Two that don’t: Metro PCS and Leap Wireless’ Cricket, received little regard from those surveyed. Cellular president and CEO Mary Dillon told investors the company is changing pricing as a result of “significant changes in pricing strategies” at their larger competitors, who have moved away from unlimited data plans over the last year. Cellular now has just under six million customers in all.Metro PCS scored second from the bottom and Cricket didn’t make the ratings at all. Cellular Monday told investors the company plans to abandon unlimited data service sometime in the next two or three quarters in favor of tiered data plans similar to what is on offer from AT&T and Verizon Wireless. Dillon applauded the adoption of tiered data pricing, but noted increasing pricing pressure in the market. Adrian Mill from Eagle Capital noted the customer losses — presumably to larger AT&T or Verizon Wireless, and pondered how long the company can continue to exist on its own in a market increasingly dominated by those two larger carriers: “I know you guys did a lot of work a couple years ago on whether our regional cellular company could still be relevant and looked at ways in other industries and had some good data from it.

Other highlights from Monday’s conference call: October 2, 2009 Be Sure to Read Part One: Astroturf Overload — Broadband for America = One Giant Industry Front Group for an important introduction to what this super-sized industry front group is all about.

Members of Broadband for America Red: A company or group actively engaging in anti-consumer lobbying, opposes Net Neutrality, supports Internet Overcharging, belongs to […] October 2, 2009 Astroturf: One of the underhanded tactics increasingly being used by telecom companies is “Astroturf lobbying” – creating front groups that try to mimic true grassroots, but that are all about corporate money, not citizen power. Senator Lloyd Bentsen is credited with coining the term in the 1980s to […] September 27, 2009 Hong Kong remains bullish on broadband.

After two weeks in Kananaskis Country, Banff, Calgary, and other spots all over southern Alberta, we came away with the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: The Good Alberta […] August 31, 2009 A federal appeals court in Washington has struck down, for a second time, a rulemaking by the Federal Communications Commission to limit the size of the nation’s largest cable operators to 30% of the nation’s pay television marketplace, calling the rule “arbitrary and capricious.” The 30% rule, designed to keep no single company from controlling […] August 27, 2009 Less than half of Americans surveyed by PC Magazine report they are very satisfied with the broadband speed delivered by their Internet service provider.

PC Magazine released a comprehensive study this month on speed, provider satisfaction, and consumer opinions about the state of broadband in their community.

Along with the launch announcement came a new logo of a sprinting dog the company attaches its new tagline to: “We’re the local dog. reader Rick has been educating me about some of the new-found aggression by Shaw Communications, one of western Canada’s largest telecommunications companies, in expanding its business reach across Canada. Novus Entertainment is already familiar with this story. reported previously, Shaw […] September 22, 2009 The Canadian Radio-television Telecommunications Commission, the Canadian equivalent of the Federal Communications Commission in Washington, may be forced to consider American broadband policy before defining Net Neutrality and its role in Canadian broadband, according to an article published today in The Globe & Mail.

[FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski’s] proposal – to codify and enforce some […] September 21, 2009 In March 2000, two cable magnates sat down for the cable industry equivalent of My Dinner With Andre.Two prepaid plans to consider first: Trac Fone, excellent for occasional calling, and Straight Talk, sold by Wal-Mart — better for those who like to talk a lot on their phones. For the nation’s sixth largest wireless carrier, best known in the midwest, northern New England, the Carolinas, and northern California, being a regional provider in an increasingly concentrated wireless marketplace has some on Wall Street concerned about the long term viability of smaller cell phone companies. I’m just curious if after the past couple quarters of results where we’ve now seen everybody lose share to AT&T and Verizon if that was something you thought might happen in short term or if it’s been surprising? Cellular intends to continue to compete for new customers, leveraging its top consumer ratings for reliable service and satisfaction with the deployment of its own 4G LTE wireless network. Cellular’s executive vice-president, sales operations, notes U. Cellular wants to see more of its customers upgrade to smartphones, which guarantee higher revenues per customer from the higher-priced service plans that accompany the phones.Blaming the continuing challenges of “an extremely competitive market and a sluggish economy in which carriers continue to fight for a dwindling pool of new subscribers and the cost of acquiring switchers are significant,” the company reported a net loss of 41,000 customers during the last quarter. If its been surprising, how long would you guys potentially consider losing subs before you do a strategic transaction or consider a sale? But first it intends to re-align pricing to reduce costs. The company needs less expensive phones from manufacturers, because consumers typically won’t pay more than 0 for a smartphone that comes with a 2-year service agreement.that ironically depends on bottom-rated AT&T’s network to deliver service.What sets Consumer Cellular apart from other carriers is its near-exclusive focus on selling phone service to America’s senior population. Cellular customers are in the Pacific Northwest, Midwest, and parts of the East including New England.These young adults are now more likely than any other age group to use mobile dating apps.