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FTC Sees Huge First Week for Refund Claims in AT&T Cramming Settlement

October 16, 2014 9:56 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has already received 359,000 refund claims just one week after an AT&T cramming settlement had been announced. An FTC spokesman said, as far as the agency can tell...

A One Terabyte Shared Data Plan Cannot, Must Not Happen

October 16, 2014 9:11 am | by Ben Munson | Blogs | Comments

Come Halloween, the double data plans will be taken off the menu and the buckets will shrink back down to their original size. But should Sprint or any other carrier approach the 800GB horizon again—or even boldly push past it into uncharted 1 terabyte waters—they could seriously risk melting under the heat of subscriber scrutiny.

Google’s Nexus 6 Arrives, AT&T Makes It Its First

October 15, 2014 2:11 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Google today officially announced the Nexus 6, a real-deal phablet with a 6-inch display sporting a 1440x2560 (493 ppi) resolution. Google’s new flagship contains a Qualcomm Snapdragon...

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Lenovo Creating New Smart Devices Company Focused on China

October 15, 2014 11:39 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Lenovo today announced it is creating a new company in hopes of building its smart devices and services business in China. The new company, which will operate under a separate name and brand, will start up April 1, 2015. Chen Xudong, who is currently president of China and Asia Pacific markets at Lenovo, will serve as CEO of the new company.

Qualcomm Buying UK Semiconductor Company CSR for $2.5B

October 15, 2014 11:08 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Qualcomm today announced it has reached a deal valued at $2.5 billion to acquire UK semiconductor company CSR. The acquisition is expected to give Qualcomm a leg up on products, channels, and customers in both the Internet of Things (IoT) and automotive telematics markets.

FirstNews Briefs: Asus, AT&T, Intel, China Mobile, KPN, MediaTek, Aeris

October 15, 2014 11:05 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

ASUS, AT&T and Intel Corporation today announced the availability of the ASUS PadFone X mini, a 4.5-inch 4G LTE smartphone powered by the Intel Atom processor and Intel XMM 7160 LTE modem. The PadFone X mini transforms into a 7-inch 4G LTE tablet-like experience when docked into its companion docking station. It will be available in AT&T retail stores on Oct. 24 and in national retailers by November.

Facebook, Apple Get into Provide Fertility Services for Employees

October 15, 2014 10:54 am | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Silicon Valley's biggest companies have long offered cushy perks to attract top talent and keep workers happy logging scores of hours on the job. But beyond day-to-day luxuries, Facebook and Apple will now give...                                   

Sprint Launches New Loyalty Program Aimed at iPhone Users

October 14, 2014 10:46 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

According to a press release, Sprint is launching a new program that will reward our loyal existing customers and enable them to acquire the iPhone 6 for $5 per month, including their monthly service plan).                                                              

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SoftBank Continues Content Push with DramaFever Buy

October 14, 2014 10:20 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

SoftBank today announced it has acquired DramaFever, a Korean online video subscription service. DramaFever houses series and films from more than 70 broadcasters and studios across Asia, Europe and the Americas. The company also syndicates a portion of its library to Hulu, Netflix, Amazon, and iTunes. DramaFever says it has a reach of approximately 20 million unique monthly viewers.

FirstNews Briefs: DataXoom, Sprint, Google, Box, Vonage, Exalt

October 14, 2014 9:24 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Box today announced that Oxfam, the worldwide development organization, is bringing Box’s cloud content sharing and collaboration platform to employees working across more than 90 countries. In addition to providing mobile access to content, Box will also centralize management and security for Oxfam’s 17 international affiliates.

Samsung Gooses Wi-Fi Transmission Speeds with 60 GHz

October 13, 2014 2:57 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics said it has enabled a five-fold increase in Wi-Fi data transmission speeds by using the 60 GHz band. Samsung said its 60 GHz Wi-Fi technology enabled data transmission speeds of up to 4.6 Gbps, or 575 MB per second, a five-fold increase from 866 Mbps, or 108 MB per second, which is the maximum speed possible with existing consumer electronics devices.

Iliad Drops T-Mobile Bid

October 13, 2014 2:21 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Iliad today said it is dropping its bid to acquire T-Mobile. The French mobile provider said in a press release that Deutsche Telekom (DT), majority owner of T-Mobile, and select board members of T-Mobile’s board “refused to entertain its new offer.”

AT&T Passport Packs Together International Data, Voice, Text

October 13, 2014 11:27 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

AT&T today announced its new Passport packages that combine international talk, text and data rates in three different offerings. The packages can be added to a domestic postpaid plan and are valid for 30 days, expiring automatically and not renewing afterward.

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New iPhones to Reach 115 Countries by Year’s End

October 13, 2014 10:21 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Apple today announced its new iPhones will be available in 69 countries by the end of the month and are on schedule to reach 115 countries by the end of the year. The company is calling this its fastest iPhone rollout to date.

FirstNews Briefs: NetScout, Accenture, GSMA, Alcatel-Lucent, KT

October 13, 2014 9:37 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

NetScout Systems, Inc., a provider of performance analytics and operational intelligence solutions, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the Communications business of Danaher Corporation, comprising Tektronix Communications, Arbor Networks, and certain parts of Fluke Networks. 

Verizon to Help Connect GE's Industrial Internet

October 10, 2014 1:48 pm | by Brian Santos, CED | News | Comments

GE has been pushing the Industrial Internet idea, it’s version of the Internet of Things, or the Internet of Everything. Earlier this year, it allied with AT&T, Cisco, IBM, and Intel to form an Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC). 

FirstNews Briefs: Verizon, Slacker Radio, Boost, Yellowbrick, AT&T

October 10, 2014 11:09 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Slacker Radio offers Verizon Wireless customers a customizable mobile music shop with Slacker Radio Tones, a subscription service for Ringtones and Ringback Tones. The new service allows Verizon users to customize their phone with music from a library of songs and Slacker radio stations. Slacker Radio Tones is available now for all Verizon customers for $2 per month.

China Mobile, Deutsche Telekom Form Connected Car JV

October 10, 2014 11:00 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Deutsche Telekom (DT) today announced it is forming a joint venture with China Mobile for a strategic connected car initiative. DT will provide “telematics expertise, the Connected Car platform technology and customer insights.” China Mobile will provide its massive scale in network coverage, subscriber numbers and resource channels.

NSN Inks $970M Deal with China Mobile

October 10, 2014 10:43 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Markus Borchert, president of the Greater China region at NSN said in statement that the contract marked a "milestone" in the strategic partnership between China Mobile and Nokia Networks. 

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.

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.

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