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Report: DoT Leans Toward Banning In-Flight Cell Phone Calls

August 4, 2014 11:16 am | by Ben Munson | Comments

The Department of Transportation (DoT) is leaning toward an outright ban on in-flight cell phone calls, according to the Wall Street Journal. The agency plans to publish a NPRM by the end of the year that will outline its objections and open the conversation for public comments. The DoT’s focus is on calls and not texting or cellular data use.

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FCC May Spoil Sprint, T-Mo Joint Bidding Plans

August 4, 2014 10:25 am | by Ben Munson | Comments

“We must make sure that the biggest providers are not able to limit broad participation in the spectrum auction,” FCC Wireless Telecommunications Bureau Chief Roger C. Sherman wrote in a blog post. “Therefore, the item tentatively concludes that joint bidding arrangements between nationwide providers should not be allowed.”

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Analysts: Iliad 'Free' Strategy Could Cripple U.S. Carrier Earnings

August 4, 2014 10:25 am | by Andrew Berg | Comments

According new research from Strategy Analytics, Iliad's "Free" has had a dramatic impact on the French market, driving a 29 percent decline in service revenue and 19 percent decline in EBITDA since its launch. Strategy Analytics also notes that Iliad’s founder, Xavier Niel, is also an investor in Israel’s Golan Telecom...

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FirstNews Briefs: BroadSoft, Ingram Micro, Motorola Solutions, Wireless Ronin

August 4, 2014 10:22 am | by Wireless Week Staff | Comments

BroadSoft, Inc. today announced a new, hosted Unified Communications offering for the hospitality industry, UC-One Hospitality. UC-One Hospitality will allow hospitality properties to create customized communications services using targeted pricing, packaging, service authentication and digital content presentations.

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Microsoft Suing Samsung Over Android Royalties

August 4, 2014 9:33 am | by Andrew Berg | Comments

After initially refusing to pay royalties in the second year of the deal, Samsung made a late payment in November but did not add on interest, according to a redacted copy of the complaint filed in federal court in New York and provided by Microsoft.

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Report: Americas Need to Invest More Heavily in 5G Research

July 31, 2014 2:11 pm | by Andrew Berg | Comments

The ITU has thus far been mum on a standards document for 5G, but that doesn't mean the race to the next generation of networks has stalled as evidenced in a recent 4G Americas summary of 5G initiatives underway around the world.  

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Confirmed: French Carrier Iliad Offers to Buy T-Mobile

July 31, 2014 12:27 pm | by Ben Munson | Comments

Sprint’s stock has fallen nearly six percent as of 11:15 a.m. CT upon news of the offer. The U.S.’s third largest carrier, owned by Japanese carrier SoftBank, is widely speculated to be putting together a merger bid for T-Mobile that values the carrier at around $32 billion.

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FirstNews Briefs: Sky Mobile, Good Technology, Ford, Celltick, Phaser

July 31, 2014 10:51 am | by Wireless Week Staff | Comments

Sky Communications has launched a new wireless provider, Sky Mobile. Phone prices range from $35 to $499. Sky Mobile is proud to offer plans that are as low as $15 per month. Customers can choose a data amount from 100 mb per month to an unlimited amount.

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T-Mobile Says VoLTE Coverage is Now Nationwide

July 31, 2014 10:40 am | by Ben Munson | Comments

T-Mobile took a moment out of its quarterly earnings day to proclaim nationwide coverage for its freshly launched VoLTE service. The carrier 2.8 million VoLTE-capable devices are currently running on its network and that more than 52 million VoLTE calls to date have been placed. The jump to nationwide coverage comes just two months after T-Mobile initially launched VoLTE in Seattle.

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Nokia Working on Buying Panasonic's Base Station Business

July 31, 2014 10:22 am | by Andrew Berg | Comments

Nokia said the agreement covers Panasonic’s LTE/3G wireless base station system business for mobile operators and related wireless equipment system business. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed and the companies hope to have the deal sealed by the end of September, with expected closure scheduled on January 1, 2015. 

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Sony Posts $261M Profit Amid Restructuring

July 31, 2014 10:11 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | Comments

The Japanese electronics and entertainment conglomerate, which has been trying to reshape its business after years of losses, did well in its video games, movie and camera businesses, offsetting restructuring costs. Under an overhaul announced earlier this year, Sony has sold its Vaio computer business and is splitting off its TV division to run as a wholly-owned subsidiary.

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T-Mobile Adds 1.5M Net Customers, Closing On Sprint’s No. 3 Spot

July 31, 2014 10:07 am | by Ben Munson | Comments

Though the net 220,000 subscriber losses Sprint posted represents an improvement for the carrier, it’s still significant. If both Sprint and T-Mobile maintain their current rates of subscriber growth/loss, it’s fair to imagine that T-Mobile will become the third largest carrier, in terms of customers, by the end of 2014.

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Samsung Shares Plummet on 2Q Profit Drop

July 31, 2014 10:04 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Samsung has stumbled in its efforts to make even a small move away from Android. Earlier this week, it delayed the release of the first smartphone powered by Tizen, its own mobile operating system, just two months after announcing a launch date. It did not give a future schedule.

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Wheeler to Verizon: Throttling Is Not Network Management

July 31, 2014 9:51 am | by Andrew Berg | Comments

In a letter to Verizon CEO Dan Mead, the Chairman voiced his objections to plans Verizon announced last week to begin throttling LTE customers on unlimited plans that use an exorbitant amount of data. Verizon said the change will only affect about 5 percent of its users and it is being done in the name of network managment. 

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FreedomPop Selling LTE Tablets with Free Voice, Text, and Unique Numbers

July 30, 2014 11:11 am | by Ben Munson | Comments

FreedomPop today announced it will begin selling LTE tablets and offering free voice, text and data services to go along with them. In addition, the MVNO will offer a unique phone number for tablets, which it said will expand the tablet’s phone capabilities and open it up to services like WhatsApp that require a phone number.

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