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HTC Profits Slow in 3Q

October 3, 2014 10:03 am | by Ben Munson | Comments

HTC’s newly released unaudited third-quarter numbers show a net profit of about $21 million from $1.37 billion in quarterly revenue. The new numbers dipped below HTC second-quarter unaudited results of $72 million in net profit on quarterly revenue exceeding $2.17 billion. Despite the sales decline, HTC still beat analysts’ profit estimates for the quarter.

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FirstNews Briefs: Huawei, OPNFV, Verizon, Tesla, Orange, Anite, Sierra Wireless

October 3, 2014 9:32 am | by Wireless Week Staff | Comments

Verizon Communications has named Diego Scotti its chief marketing officer, effective Oct. 6. Scotti will lead marketing efforts for all of Verizon's wireless and wireline business units. Diego most recently served as the CMO at J.Crew.

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EU Gives Facebook Go Ahead for $19B WhatsApp Buy

October 3, 2014 9:07 am | by Associated Press | Comments

The 28-nation bloc's executive Commission said Friday the deal may go ahead because consumers will continue to have...                                                                                          

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Report: Iliad to Pursue Bigger Stake in T-Mobile

October 2, 2014 4:25 pm | by Ben Munson | Comments

Iliad will revise its current bid for T-Mobile and aim for a larger stake in the U.S. carrier, according to Bloomberg. The French mobile provider will still be offering $33 a share but will go after a “significantly larger stake” than the 56.6 percent it originally bid to acquire from T-Mobile majority-owner Deutsche Telekom (DT).

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Softbank Invests $250M in Joint Venture with Legendary

October 2, 2014 4:17 pm | by Andrew Berg | Comments

According to a press release, Softbank is pumping $250 million into a joint venture that aims to exploit Legendary's...                                                                              

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CTIA Files to Intervene in NAB-FCC Lawsuit

October 2, 2014 3:03 pm | by Ben Munson | Comments

CTIA today filed a motion with the District of Columbia Court of Appeals to intervene in support of the FCC over the lawsuit filed by the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB). The NAB and the Sinclair Broadcast Group are petitioning for a review of an FCC order establishing rules for the upcoming Incentive Auctions. The lawsuit is challenging the FCC’s order, saying it doesn’t do enough to protect broadcasters who opt out.

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Dish Locks Up Joint-Bidding Agreements for AWS-3 Auction

October 2, 2014 11:07 am | by Ben Munson | Comments

Dish Network is all set for the FCC’s November AWS-3 auction and the satellite provider has inked some joint-bidding agreements as well. According to FCC filings, Dish has signed agreements with Northstar Wireless and SNR Wireless. As Reuters points out, Dish has indirect ownership in both companies.

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FirstNews Briefs: NVIDIA, Honda, ARM, DirecTV, AT&T, Nex-Tech, United Wireless, Amazon

October 2, 2014 10:18 am | by Wireless Week Staff | Comments

NVIDIA today announced that its NVIDIA Tegra mobile processor will power the new Honda Connect in-car audio and information system in the 2015 Honda Civic, Civic Tourer and CR-V, which will be launched in Europe next year.

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Verizon Cans Plans to Throttle Unlimited Customers

October 2, 2014 10:07 am | by Andrew Berg | Comments

Verizon said in a statement that it "greatly valued the ongoing dialogue over the past several months concerning network optimization" and had subsequently...                                                                    

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San Francisco Expands Free Public Wi-Fi Access

October 2, 2014 9:33 am | by Associated Press | Comments

"This network will make the web more accessible than ever for thousands of our neighbor — getting online is as easy as heading to the local park," Rebecca Prozan, Google's public policy and government affairs manager, said in a statement.

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Verizon Joins AT&T, Sprint in Double Data Frenzy

October 1, 2014 1:21 pm | by Ben Munson | Comments

Verizon today announced it, like AT&T and Sprint, will be doubling the data allowances for some of its More Everything plans. From Oct. 2 through Oct. 31, customers who sign up for 20 GB, 30 GB, 40 GB, and 50 GB plans will get twice the data for the same monthly fee. In addition, the promotion is bumping the 12 GB plan up to 15 GB and the 16 GB plan up to 30 GB.

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Could a Merger Follow the PayPal-eBay Split?

October 1, 2014 11:05 am | by Mae Anderson, AP Business Writer | Comments

PayPal's split from long-time partner eBay Inc. makes Carl Icahn mighty happy. But he doesn't think PayPal should stay single for long. Icahn, who months ago called on eBay to spin off the lucrative online and mobile payment service, continues to believe that the payments field must be consolidated, either by PayPal buying up smaller rivals or by merging with another major player.

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FirstNews Briefs: Nokia, T-Mobile, Anritsu, Vodafone, Ruckus Wireless

October 1, 2014 10:59 am | by Wireless Week Staff | Comments

Nokia Networks extends its long-term relationship with T-Mobile under a new contract to help the operator continue the expansion of its nationwide 4G LTE network, which began in 2012 with its network transformation project. Nokia Networks will provide LTE-Advanced equipment and services that will cover new spectrum bands, helping to improve coverage and capacity for in-building, highway and rural areas.

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Sprint Responds to AT&T with Double Data Promotion of Its Own

October 1, 2014 10:46 am | by Ben Munson | Comments

Sprint today announced it too will be doubling (or nearly doubling) the data buckets for some of its Family Share Packs. From now through Oct. 31, customers who opt for Sprint’s 32 GB, 40 GB and 60 GB buckets will end up with 60 GB, 80 GB and 120 GB for the same price. The deal extends to existing customers on those plans currently and those who move up from their current data plans as well.

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FreedomPop Selling Branded Sub-$100 Phones to Keep Up with Demand

October 1, 2014 9:00 am | by Ben Munson | Comments

FreedomPop today announced it will begin selling its own branded smartphones and tablets. First up is Liberty, a 7-inch Wi-Fi-only Android ‘phablet’ priced at $89. In the next month FreedomPop will release Frenzy, a 7-inch Android phablet with LTE and Wi-Fi for $99. And hopefully by the holidays the company will release an $89 LTE Android smartphone.

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