found, by the EFF, is that once you are signed into the service, all your video content are throttled, resulting in a limited speed affecting all video streams, including those which you are downloading to watch offline later.

The service has got so bad that the company soon will meet with the Federal Communications Commission to discuss whether Binge On violates the net neutrality, a principle in which traffic on the internet cannot be prioritized or restricted over a different piece of content on the internet.

T-Mobiles Binge On Service Throttles Connections To Video Sites

T-Mobile recently announced a new service in which customers would be allowed to stream unlimited video without it counting against their data limits. The problem being, those videos can only come from select partners. Now it looks like agreeing to this new service slows down every other video you wish to see.

The new service, Binge on, would provide users with unlimited access to Hulu, HBO Now and SlingTV, while T-mobile also stated they would double the data limits for their current plans but if you sign up to the new service, don’t expect a new smooth connection on other sites. The result of signing up to the new service is that you will find your connections throttled to other sites and even downloading videos will be slowed down and showed at a much lower quality (thanks to many sites automatically downgrading your quality so that you can keep watching without the show being interrupted).

This news comes courtesy of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) who reported that all connections were throttled, regardless of where they come from. The results of this can be seen in the graph below that was produced by the electronic frontier foundation.

When it comes to getting answers though it hasn’t been a good time. John Legere, CEO of T-Mobile, didn’t take too kindly to being asked by the EFF is the service alters the video stream or just limits its bandwidth. His response was the video posted on twitter below, please be aware that it does contain bad language.

Tweets since have said that it is not a personal mission against EFF and that Legere is aware of who the EFF are, but claims that they are using this as an opportunity to spearhead a campaign about a different topic. The topic he refers to is Net Neutrality, a principle that many declare is a founding principle of the internet and that can be summed up as “no single bit of information on the internet is more important than another”. Net Neutrality means that throttling some data at the expense of others, or even creating fast lanes for certain services, goes against what many believe to be the fairest and the only way the internet can continue to work.

Some have taken this news badly, some with some humour. While you can turn the service off, remember that you automatically are opted in, so if you use Youtube or other streaming sites a lot, remember to look into disabling it.

Images courtesy of EFF and Android Police.

YouTube Claims T-Mobile’s ‘Binge On’ Plan is Throttling Videos

T-Mobile has won a host of US customers due to its liberal policy towards internet data usage, selling itself as the nation’s “un-carrier”, with particular plaudits aimed at its Binge On data plan, which allows free streaming of online videos (but at lower resolutions) without eating into customers’ data allowances. YouTube, however, have blamed the policy for throttling its videos down to 480p, despite the service not being an affiliate of Binge On, according to the Wall Street Journal (paywalled, via BGR and MacRumors).

“Reducing data charges can be good for users, but it doesn’t justify throttling all video services, especially without explicit user consent,” a YouTube spokesperson told the Wall Street Journal.

This assertion has been corroborated by The Internet Association, which says that T-Mobile’s Binge On “appears to involve the throttling of all video traffic, across all data plans, regardless of network congestion.”

When asked for comment, T-Mobile did not address the issue directly, choosing instead to boast how its customers enjoy “free streaming video that never hits their data bucket” and “the quality of their video experience and the complete control they have.”

T-Mobile’s Binge On plan is currently under investigation by the FCC to determine whether it adheres to the new net neutrality laws in the US.

Millions of T-Mobile Customer Records Stolen In Data Hack

If I had a £1/$1 every time a company was hacked and private details of consumers were leaked to a third-party, I would be now looking at a brochure for mansions. The latest victim is mobile communications company T-Mobile, who have fallen victim to a data breach.

An estimated 15 million T-Mobile customer records have been stolen after hackers attacked Experian, who are the company responsible for processing credit applications from consumers for the mobile company. Below are the details that Experian believe have been stolen from consumers in the hack, this includes  “access to a server that contained personal information for consumers who applied for T-Mobile USA postpaid services between Sept. 1, 2013 and Sept. 16, 2015.

  • Name
  • Address
  • Social Security Number
  • Date Of Birth
  • Drivers licence
  • Passport Number
  • Military ID Number
  • Any Other T-Mobile Credit assessment details

According to Experian, there were no “Payment Card or Banking Information” obtained during the discovery of the breach on the 15th September 2015. Over at T-Mobile, CEO John Legere stated that he was “incredibly angry about this data breach and T – Mobile will institute a thorough review of our relationship with Experian, but right now my top concern and first focus is assisting any and all consumers affected. I take our customer and prospective customer privacy VERY seriously”.

In these situations a consumer can feel powerless, no matter how careful they are at their end, they may still find personal and very sensitive details leaked to a third-party. Companies need to fully prioritize and secure customers data, otherwise there will be many more instances of this nature which will be just around the corner. If Hollywood ever attempted to produce a film concerning the many breaches, it would have a plot akin to Groundhog day.

Thank you experian and t-mobile and nextweb for providing us with this information.

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T-Mobile CEO Confirms Unlimited Data Plan Has Restrictions

T-Mobile’s CEO, John Legere has made a very direct announcement accusing some customers of flagrantly abusing the networking infrastructure. The controversy surrounds T-Mobile’s “unlimited” 4G LTE data plan which costs $80 per month and includes 7GB of tethering before network traffic management occurs. According to Legere, there are 3000 customers using up to 2TB of data per month and concluded that users have been:

“..stealing data so blatantly and extremely that it is ridiculous.”

“I’m not sure what they are doing with it – stealing wireless access for their entire business, powering a small cloud service, providing broadband to a small city, mining for bitcoin.”

Supposedly, the people in question are bypassing the 7GB tethering limit by using an LTE network to download content on their phone via a browser. In reality, the proportion using 2TB of data or more is only 0.01%. Therefore, this public damnation of such a small sector of T-Mobile’s consumer base seems rather foolish and not a brilliant idea from a PR perspective. On the other hand, at least the company is being transparent and clearly defining what constitutes fair use.

Technically, the term unlimited refers to an uncapped plan but many network providers utilize a fair usage policy in the small print. Personally, I feel these companies have to make the terms explicitly clear and perhaps change the wording from unlimited. This is because, the wording could constitute as false advertising and you cannot expect customers to inspect the small print. Perhaps T-Mobile feels this small percentage is affecting their profit margins and wants to set out a clear strategy for the future when it comes to acceptable data usage.

Thank you TechCrunch for providing us with this information.

T-Mobile Blue Screen iPhone Bug

Oh the nostalgia of the blue screen of death which has been a constant annoyance for PC owners. Yes PC fanboy, I am aware that Macs have a variant of this bug which boots to a blank blue screen, I use the term PC for personal computer, otherwise it would be a PiM for Personal iMac, and nobody wants Pims o’clock. ABut as mobile devices have become more powerful, the threat of a blue screen might be lurking in your shiny new phone and it may depend on your network.

There have been rumours abound that subscribers of the T-Mobile phone network have become victims of a blue screen of death and also frequent restarts which seem to occur on their iPhone. So far the known devices of such a bug are the iPhone 6 Plus, the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 5s. Users of these affected models seem to suffer with restarts every 10 to 30-minute intervals. This bug also extends to multiple versions of iOS 8 including iOS 8.1 and iOS 8.3.

As yet T-Mobile has failed to clarify the problem, but there seems to be a feeling of the glitch being either a carrier update from T – Mobile or memory problems with the devices in question. Users who have experienced this glitch have managed to halt the ascendance of the blue screen of death by performing a “hard reset” on their iPhones, it’s a good job we are talking about tech, otherwise I would be known as the ex writer of eTeknix.

If this fails, T-Mobile are instructing customers to delete their old text messages and do a factory restore via iTunes. It suggests to me that T-Mobile might be at fault for this glitch, if it was a problem with the devices then people from all networks would be effected. The advancements in tech but the same old glitches, it’s a funny old world.

Thanks You MacRumors for providing us with this information.

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LG’s G4 is now available in the US

Living in US? Looking for a new high-end smartphone? You might want to add the LG’s G4 to your list as a US Telecom Carrier T-Mobile has stocked it up and launched online sales today. The pricing is, as expected, $599.76 outright or $0 down with 24 monthly payments of $24.99. The device will be available in two variants
(Color / Back Panel) which are metallic gray and the T-Mobile exclusive, brown leather. Both the variants have absolutely no hardware specification differences. T-Mobile has mentioned that they will begin shipping online orders out immediately and the G4 will hit T-Mobile retail shops on June 3rd. However, if you are looking for the G4 with the Black leather option, you might have to wait till Sprint makes the device available on June 4th.

As LG G4 is the only major flagship device with expandable storage. T-Mobile is throwing in a free 128GB microSD card for a limited time (and till the limited stock) which end the end-user up with 160 GB of storage. This pretty much for any user to store all the multimedia files like Pictures, Videos, Movies, etc. You can grab your device right now from here.

Thank you The Verge for providing us with this information.

Google Launches Fi, a New Way to Say Hello

Google have launched another massive project today; the American based company have announced that they are now releasing a new wireless service.

The service, called Project Fi will be will be the first wireless network to seamlessly change between wi-fi and LTE, constantly working out which is strongest and selecting that one to transfer calls and data; two of the networks that currently support this feature are T-Mobile and Sprint. To use the new service you will need a Nexus 6 device as it requires a special sim card. Don’t be worried about this though, Google have hinted that the nexus will be first of many devices.

Google posted this on their blog earlier today:

“Project Fi works to get technology out of the way so you can communicate through whichever network type and device you’re using. Wherever you’re connected to Wi-Fi—whether that’s at home, your favorite coffee shop or your Batcave—you can talk and text like you normally do. If you leave an area of Wi-Fi coverage, your call will seamlessly transition from Wifi to cell networks so your conversation doesn’t skip a beat”

Thats pretty neat eh? The company has also said that they are changing the way phone numbers work on their service. Phone numbers will be hosted in the cloud so you can talk and text with your phone number on just about any phone, tablet or laptop providing it can run Google Hangouts.

Googles new service is going to be well priced too, for $20 per month you can get all of the basics (talk, text, wifi tethering and international coverage in 120+ countries) and an additional $10 per GB of cellular data used while in the US or internationally. 1GB is $10 per month, 2GB is $20 a month and so on. The clever part of this is that you only pay for what you use. For example if you pay for 3GB with $30 and only use $1.4GB you’ll get $16 back.

Google have also released a short video about the project.

Google are currently running an early access program to invite people to sign up to the service. If you have coverage and live in the US you can request an invite at fi.google.com; to check your fi coverage you can visit here.

Thank you to The Google Blog for this information.

Images courtesy of The Google Blog.

EU Committee Delays Roaming Fees Removal

There have been a lot of talks these past two years regarding the abolishment of roaming fees in the European Union’s member states. Last year, we heard that the EU Commission was voting to scrap the fees altogether and have them removed by 2016.

However, this might not be the case. The European Parliament does have its mind set on removing the roaming fees, but it seems that it also backs carriers who claim that they need to charge customers due to the space taken up on foreign carrier networks. To be noted is that carriers such as Vodafone, T-Mobile, Telefonica, and Telenor already have networks in almost every EU country, but there are still some carriers who cannot cope with a big changes just yet.

While there has been a steady drop in roaming prices in the past two years, along with a variety of tariffs added to reduce prices even further, we won’t be seeing a total removal of roaming fees next year. A more realistic target now points to 2018, making some room for everyone to cope with a big change on a large scale.

Thank you Ubergizmo for providing us with this information

Teasers Bring First Official Images of Samsung Galaxy S6

Both Samsung and T-Mobile have been teasing the Samsung Galaxy S6, bringing us the first official (limited) images of Samsung’s next flagship.

T-Mobile CEO John Legere posted a tweet confirming that the company will be carrying the phone on their network. He also included with the tweet something much more interesting – a link to a teaser site that gives us our first look at the new phone. That image, which we’ve posted above, very much confirms that the new device will have a curved edge display.

The phone will be revealed fully on March 1st.

Source: The Verge

CNN Name T-Mobile Tech Company of the Year

News network CNN has declared T-Mobile as its Tech Company of the Year for 2014. Faced with stiff competition from Apple and Microsoft, CNN posits that “no other tech company shook up its entire industry the way that T-Mobile (TMUS) did this year.”

In 2013, mobile telecom provider T-Mobile shifted its business model, scrapping phone contracts, allowing customers to switch network easily, and introducing free international roaming. This year it went one better, offering to pay early termination fees for customers wanting to move to T-Mobile from another network, introducing free music streaming, independent of existing data plans, offering seven-day smartphone loans, free in-flight internet, and monthly rollover data allowances.

The move kicked off a major price war amongst its rivals, with Sprint offering half-price bills and Verizon and AT&T lowering rates while upping data allowances, with all three now offering free smartphones on contract. But still, T-Mobile has gained 3.5 million customers this year, more than any other mobile network, taking its market share from 11% at the start of the year to 18% now.

To CNN, this remarkable growth and brilliant business strategy has earned T-Mobile the title of Tech Company of the Year, and could point towards the company becoming a long-term success story.

Source: CNN

T-Mobile Enables its New “Wideband LTE” Capable of 100Mbps+

T-Mobile has just enabled its next-gen 4G LTE service in Manhattan, with the carrier calling it “Wideband LTE”. T-Mobile’s new Wideband LTE is capable of massive speeds, in excess of 100Mbps in some cases.

T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray said in a press release “New Yorkers deserve a network that moves at the blazing speed of this amazing city. Our LTE network was already fastest here. Now, with the launch of Wideband LTE, we’ve widened our lead even further throughout the greater metro area. We are working relentlessly to bring more Wideband LTE to more markets in 2015 for our customers to enjoy.

The new Wideband LTE service is spread throughout the United States, with the company adding that not only in Manhattan live, but the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Long Island and Northern NJ all have the super-fast LTE access.

Source: BGR.

Wi-Fi Calling Software Makes Its Way Into Two Sprint Handsets, More To Come

When smartphones and Wi-Fi found themselves packed in the same handset, Wi-Fi calling has been the most impressive thing which made T-Mobile stand out of the crowd in the US. That was back in 2007, however it looks like Sprint has its eyes on the same thing and started offering convenient perks to subscribers around the US.

Wi-Fi calling and text messaging is completely free of charge and can be used on any Wi-Fi network the handset connects to. This could be very useful when you are indoors, where your phone’s reception is not adequate for making any calls. However, the downside is the range of devices, having only two options at the moment.

The Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini and the Galaxy Mega are said to be the first two handsets to support the feature at first, followed by other handsets in the future. It’s not that great compared to T-Mobile which has a wide array of handsets, however T-Mobile also has 7 years of experience in this domain. It is interesting to see the outcome in the future though.

For owners of the latter Sprint handsets, a software update needs to be downloaded before using the Wi-Fi service. Once downloaded, owners need to go to the handset’s Apps folder and select ‘Wi-Fi Calling’ to switch to the service from cellular network. Sprint has also mentioned to look forward to new handsets being added to the list by the end of this year.

Thank you The Verge for providing us with this information
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Samsung Galaxy Light Announced by T-Mobile

T-Mobile US has announced plans to launch the Samsung Galaxy Light, a new entry-level 4G LTE handset. Looking like a cross between a Galaxy S3 Mini and Galaxy S4 Mini, the Galaxy Light packs a 4-inch WVGA display, a quad-core 1.4GHz processor and 1GB of RAM, and runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. There’s 8GB of internal storage, expandable via microSD card, and the phone ships with a 1800mAh battery and a 5-megapixel camera.

So nothing much to write home about, but T-Mobile should be targeting a low price point for the device when it launches at some undisclosed point in the future. Since not everybody in the world can buy the Galaxy S4, or do not want to buy it and want something cheaper, the Light version could satisfy their needs. It will also be the latest tech, not Galaxy S3 Mini or later versions of mini devices, so if the Galaxy S4 is too high-tech, the Galaxy Light could be the answer for you.

Meanwhile today sees the launch of Alcatel’s affordable OneTouch Evolve on T-Mobile, which can be yours for $28 down payment, and afterwards a 24 monthly subscription payments of $3.

Thank you Android Central for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of Android Central.

T-Mobile Has Dishonored Their 30% Off Coupon Used on Galaxy Gear

Enthusiasts that wanted to buy the all new Galaxy Gear watch from T-Mobile went ahead and ordered it, even so they also discovered that an online coupon for 30% off was usable with their order, bringing the the device down to just $210. Usually priced at $299, the $90 off seemed like a pretty good deal. Unfortunately, T-Mobile felt that it was a little too sweet of a deal, and has now sent out an email to all of those who ordered Gear, stating that the incorrect price was listed on the device. T-Mobile went ahead and cancelled all of the orders and made sure that your credit cards weren’t charged.

Here is the message sent out to those that ordered using the coupon code:

“Dear T-Mobile Customer,

Our apologies. You recently ordered an item that was listed at an incorrect price: the Samsung Galaxy Gear. We are unable to fulfill this transaction. Rest assured, your credit card has not been charged.

You can reorder the Samsung Galaxy Gear at the correct price here.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience.  Thank you for being a T-Mobile customer.  We truly appreciate your business.

Thank you,

T-Mobile Customer Care”

Customers won’t be tolerant by such actions , even though they were not charged for the orders, simply because the fault resides in T-Mobile’s actions. And as a wise man once said, “Every action has its consequences”.

Thank you Droid Life for providing us with this information.

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BlackBerry To Sell Unlocked Version Of The Z10 & Q10 Handsets

The Canadian company has begun selling their high-end Z10 and Q10 smartphones unlocked directly on their website. This is due to its poor quarterly earnings, however BlackBerry does not seem to drop prices and is keeping them staggeringly high. To be note is that BlackBerry is selling the unlocked Z10 and Q10 only in the US, so the rest of the world would still have to find their own way to unlock BlackBerry handsets.

The BlackBerry Z10 features a 4.2-inch capacitive touchscreen, 16GB of storage, 2GB of RAM, dual-core 1.5 GHz Krait processor, 1800 mAh battery, 8-megapixel rear-camera, 2-megapixel front-camera, NFC, and LTE. The BlackBerry Q10 has another approach and aims at users who are keen to have a physical keyboard. It featuring a 3.1-inch Super AMOLED display, 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 Plus processor, 8-megapixel rear camera, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, LTE connectivity, NFC, a microSD slot and a 2100 mAh battery.

The new BlackBerry Z10 is set at $449 (£278) while the Q10 costs surprisingly more and is set at $549 (£340). While both handsets are still compatible with AT&T and T-Mobile networks, the deal is not likely to attract non-BlackBerry users but will help out some folks trying to find an unlocked BlackBerry handset.

Both of the handsets come in two colour variants, white and black, and those interested in acquiring one of these handsets can have a look at the BlackBerry official website here for full specs and prices.

Thank you NextPowerUp for providing us with this information.

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American Network Carrier AT&T Considering European Expansion

The Wall Street Journal reports that the American network carrier AT&T is seeking to expand into Europe in the near future. AT&T’s CEO Randall Stephenson said his company will consider making an acquisition of a European network carrier in the future stating that their are a lot more opportunities for expansion in Europe than in the USA. AT&T’s CEO said that Verizon’s deal to purchase Vodafone’s 45% stake in Verizon Wireless opened his eyes to a European expansion. It is also believed that AT&T’s proposed $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile 2 years ago, which was halted by the U.S government based on competition concerns, is part of the reason AT&T are looking to expand into new markets. Currently the USA has four major network carriers – AT&T, Sprint, Verizon and T-Mobile – so the U.S government is unlikely to let that slide to three any time soon.

“We have pretty much written off that any kind of large-scale deal in our sector is going to get done … going from four players to three is kind of a threshold issue.”

AT&T’s plans to expand and invest into the European market certainly will not be plain sailing. Issues of differences in public policy (such as concerns over data protection) as well as the way spectrum licenses are handled could both pose obstacles to AT&T’s expansion.

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Second Generation Nexus 7 Shows Multiple LTE Band Support

Google’s Nexus 7 was an incredibly popular tablet but if anyone had complaints it was that the device lacked LTE and network support, being a WiFi only device – although it was possible to get mobile WiFi for it. According to fresh reports from Droid-Life the second generation Google Nexus 7 will pack LTE support.

The new Nexus 7 was spotted recently as the ASUS K009 undergoing FCC certification and it has also made an appearance in Bluetooth SIG certifications too.  Now with LTE band support it should be able to host Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile LTE connectivity. The second gen ASUS Google tablet will have LTE bands 2,4,5,13 and 17 support. Furthermore it will also support GSM bands 850 and 1900MHz making it compatible with AT&T GSM bands and potentially T-Mobile HSPA+ bands when/if they make a full transition to 1900MHz bands.

I think this is pretty big and exciting news because the Google ASUS Nexus 7 will be a much more versatile device after getting native mobile network support.

What are your thoughts on the next generation Nexus 7 getting LTE support?

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FCC To Give Small Carriers A Chance

The Anti-trust division justice Departments tells FCC that that they need to make sure that smaller wireless carrier companies, Sprint and T- Mobile, need to get access to low-frequency spectrum during the auction to ensure that the competition is maintained.

Currently, FCC is drafting the rules for spectrum auctions of the spectrum that TV broadcasters are giving up, making way for wireless broadband companies to take it instead. This is particular for spectrum below 1 GHz. usually at 600 MHz. This has a higher value as it the wireless carrier can travel long distances and even penetrate through buildings. Justice Department however requests that FCC should include a rule to address this issue by providing a cap. Large wireless carriers like AT&T and Verizon already have a substantial amount of 700MHz frequency spectrum which allowed them to build their 4G LTE networks.

The Department said in a filling to the FCC,”The Department concludes that rules that ensure the smaller nationwide networks, which currently lack substantial low-frequency spectrum, have an opportunity to acquire such spectrum could improve the competitive dynamic among nationwide carriers and benefit consumers. The more concentrated a wireless market is, the more likely a carrier will find it profitable to acquire spectrum with the aim of raising competitors’ costs. This could take the shape, for example, of pursuing spectrum in order to prevent its use by a competitor, independent of how efficiently the carrier uses the spectrum.”

Larry Krevor, Vice President for Government Affairs, Spring said,”The Justice Department is absolutely right. Ensuring that all carriers, large and small, have access to the low-band spectrum would improve competition and benefit consumers. We are hopeful that the FCC will adopt policies which recognize the importance of low-band spectrum to wireless competition and the American economy as a whole.”
AT&T and Verizon on the other hand argued that any limitation during the auction will limit their participation.

Source: CNET