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AT&T's Sees 50% Take Rate on Next in 3Q

September 30, 2014 | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

AT&T today revealed some expectations for its third quarter. The company is seeing big interest in its Next device financing program, as well as growth in its connected home and car businesses.                                                               

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FreedomPop Selling Branded Sub-$100 Phones to Keep Up with Demand

September 30, 2014 5:27 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

FreedomPop today announced it will begin selling its own branded smartphones and tablets. First up is Liberty, a 7-inch Wi-Fi-only Android ‘phablet’ priced at $89. In the next month FreedomPop will release Frenzy, a 7-inch Android phablet with LTE and Wi-Fi for $99. And hopefully by the holidays the company will release an $89 LTE Android smartphone.

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Path App Facilitates Direct Texts to Businesses

September 30, 2014 4:30 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

A product of its acquistion of TalkTo, Path has inserted the ability for users of its messaging app to text businesses with questions about everything from dinner reservations to their operating hours.                                     

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FCC Votes to Expand Unlicensed in Post-Auction Smaller TV Spectrum

September 30, 2014 4:29 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The FCC today proposed modifications to its Part 15 rules that allow unlicensed spectrum use in white spaces between TV stations. The changes to the rule would help facilitate the use of television bands, 600 MHz guard bands and channel 37.

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FCC’s Incentive Auction Repacking Clarification Draws Dissent

September 30, 2014 3:19 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The Commission said its repacking plan is designed to meet “Congress’s mandate to make all reasonable efforts to independently preserve TV station coverage areas and population served.” Today’s clarification is pointed toward making sure the public and all potentially affected broadcasters have all the information they need.

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Microsoft Unveils Windows 10 for All Devices

September 30, 2014 2:58 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

With this iteration of Windows, Microsoft addressed the dearly missed Start menu. With Windows 10, the company brings back the Start menu, but with a twist. The OS will apparently be able to...                                                                  

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FirstNews Briefs: GameStop, AT&T, NVIDIA, Salutron, Interop, Thumb Cellular

September 30, 2014 10:35 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

GameStop, a family of specialty technology retail brands, today announced that its GameStop Technology Institute (GTI) business unit is collaborating with AT&T to further its focus on delivering to its brick-n-mortar retail stores technology advancements that drive customer experiences.

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Control Over Your Data Usage? Think Again

September 30, 2014 10:21 am | by Andrew Berg | Blogs | Comments

After nervously handing over an iPhone 5 to my 12-year old, I knew I was going to have to do something to monitor the amount of data he was using. I didn't want to completely ban him from using data, but I certainly wanted to mitigate the possibility of overages. 

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FCC Considering New Rules for OTT Video Services: WSJ

September 30, 2014 10:20 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will begin looking into new rules and regulations for Over-The-Top (OTT) video services aimed at providing subscription TV over the internet. As Verizon and Dish Network work to bring online video services to consumers without pay-TV subscriptions, the FCC is considering whether those services should be subject to the same rules as traditional cable and satellite providers.

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Report: SoftBank Bids $3.4B for Dreamworks

September 29, 2014 10:46 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

SoftBank has bid $3.4 billion to buy Dreamworks, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The Japanese telecom and majority owner of Sprint could be seeking to buy the animation studio. But a Wall Street Journal report suggests a deal between the two could amount to a content distribution partnership or a SoftBank investment.

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FirstNews Briefs: ARM, Synopsys, Razorsight, Kodiak, SITO Mobile

September 29, 2014 10:42 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Single Touch Systems, Inc., a mobile media solutions provider today unveiled its new name and brand - SITO Mobile. The rebranding follows a period of expansion for the company throughout the U.S. and Canada. The new corporate identity reinforces SITO's emphasis on mobile location-based advertising and mobile messaging platforms.

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Report: Worries of iPhone 6 Plus Durability Overblown

September 29, 2014 10:28 am | News | Comments

News tests from Consumer Reports show that complaints about the bendability of the iPhone 6 Plus were overblown a bit. In fact, the results might surprise those who have been following "Bendgate."                                                               

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Getting Mobile Right for E-Commerce Retailing

September 29, 2014 10:07 am | by Deepak Agarwal, co-founder and CEO of nomorerack | Articles | Comments

Online retailers are trying to harness this accelerating mobile trend to capture a huge growth opportunity. But to do so, they must engage buyers with desired services and content at the precise moment of need. That’s causing more “e-tailers” to deploy...                 

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AT&T Luring Businesses with 30GB Buckets for $130

September 29, 2014 10:04 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

AT&T over the weekend announced a limited time offer that will double the amount of data for some of its Mobile Share data plans. The promotional rates, available until Oct. 31, will raise the $130 15GB bucket to 30GB as well as double the 20GB, 30GB, 40GB and 50GB plans. As with all AT&T Mobile Share plans with data buckets of 10GB or more, devices on Next will incur $15 monthly fees each.

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Europe Loosening In-Flight Cell Phone Rules

September 29, 2014 9:38 am | by David Rising, Associated Press | News | Comments

"We're basically opening the door where, in theory, you'll be able to continue making your phone call through the gate throughout the flight ... like you would on a train," spokesman Ilias Maragakis told The Associated Press.                

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Lenovo Gets Approval for Acquisition of IBM Server Business

September 29, 2014 9:23 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The latest acquisition includes IBM's System x, BladeCenter and Flex System blade servers and switches, x86-based Flex integrated systems, NeXtScale and iDataPlex servers and associated software, blade networking and maintenance operations.                  

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