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Confirmed: T-Mobile Going After VZW's A Block Spectrum

November 20, 2013 | by Andrew Berg | Comments

Verizon CFO Fran Shammo has confirmed to Reuters that the carrier will consider selling its lower 700 MHz A Block spectrum to T-Mobile USA. Shammo's comments come after Reuters on Tuesday reported that T-Mobile had approached Verizon about acquiring the airwaves. 

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Report: T-Mobile, Sprint Will Gain Ground Through 2020

June 30, 2015 11:46 am | by Andrew Berg, Executive Editor, @andrewberg32 | Comments

The new research doesn't anticipate any major shifts in the balance of power, with the wholesale and MVNO market to gain a slightly higher percent of net adds over the next couple years.

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Apple Launches Music Service Today

June 30, 2015 10:46 am | by Andrew Berg, Executive Editor, @andrewberg32 | Comments

Potential customers are being offered a three-month trial subscription. After that, subscribers can choose between a $9.99 per-user charge, or a...

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FirstNews Briefs: Interop, Nokia, Bharti Airtel, Ericsson

June 30, 2015 10:22 am | Comments

Interop Technologies today announced that Union Wireless, headquartered in Mountain View, Wyoming, has selected the Interop Technologies CorePlusXSM VoWiFi solution to offer...

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Microsoft Sheds Some of Its Ad Business, Mapping Service

June 30, 2015 10:14 am | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Microsoft Corp. CEO Satya Nadella has been saying he wants to focus more on the company's core software business and related services, while warning employees of the need to...

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AT&T, DirecTV Extend Merger Termination Date, Expect Approval “Shortly”

June 30, 2015 10:12 am | by Ben Munson, @wwbenmunson | Comments

As the deal nears the finish line, AT&T has been busy addressing conditions requested by Netflix, Dish Network, Cogent and advocacy groups.

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Sprint Kills $50 Plan in Favor of $80 “All-In” Unlimited Offering

June 30, 2015 10:04 am | by Andrew Berg, Executive Editor, @andrewberg32 | Comments

With David Beckham as the spokesperson in a new series of commercials, Sprint is offering an $80 unlimited plan, which includes service and device fees.

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WISPA: Wi-Fi, LTE-U Coexistence Requires More than Just “Benign Intentions”

June 29, 2015 11:28 am | by Ben Munson, @wwbenmunson | Comments

The Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (WISPA) is calling on the FCC to take an active role in ensuring LTE-U and LAA technologies play...

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Sprint Expands Home Delivery Service for Smartphones

June 29, 2015 11:18 am | by Andrew Berg, Executive Editor, @andrewberg32 | Comments

'Direct 2 You' gives customers access to experts that actually visit the home to help customer with things like setting up a new phone. With today’s expansion, the service is now available in 28 cities in total. 

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Samsung Researchers Say They Can Double Battery Life

June 29, 2015 11:06 am | by Andrew Berg, Executive Editor, @andrewberg32 | Comments

Researchers from Samsung used a silicon coating that supports pure carbon growth on top of the battery's silicon nanoparticles but does not...

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AT&T Offers $200 Bill Credit for New Lines

June 29, 2015 10:20 am | by Andrew Berg, Executive Editor, @andrewberg32 | Comments

The carrier said in a statement that it will offer a $200 bill credit when a customer buys a smartphone on AT&T's Next Equipment Installment Plan and activates a new line. 

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Supreme Court Rejects Google Appeal in Dispute with Oracle

June 29, 2015 10:08 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

The justices said Monday they won't review an appeals court ruling that said software maker Oracle Corp. could copyright portions of the...

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FirstNews Briefs: Ceragon, Fastback Networks, Huawei, Alstom, Marvell

June 29, 2015 9:29 am | by Wireless Week Staff | Comments

Ceragon Networks today announced that a tier-1 mobile operator in the Southern Cone of South America is again deploying Ceragon’s solutions in preparation for a nationwide, 4G service launch.

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T-Mobile's GoSmart Offers Free LTE for Facebook Access

June 26, 2015 11:01 am | by Andrew Berg, Executive Editor, @andrewberg32 | Comments

Beginning June 28, GoSmart Mobile is introducing a new entry-level unlimited talk, text, and web plan for $30 a month. 

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Recap: Top Stories from June 22-26

June 26, 2015 10:45 am | by Wireless Week Staff | Comments

The Un-Carrier didn't disappoint this week with T-Mobile's new upgrade program, and Sprint meanwhile lost long-time CTO Stephen Bye. These stories and more in this week's recap. 

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Commissioner Pai Laments Loopholes in New Auction Rules

June 26, 2015 10:15 am | by Andrew Berg, Executive Editor, @andrewberg32 | Comments

In a statement posted to the FCC's website, Pai said that he was "deeply disappointed" by the new rules, which he argues will create "yet more loopholes to allow...

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