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Los Angeles Schools Halt iPad Deal Amid Criticism

August 27, 2014 11:55 am | by Associated Press | Comments

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Faced with criticism about the planning and rollout of a $1 billion effort by the Los Angeles Unified School District to provide iPads to all students, Superintendent John Deasy on Tuesday suspended future use of a contract with Apple Inc.

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CTIA Chief Urges FCC to Revise Wireless Siting Process

August 27, 2014 11:00 am | by Ben Munson | Comments

CTIA CEO Meredith Attwell Baker implored the FCC to revise rules in order to speed up the process for building and updating cellular network sites. In an op-ed, Attwell Baker said a “commonsense national approach to further streamline and modernize the wireless siting process is long overdue.”

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T-Mobile Adds Streaming Services to Music Freedom Program

August 27, 2014 10:32 am | by Ben Munson | Comments

T-Mobile today added AccuRadio, Black Planet, Grooveshark, Radio Paradise, Rdio and Songza to the list of streaming music services that won’t affect its customers’ data buckets. The carrier also revealed Google Play Music won its online poll to find another service to exempt. Google’s streaming music service will be added to Music Freedom later this year.

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FirstNews Briefs: ZTE, Broadpeak, Chunghwa Telecom, PCTEL, Jabra

August 27, 2014 9:38 am | by Wireless Week Staff | Comments

ZTE USA announced the launch of the new ZTE Warp Sync. The phone is fourth in a series of Warp phones. The ZTE Warp Sync will be available at Boost Mobile on August 26 for $179.99. It features a 5-inch HD Gorilla Glass display, removable Li-ion 2300mAh battery, Android 4.4.2 KitKat, Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 Quad-Core 1.2GHz processor, and 8 MP LED flash rear-camera along with a 1.6 MP front-camera.

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Lurie Tapped as CEO of AT&T Mobility

August 26, 2014 5:33 pm | by Andrew Berg | Comments

"We’re taking the next natural step by integrating our marketing and distribution for Business Solutions into our Mobility group," an AT&T spokesman said in an emailed statement. "Ralph de la Vega’s responsibilities have been expanded and now he is CEO of our new Mobile & Business Solutions organization."

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Verizon, BlackBerry Offer Enterprises $150 Credit to Upgrade Devices

August 26, 2014 3:01 pm | by Ben Munson | Comments

In a short promotional video, the companies confirm the credit can be used to buy BlackBerry technical support services, sign up for BBM Protected, or anything else enterprises have in mind. It appears the credit can be applied on a fairly large scale—the video points out that 1,000 upgraded devices means $150,000 in credit.

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Report: Large Carrier Interested in Buying FreedomPop

August 26, 2014 11:14 am | by Ben Munson | Comments

A major U.S. carrier is interested in acquiring Sprint MVNO FreedomPop, according to FierceWireless. Wireless Week reached out to FreedomPop and will update this story with their response. Talk of a potential deal reportedly popped up after Sprint’s bid for T-Mobile was sidelined but the discussion hasn’t moved past the negotiation stage yet.

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Amazon Buys Game Network Twitch for $970M

August 26, 2014 10:56 am | by Mae Anderson, AP Technology Writer | Comments

The deal is the latest example of Amazon expanding into new commercial arenas. It introduced its own smartphone, the Fire, this month. Earlier this summer, it added same-day delivery, a set-top video streaming device to its list of services for members of Prime, its $99 annual loyalty program.

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FirstNews Briefs: Syniverse, Peregrine, LitePoint, ZTE, Marvell

August 26, 2014 10:21 am | by Wireless Week Staff | Comments

Syniverse today announced a leadership transition under which Jeffrey S. Gordon has stepped down from his role as President, Chief Executive Officer and Director, effective immediately. In connection with this change in leadership, Stephen C. Gray, a member of the Syniverse Board of Directors since January 2011, will become interim President and Chief Executive Officer.

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T-Mobile Offers Up to 5GB of Tablet Data for $10

August 26, 2014 10:18 am | by Ben Munson | Comments

When T-Mobile Simple Choice customers add a tablet to their plan for $10 a month, the carrier says it will now match their smartphone data plan up to 5GB and set it aside for use on the tablet. Beginning Sept. 3, any tablet added gets the LTE data plan match for a limited time as well as the 200MB free per month T-Mobile has previously offered for tablets.

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Verizon Promises Nationwide VoLTE in 'Coming Weeks'

August 26, 2014 10:00 am | by Andrew Berg | Comments

In a post on the carrier's website, Verizon said that "in the coming weeks, Verizon Wireless customers can begin to see what Advanced Calling 1.0 -- HD Voice and Video Calling -- can mean to their wireless experience when tightly integrated with their 4G LTE smartphones."

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Mozilla Announces New $33 Firefox Smartphone for India

August 26, 2014 9:13 am | by Andrew Berg | Comments

The Intex Cloud FX comes running Firefox OS, and packs a modest 1 GHz processor and expandable memory of up to 4GB. It also boasts dual-SIM capabilities, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi for easy connectivity, and built-in functionality for users to monitor data usage. 

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T-Mobile Offers Simple Starter Plans 1.5GB More for $5

August 25, 2014 11:26 am | by Ben Munson | Comments

T-Mobile will begin offering Simple Starter customers an additional 1.5GB of data for an extra $5 a month. Beginning Sept. 3, subscribers opting for T-Mobile’s $40 Simple Starter plan can bump their 500MB cap to 2GB. The limited-time offer is available to new and existing Simple Starter customers and once customers sign up, they get the 2GB cap indefinitely.

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LG Looks to Be Announcing Round Smartwatch Soon

August 25, 2014 11:03 am | by Ben Munson | Comments

LG will apparently next week unveil a new circular smartwatch at IFA in Berlin. In a new teaser video, the company clearly displays a round watch and says it’s “coming soon” to IFA 2014. LG’s hint of a new smartwatch comes only months after the company released the G Watch, a squared-faced wearable that was one of the first devices to show up with Google’s new Android Wear operating system.

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Jawbone Proves Power of Wearable Data with Quake Insights

August 25, 2014 10:43 am | by Andrew Berg | Comments

According to information from Jawbone, about 90 percent of its users were asleep when the quake hit and the closer users were to Napa the more likely they were to wake up. Around half of the users in San Francisco woke up, but almost no one did 100 miles away from the epicenter in Modesto. 

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