For the last few months we have been encouraged to make all of our web sites more "mobile-friendly." We have spent hours doing just that and have not been adding any blog posts. Most of the big news has been available elsewhere but there have been a few stories among large and small carriers worth noting.
So far, our biggest story is AT&T's entry into Mexico. After purchasing 2 wireless networks there, what will happen next? AT&T has already said they will upgrade coverage to 4G LTE. What else? TelCel will probably shrink, either their network or their customer base, which is required by Mexican law.
The next step is less clear. Will AT&T start using a new name, or perhaps just...AT&T? Will across-the-border wireless roaming become transparent? Will T-Mobile need to find a way to charge less than their $1.79 per minute roaming charges (.20 per minute on some plans)? And what happens to Verizon and Sprint CDMA roamers? AT&T already owns the only CDMA network in Mexico (Iusacel). Why keep it running? Fortunately, the future is mostly 4G, so many newer phones will just need a SIM compatible with the new AT&T Mexican network. And how about Data roaming?
We need to have some competition from other US carriers just so AT&T will be encouraged to create the kind of beneficial deals they will be capable of providing. Also, keep watching Cricket Wireless who will be using their Mexico advantages in the prepaid arena. This is almost a daily project for our Mexico Cellular web site.