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MCX Denies Fines for Members Accepting Apple Pay

October 29, 2014 4:35 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

MCX was formed by a group of major U.S. retailers here in the United States and has made news this week as member companies such as...                    

Sprint Turns On 17 More Spark Markets

October 29, 2014 10:35 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Sprint has launched Spark in 17 more cities,...

FirstNews Briefs: China Mobile, China Telelcom, China Unicom, Alcatel-Lucent

October 29, 2014 9:55 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

China Telecom, China Unicom and China Mobile –...

Poynt Eyes Point of Sale with New Terminals

October 29, 2014 9:54 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

A Silicon Valley...

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LG 3Q Profits Jump 83% on Smartphone Sales

October 29, 2014 9:36 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

LG Electronics said its July-September net income reached 202.6 billion won ($193 million) on sales of 14.9 trillion won, while operating income...                    

T-Mobile Set Aside More Than $50M for Cramming Refunds

October 28, 2014 4:13 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Over the past two quarters, T-Mobile has accrued more than $50 million to cover the estimated cost of a refund program and settlement payments, both related to unauthorized premium SMS charges.

FTC Sues AT&T Over Throttling Unlimited Data Customers

October 28, 2014 2:07 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The Federal Trade Commission today announced a formal complaint against AT&T alleging the carrier “misled” customers by charging for unlimited data and then throttling their data speeds up to 90 percent. The FTC says AT&T didn’t...

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Motorola, Verizon Launch Fast-Charging Droid Turbo

October 28, 2014 1:31 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Five years after Verizon launched the original Droid, the carrier brings to market what could possibly be the most beastly...                                 

T-Mobile Keeps Adding Subs but MetroPCS Shutdown Hurts

October 28, 2014 11:44 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

T-Mobile maintained its momentum in the third quarter by adding another 2.3 million total customers partly due to a record...                       

Softcard Now Good at McDonald’s Drive-Thru

October 28, 2014 11:14 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Apple Pay went and stole all the thunder available in the NFC-based mobile payments space but Softcard is still busy. The mobile payment platform—formerly Isis—today announced an agreement with McDonald’s to...

Softbank Readies $10B Investment in India

October 28, 2014 10:27 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Softbank, which sells the iPhone in Japan, is investing $627 million and becoming the biggest shareholder in Snapdeal, the largest digital marketplace in...               

Tim Cook Urges Alabama to Improve LGBT Rights

October 28, 2014 10:13 am | by Jay Reeves, Associated Press | News | Comments

Speaking at the Capitol in the chamber where the state voted to secede from the Union in 1861, Cook said Alabama and the nation...                           

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Tim Cook: Apple Pay Card Activations Top 1M in 72 Hours

October 28, 2014 9:40 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Cook called the intial resistance from retailers a "skirmish" and went on to tout how quickly iPhone users are...                               

Amazon Fire Sale After Smartphone Flames Out

October 27, 2014 10:31 am | by Mae Anderson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Amazon said it took a charge of $170 million related to "inventory evaluation and supplier commitment costs" for the Fire, although it...                              

Apple Pay Rejected by Walmart, CVS, Rite Aid, 7-Eleven

October 27, 2014 10:15 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

According to multiple reports, major retail chains such as CVS, Rite Aid, and Walmart are disabling their contactless payments systems to thwart...                                

FirstNews Briefs: AT&T, Sprint, Fitbit, Cortana, BeBop Sensors

October 27, 2014 9:52 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

AT&T closed the sale of its incumbent local exchange operations in Connecticut to Frontier Communications. Announced in December 2013, the transaction includes wireline network assets and consumer, business and wholesale customer relationships. AT&T will use the proceeds...

FirstNews Briefs: T-Mobile, MetroPCS, Berg Insight, U.S. Cellular, NetComm

October 24, 2014 11:08 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

T-Mobile announced its pre-paid brand MetroPCS is launching its first-ever tablet, th ALCATEL ONETOUCH POP 7, for $149. Starting at $10 a month for existing MetroPCS customers, you get unlimited data (and up to 1GB of 4G data) for your new POP 7.

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Sprint Intros 12-Month Lease for iPhone 6

October 24, 2014 10:58 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Sprint today announced it will add a 12-month lease option to its “iPhone for Life” program. Where Sprint customers were previously able to claim a 16GB iPhone 6 for zero down and $20 per month on the 24-month program, they can now spend...

Shares of Ericsson Fall on Uncertainty in North America

October 24, 2014 10:16 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Uncertainties about growth in North America sent shares of Ericsson's lower Friday as the Swedish network equipment manufacturer...                       

Amazon Absorbs Huge Loss on Fire Phone

October 24, 2014 10:09 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

It was suspected and now it’s official: the Amazon Fire Phone is a flop. During the company’s third-quarter earnings call Thursday, Amazon CFO Tom Szkutak put it in perspective by primarily attributing a...

Microsoft Rebrands Smartphones, Nixes 'Nokia' from Lumia Line

October 24, 2014 9:42 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

As part of the change, Microsoft is in process of rebranding some of its global and local websites, as well as...                                  

Microsoft’s Lumia Sales Break 3Q Record

October 23, 2014 5:04 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

In addition to its flagship handset numbers, Microsoft sold 42.9 million non-Lumia phones. The company recorded more than $2.6 billion in total revenue from handsets. The uptick in handset sales for Microsoft comes after the company completed...

ZTE Sees Giant 3Q Profit Boost from Smartphone Sales

October 23, 2014 10:57 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

ZTE is posting huge third-quarter net profit growth and attributing the surge to the success of its smartphone and 4G equipment divisions. The Chinese manufacturer recorded a net profit increase of...

New Google App Aims to Revamp Email

October 23, 2014 10:36 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The service, called Inbox, can sort electronic receipts and bank statements into bundles so they can be quickly fetched. This method is similar to...                        

Nokia's 3Q Gets Big Boost from Dropping Mobile Device Unit

October 23, 2014 10:23 am | by Matti Huuhtanen, Associated Press | News | Comments

Nokia predicted strong growth to continue in the networks sector, which accounts for around 90 percent of Nokia's revenue, but cautioned...                            

FirstNews Briefs: Deutsche Telekom, Telefonica, Creative Mobile, Booz Allen, Nexmo

October 23, 2014 10:04 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Anite, a provider of wireless equipment testing technology, today announced Deutsche Telekom has reconfirmed its commitment to SAS – Anite’s device interoperability test solutions – by signing another multi-year agreement. SAS has been used by Deutsche Telekom for over seven years to...

Sprint Offers 1GB Family Bucket for $20

October 22, 2014 5:13 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure called the new plan an entry-level offering. “We’re offering customers a choice – whether they need a small amount of data...

AT&T Falls Well Short of Verizon’s Postpaid Net Adds

October 22, 2014 5:12 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Still the total was more than double what AT&T recorded in the year-ago quarter and put the carrier at 2.4 million postpaid net adds for the year to date. The quarterly net adds for AT&T came from 6.8 million postpaid smartphone gross adds...

T-Mobile, Like AT&T, Settling with FTC Over Cramming

October 22, 2014 11:07 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

T-Mobile is in settlement talks with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over unauthorized premium charges on customers’ bills—a practice referred to as “cramming.” According to Seattle court documents found by Bloomberg, T-Mobile and the FTC has requested the proceedings be...

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