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Confirmed: Apple Event Set for September 9

August 28, 2014 1:56 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Re/code's John Paczkowski was first to report that Apple would launch its next iPhone on September 9. Just yesterday, Paczkowski reported that the event may produce a wearable, possibly an 'iWatch.'Most reports now have Apple eventually releasing two versions of its iPhone—one with a 4.7-inch display and one with a 5.5-inch display. The latter is expected later in the year. 

Report: Apple Unveiling Wearable Device at iPhone Event Sept. 9

August 28, 2014 11:26 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Apple will unveil a wearable alongside its new iPhones on Sept. 9, according to Recode....

LG Announce Circular G Watch R, Available Early Fourth Quarter

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

LG today officially announced the G Watch R, its new Android Wear smartwatch with a circular...

FCC Slaps T-Mobile with $819,000 Fine

August 28, 2014 10:59 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The FCC has levied a $819,000 fine against T-Mobile, citing the carriers has for more than two...

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The Samsung Gear S has a Curved Display and Can Make Voice Calls

August 28, 2014 10:53 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Samsung today unveiled the Gear S, a smartwatch with a 2-inch curved Super AMOLED display (360 x 480) and a 3G connection allowing it to make calls without the need for a smartphone. Users will have the option to switch between Bluetooth and cellular in order to sync the watch with a phone. The Tizen-based watch also packs an on-screen keyboard for responding to alerts and messages and enhanced S Voice functionality.

nTelos Launches $45 Single-Line Plan with 10GB

August 28, 2014 10:31 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

nTelos today launched a promotional single-line plan that pairs unlimited talk and text with 10GB of data for $45 a month. For an extra $10, customers can upgrade to unlimited data. The promotional plans are available to new and existing customers eligible for upgrade. Subscribers have to opt for nTelos’ Equipment Installment Plan (EIP). Device charges for EIP run $35 a month.

Apple Loses Bid to Block Sales of 9 Samsung Phones

August 28, 2014 9:40 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Wednesday's rebuff comes nearly four months after a jury awarded Apple Inc. $119 million in damages for Samsung's infringements on technology used in the trend-setting iPhone. The amount was well below the $2.2 billion in damages that Apple had been seeking in the latest round of legal wrangling between the world's two leading smartphone makers since the tussle began four years ago.

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FirstNews Briefs: ZTE, SWAN, Anite, CTIA, Telstra, Global Wireless Solutions

August 28, 2014 9:35 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

ZTE Corporation has signed a contract with Slovak operator SWAN for a nationwide LTE network project. ZTE will exclusively construct core CS/PS (circuit-switched/packet-switched) network, and a GSM/LTE mobile communications and VAS (value added services) network, involving over 1,100 dual-mode GSM/LTE base stations to SWAN.

CTIA Preps Super Mobility Week Keynote Stage for iPhone Launch

August 27, 2014 3:45 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

"When you think about it, the forty thousand people in the industry who will be affected most by this announcement will not be in Silicon Valley, they're going to be in Las Vegas at the Sands Expo," Mesirow said, referring to the throngs of mobile executives in attendance at Super Moblity.

Best Buy CEO Doesn’t Expect “Huge Lift” From iPhone 6

August 27, 2014 12:07 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The struggling electronics retailer had earlier in the year displayed cautious excitement over what new Apple products could mean to its sales. But Joly said the impact from phones coming out this year will be minimized because many consumers already have them and Best Buy is unsure about how many devices it will receive.

Los Angeles Schools Halt iPad Deal Amid Criticism

August 27, 2014 11:55 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Faced with criticism about the planning and rollout of a $1 billion effort by the Los Angeles Unified School District to provide iPads to all students, Superintendent John Deasy on Tuesday suspended future use of a contract with Apple Inc.

T-Mobile Adds Streaming Services to Music Freedom Program

August 27, 2014 10:32 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

T-Mobile today added AccuRadio, Black Planet, Grooveshark, Radio Paradise, Rdio and Songza to the list of streaming music services that won’t affect its customers’ data buckets. The carrier also revealed Google Play Music won its online poll to find another service to exempt. Google’s streaming music service will be added to Music Freedom later this year.

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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 phones. The ZTE Warp Sync will be available at Boost Mobile on August 26 for $179.99. It features a 5-inch HD Gorilla Glass display, removable Li-ion 2300mAh battery, Android 4.4.2 KitKat, Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 Quad-Core 1.2GHz processor, and 8 MP LED flash rear-camera along with a 1.6 MP front-camera.

Lurie Tapped as CEO of AT&T Mobility

August 26, 2014 5:33 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

"We’re taking the next natural step by integrating our marketing and distribution for Business Solutions into our Mobility group," an AT&T spokesman said in an emailed statement. "Ralph de la Vega’s responsibilities have been expanded and now he is CEO of our new Mobile & Business Solutions organization."

Verizon, BlackBerry Offer Enterprises $150 Credit to Upgrade Devices

August 26, 2014 3:01 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

In a short promotional video, the companies confirm the credit can be used to buy BlackBerry technical support services, sign up for BBM Protected, or anything else enterprises have in mind. It appears the credit can be applied on a fairly large scale—the video points out that 1,000 upgraded devices means $150,000 in credit.

Report: Large Carrier Interested in Buying FreedomPop

August 26, 2014 11:14 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

A major U.S. carrier is interested in acquiring Sprint MVNO FreedomPop, according to FierceWireless. Wireless Week reached out to FreedomPop and will update this story with their response. Talk of a potential deal reportedly popped up after Sprint’s bid for T-Mobile was sidelined but the discussion hasn’t moved past the negotiation stage yet.

Amazon Buys Game Network Twitch for $970M

August 26, 2014 10:56 am | by Mae Anderson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The deal is the latest example of Amazon expanding into new commercial arenas. It introduced its own smartphone, the Fire, this month. Earlier this summer, it added same-day delivery, a set-top video streaming device to its list of services for members of Prime, its $99 annual loyalty program.

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FirstNews Briefs: Syniverse, Peregrine, LitePoint, ZTE, Marvell

August 26, 2014 10:21 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Syniverse today announced a leadership transition under which Jeffrey S. Gordon has stepped down from his role as President, Chief Executive Officer and Director, effective immediately. In connection with this change in leadership, Stephen C. Gray, a member of the Syniverse Board of Directors since January 2011, will become interim President and Chief Executive Officer.

Tablets Vs. eReaders: Do We Need Both?

August 26, 2014 10:20 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

Of course, you can simply install Nook and Kindle reading apps on an iPad or a non-Nook Galaxy. The iPad even comes with iBooks installed. Are reading-centric tablets really a better way to experience the printed word? Let's take a closer look.

T-Mobile Offers Up to 5GB of Tablet Data for $10

August 26, 2014 10:18 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

When T-Mobile Simple Choice customers add a tablet to their plan for $10 a month, the carrier says it will now match their smartphone data plan up to 5GB and set it aside for use on the tablet. Beginning Sept. 3, any tablet added gets the LTE data plan match for a limited time as well as the 200MB free per month T-Mobile has previously offered for tablets.

Verizon Promises Nationwide VoLTE in 'Coming Weeks'

August 26, 2014 10:00 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

In a post on the carrier's website, Verizon said that "in the coming weeks, Verizon Wireless customers can begin to see what Advanced Calling 1.0 -- HD Voice and Video Calling -- can mean to their wireless experience when tightly integrated with their 4G LTE smartphones."

T-Mobile Offers Simple Starter Plans 1.5GB More for $5

August 25, 2014 11:26 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

T-Mobile will begin offering Simple Starter customers an additional 1.5GB of data for an extra $5 a month. Beginning Sept. 3, subscribers opting for T-Mobile’s $40 Simple Starter plan can bump their 500MB cap to 2GB. The limited-time offer is available to new and existing Simple Starter customers and once customers sign up, they get the 2GB cap indefinitely.

LG Looks to Be Announcing Round Smartwatch Soon

August 25, 2014 11:03 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

LG will apparently next week unveil a new circular smartwatch at IFA in Berlin. In a new teaser video, the company clearly displays a round watch and says it’s “coming soon” to IFA 2014. LG’s hint of a new smartwatch comes only months after the company released the G Watch, a squared-faced wearable that was one of the first devices to show up with Google’s new Android Wear operating system.

FirstNews Briefs: Verizon, Magpi, Trimble, Telit Wireless

August 25, 2014 9:50 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Verizon today announced it will invest nearly $40 million to expand the on-site green energy program that it launched in 2013. This year, Verizon will install 10.2 megawatts of new solar power systems at eight Verizon network facilities in five states – California, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York.

Thermal Imaging Coming to iPhone

August 25, 2014 9:36 am | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple stores started selling the $349 FLIR One this week. It puts thermal imaging within reach of people who probably have never considered it before, and it opens up a whole new way of looking at the world. Warm things show up bright on the iPhone screen, while cold things are dark. It's like everything glows with its own light.

Cricket Offers $100 to Subs Switching from T-Mobile, MetroPCS

August 22, 2014 11:42 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Cricket Wireless has joined the current wireless bounty bonanza by offering a $100 bill credit to customers who switch over from T-Mobile or MetroPCS. From August 24 to October 19, customers who switch will get the credit. The promotion is only available for customers coming over from T-Mobile or MetroPCS but there’s no limit on the amount of lines a single customer can switch over and get the credit.

What Samsung Got When It Bought SmartThings

August 22, 2014 11:37 am | by Ben Munson | Articles | Comments

The move looks smart especially as competitors like Apple are ramping up their connected home efforts and Google is putting up $3.2 billion for connected home companies like Nest Labs. But what exactly did Samsung get when it bought SmartThings and how will it factor into the Korean giant’s foray into the smart house?

Report: iPhone 6 Display Woes Could Limit Availability

August 22, 2014 11:06 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Production for the iPhone 6 display disrupted as Apple is redesigning a “key component,” according to Reuters. The report points to a display backlight needing to be reworked because it was not bright enough. Reuters sources couldn’t say if the redesign would delay the device’s launch or limit the availability of the new iPhones during the initial release.

FirstNews Briefs: Samsung, Sprint, Trimble, Wireless Ronin, Creative Realities

August 22, 2014 10:18 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Samsung is soon releasing a Multi-Charging Wall Charger that allows users to charge up to three micro USB devices at once. The Multi-charging cable optimizes the total charge across all three devices, dividing the 2A charge evenly. In other words, if you’re only charging two devices, power flows faster to each than if you were charging three simultaneously.

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