When AT&T Inc. halted unlimited wireless data plans this month, the company said 98 percent of smartphone users would save money with its new pricing. The savings may vanish for half its users by 2013, one analyst said.
Vodafone Group Plc’s sweeping disclosure of wiretapping on its network worldwide means technology and phone companies could follow by revealing how much access governments are seeking to phone calls, data and e- mails.
Traders see growing risk in the debt of U.S. Cellular Corp., whose ability to compete with AT&T Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc. is hampered by the costs of subsidizing the pricier smartphones sought by consumers.
Facebook Inc.’s $19 billion purchase of mobile-messaging startup WhatsApp Inc. is a stark reminder of how much money phone carriers are losing out on as competitors let users text and chat at no charge.
SoftBank Corp. President Masayoshi Son, drumming up support for the idea of merging his Sprint Corp. with T-Mobile US Inc., said he can give U.S. Internet users a new option with lower prices and faster speeds.
Dish Network Corp., the satellite-TV provider controlled by billionaire Charlie Ergen, topped Sprint Nextel Corp.’s bid for Clearwire Corp. in a move that may support its separate offer to purchase Sprint itself.