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Confirmed: Sprint Shutting Down WiMax Network on Nov. 6, 2015

October 7, 2014 11:22 am | by Ben Munson | Comments

Sprint has confirmed it will shut down its WiMax network around the first week of November next year. “Sprint will cease operating the Sprint 4G WiMAX network on or about November 6, 2015,” a Sprint spokesperson told Wireless Week. Most WiMAX subscribers are upgrade eligible due to the age of their device. In addition, offers are being planned for targeted postpaid WiMAX subscribers prior to the WiMAX network shutdown.


Boku Acquires mopay, Expands Mobile Payments Reach

October 7, 2014 10:26 am | by Ben Munson | Comments

Boku today announced it has acquired mopay, a fellow carrier-billing based mobile payment solution. The new combined organization says it offers mobile payments in more than 80 countries and has a reach of nearly five billion consumers. The merger brings merchants like Valve and gameloft into Boku’s existing merchant client portfolio that already includes Facebook, Sony, Spotify, and Electronic Arts.


AT&T Fires Employee for Security Breach

October 7, 2014 10:13 am | by Andrew Berg | Comments

In a letter sent to affected customers and obtained by Seeking Alpha, AT&T said that it had determined that in August an employee...                                                                          


Samsung Profits Fall 60 Percent on Mobile Business Decline

October 7, 2014 10:03 am | by Ben Munson | Comments

Samsung today issued pre-earnings guidance for its upcoming third quarter and projected an operating profit of $3.8 billion off of nearly $43.9 billion in sales. As Reuters points out, Samsung’s profit guidance represents a 60-percent drop year-over-year and falls well short of analysts’ estimates of $5.2 billion.


FirstNews Briefs: ViaSat, Opera, AT&T, SingTel, FireEye

October 7, 2014 9:59 am | by Wireless Week Staff | Comments

ViaSat Inc., during development of its recently announced next-generation terminals, demonstrated 1 Mbps throughput over the LightSquared SkyTerra-1 satellite to a small terminal less than 8-by-5-by-2-inches, in both fixed configurations and mobile applications at speeds up to 65 mph.


WhatsApp Now Worth $21.8B as Facebook Acquistion Closes

October 7, 2014 9:46 am | by Associated Press | Comments

The price that Facebook was willing to pay raised eyebrows when the buyout was announced Feb. 19, though analysts agreed that landing the popular site made sense...                                                                         


Virgin Mobile Changes Up Unlimited Plans

October 6, 2014 11:02 am | by Ben Munson | Comments

Virgin Mobile today produced a batch of new unlimited plans. The $20 plan features 300 voice minutes, unlimited text, and Wi-Fi only but the other tiers all include variable amounts of high-speed data. For $35, customers can get unlimited text and either unlimited voice paired with 250 MB of high-speed data or 300 voice minutes paired with 2.5 GB of high-speed data.


T-Mobile CEO: We’re Porting at 3 to 1 from AT&T, Sprint, Verizon

October 6, 2014 10:22 am | by Ben Munson | Comments

T-Mobile CEO John Legere said his company is now porting customers over from AT&T, Sprint and Verizon at a rate of 3 to 1. Speaking at last week’s GeekWire Summit, Legere said that over the last few weeks T-Mobile has seen its porting ratio with AT&T and Verizon go from 2 to 1 to 3 to 1. He added that Sprint has made a “huge in-road” and actually lowered its ratio with T-Mobile from 4 to 1.


Verizon Kills Redbox Instant Joint Venture

October 6, 2014 9:33 am | by Andrew Berg | Comments

Verizon's joint venture with Outerwall's Redbox hasn't seen the kind of popularity that competitor Netflix has enjoyed...                                                                                          


FirstNews Briefs: AT&T, Adobe, Asus, Sito Mobile, Eta Devices

October 6, 2014 9:25 am | by Wireless Week Staff | Comments

Adobe today announced it is shipping a new release of Creative Cloud. This major release includes feature updates to 13 CC desktop tools that link to a new family of integrated mobile apps. Adobe also launched a public beta of a Creative SDK that enables the delivery of mobile apps that connect to Creative Cloud.


HP Separating Consumer Devices and Enterprise Businesses

October 6, 2014 9:11 am | by Associated Press | Comments

The planned breakup follows other big companies that have spun off business units in order to drive growth. EBay Inc. this month said it would spin off its fastest growing segment, payment service PayPal, into a separate and publicly traded company.


Sprint Begins Layoffs, Expecting $160M Charge in Next Quarter

October 3, 2014 4:30 pm | by Ben Munson | Comments

Sprint today revealed it began a series of layoffs on Sept. 30 and expects the job cuts will conclude on Oct. 31. In an SEC filing, Sprint said its “workforce reduction plan” is geared toward helping it “reduce costs and help become more competitive in the marketplace.” The company is expecting a charge of $160 million to show up on its next-quarter results.


FCC Fines Marriott $600,000 for Jamming Guests' Wi-Fi

October 3, 2014 2:48 pm | by Scott Mayerowitz, AP Business Writer | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Marriott International will pay the government a $600,000 fine for jamming conference attendees' own Wi-Fi networks at one of its hotels, forcing them instead to pay as much as $1,000 each to use the hotel's own connection.


Sprint Offers Free Calling to Mexico

October 3, 2014 1:34 pm | by Ben Munson | Comments

Sprint today introduced free calling to Mexico and nine other Hispanic and Latin America countries. Customers who sign up for Sprint’s $60 Unlimited Plan, Family Share Pack plans and Simply Unlimited now through Dec. 5 will get 500 minutes monthly for calls to Mexico, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Spain, Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, El Salvador, Peru and Costa Rica.


HTC Profits Slow in 3Q

October 3, 2014 10:03 am | by Ben Munson | Comments

HTC’s newly released unaudited third-quarter numbers show a net profit of about $21 million from $1.37 billion in quarterly revenue. The new numbers dipped below HTC second-quarter unaudited results of $72 million in net profit on quarterly revenue exceeding $2.17 billion. Despite the sales decline, HTC still beat analysts’ profit estimates for the quarter.



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