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Sprint Leading Race to 1 Terabyte, Offering Businesses 800GB

October 10, 2014 10:03 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

At the current rates the major carriers are one-upping each other on double-data promotions, it’s basically become a race to see who can offer one terabyte first. Sprint is now in the lead with its new double data promotion for businesses that tops out at a mind-boggling 800GB a month—across up to 100 lines—for $1,350.

Microsoft's Nadella Gets Women in Tech Discussion All Wrong

October 10, 2014 9:14 am | by Tali Arbel, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

He had been asked to give his advice to women who are uncomfortable requesting a raise. His response: "It's not really about asking for the raise, but knowing and having faith that the system will actually give you the right raises as you go along."

T-Mobile, Sprint Urge Extra Scrutiny of AT&T Spectrum Deals

October 9, 2014 3:12 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The group, which also includes representatives from Comptel, Public Knowledge, and CCIA, is concerned that AT&T will control more than one-third of the available low-band spectrum in some markets should the transactions be approved.

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SmartWatch, Episode 22: WiMAX and Other Endangered Species

October 9, 2014 10:41 am | Videos | Comments

In this week's episode of SmartWatch, sponsored by Sandisk, we observe the passing of WiMAX, as Sprint this week confirmed the expected shutdown of its ill-fated 4G network. Yes, WiMAX has gone the way of the flip phone and other wireless dinosaurs. All this and more as we take you deeper into another dimension...the SmartWatch Zone! 

Report: Demand for new iPhones Delays Larger iPad

October 9, 2014 10:06 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Citing people familiar with Apple's supply chain in Asia, the Journal reports that production of the iPhone 6 Plus is still unsatisfactory and has resulted in a delay of larger iPads.                                                      

Icahn Renews Quest for Apple Share Buyback

October 9, 2014 9:58 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Activist investor Carl Icahn is taking another swing at getting Apple to buy back more of its stock and improve the relative value of the shares. Icahn is asking the iPhone maker's CEO, Tim Cook, to give its board a plan to meaningfully increase share repurchases.

FirstNews Briefs: Alcatel-Lucent, Itron, Bit6, GENBAND

October 9, 2014 9:36 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Alcatel-Lucent has today opened a facility, Alcatel-Lucent Customer Network Center (CNC), in Tokyo designed to give service providers and enterprise customers hands-on experience in the co-creation of new ultra-broadband and cloud-based services and applications.

HTC Poses with New 'Desire EYE' Smartphone and 'RE' Camera

October 8, 2014 5:28 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

HTC is getting into the camera business. The smartphone maker today rolled out a new handheld persicope-shaped...                                                                                           

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Teens May Be Unreliable Predictors of Apple Watch’s Success

October 8, 2014 5:27 pm | by Ben Munson | Blogs | Comments

But then again, teens may be an unreliable source for predicting how Apple’s foray into the watch game will go. Elsewhere in the survey, the teen respondents are asked to name their top watch brands. Just like in the spring 2014 and fall 2013 study, Rolex easily took the top spot. On average, 30 percent of respondents said the luxury brand time pieces are just the best.

Apple Confirms Oct. 16 Media Event

October 8, 2014 1:56 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Apple will also likely run down the next iteration of its desktop operating system, OS X Yosemite. Other products that could be included in the presentation could include Apple TV, Apple Pay and more about Homekit. 

AT&T Paying Out $105M in Cramming Agreement

October 8, 2014 1:27 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson today said AT&T has agreed to pay $105 million in part to reimburse customers affected by cramming. Under the deal, AT&T will pay $80 million to the Federal Trade Commission which will then distribute the money to customers nationwide who got stuck with unauthorized third-party fees from premium SMS services. Ferguson’s office estimates almost 500,000 Washingtonians were affected.

Barring Merger Will 3Q Signal T-Mobile’s Peak?

October 8, 2014 10:41 am | by Andrew Berg | Blogs | Comments

"I can tell you everything you need to know about Iliad. The owner's wealthy, he's got long hair, he made his money in porn, and his wife is the heir to Louis Vuitton money. I mean, sh*t, what else do you need to know?"

FirstNews Briefs: Samsung, Yovo, Defense Mobile, Brightstar, TIA

October 8, 2014 10:20 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

ContentGuard, a subsidiary of Pendrell Corporation and a pioneer of content protection technologies, today introduced Yovo, a new ephemeral messaging app that makes the photos and messages that we share disappear. Yovo allows users to protect pictures and messages from undesired screen captures via a patent-pending scrambling technology.

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Apple Watch Holds Modest Appeal for Core Demographic

October 8, 2014 9:56 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The Apple Watch may have only limited appeal for a core subset of Apple's customer base, namely teens. According to a Piper Jaffray survey that polled 7,500 teens across 48 states, just...                                                          

Talking to Siri While Driving Could Be Dangerous

October 8, 2014 9:15 am | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | Articles | Comments

Voice-activated systems were graded on a distraction scale of 1 to 5, with 1 representing no distraction and 5 comparable to doing complex math problems and word memorization.                                                                  

Confirmed: Sprint Shutting Down WiMax Network on Nov. 6, 2015

October 7, 2014 11:22 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Sprint has confirmed it will shut down its WiMax network around the first week of November next year. “Sprint will cease operating the Sprint 4G WiMAX network on or about November 6, 2015,” a Sprint spokesperson told Wireless Week. Most WiMAX subscribers are upgrade eligible due to the age of their device. In addition, offers are being planned for targeted postpaid WiMAX subscribers prior to the WiMAX network shutdown.

AT&T Fires Employee for Security Breach

October 7, 2014 10:13 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

In a letter sent to affected customers and obtained by Seeking Alpha, AT&T said that it had determined that in August an employee...                                                                          

Samsung Profits Fall 60 Percent on Mobile Business Decline

October 7, 2014 10:03 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Samsung today issued pre-earnings guidance for its upcoming third quarter and projected an operating profit of $3.8 billion off of nearly $43.9 billion in sales. As Reuters points out, Samsung’s profit guidance represents a 60-percent drop year-over-year and falls well short of analysts’ estimates of $5.2 billion.

FirstNews Briefs: ViaSat, Opera, AT&T, SingTel, FireEye

October 7, 2014 9:59 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

ViaSat Inc., during development of its recently announced next-generation terminals, demonstrated 1 Mbps throughput over the LightSquared SkyTerra-1 satellite to a small terminal less than 8-by-5-by-2-inches, in both fixed configurations and mobile applications at speeds up to 65 mph.

Silicon Valley Still Reacting to Mobile Disruption

October 7, 2014 9:55 am | by Michael Liedtke, Associated Press | Articles | Comments

Long-established companies such as Hewlett-Packard Co. and eBay Inc. are scrambling to regain their footing to better compete against mobile-savvy trendsetters like Apple and Google, as well as rising technology stars that have built businesses around "cloud computing."

Is Virgin Mobile Becoming the Home for No-Data Smartphones?

October 6, 2014 5:24 pm | by Ben Munson | Articles | Comments

A Virgin spokesperson confirmed there are no limitations on which Sprint-compatible devices can be used with the plan as long as they are Wi-Fi ready. As for the reasoning behind the unorthodox offering, the spokesperson simply indicated that Virgin understands “some people don’t need a ton of data.” Or in this case, any at all.

Virgin Mobile Changes Up Unlimited Plans

October 6, 2014 11:02 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Virgin Mobile today produced a batch of new unlimited plans. The $20 plan features 300 voice minutes, unlimited text, and Wi-Fi only but the other tiers all include variable amounts of high-speed data. For $35, customers can get unlimited text and either unlimited voice paired with 250 MB of high-speed data or 300 voice minutes paired with 2.5 GB of high-speed data.

T-Mobile CEO: We’re Porting at 3 to 1 from AT&T, Sprint, Verizon

October 6, 2014 10:22 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

T-Mobile CEO John Legere said his company is now porting customers over from AT&T, Sprint and Verizon at a rate of 3 to 1. Speaking at last week’s GeekWire Summit, Legere said that over the last few weeks T-Mobile has seen its porting ratio with AT&T and Verizon go from 2 to 1 to 3 to 1. He added that Sprint has made a “huge in-road” and actually lowered its ratio with T-Mobile from 4 to 1.

Verizon Kills Redbox Instant Joint Venture

October 6, 2014 9:33 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Verizon's joint venture with Outerwall's Redbox hasn't seen the kind of popularity that competitor Netflix has enjoyed...                                                                                          

Sprint Begins Layoffs, Expecting $160M Charge in Next Quarter

October 3, 2014 4:30 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Sprint today revealed it began a series of layoffs on Sept. 30 and expects the job cuts will conclude on Oct. 31. In an SEC filing, Sprint said its “workforce reduction plan” is geared toward helping it “reduce costs and help become more competitive in the marketplace.” The company is expecting a charge of $160 million to show up on its next-quarter results.

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