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The Fog of a Price War Is Real in AT&T's New Mobile Share Plans

April 4, 2014 4:35 pm | by Andrew Berg | Blogs | Comments

AT&T's new Mobile Share plans are misleading in that they are basically a limited promotion on par with how cable companies offer you an introductory rate, which is then increased at a later date. I'll start out by saying AT&T's new 10GB Mobile Share plans are a good deal: four lines, 10GB of data at $160. 

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Sprint Offering Up to $650 for ETFs to Customers Who Switch

April 4, 2014 12:56 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Sprint is now offering up to $650 in Early Termination Fee (ETF) payoffs and device credits for subscribers who bring a number over to a Framily plan. The limited-time deal promises each line up to $300 for their current phone and a prepaid Visa worth up to $350 to take care of ETFs. The deal is good April 4 through May 8.

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Sprint Spark Phones Don't Support Voice, LTE Simultaneously

April 4, 2014 11:15 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Sprint phones supporting the carrier’s new Spark network don’t support phone calls and data use simultaneously, according to Consumer Reports. Sprint Spark devices use eCSFB technology which enables single radio functionality in the handset, allowing Sprint to use multiple CDMA and LTE spectrum bands. But “simultaneous voice and LTE is not supported on new Sprint Spark devices,” Sprint confirmed to Phonescoop.

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European Parliament Adopts 'Net Neutrality' Law, Ends Roaming Fees

April 4, 2014 10:01 am | by Toby Sterling, Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Parliament voted Thursday to stop Internet providers from charging for preferential access to their networks — a step cheered by consumer groups and startups but bemoaned by the telecommunications industry. The bill on "net neutrality" forces Internet providers to treat all traffic the same regardless of its source.

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Obama Selfie: White House Objects to Samsung Use

April 4, 2014 9:53 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is not amused that Samsung is promoting a selfie with the president taken by Boston Red Sox player David Ortiz on a Samsung phone. Spokesman Jay Carney says the White House objects any time the president's image is used for commercial purposes. Carney says in this case, quote, "We certainly object."

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Samsung Claims Major Breakthrough in Flexible Display Tech

April 4, 2014 9:52 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Samsung believes it has found a way to make flexible displays and wearables using a substance called graphene. In a press release, Samsung Electronics said it has discovered a breakthrough synthesis method to speed the commercialization of graphene, which it said is ideally suited for electronic devices. 

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FirstNews Briefs: Sprint, Best Buy, Mavenir, FIME, M/A-COM

April 4, 2014 9:50 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

On April 4, customers will be able to sign up for the Sprint Framily Plan at Best Buy locations nationwide, in addition to Sprint stores, Sprint third-party dealer locations and online at Sprint.com.  In addition, from April 4 through April 13, customers at Best Buy signing up for Sprint Framily who purchase a wireless phone through Sprint Easy PaySM will be eligible to receive a $100 Best Buy gift card.

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Mozilla's Eich to Step Down Amid Same-Sex Marriage Row

April 3, 2014 4:42 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Newly appointed Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich has chosen to step down from his post amid controversy over his stance on same-sex marriage. In a blog post on the company's website, Mithcell Baker, chairperson of the Mozilla Foundation and former CEO of the Mozilla Corporation, admitted the company had not lived up to its core values.

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SmartWatch, Episode 4: T-Mo's Legere Opines on Everything from AWS to a New iPhone

April 3, 2014 2:16 pm | Videos | Comments

In this edition of SmartWatch, sponsored by SanDisk, we get special insights from outspoken T-Mobile CEO John Legere on a number of recent happenings. From Softbank CEO Masayoshi Son’s recent trip to CCA in San Antonio to rumors of a new iPhone, John Legere has something to say about all of it. 

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FirstNews Briefs: FCC, Qualcomm, TEOCO, Mobile Posse

April 3, 2014 11:40 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

The FCC has launched a database designed to eliminate waste from duplicative subscriptions in the Lifeline phone service subsidy program nationwide. The National Lifeline Accountability Database, a cornerstone of the FCC’s comprehensive efforts to combat waste fraud and abuse in the Lifeline program...

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Yahoo Adds More Security to Thwart Surveillance

April 3, 2014 11:28 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Yahoo announced measure Wednesday that include the completion of a system that encrypts all information being transmitted from one Yahoo data center to another. The technology is designed to make the emails and other digital information flowing through data centers indecipherable to outsiders.

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Old Habits at Samsung, LG Embarrass Them Abroad

April 3, 2014 9:38 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

When Samsung unveiled a new smartphone at the storied Radio City Music Hall, the Broadway-style spectacle was memorable not for technology but for a cast of giggling female characters who fantasized about marrying a doctor, fretted about eating too much cake...

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Samsung Hooks Unsuspecting Obama as Phone As Star

April 3, 2014 9:15 am | by 
Tali Arbel, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Boston Red Sox baseball player David Ortiz snapped a selfie with the president at a White House event using a Samsung phone and tweeted it to his followers Tuesday. It was resent by tens of thousands of Twitter users, and Samsung retweeted the photo as an ad. 

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Verizon Matches AT&T with New More Everything Promotion

April 2, 2014 5:48 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Verizon Wireless today quietly adjusted its More Everything plans with cuts that bring its offering more in line with rival AT&T. Verizon's MORE Everything plans now bring monthly per-line smartphone access fees down to $15 for those customers who subscribe to Verizon's Edge upgrade program.

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T-Mobile Backtracks on Nixing Employer Discounts

April 2, 2014 2:52 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

In an updated blog post on the matter, Legere said he's "been doing a lot of listening to our customers," and as a result everyone enrolled in the Advantage Program or who applied to enroll before April 1 will be able to keep a rate plan discount as long as they work at a participating employer and remain on a qualifying plan.

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