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Softcard Now Good at McDonald’s Drive-Thru

October 28, 2014 11:14 am | by Ben Munson | Comments

Apple Pay went and stole all the thunder available in the NFC-based mobile payments space but Softcard is still busy. The mobile payment platform—formerly Isis—today announced an agreement with McDonald’s to...

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Softbank Readies $10B Investment in India

October 28, 2014 10:27 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | Comments

Softbank, which sells the iPhone in Japan, is investing $627 million and becoming the biggest shareholder in Snapdeal, the largest digital marketplace in...               

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Tim Cook Urges Alabama to Improve LGBT Rights

October 28, 2014 10:13 am | by Jay Reeves, Associated Press | Comments

Speaking at the Capitol in the chamber where the state voted to secede from the Union in 1861, Cook said Alabama and the nation...                           

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Tim Cook: Apple Pay Card Activations Top 1M in 72 Hours

October 28, 2014 9:40 am | by Andrew Berg | Comments

Cook called the intial resistance from retailers a "skirmish" and went on to tout how quickly iPhone users are...                               

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FirstNews Briefs: Tele2, Cubic Telecom, iHealth, Marvell, Xiaomi

October 28, 2014 9:33 am | by Wireless Week Staff | Comments

Tele2 AB (Tele2) and Cubic Telecom, a global mobile network operator, today announced that they are entering a strategic partnership to provide global M2M/IoT solutions to companies in the PC OEM and automotive space.

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FitBit Launches Trio of New Wearables

October 27, 2014 11:02 am | by Andrew Berg | Comments

According to a post on the company's website, the Surge includes eight sensors total and features...                                 

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NAB Chafes at Being Scapegoat for FCC Auction Delay

October 27, 2014 10:35 am | by Ben Munson | Comments

“We reject suggestions that our narrowly focused lawsuit is cause for delay. We look forward to a speedy resolution of our legal challenge and a successful auction that preserves access to free and local..."

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Amazon Fire Sale After Smartphone Flames Out

October 27, 2014 10:31 am | by Mae Anderson, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Amazon said it took a charge of $170 million related to "inventory evaluation and supplier commitment costs" for the Fire, although it...                              

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Apple Pay Rejected by Walmart, CVS, Rite Aid, 7-Eleven

October 27, 2014 10:15 am | by Andrew Berg | Comments

According to multiple reports, major retail chains such as CVS, Rite Aid, and Walmart are disabling their contactless payments systems to thwart...                                

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FirstNews Briefs: AT&T, Sprint, Fitbit, Cortana, BeBop Sensors

October 27, 2014 9:52 am | by Wireless Week Staff | Comments

AT&T closed the sale of its incumbent local exchange operations in Connecticut to Frontier Communications. Announced in December 2013, the transaction includes wireline network assets and consumer, business and wholesale customer relationships. AT&T will use the proceeds...

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FCC Again Delays 600 MHz Incentive Auctions

October 24, 2014 1:43 pm | by Ben Munson | Comments

“We are confident we will prevail in court, but given the reality of that schedule, the complexity of designing and implementing the auction, and the need for all auction participants to have certainty well in advance of the auction, we now anticipate accepting applications for the auction in the fall..."

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FirstNews Briefs: T-Mobile, MetroPCS, Berg Insight, U.S. Cellular, NetComm

October 24, 2014 11:08 am | by Wireless Week Staff | Comments

T-Mobile announced its pre-paid brand MetroPCS is launching its first-ever tablet, th ALCATEL ONETOUCH POP 7, for $149. Starting at $10 a month for existing MetroPCS customers, you get unlimited data (and up to 1GB of 4G data) for your new POP 7.

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Sprint Intros 12-Month Lease for iPhone 6

October 24, 2014 10:58 am | by Ben Munson | Comments

Sprint today announced it will add a 12-month lease option to its “iPhone for Life” program. Where Sprint customers were previously able to claim a 16GB iPhone 6 for zero down and $20 per month on the 24-month program, they can now spend...

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Shares of Ericsson Fall on Uncertainty in North America

October 24, 2014 10:16 am | by Andrew Berg | Comments

Uncertainties about growth in North America sent shares of Ericsson's lower Friday as the Swedish network equipment manufacturer...                       

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Amazon Absorbs Huge Loss on Fire Phone

October 24, 2014 10:09 am | by Ben Munson | Comments

It was suspected and now it’s official: the Amazon Fire Phone is a flop. During the company’s third-quarter earnings call Thursday, Amazon CFO Tom Szkutak put it in perspective by primarily attributing a...

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