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Verizon Joins AT&T, Sprint in Double Data Frenzy

October 1, 2014 | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Verizon today announced it, like AT&T and Sprint, will be doubling the data allowances for some of its More Everything plans. From Oct. 2 through Oct. 31, customers who sign up for 20 GB, 30 GB, 40 GB, and 50 GB plans will get twice the data for the same monthly fee. In addition, the promotion is bumping the 12 GB plan up to 15 GB and the 16 GB plan up to 30 GB.

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Some Mobile Games Stay Fun So Much Longer Than Others

October 1, 2014 3:28 pm | by Ben Munson | Blogs | Comments

At an average cost of less than a soda, mobile games are disposable. It’s not uncommon for a mobile game (particularly free ones) to get a good couple of weeks on a device before getting deleted. And those are the lucky ones. It’s the kind of culture that makes IPOs from the Candy Crush people look negligent.

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Could a Merger Follow the PayPal-eBay Split?

October 1, 2014 11:05 am | by Mae Anderson, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

PayPal's split from long-time partner eBay Inc. makes Carl Icahn mighty happy. But he doesn't think PayPal should stay single for long. Icahn, who months ago called on eBay to spin off the lucrative online and mobile payment service, continues to believe that the payments field must be consolidated, either by PayPal buying up smaller rivals or by merging with another major player.

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FirstNews Briefs: Nokia, T-Mobile, Anritsu, Vodafone, Ruckus Wireless

October 1, 2014 10:59 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Nokia Networks extends its long-term relationship with T-Mobile under a new contract to help the operator continue the expansion of its nationwide 4G LTE network, which began in 2012 with its network transformation project. Nokia Networks will provide LTE-Advanced equipment and services that will cover new spectrum bands, helping to improve coverage and capacity for in-building, highway and rural areas.

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

September 30, 2014 5:16 pm | 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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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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Study: Global Telecom Capex to Drop by $6B in 2015

September 30, 2014 11:29 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Worldwide telecom capital expenditures (Capex) will fall by $6 billion in 2015, according to new forecasts from the Dell’Oro Group. "While we maintain our view that worldwide Capex will grow around 3 percent in 2014, we believe multiple factors will contribute to a decline in Capex during 2015," Stefan Pongratz, Dell'Oro Group's carrier economics analyst, said in a statement.

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Apple's iPhone 6 Gets Approval for Sales in China

September 30, 2014 10:47 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Approval for use of the iPhone 6 on Chinese networks was granted after Apple "promised 'it never constructed a so-called ...                                                                                      

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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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EU Weighs In on Apple's Irish Tax Shelter

September 30, 2014 10:25 am | by Juergen Baetz, Associated Press | News | Comments

If the EU's preliminary finding is confirmed over the coming months, Apple Inc. could face a repayment bill worth billions of dollars because it funnels the bulk of its international sales through...                                                         

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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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