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Wireless Week in Review: Dec. 8-12

December 12, 2014 11:16 am | by Wireless Week Staff | Comments

As the week winds down join Wireless Week for a look back at the biggest stories in from the past seven days.                                                             

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Vodafone Inks MVNO Deal with T-Mobile for Multinational Customers

December 12, 2014 10:48 am | by Andrew Berg, Senior Editor, @andrewberg32 | Comments

The British carrier said the addition of wireless services for Vodafone’s U.S. MNC customers complements its...                           

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Report: SoftBank Downsizing U.S. Operations, Giving Up on T-Mobile Bid

December 12, 2014 10:34 am | by Ben Munson, Associate Editor, @wwbenmunson | Comments

SoftBank is scaling down its Silicon Valley operations in a move that could signal the end of the company’s quest to acquire T-Mobile, according to Reuters.                                           

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Walmart Slashes Prices on iPhone, Galaxy S5

December 12, 2014 10:05 am | by Andrew Berg, Senior Editor, @andrewberg32 | Comments

The new promotions are part of a larger trend by retailers to keep people shopping beyond...                                  

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FirstNews Briefs: Qualcomm, Trimble, Murata, Peregrine, AT&T

December 12, 2014 10:00 am | by Wireless Week Staff | Comments

Qualcomm Incorporated today announced that it and its subsidiaries have committed to invest an aggregate of $40M into four Chinese companies...                                         

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Qualcomm Bakes CA into Snapdragon 810 with LTE Cat. 9 Support

December 11, 2014 11:19 am | by Ben Munson, Associate Editor, @wwbenmunson | Comments

Qualcomm today announced that its Snapdragon 810 chipset will now support LTE Cat. 9 Carrier Aggregation (CA).                                                       

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23,000 United Airlines Flight Attendants Getting an iPhone 6 Plus

December 11, 2014 10:56 am | by Ben Munson, Associate Editor, @wwbenmunson | Comments

United Airlines today announced plans to equip 23,000 flight attendants with an iPhone 6 Plus.                                                                  

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U.S. Cellular Selling Towers, Swapping PCS Spectrum

December 11, 2014 10:29 am | by Ben Munson, Associate Editor, @wwbenmunson | Comments

U.S. Cellular today announced it will sell 595 towers to Vertical Bridge Holdings, LLC for $159 million.                                                                         

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FirstNews Briefs: T-Mobile, Rayovac, Accenture, Krispy Kreme

December 11, 2014 9:48 am | by Wireless Week Staff | Comments

T-Mobile today announced that the greater Sacramento, CA area joins the other markets in California to get a Wideband LTE upgrade.                                                                        

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AT&T Exec: “We’re Going to Have a Reliability Advantage in VoLTE”

December 10, 2014 11:49 am | by Ben Munson, Associate Editor, @wwbenmunson | Comments

AT&T is expecting to have a leg up on its competitors with VoLTE as the carrier ramps up its rollout.                                      

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AT&T Expands VoLTE Coverage, Looks to Interoperability with 'Other' Carriers

December 10, 2014 11:42 am | by Andrew Berg, Senior Editor, @andrewberg32 | Comments

In a blog on the topic, AT&T SVP of Technolgy and Operations John Donovan said that AT&T's internal testing shows the VoLTE network performance is...           

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AT&T Announces New Vendors for Domain 2.0

December 10, 2014 11:31 am | by Andrew Berg, Senior Editor, @andrewberg32 | Comments

Susan Johnson, senior vice president, AT&T Global Supply Chain, said in a statement that AT&T is seeking out "agile and disruptive suppliers...                       

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T-Mobile Still Building Value for Shareholders, Possible Suitor

December 10, 2014 11:15 am | by Andrew Berg, Senior Editor, @andrewberg32 | Comments

CFO Braxton Carter, speaking Wednesday at a UBS investor conference, asserted that T-Mobile is really "the only U.S. wireless asset...                      

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Apple, IBM Introduce First Batch of iOS Enterprise Apps

December 10, 2014 10:35 am | by Ben Munson, Associate Editor, @wwbenmunson | Comments

IBM and Apple today announced the first batch of their collaborative IBM MobileSmarts for iOS mobile applications and supporting cloud services.                                                

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FirstNews Briefs: Smappee, Texas Instruments, Publishers Clearing House, HyprKey

December 10, 2014 9:45 am | by Wireless Week Staff | Comments

Smappee, a new home energy management system designed to help consumers reduce unnecessary consumption, has launched in the United States today.                                     

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