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Is Apple Pay Really All That?

October 22, 2014 10:01 am | by Andrew Berg | Blogs | Comments

I'm generally not impressed when Android users scream from the mountaintop that they've had this or that feature for years...                               

Sprint Job Cuts Hit Overland Park

October 20, 2014 9:28 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Before the newly disclosed layoffs, about 7,500...

Chinese Mobile Wallet Alternative Comes to U.S.

October 15, 2014 10:50 am | by Mae Anderson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The move will let...

Review: Is Paying by Phone Really Easier than Plastic?

October 2, 2014 9:40 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

In theory, mobile-...

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Getting Mobile Right for E-Commerce Retailing

September 29, 2014 10:07 am | by Deepak Agarwal, co-founder and CEO of nomorerack | Articles | Comments

Online retailers are trying to harness this accelerating mobile trend to capture a huge growth opportunity. But to do so, they must engage buyers with desired services and content at the precise moment of need. That’s causing more “e-tailers” to deploy...                 

GSMA Summit Focuses on M2M Challenges, Opportunities

September 26, 2014 10:11 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

"We had predicted anywhere from 190 to 250 million M2M connections this year," Peterson noted, citing a stat that points to a doubling in the percentage of total connections that M2M accounted for over 2010. "To double that in three years is kind of unheard of." 

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Super Mobility Week: A Show of Contrasts

September 22, 2014 6:00 am | by Elliott Drucker | Articles | Comments

Analyst Elliott Drucker went to CTIA's Super Mobility Week in search of the kinds of "deep tech" he hopes will save the wireless networks. Instead, he found contrasting themes that he says illustrate the problems that the industry is likely to face over the next few years.

SMW: iPhone Event Bears Legacy of Disruption

September 15, 2014 3:57 pm | by Andrew Berg | Blogs | Comments

When you think about the number of times you've looked at the screen of your smartphone in the past few hours, whether iPhone or Android or Windows Phone, it's hard not to resort to hyperbole when talking about the original iPhone.

Check Out All Three Show Dailies from Super Mobility Week

September 12, 2014 11:59 am | News | Comments

Check out all three editions of the Official Super Mobility Week Show Daily at the links below. We provide all the breaking news from the show, as well as in-depth interviews, analysis and insight from some of the top players in wireless.

Day 3: Super Mobility Week Official Show Daily

September 11, 2014 10:45 am | News | Comments

Check out the third edition of the Official Super Mobility Week Show Daily for Day 3 HERE. We provide all the breaking news from the show, as well as in-depth interviews, analysis and insight from some of the top players in wireless.

Day 1: Official Super Mobility Week Show Daily

September 10, 2014 11:18 am | News | Comments

Check out the first edition of the Official Super Mobility Week Show Daily for Day 1. We provide all the breaking news from the show, as well as in-depth interviews, analysis and insight from some of the top players in wireless.  

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Day 2: Official Super Mobility Week Show Daily

September 10, 2014 11:04 am | News | Comments

Check out the second edition of the Official Super Mobility Week Show Daily for Day 2 HERE. We provide all the breaking news from the show, as well as in-depth interviews, analysis and insight from some of the top players in wireless.  

Amazon Goes After Mobile Payments with 'Local Register'

August 13, 2014 9:36 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Called Amazon Local Register, the payment solution consists of a secure card reader and mobile app that will allow local businesses to accept credit and debit cards from a smartphone or tablet and keep track of their business. Amazon Local Registers sees the online retailers directly competing with payment providers like PayPal, Square and others. 

Report: Americas Need to Invest More Heavily in 5G Research

July 31, 2014 2:11 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The ITU has thus far been mum on a standards document for 5G, but that doesn't mean the race to the next generation of networks has stalled as evidenced in a recent 4G Americas summary of 5G initiatives underway around the world.  

Senate Judiciary Committee Approves Unlocking Bill

July 10, 2014 2:10 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Ranking Member Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and their cosponsors last year brought out the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act as a response to revisions to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

BlackBerry Moving into Mobile Payments with EnStream

June 12, 2014 10:27 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Under the agreement, EnStream will leverage BlackBerry’s infrastructure to enable financial institutions, including Royal Bank of Canada, TD Bank Group, CIBC and Desjardins, and mobile operators to securely provision sensitive payment card credentials into any smartphone capable of near field communication (NFC).

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Amobee Buys Adconion, Kontera for $385 Million

June 11, 2014 10:42 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Adconion will be acquired at a valuation of $235 million. The consideration payable is approximately $209 million, excluding debt. The valuation and consideration payable for Kontera is approximately $150 million. The acquisitions are subject to certain conditions being satisfied and approvals obtained.

Square to Offers Financing to Small Businesses

May 28, 2014 11:07 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The company conducted a pilot produce where thousands of sellers used Square Capital to buy equipment and inventory, hire more employees, and add new stores. Many neighborhood businesses with access to alternative funding sources chose Square Capital for the simple and fast process.

Intuit Buys Mobile Bill Pay Service Check

May 27, 2014 10:31 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Check has a mobile app that automates and consolidates the bill-pay process all in one place, which it says reduces complexity for consumers. Check customers can monitor bills and accounts, receive alerts when bills are due or funds are low, and pay bills automatically.

HP Cutting 11,000 to 16,000 More Jobs

May 23, 2014 9:30 am | by Ryan Nakashima, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

HP's move revises upward a previous target of 34,000 job cuts. In May 2012, eight months after former eBay Inc. CEO Meg Whitman took the reins, HP unveiled the chief executive's initial restructuring plan, which called for a headcount reduction of 27,000.

Millennial Media Jumps 9% on CEO's Stock Buy

May 14, 2014 10:45 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The last time the company's stock jumped was on news of previous CEO Paul Palmieri had resigned from his post as CEO and Barrett would be taking over. Barrett comes from Yahoo! where he most recently served as the Web portal's chief revenue officer.

Meredith Attwell Baker Takes Top CTIA Post

April 23, 2014 10:26 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

CTIA's President and CEO Steve Largent is handing over the reigns to former FCC commissioner Meredith Attwell Baker.  Baker, who worked at CTIA early in her carreer, will take over for Largent, who had announced his retirement back in October.

FCC AWS-3 Plans Get Mixed Reaction

March 31, 2014 3:13 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The FCC today issued an official report and order that sets rules for the upcoming auction of 65 MHz of spectrum in the AWS-3 band, specifically in the 1695-1710 MHz, 1755-1780 MHz, and 2155-2180 MHz bands. The report and order establishes a band plan that makes spectrum available in a mix of spectrum block and geographic license area sizes...

CTIA, Broadcasters Prove Viability of Spectrum Sharing

March 28, 2014 10:25 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The Wireless Association today released a report on its efforts to test spectrum channel sharing with a pair of Los Angeles television stations. CTIA claims to have proved the viablity of channel sharing through its experiment with Los Angeles television stations KLCS and KJLA. 

France Mobile Bid Could Extend Consolidation Trend

March 6, 2014 9:55 am | by Lori Hinnant, Associated Press | News | Comments

French conglomerate Bouygues offered 10.5 billion euros ($14.4 billion) for control of mobile operator SFR telecommunications, launching a bidding war Thursday that could extend the wireless industry's attempts to consolidate in Europe.

Mobile Wallet Solutions Get Mixed Grades in Muddled Market

March 5, 2014 4:54 pm | by Andrew Berg | Articles | Comments

The mobile wallet is an idea that seems to eternally be 12 to 18 months out, but not for lack of interest. According to a recent Yankee Group report, fully two-third of consumers surveyed are interested in mobile wallets. However, just 16 percent of mobile device owners have used their phone to make an in-store payment in the past three months.

MWC Highlights Innovation Beyond iOS and Android

February 27, 2014 10:27 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

A look at some little-known systems at the Mobile World Congress wireless show in Barcelona, Spain, this week -- Many of them aren't even available in the U.S.,  although they may not be replacing an Android or iOS phone, some of these alternative phones have impressive features.

MWC: Will Incentives Drive Adoption of Mobile Payments?

February 26, 2014 3:23 pm | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

Many people use their smartphones to watch video, play games and wake them up in the morning. Some even use them to generate digital boarding passes to fly. So why not use phones to buy stuff at retail stores as well? A variety of mobile wallet systems store credit or debit card information on phones in encrypted form...

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