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FirstNews Briefs: Sky Mobile, Good Technology, Ford, Celltick, Phaser

July 31, 2014 10:51 am | by Wireless Week Staff | Comments

Sky Communications has launched a new wireless provider, Sky Mobile. Phone prices range from $35 to $499. Sky Mobile is proud to offer plans that are as low as $15 per month. Customers can choose a data amount from 100 mb per month to an unlimited amount.

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T-Mobile Says VoLTE Coverage is Now Nationwide

July 31, 2014 10:40 am | by Ben Munson | Comments

T-Mobile took a moment out of its quarterly earnings day to proclaim nationwide coverage for its freshly launched VoLTE service. The carrier 2.8 million VoLTE-capable devices are currently running on its network and that more than 52 million VoLTE calls to date have been placed. The jump to nationwide coverage comes just two months after T-Mobile initially launched VoLTE in Seattle.

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Nokia Working on Buying Panasonic's Base Station Business

July 31, 2014 10:22 am | by Andrew Berg | Comments

Nokia said the agreement covers Panasonic’s LTE/3G wireless base station system business for mobile operators and related wireless equipment system business. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed and the companies hope to have the deal sealed by the end of September, with expected closure scheduled on January 1, 2015. 

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Sony Posts $261M Profit Amid Restructuring

July 31, 2014 10:11 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | Comments

The Japanese electronics and entertainment conglomerate, which has been trying to reshape its business after years of losses, did well in its video games, movie and camera businesses, offsetting restructuring costs. Under an overhaul announced earlier this year, Sony has sold its Vaio computer business and is splitting off its TV division to run as a wholly-owned subsidiary.

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T-Mobile Adds 1.5M Net Customers, Closing On Sprint’s No. 3 Spot

July 31, 2014 10:07 am | by Ben Munson | Comments

Though the net 220,000 subscriber losses Sprint posted represents an improvement for the carrier, it’s still significant. If both Sprint and T-Mobile maintain their current rates of subscriber growth/loss, it’s fair to imagine that T-Mobile will become the third largest carrier, in terms of customers, by the end of 2014.

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Samsung Shares Plummet on 2Q Profit Drop

July 31, 2014 10:04 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Samsung has stumbled in its efforts to make even a small move away from Android. Earlier this week, it delayed the release of the first smartphone powered by Tizen, its own mobile operating system, just two months after announcing a launch date. It did not give a future schedule.

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Wheeler to Verizon: Throttling Is Not Network Management

July 31, 2014 9:51 am | by Andrew Berg | Comments

In a letter to Verizon CEO Dan Mead, the Chairman voiced his objections to plans Verizon announced last week to begin throttling LTE customers on unlimited plans that use an exorbitant amount of data. Verizon said the change will only affect about 5 percent of its users and it is being done in the name of network managment. 

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FreedomPop Selling LTE Tablets with Free Voice, Text, and Unique Numbers

July 30, 2014 11:11 am | by Ben Munson | Comments

FreedomPop today announced it will begin selling LTE tablets and offering free voice, text and data services to go along with them. In addition, the MVNO will offer a unique phone number for tablets, which it said will expand the tablet’s phone capabilities and open it up to services like WhatsApp that require a phone number.

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FirstNews Briefs: Qualcomm, T-Mobile, Opera Mediaworks, Ericsson

July 30, 2014 11:08 am | by Wireless Week Staff | Comments

Qualcomm Incorporated today announced that its subsidiary, Qualcomm Technologies has completed its acquisition of EmpoweredU, developer of a mobile-centric cloud-based learning environment that is both device and operating system agnostic. 

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Gadget Watch: PadFone Novel as Phone-Tablet Hybrid

July 30, 2014 10:46 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Comments

This summer, AsusTek Computer Inc. claims you don't need both a phone and a tablet — as long as you get its new PadFone X. The PadFone works like any other phone and has a screen that measures 5 inches diagonally. When you want a tablet experience, you simply slip the phone into a slot on the back of the tablet display, which is included. All the apps on the phone now work on the 9-inch tablet.

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Twitter 2Q Results Soar, Stock Flies High

July 30, 2014 10:41 am | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Stronger-than-expected financial results pushed Twitter's stock sharply higher on Tuesday after the short messaging service said its revenue more than doubled in the second quarter. Twitter also grew its user base more than expected, alleviating concerns, at least for now, that it doesn't hold appeal for a broad swath of people.

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Sprint Swings to Profit as Subscriber Losses Slow

July 30, 2014 10:33 am | by Ben Munson | Comments

Sprint opened its new fiscal year with a rare quarterly profit. The carrier called a $23 million net income and $519 million operating income the highest in seven years. The black numbers came on fiscal first-quarter earnings per share of $0.01 and revenue of $8.78 billion, both of which exceeded analyst estimates.

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Virgin Mobile Launches Customizable Prepaid Plans

July 30, 2014 9:22 am | by Andrew Berg | Comments

The plans can be adjusted at any time during the month, even daily, directly from each person’s device, or controlled by the primary user, allowing the plans to add or subtract the amount of voice, text or data  and other services they use at any time within their monthly billing cycle. 

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Samsung Loses 7 Percent Share in 2Q

July 29, 2014 4:42 pm | by Andrew Berg | Comments

IDC estimates Samsung shipped 74.3 million smartphones in the second quarter, down 3.9 percent from the 77.3 million it moved in the same quarter last year. Samsung's overall market share came in at 25.2 percent in the second quarter, down from 32.3 percent during the same period last year. 

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China Pursues Monopoly Investigation of Microsoft

July 29, 2014 10:45 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | Comments

The State Administration for Industry and Commerce said it opened a case in June after complaints Microsoft improperly failed to publish all documentation for its Windows operating system and Office software. It said investigators visited Microsoft's China headquarters in Beijing and branches in Shanghai, Guangzhou and Chengdu in southwestern China this week.

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