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SmartWatch, Episode 29: AWS-3 Auction Approaching $40 Billion

November 26, 2014 10:55 am | by Wireless Week | Videos | Comments

In this week's episode of SmartWatch, Product Design & Development Editor Melissa Fassbender joins us in marveling at the unfathomable amount of money the FCC's AWS-3 auction has thus far seen in total bids.             

Here's What Apple Could Buy With Its $700B Market Cap

November 26, 2014 10:20 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple's market value surpassed $700 billion in...

Black Friday Review Recap: Four Great Smartphones from 2014

November 26, 2014 8:57 am | by Wireless Week Staff | Articles | Comments

As you hit the...

Gift Guide: So Many Tablets to Choose From

November 25, 2014 11:53 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

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Sony Shrinking Smartphone Portfolio in Hopes of Return to Profitability

November 25, 2014 11:46 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Sony will be reducing its smartphone portfolio as the company realigns its mobile business strategy with the less lofty goal of...                                          

FCC, T-Mobile Work Out Deal for Accurate Speed Tests

November 25, 2014 11:29 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The FCC announced it has worked out an agreement with T-Mobile to ensure the carrier’s customers get accurate mobile broadband speed test readings even after...                          

BlackBerry Offering Up to $550 for iPhone Trade-Ins

November 25, 2014 10:43 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Beginning in December, BlackBerry will start offering up to $550 to customers who trade in their iPhones for a...                                           

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FirstNews Briefs: Verizon, Cricket, GENBAND, PCTEL

November 25, 2014 9:44 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Verizon Enterprise Solutions is launching the Verizon Retail Index. Designed to identify online traffic patterns in the United States that Verizon attributes to...                                  

T-Mobile Adds 14 More Streaming Services to Music Freedom

November 24, 2014 11:01 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

T-Mobile today announced it will be bringing 14 more music streaming services under the umbrella of its Music Freedom program...                                            

U.S. Cellular Raising Up to $500M for Potential Spectrum Buys

November 24, 2014 10:51 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

U.S. Cellular today announced it will raise up to $500 million by issuing debt through its existing securities registration and/or through...                                               

AT&T Launches Upgrade of Alltel Network in Ohio After Delay

November 24, 2014 10:17 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

More than a year after acquiring Alltel’s wireless operations, AT&T is ready to launch its upgraded coverage for more than...                                                     

Review: 3 Low-end Smartphones Worth Considering

November 24, 2014 9:47 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

Processors are slower, yet that's not so noticeable for basic tasks such as email, Facebook and weather checks. Video and audio are also...                                   

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FirstNews Briefs: American Tower, Acculynk, PayPlum, Telit, Verizon

November 24, 2014 9:32 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

American Tower Corporation and Bharti Airtel Limited today announced they have entered into a definitive agreement...                                                

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 survey, which covered opinions from over 58,000 respondents, Sprint received what Consumer Reports called...                     

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 the golf course, take it to the job site, take it to the pool; just don’t take it to the store and trade in your smartphone. Not yet.                  

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 Intel Corp. is still struggling to catch up in mobile computing but says its personal computer business is performing better than expected...                

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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.            

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.

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...                

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