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FirstNews Briefs: Car Connectivity Consortium, Sony, IBM, AT&T

November 21, 2014 10:48 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

The Car Connectivity Consortium (CCC), an organization driving global technologies for smartphone-centric car connectivity solutions, today confirmed that Sony’s Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact are...         

Sprint Finishes Dead Last in Latest Consumer Reports Survey

November 21, 2014 10:41 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

According to the...

Review: Can the Samsung Gear S Stand In for an iPhone 6?

November 21, 2014 10:19 am | by Ben Munson | Articles | Comments

Take it to the gym, take it for a run, take it to...

Intel Playing Catch Up in Mobile Chip Market

November 21, 2014 9:18 am | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Chip-making giant...

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Reducing Churn Shouldn’t Be About Punishing Your Subscribers

November 20, 2014 11:19 am | by Ben Munson | Blogs | Comments

Every tweak, twist, turn and total overhaul the big carriers make are usually about one thing: keeping their subscribers and stealing the other guy’s.                   

Analyst: As AWS-3 Auction Hits $24B, Dish Soars, T-Mobile Likely Out

November 20, 2014 11:14 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The FCC’s AWS-3 auction has rocketed past its $10 billion reserve price and surpassed $24 billion in bids after only five days. The rapid pace at which the auction is climbing helped spur a 10 percent rise in...               

Data Caps Don’t Work: Thoughts for the Future of Cellular Network Congestion

November 20, 2014 10:14 am | by By Fergal Toomey, Chief Scientist & Co-Founder of Corvil | Articles | Comments

How we use, how we view, and how we’re delivered data are all rapidly changing - monitoring and measurement need to advance at the same pace.            

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FirstNews Briefs: ZTE, China Mobile, T-Mobile, IBM, WiTricity

November 20, 2014 9:57 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

ZTE Corporation announced that the company successfully completed pre-commercial field testing of pre5G 3D/Massive MIMO (Multiple-Input Multiple-Output) base stations in partnership with China Mobile.

AWS-3 Auction Cruises Well Past Reserve Price

November 19, 2014 10:40 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The FCC’s ongoing AWS-3 auction in four days of bidding has easily passed its $10.5 billion reserve price. Currently in the 16th round of bidding, the auction has already pulled in...        

T-Mobile Giving Away Tablets for Black Friday

November 19, 2014 10:36 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

T-Mobile announced it will be giving away the 7-inch Alcatel ONETOUCH Pop 7 Android tablet to customers who add a tablet data plan. The deal will be available early for...                   

Former BlackBerry Chief Heins Tapped as Powermat CEO

November 19, 2014 10:04 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

“Powermat is poised at an important juncture in its evolution and Thorsten will lead its expansion to take the wireless charging solutions...                        

FirstNews Briefs: SanDisk, Telefónica, MobiTV, Johnson Health Tech, C Spire

November 19, 2014 9:38 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

SanDisk Corporation today announced that the company’s venture arm, SanDisk Ventures, has invested in Altair Semiconductor, a developer of single-mode LTE chipsets. Altair’s products bring 4G LTE Internet connectivity to tablets, netbooks, USB dongles, portable hotspots, fixed routers and modems, machine-to-machine applications and other devices.

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Qualcomm, Ericsson Hit 450 Mbps with CA Tests

November 18, 2014 4:12 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

 The testing produced download speeds of 450 Mbps, using a Qualcomm modem and Ericsson LTE-A network infrastructure.                          

Samsung Slashing Smartphone Portfolio

November 18, 2014 10:59 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Samsung next year will reduce the number of smartphone models it releases by about 25-30 percent. It’s unclear exactly how many models will be affected but...                          

Sprint CMO Responsible for “Framily” Leaving Company

November 18, 2014 10:19 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure has announced the departure of Chief Marketing Officer Jeff Hallock, the executive responsible for Sprint’s much-maligned Framily plans and ensuing ad campaign.            

FirstNews Briefs: AT&T, Cisco, Fujitsu, The Hunt

November 18, 2014 10:13 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

AT&T has received approval from Mexico's Federal Telecommunications Institute (IFT) for the Company's proposed acquisition of DIRECTV. It was previously announced that the deal received approval in...                

Smartwatches to Put Dent in Fitness Tracker Market

November 18, 2014 10:06 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

According to a new report from Gartner, by 2015 50 Percent of people in the market for smart wristband will choose...                            

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Cisco's New Project Squared Brings Collaboration to Mobile

November 18, 2014 9:52 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Called "Project Squared" the new platform allows for everything from simultaneous video and text conferencing to...                                

Nokia Unveils New 8-inch Android tablet

November 18, 2014 9:22 am | by Matti Huuhtanen, Associated Press | News | Comments

Just months after selling its ailing handsets unit to Microsoft, the Finnish company is planning to bring its brand back to consumers with a new...                  

AT&T Bumps Up 10GB Shared Plan, Offers Free International Messaging

November 17, 2014 3:18 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

AT&T today announced it’s increasing the bucket size for its 10GB Mobile Share plan and also offering free international messaging. Beginning tomorrow, AT&T will raise the data allowance for its...    

Report: North America Growing on Subscribers with Multiple Devices

November 17, 2014 11:48 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Ericsson on Monday dumped its massive cache of mobile stats via the company's annual Mobility Report, and North America actually...                 

Apple Now Accepting China's UnionPay for App Store Purchases

November 17, 2014 10:33 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services, said in a statement that the ability to pay with UnionPay has been one of the most requested...                    

Verizon Switches Up Terms for Early Contract Terminations

November 17, 2014 10:29 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Verizon last week made some changes to its policy for Early Termination Fees (ETF). First spotted by Droid Life, the new policy now has Verizon contract customers wait...                       

Study: U.S. Mobile Payments to Hit $142B by 2019

November 17, 2014 10:20 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

"The adoption of mobile payments is an evolution — not a revolution — and the evolution is well underway," Forrester concluded in...                        

Review: Apple's iOS 8 Offers Diverse New Set of Keyboard Apps

November 17, 2014 9:28 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

With iOS 8, typing on the iPhone's touch keyboard doesn't seems as tedious, cumbersome or infuriating as it did before, when a rather dim-witted "auto-correct" system would...            

AT&T Kills Cookie Tracking on Smartphones

November 17, 2014 9:23 am | by Jack Gillum, Associated Press | News | Comments

The change by AT&T essentially removes a hidden string of letters and numbers that are passed along to websites that...                        

Report: Verizon Cutting 1,000 Jobs by Year’s End

November 14, 2014 11:16 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Verizon will be eliminating 1,000 jobs by offering buyouts to employees, according to a Bloomberg report. The report cites an unnamed source who says...                                      

Could Nokia Brand Return to Consumer Market?

November 14, 2014 11:10 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Speaking at an investor conference in London, Suri said that Nokia sees an opportunity in...                                 

BlackBerry Beefing Up Mobile-Security, Partnering with Samsung

November 14, 2014 9:38 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

As part of its strategy outlined Thursday in San Francisco, BlackBerry unveiled several upgrades to its mobile security weapons and a partnership with smartphone market leader...            

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