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Rural Carriers, MVNOs Gearing Up for iPhone 6 Launches

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

MetroPCS Expands Into 10 New Markets, Ups Data for Existing Subs

September 4, 2014 10:34 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The T-Mobile prepaid brand will be setting up shop in Chattanooga, TN; Chicago; Kansas City, MO...

Sprint’s Boost Lowers Prices, Doubles Data for Limited Time

September 3, 2014 10:43 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Sprint prepaid brand Boost Mobile announced a limited time offer that will reduce prices and...

FirstNews Briefs: ZTE, Broadpeak, Chunghwa Telecom, PCTEL, Jabra

August 27, 2014 9:38 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

ZTE USA announced the launch of the new ZTE Warp Sync. The phone is fourth in a series of Warp...

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FirstNews Briefs: AT&T, AirPatrol, VMware, ViaSat, LG, Boost

August 13, 2014 10:44 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Starting today in company-owned retail stores, AT&T is offering a new promotion  for iPhone 5s and 5c buyers who choose AT&T Next to get $200 off a new iPad purchased on a 2-year wireless agreement. The customer must sign a two-year wireless agreement for the iPad and use AT&T Next to purchase the iPhone.

FirstNews Briefs: Verizon, Sprint, Seagate, Avago, Globys, Boost Mobile

May 29, 2014 10:41 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Boost Mobile and celebrity ‘coaches’ Ice-T and Luis Guzman kick off Boost Mobile’s “Spokesbattle” today, an interactive reality TV-style campaign that puts two people against each other and lets consumers vote to determine who will be the next Boost Mobile Spokesperson.

FirstNews Briefs: Verizon, Sprint, Multi-Tech, Aeris, Boost, Virgin, Samsung

May 19, 2014 10:16 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Starting today, new FiOS TV or FiOS Internet customers (including existing customers who add new service to their existing account) will receive a free LG G Pad 8.3 LTE, or receive up to $200 off any other tablet available from Verizon Wireless when obtaining a new, two-year agreement. The carrier also announced it has expanded its XLTE AWS network to Houston, Beaumont/Port Arthur, Bryan/College Station and other locations in Texas.

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FirstNews Briefs: AT&T, Salesforce, IDT, Seagate, Samsung, LG, Boost, Virgin

May 12, 2014 10:30 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

AT&T today announced it has added Salesforce to its network-enabled cloud ecosystem. AT&T customers will be able to use their Virtual Private Networks (VPN) to connect to Salesforce services using AT&T NetBond. With AT&T NetBond, customers will be able to connect to Salesforce services using their AT&T MPLS VPN from any location on their private network.

Sprint Defends Network Prioritization, Says It’s Not Throttling

May 8, 2014 4:06 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Sprint’s move toward network prioritization, specifically slowing connection speeds for the top five percent of data users on congested sites, seems a lot like throttling. But the network said the practice differs from throttling. A Sprint spokesperson defined throttling as, once a subscriber exceeds a data cap, speeds are slowed for the remainder of the billing period, regardless of location or network conditions.

Boost Moves Away from Shrinking Payments with New Unlimited Plans

May 6, 2014 10:54 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Boost Mobile unveiled a new set of Monthly Unlimited Select plans that will not include the prepaid carrier’s shrinking payments feature. Under the shrinking payments offer, customers see a $5 monthly discount for every six months of on-time payments, maxing out at $15 off their original rate.

Confirmed: Virgin, Boost to Intro New Slower Speed Throttling Policies

March 19, 2014 11:15 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

“This change comes about because of the enormous data usage driven by the increasingly sophisticated smartphones we make available, and the more extensive uses customers are finding for these devices,” a Sprint spokesperson said in a statement. "We want to be able to serve customers who use our unlimited plans for their daily activity."

Sprint Launches Yet Another Prepaid Brand

March 14, 2014 10:23 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Sprint today launched Sprint Prepaid, a new branded no-contract offering. The company says the new offering will be similar to existing Sprint brands Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile. The new brand expands on the company's “As You Go” no-contract plan introduced last year with new pricing.

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First News Briefs: BlackBerry, Samsung, Movius Interactive, Boost, iPhone

November 1, 2013 10:19 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

BlackBerry today announced that Australia’s national transport safety investigator, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB), has migrated to BlackBerry’s leading Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) solution, BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10.

First News Briefs for April 8, 2013

April 8, 2013 10:42 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

AT&T now offers AT&T Mobile Barcode Services powered by Scanbuy to aid businesses with QR code campaigns. The service enables QR codes that can link to video, prompt a phone call or generate an email. It also provides solutions for mobile-optimized sites and analytics.

Boost, Virgin Mobile Announces LTE Service, New Phones

February 25, 2013 10:33 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Boost and Virgin Mobile are making the jump in speed up to LTE. Both operate on Sprint’s LTE network. The postpaid providers have each announced the first phones that will run on their new faster offering, with Samsung’s Galaxy Victory coming to Virgin and the HTC One SV coming to Boost.

Boost: New Offers Not Spoiling Prepaid Party

September 16, 2011 7:59 am | by Monica Alleven | News | Comments

What with Verizon Wireless' $50 unlimited prepaid plan, AT&T's $25 monthly GoPhone offer and myriad others out there, you'd think the prepaid sector was in for a tumultuous ride.

Boost Founder Now Focused on Building Bridges

June 28, 2011 8:15 am | by Monica Alleven | News | Comments

The founder of Boost Mobile and Amp'd Mobile, yesterday was officially deemed interim CEO of NeuMedia...

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Boost Gets New Phones from Motorola

May 13, 2011 8:18 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Prepaid carrier Boost Mobile today launched three new iDEN phones from Motorola...

Boost Mobile Seizes on Gripes About Wireless

April 13, 2011 8:12 am | by Monica Alleven | News | Comments

If consumers have complaints about wireless services, Boost Mobile wants to hear them – and spread them around using Facebook and Twitter.

Boost Debuts Shrinking Service Plans

October 14, 2010 4:27 am | by Maisie Ramsay | News | Comments

Boost is shrinking customers monthly bills.

Boost Seeks to Impress with Samsung

August 11, 2010 8:32 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Prepaid provider Boost Mobile today announced the Samsung Seek, the company's first touchscreen device with a slide-out qwerty keyboard.

Boost Mobile Gets First Android

June 3, 2010 8:14 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Boost Mobile, Sprint Nextel's prepaid unit, today announced availability of the Motorola i1, the carrier's first Android phone.

Is Prepaid Focus Good for Sprint?

May 7, 2010 12:57 pm | Blogs | Comments

Is Sprint's multi-brand prepaid approach the right strategy?

Boost $50 Plan Gets E-mail, IM, Unlimited 411

May 4, 2010 8:04 am | by Maisie Ramsay | News | Comments

Boost Mobile has upped the ante on its $50 all-you-can eat plan with the addition of e-mail, instant messaging and unlimited calls to 411.

2010 WW Leadership Awards - Matt Carter: Behind Boost’s Turnaround

March 7, 2010 4:04 pm | by Maisie Ramsay | Articles | Comments

When Matt Carter took the reigns at Boost Mobile, things were looking grim. The prepaid carrier’s net adds had begun to slow in 2007. By the next year, the carrier began to hemorrhage customers, losing 338,000 subscribers by the time Carter came in to help.

Boost Goes Incognito with Kyocera

January 26, 2010 7:15 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Boost Mobile announced the availability of its first-ever qwerty clamshell phone, the Sanyo Incognito by Kyocera.

Boost Boasts BlackBerry

January 25, 2010 7:14 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

A press release from the prepaid carrier today introduces the BlackBerry Curve 8330 on Boost's BlackBerry Monthly Unlimited plan.

Boost Expands $50 Plan, Adds New CDMA Handsets

January 7, 2010 7:09 am | by Monica Alleven | News | Comments

Sprint's Boost Mobile prepaid division will start offering its $50 Monthly Unlimited plan on Sprint's CDMA network starting Jan. 13.

Customer Care: Prepaid Copies Postpaid

November 29, 2009 7:25 pm | by Maisie Ramsay | Articles | Comments

With prepaid plans dipping as low as $30 per month through TracFone Wireless’ Straight Talk service, it’s not clear how much longer discount carriers can compete on price.

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