First News Briefs for May 9, 2012
Bluegrass Cellular, Golden State Cellular and Nex-Tech Wireless are the latest regional operators to land the iPhone. The wireless providers will begin selling the iPhone 4S and the iPhone beginning May 18. The companies are pricing the iPhone 4S at $149 for the 16GB model, $249 for the 32GB model and $349 for the 64GB model. The iPhone 4 will retail for $49. Customers need to sign a two-year contract.
Qualcomm says its multi-mode LTE chipsets will be compatible with Clearwire's TD-LTE network. The chips will support Band 41, the frequency Clearwire's network will run on, and an unnamed number of other LTE bands. The chips will become commercially available later this year.
General Dynamics is buying IPW Holdings, the parent company of IPWireless, for an undisclosed sum. The transaction is expected to close during the third quarter. IPWireless specializes in communications technology for first responders and its customers include a multi-agency network in New York City and an LTE communications system in Adams County, Colo. IPWireless is based in San Francisco and has about 90 employees.
CTIA and the New Orleans Parent Organizing Network have come out with a new app to help educate parents about public and charter schools available for their children. The free app shows schools nearest to families' homes and provides detailed information about how to apply, deadlines, transportation and child care options. CTIA hired Boopsie to develop the app and will support and update the software until 2015. The app is scalable statewide and nationwide, CTIA President and CEO Steve Largent said in a Tuesday speech, and is available on Android, BlackBerry and iOS.