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T-Mobile Offering Unlimited Data for Poaching Customers

August 21, 2014 | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

T-Mobile today announced that customers who “rescue” subscribers from AT&T, Sprint or Verizon will earn one year of free unlimited data from themselves and their friend. Beginning next week, subscribers who port over their number to T-Mobile and an existing T-Mobile subscriber will earn unlimited LTE or, if they already have unlimited data, a $10 monthly credit for 12 months.

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MLB Online Chief Optimistic on Relaxing Blackouts

August 21, 2014 11:51 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Currently, games involving hometown teams are blocked online, regardless of where they are played. That's because television channels pay millions of dollars for rights and don't want to lose audiences to online and mobile services such as MLB.TV. So Rockies fans can't watch online in Denver, but they can when they travel to Boston or San Francisco.

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Analyst: China Mobile Could Help Band 41 Support Make it Into New iPhone

August 21, 2014 11:42 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

China Mobile might be able to help convince Apple to put Band 41 support in the new iPhone, according to BTIG analyst Walter Piecyk. The move would be a boost to Sprint, whose massive holdings in the 2.5 GHz Band didn’t factor into the LTE support in the current iPhone models. Sprint took possession of that swath of spectrum after last year acquiring Clearwire.

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FirstNews Briefs: GSMA, Aruba Networks, Microsoft, Metrigraphics, Novell

August 21, 2014 10:32 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Metrigraphics, a process development and manufacturing resource for ultra-miniature passive circuits and structures, today announced it has developed an advanced process for applying metal layers to circuit substrates and to polyimide layers on multilayer circuits. The process works for both rigid and flexible circuits.

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HP Struggles Continue as 3Q Earnings Fall 29%

August 21, 2014 9:49 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The results announced Wednesday also included a slight revenue gain from the previous year, ending a streak of 11-consecutive quarters of decline as HP struggled to adapt to a shift from PCs to smartphones and tablets. HP earned $985 million, or 52 cents per share, for the three months ended in July. That compared to income of $1.4 billion, or 71 cents per share, at the same time last year.

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Microsoft, Tracfone Partnering on mHealth Solution

August 21, 2014 9:40 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Part of the reason for working with Tracfone lies in the fact that it is one of the largest Lifeline providers. Microsoft and TracFone will work with Health Choice Network (HCN), a Miami-based company that manages and connects a network of community health centers with more than 760,000 patients in 17 states. 

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Uber Hires Former Obama Adviser Plouffe

August 20, 2014 9:44 am | by Mae Anderson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

David Plouffe is best known for running President Barack Obama's 2008 campaign. He is joining Uber as senior vice president of policy and strategy in September, bringing a campaign mindset to a company that has faced resistance in some U.S. cities from the taxi industry and regulators.

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Ballmer Steps Down from Microsoft Board

August 20, 2014 9:40 am | by Ryan Nakashima, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

"I bleed Microsoft — have for 34 years and I always will," Ballmer wrote. "I will be proud, and I will benefit through my share ownership. I promise to support and encourage boldness by management in my role as a shareholder in any way I can."

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FirstNews Briefs: AT&T, Garmin, Panasonic, PCTEL, Futuresource

August 20, 2014 9:34 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Garmin International Inc., today announced the fleet 660 and 670, two new fleet navigators that combine Garmin navigation with the customization options of Android. With the fleet 660 for local fleets and the fleet 670 for commercial truck fleets, service providers can introduce customized applications an services that meet the requirements of their customers.

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Sprint Prices New 'Edge-to-Edge' Sharp Smartphone at $239

August 19, 2014 5:53 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

David Owens, senior vice president of product development for Sprint, said the company will sell the device for a suggested retail price of $239 and sell it outright to prepaid customers for $149. The Aquos Crystal supports Sprint’s HD Voice product, as well as the company’s high-speed Spark network.

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Government Wants to Make Cars Talk to Each Other

August 19, 2014 11:23 am | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration said Monday it is taking a first step toward requiring that future cars and light trucks be equipped with technology that enables them to warn each other of potential danger in time to avoid collisions.

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HTC Makes Windows Version of Flagship One Phone

August 19, 2014 11:16 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — HTC will start making a version of its flagship HTC One phone with Microsoft's Windows software inside. HTC says it developed the new model at the request of Microsoft, which has been trying to boost its Windows Phone system. The company will continue to make an Android version of the One, as well as other Android phones.

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T-Mobile Passes Up Sprint in New RootMetrics Network Report

August 19, 2014 11:12 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

In measuring during the first half of the year, RootMetrics found earned an overall score of 71.5 out of 100 and Sprint scored 69.6 out of 100 in the same category. In RootMetrics’ previous report, which covered the second half of 2013, Sprint scored 68.2 and T-Mobile scored 64.3.

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Google's Pivotal IPO Launched a Decade of Big Bets

August 19, 2014 10:38 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google's IPO, a decade ago this week, launched the company on a trajectory that continues to reshape its business and much of the world in its orbit. And CEO Larry Page is determined to push even further. Page's vision is that Google's products and services will become the control center of people's lives.

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FirstNews Briefs: Sharp, Sprint, AT&T, SmartPlay, Intel, Samsung

August 19, 2014 10:26 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

SmartPlay Inc., a design services company with working in digital, analog, wireless software and system design, announced that it is ready to offer design services to customers of Intel Custom Foundry that require IP in critical embedded applications. SmartPlay will provide support in SoC implementations and will offer turnkey services ranging from RTL/Netlist to GDSII.

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Sprint Undercuts AT&T, Verizon with 4-Line, 20GB Plan for $160

August 19, 2014 10:07 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Sprint announced the Sprint Family Share Pack, a new set of shared data plans that start at 600MB and reach all the way up to 60GB. Under Sprint’s new offer, four lines with unlimited talk and text plus 20GB costs $160, doubling the data allowance packages with similarly priced plans from AT&T and Verizon.

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