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AT&T's Next, Mobile Share Adoption Impacts 1Q Earnings

April 22, 2014 5:26 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

In an afternoon first-quarter earnings call, AT&T Chief Financial Officer John Stephens stressed an increase in customers moving to Mobile Share plans and adoption of the company's Next upgrade program as major shifts for the wireless business

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AT&T Brings on Board Amdocs, Juniper Networks for Domain 2.0

April 22, 2014 5:04 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

AT&T today announced that Amdocs Limited and Juniper Networks will join the list of vendors discussing the design and deployment of the carrier’s User-Defined Network Cloud. At Mobile World Congress, AT&T first announced the new network initiative and the first group of vendors; Ericsson, Tail-F Systems AB, and Metaswitch Networks LTD.

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FirstNews Briefs: U.S. Cellular, SkyWave, WiTricity, Shazam

April 22, 2014 11:17 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

U.S. Cellular today launched a 4G LTE Router for consumers and small businesses. The service is $20 per month when added on to any Shared Connect plan, and the device is available online and in U.S. Cellular stores for $99.99 with a two-year agreement.

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Report: Facebook to Unveil Mobile Ad Network

April 22, 2014 10:39 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Facebook will unveil its plans for a mobile ad network, according to a report from re/code citing people familiar with the matter. Facebook will make the announcement at its F8 developer conference at the end of the month. The news comes after Facebook in January said it would begin testing advertisements in some third-party mobile applicati

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China Mobile 1Q Profits Take Hit on iPhone Subsidies

April 22, 2014 9:59 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

China Mobile saw profits drop for a third straight quarter on the impact of iPhone subsidies and cthe continued expansion of its TD-LTE network. The world's largest carrier saw first quarter net income fall to approximately $4 billion, on $25 billion in total revenue. 

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Apple Offering Free Recycling on All Used Products

April 21, 2014 4:16 pm | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple is offering free recycling of all its used products and vowing to power all of its stores, offices and data centers with renewable energy to reduce the pollution caused by its devices and online services. The iPhone and iPad maker is detailing its efforts to cultivate a greener Apple Inc. in an environmental section on the company's website that debuted Monday.

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Broadcasters Take Aereo Challenge to Supreme Court

April 21, 2014 11:38 am | by Mark Sherman, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Thirty years after failing to convince the Supreme Court of the threat posed by home video recordings, big media companies are back and now trying to rein in another technological innovation they say threatens their financial well-being. The battle has moved out of viewers' living rooms...

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Microsoft-Nokia Deal Closing Friday With Changes

April 21, 2014 11:27 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Microsoft today announced its acquisition of Nokia’s devices and services business will close Friday, with some changes to the original deal. Detailed in a blog post, the alterations affect Nokia’s web and social media presence, exchange of property, and additional employees moving from Nokia to Microsoft.

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FirstNews Briefs: Syniverse, OpenPeak, Libelium, Sengled

April 21, 2014 10:47 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Syniverse announced today that Julius Genachowski has joined its Board of Directors. Based in Washington, D.C., Genachowski is a Managing Director in The Carlyle Group’s U.S. Buyout team, focusing on acquisitions and growth investments in global technology, media and telecom, including Internet and mobile. He previously served as Chairman of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from 2009 to 2013.

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One System, Two Uses: Intrado Cell Broadcast Service

April 21, 2014 10:45 am | by Tim Auen Director, Product Management, Intrado | Blogs | Comments

As the world becomes more and more wirelessly connected, the role of mobile devices is expanding rapidly. We no longer think of a cell phone as a simple way to make a call. Today, it is a dynamic tool to send, receive and interact with relevant information. The Intrado Cell Broadcast Service allows wireless carriers of all sizes to take advantage of this shift in the marketplace.

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5 Features an Amazon Phone Might Offer

April 21, 2014 10:19 am | by Mae Anderson, AP Business Writer | Articles | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — A report this week in The Wall Street Journal that Amazon is planning to release a smartphone has prompted industry analysts and technology blogs to muse about what the device might offer. Amazon hasn't confirmed that it has plans for a smartphone. Introducing such a device would be tough in a crowded market dominated by Apple and Samsung.

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Birch Communications Buying Cbeyond for $323M

April 21, 2014 10:05 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Birch Communications Inc. is buying technology and communications equipment provider Cbeyond for about $323 million. Cbeyond announced in November that it was considering its strategic options. Its shares surged on word of the deal.

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AT&T Ups Data Caps, Adds Tethering for GoPhone Customers

April 18, 2014 1:17 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

AT&T today announced it is raising the data allowances for its GoPhone smartphone plans and giving those customers the ability to use their phones as hotspots. The $60 unlimited talk and text plan hikes its LTE data allowance up to 2.5 GB from the previous 2 GB. The $40 plan with 500 minutes plus unlimited text now gives customers 500 MB of LTE, doubling the 250 MB it previously came with.

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Report: Possible Sprint/T-Mobile Deal Would Spark FCC Auction Rule Redo

April 18, 2014 11:10 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has reportedly proposed limitations for AT&T and Verizon Wireless, who together hold the majority of available low-band spectrum licenses. But the FCC based its rules on “current market structure” and would reconsider if a Sprint-T-Mobile tie-up proceeded, according to a Reuters report.

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T-Mobile Calls for More Clarity Leading Up to AWS Auction

April 18, 2014 10:24 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

“Without additional clarity about the impact of government operations in the band, wireless carriers’ bidding strategies will have to be made in a vacuum, potentially depressing auction participation and revenues,” Steve Sharkey, a senior director of government affairs at T-Mobile, said in a statement.

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Researcher Finds Flaw in Samsung Fingerprint Check

April 18, 2014 9:54 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Ben Schlabs, who works for Security Research Labs, says the trick is identical to the one hackers used to unlock Apple's iPhone 5s last year. The S5 flaw is potentially more serious because Schlabs says he was also able to trick the electronic payment app PayPal, which uses Samsung's fingerprint authentication.

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