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AT&T Deploying Unified Communication Platform for Shell

September 16, 2014 10:59 am | by Ben Munson | Comments

AT&T and Shell today agreed to a five-year deal that will see the carrier migrate more than 150,000 Shell employees over to a new unified communication platform. The platform will incorporate instant messaging, voice, web and video conferencing into one interface available across desktops, tablets and smartphones. Voice and file sharing will be agnostic across most major desktop and mobile operating systems.

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Sprint Offers Businesses 20GB for $90, $300 Switching Credit

September 16, 2014 10:46 am | Comments

Sprint introduced new Business Share Plans and the carrier is offering customers up to $300 to switch over from other carriers. Under Sprint’s new plans, businesses can share 20GB of data across 10 lines for $90 a month. The buckets top out at $675 a month for 200GB and 60 lines. Smartphone device charges run $35 for subsidized phones and $15 for unsubsidized.

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Softcard Nabs Subway as National Mobile Payment Partner

September 16, 2014 10:07 am | by Ben Munson | Comments

Softcard today announced that Subway will start accepting Softcard NFC-based mobile payments. Beginning Oct. 1, more than 26,000 Subway locations nationwide will allow customers to pay with their mobile devices. In a few months after the initial launch, the Subway Cards Rewards Program will be integrated with Softcard.

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Alibaba Raises IPO Price Range on Strong Demand

September 16, 2014 9:40 am | by Associated Press | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Alibaba now plans to raise up to $25.03 billion in its upcoming IPO, making what was expected to be the biggest stock market debut even bigger. The Chinese e-commerce company said it still plans to sell 368.1 million shares, but at $66 to $68 apiece, according to a regulatory filing, instead of its previously set range of $60 to $66 apiece.

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FirstNews Briefs: Tower Family Foundation, Tango Networks, BlackBerry, Siklu

September 16, 2014 9:33 am | by Wireless Week Staff | Comments

The Tower Industry Family Support Charitable Foundation (Tower Family Foundation), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, has been established to help provide financial assistance to family members of a severely injured, permanently disabled, or deceased tower worker injured or killed in an accident stemming from working at heights on communication structures or other on the job related activities.

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Walkway in China Dedicated to Smartphone Addicts

September 15, 2014 11:06 am | by Didi Tang, Associated Press | Comments

"There are lots of elderly people and children in our street, and walking with your cellphone may cause unnecessary collisions here," said Nong Cheng, the marketing official with Meixin Group, which manages the area in the city's entertainment zone.

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Sprint Prepaid Revamps Pricing

September 15, 2014 11:02 am | by Ben Munson | Comments

Sprint Prepaid, the carrier’s official prepaid brand, has realigned its pricing to mirror rates at its Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile brands. Sprint Prepaid’s new three tiers all offer unlimited talk and text. The $35 plan features 1GB of data, the $45 plan features 3GB of data, and the $65 offering features 6GB of data. 

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FirstNews Briefs: AT&T, RadioShack, Spirent, ZTE, E-Plus

September 15, 2014 10:17 am | by Wireless Week Staff | Comments

RadioShack Corporation today announced the appointment of Holly F. Etlin as interim chief financial officer, replacing John Feray.  Mr. Feray resigned on September 12, 2014, citing personal reasons. Ms. Etlin, a managing director of AlixPartners and longtime RadioShack advisor, served as RadioShack's interim CFO from July 2013 to February 2014.

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Apple iPhone 6 Pre-Orders Exceed Supply

September 15, 2014 9:33 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Phones will be available on a walk-in basis beginning Friday at Apple retail stores. Both phones will also be available beginning Friday from AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless and other carriers and other authorized Apple resellers.

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Microsoft Acquires Minecraft Maker Mojang for $2.5B

September 15, 2014 9:29 am | by Associated Press | Comments

The technology company said it will buy Stockholm-based game maker Mojang. Minecraft, which lets users build in and explore a virtual world, has been downloaded 100 million times on PC alone since its launch in 2009. It is the most popular online game on Xbox, and the top paid app for Apple's iOS and Google's Android operating system in the U.S. 

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Check Out All Three Show Dailies from Super Mobility Week

September 12, 2014 11:59 am | Comments

Check out all three editions of the Official Super Mobility Week Show Daily at the links below. We provide all the breaking news from the show, as well as in-depth interviews, analysis and insight from some of the top players in wireless.

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Confirmed: Sprint Won't Participate in AWS Auction

September 12, 2014 11:44 am | by Andrew Berg | Comments

The AWS-3 spectrum is probably less suited to pair with Sprint's existing portfolio, which includes airwaves in the 800 MHz, 1.9 GHz and 2.5 GHz bands. The FCC has said it expects the AWS-3 auction, which will take place in November, to raise about $10 billion. 

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Legere: T-Mo Added 552K Postpaid Net Adds in August Alone

September 12, 2014 10:22 am | by Andrew Berg | Comments

Amid T-Mobile's Uncarrier 7.0 announcement Thursday which unveiled new Wi-Fi calling solutions, the company announced stats from a pretty impressive August. T-Mobile added 552,000 postpaid net adds in August alone, and 208,000 branded prepaid net adds in the month. 

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Keynote Panel Highlights Safety for the Connected Car

September 11, 2014 11:42 am | by Ben Munson | Comments

Newly appointed CEO of AT&T Mobility, Glenn Lurie, and Ralph de la Vega, now CEO of Mobile and Business Solutions, hosted a connected car panel that featured Arun Bhikshesvaran, CMO at Ericsson; Mary Chan, president of Global Connected Consumer at General Motors (GM); Mike Kennewick, founder and CEO of VoiceBox; and Jay Vijayan, the CIO at Tesla.

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T-Mobile Adds 2.75M Customers in August

September 11, 2014 11:25 am | by Ben Munson | Comments

While unveiling its latest Uncarrier initiative, T-Mobile revealed that it recorded 2.75 million gross customer additions for the month of August. It’s unclear how much of that total is branded postpaid additions. But to put some perspective on the number, T-Mobile posted 1.5 million net customer additions. CEO John Legere called August the best month in the history of T-Mobile.

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