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BlackBerry Officially Unveils Square-Screen Passport

September 24, 2014 11:14 am | by Ben Munson | Comments

The Passport’s 4.5-inch Gorilla Glass 3 screen has a 1:1 aspect ratio and a 1440x1440 pixel (453 dpi) resolution. Inside its packing a big 3450 mAh battery and a huge 4GB of RAM. It also features 32GB of internal storage, a 13-megapixel rear camera with optical image stabilization, and a quad-core 2.2 GHz processor.

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Report: Verizon Pushing Ahead with Tower Sale

September 24, 2014 11:09 am | by Andrew Berg | Comments

Wednesday's Bloomberg report follows on comments that CFO Fran Shammo made at an investment conference recently, when he confirmed that Verizon was looking into its options with regards to its towers.                                                             

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T-Mo Taps Ericsson for Next Phase of LTE Deployments

September 24, 2014 10:42 am | by Andrew Berg | Comments

T-Mobile has tapped Ericsson to help in the next phase of its LTE deployments. According to a press release, Ericsson has been selected to provide equipment and services to help T-Mobile improve...                                                        

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Samsung Gear S Coming to All Major U.S. Carriers

September 24, 2014 10:37 am | by Ben Munson | Comments

Samsung announced its Gear S will be coming to AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon “this fall.” The company previously revealed that its newest smartwatch would start selling across global markets in phases beginning in October.

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Note 4 Beats iPhone 6 to China

September 24, 2014 10:00 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Samsung's early move in China comes as the South Korean company faces challenges on multiple fronts. Its profit from the crucial mobile business has flagged and local brands in India and China have dented its sales of cheap phones.

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FirstNews Briefs: IBM, Micronet Enertec, Verizon, Alcatel-Lucent, ZTE

September 24, 2014 9:52 am | by Wireless Week Staff | Comments

IBM today announced it is working with Bancroft, a major provider of specialized services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, to manage a cloud-based educational program. Staff and students can now access a library of more than 300 educational and clinical apps via an iPad more securely.

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Report: iPhone 6 Plus Garners Huge Margins for Apple

September 23, 2014 4:32 pm | by Andrew Berg | Comments

According to a new report from IHS iSuppli, the bill of materials (BOM) for the iPhone 6 equipped with 16GB of memory amounts to $200.10 with manufacturing costs, while the BOM on the iPhone 6 Plus amounts to...                                                                                  

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Rural Carriers, MVNOs Gearing Up for iPhone 6 Launches

September 23, 2014 11:04 am | by Ben Munson | Comments

A second wave of iPhone 6 and 6 Plus launches is coming Sept. 26 to rural and Tier 2 carriers along with MVNOs. NTelos announced it will begin selling Apple’s two new phones Friday and will start pricing out at $150 for the 16GB iPhone 6 and $250 for the 16GB iPhone 6 Plus, $50 less than where most major carriers start their on-contract pricing for the devices.

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Ozzie's Talko Seeks to Bring Voices Back to Phones

September 23, 2014 10:06 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Longtime technology guru Ray Ozzie wants to bring back the emotions of the human voice to phones. His mission began more than two years ago as Ozzie noticed people were increasingly communicating through texts, emails and social media posts instead of calling each other.

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Ericsson Buys Majority Stake in Apcera

September 23, 2014 9:52 am | by Andrew Berg | Comments

Apcera was founded in 2012 and is based in San Francisco. Apcera is the creator and provider of Continuum, an IT PaaS that enables enterprises to securely and transparently control the allocation and consumption of IT resources on premise and in the cloud. 

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AT&T, Mojio Seek to Connect Even 'Dumb' Cars

September 23, 2014 9:40 am | by Andrew Berg | Comments

The Mojio solution is a cellular device that plugs into any car’s onboard diagnostic port, which then connects to AT&T's network. The device will allow car owners to locate their vehicle, or monitor and diagnose their car from their iOS or Android smartphone.

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FirstNews Briefs: Interop, Neustar, Syniverse, PCTEL

September 23, 2014 9:34 am | by Wireless Week Staff | Comments

Interop Technologies, a provider of core wireless solutions for advanced messaging, over-the-air handset management, policy control, and connectivity gateways, announced the issuance of U.S. Patent No. 8,856,356 covering the deployment of rich communication services without any reliance on underlying IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) architecture.

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Samsung Expanding Annual Developer Conference

September 22, 2014 2:30 pm | by Ben Munson | Comments

Samsung today announced its second annual developer conference and this year the company is expanding the event to three days. On November 11 through 13 at Moscone West in San Francisco, Samsung will be hosting 90 sessions ranging on topics like smart health, wearables, virtual reality, mobile and smart home.

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Report: Iliad to Improve or Drop T-Mobile Bid by mid-October

September 22, 2014 10:56 am | by Ben Munson | Comments

Iliad will either improve or drop its bid to buy T-Mobile by mid-October, according to Reuters. The French carrier is reportedly in talks with several U.S. banks and existing lenders HSBC and BNP Paribas to improve its $33 per share bid for 56.6 percent of T-Mobile.

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GSMA: North American Mobile Industry Accounts for 3% of GDP

September 22, 2014 10:53 am | by Ben Munson | Comments

The North American mobile industry accounted for $550 billion, or three percent of the GDP in the region in 2013, according to a new report from the GSMA. The GSMA expects that total to grow to $620 billion by 2020. It found that mobile ecosystem directly supports 1.1 million jobs—and another 380,000 indirectly—while contributing more than $63 billion in public funding. That funding total does not include regulatory or spectrum fees.

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