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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.

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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.

The Reality of Sprint's New Plans

August 22, 2014 8:30 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The new Sprint plans are available starting Friday and reward families that need a lot of data. But the company is also keeping an unlimited-data plan that's beneficial for individuals — and competes with a similar T-Mobile offering. Now that most Americans have cellphones, wireless companies have been trying to lure consumers with lower prices.

Sprint Lashes Back at T-Mobile with $60 Unlimited Single-Line Plan

August 21, 2014 1:13 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

“Sprint’s new everyday price of $60 a month for unlimited saves customers $480 over two years against T-Mobile’s $80 everyday pricing. And, customers can save $120 over two years versus T-Mobile’s promotional price…and they don’t have to jump through T-Mobile’s hoops and recruit their friends,” Sprint said in a statement.

Analyst: China Mobile Could Help Band 41 Support Make it Into New iPhone

August 21, 2014 11:42 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

China Mobile might be able to help convince Apple to put Band 41 support in the new iPhone, according to BTIG analyst Walter Piecyk. The move would be a boost to Sprint, whose massive holdings in the 2.5 GHz Band didn’t factor into the LTE support in the current iPhone models. Sprint took possession of that swath of spectrum after last year acquiring Clearwire.

T-Mobile Offering Unlimited Data for Poaching Customers

August 21, 2014 10:25 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

T-Mobile today announced that customers who “rescue” subscribers from AT&T, Sprint or Verizon will earn one year of free unlimited data from themselves and their friend. Beginning next week, subscribers who port over their number to T-Mobile and an existing T-Mobile subscriber will earn unlimited LTE or, if they already have unlimited data, a $10 monthly credit for 12 months.

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Microsoft, Tracfone Partnering on mHealth Solution

August 21, 2014 9:40 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Part of the reason for working with Tracfone lies in the fact that it is one of the largest Lifeline providers. Microsoft and TracFone will work with Health Choice Network (HCN), a Miami-based company that manages and connects a network of community health centers with more than 760,000 patients in 17 states. 

Study: AT&T Exclusivity Holding Back Amazon Fire Phone

August 20, 2014 11:14 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The Amazon Fire Phone’s exclusivity with AT&T could be holding back early adoption for the high-profile smartphone, according to advertising group Chitika. By analyzing millions of U.S. and Canada smartphone-based online ad impressions, Chitika found that North American usage of the Fire Phone only increased incrementally in the three weeks since its launch.

Apple's Stock Bounces Back to Hit a New High

August 20, 2014 10:37 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple's stock touched a new high Wednesday, reflecting investors' renewed faith in CEO Tim Cook's ability to outwit the competition and expand the technological hit factory built by the late Steve Jobs. The milestone represents a dramatic turnaround in sentiment since Apple's shares reached its previous split-adjusted peak of $100.72 in September 2012.

B&N and Samsung Launch New Nook Tablet

August 20, 2014 10:02 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The device features 8GB of onboard storage (expandable to 32GB), a 3-megapixel rear-facing camera, and a 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera. The Galaxy Tab 4 Nook goes on sale today for $179 and includes $200 in free content, including some pre-selected books, TV shows and other media.

Ballmer Steps Down from Microsoft Board

August 20, 2014 9:40 am | by Ryan Nakashima, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

"I bleed Microsoft — have for 34 years and I always will," Ballmer wrote. "I will be proud, and I will benefit through my share ownership. I promise to support and encourage boldness by management in my role as a shareholder in any way I can."

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FirstNews Briefs: AT&T, Garmin, Panasonic, PCTEL, Futuresource

August 20, 2014 9:34 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Garmin International Inc., today announced the fleet 660 and 670, two new fleet navigators that combine Garmin navigation with the customization options of Android. With the fleet 660 for local fleets and the fleet 670 for commercial truck fleets, service providers can introduce customized applications an services that meet the requirements of their customers.

Sprint Prices New 'Edge-to-Edge' Sharp Smartphone at $239

August 19, 2014 5:53 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

David Owens, senior vice president of product development for Sprint, said the company will sell the device for a suggested retail price of $239 and sell it outright to prepaid customers for $149. The Aquos Crystal supports Sprint’s HD Voice product, as well as the company’s high-speed Spark network.

HTC Makes Windows Version of Flagship One Phone

August 19, 2014 11:16 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — HTC will start making a version of its flagship HTC One phone with Microsoft's Windows software inside. HTC says it developed the new model at the request of Microsoft, which has been trying to boost its Windows Phone system. The company will continue to make an Android version of the One, as well as other Android phones.

T-Mobile Passes Up Sprint in New RootMetrics Network Report

August 19, 2014 11:12 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

In measuring during the first half of the year, RootMetrics found earned an overall score of 71.5 out of 100 and Sprint scored 69.6 out of 100 in the same category. In RootMetrics’ previous report, which covered the second half of 2013, Sprint scored 68.2 and T-Mobile scored 64.3.

Google's Pivotal IPO Launched a Decade of Big Bets

August 19, 2014 10:38 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google's IPO, a decade ago this week, launched the company on a trajectory that continues to reshape its business and much of the world in its orbit. And CEO Larry Page is determined to push even further. Page's vision is that Google's products and services will become the control center of people's lives.

FirstNews Briefs: Sharp, Sprint, AT&T, SmartPlay, Intel, Samsung

August 19, 2014 10:26 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

SmartPlay Inc., a design services company with working in digital, analog, wireless software and system design, announced that it is ready to offer design services to customers of Intel Custom Foundry that require IP in critical embedded applications. SmartPlay will provide support in SoC implementations and will offer turnkey services ranging from RTL/Netlist to GDSII.

Sprint Undercuts AT&T, Verizon with 4-Line, 20GB Plan for $160

August 19, 2014 10:07 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Sprint announced the Sprint Family Share Pack, a new set of shared data plans that start at 600MB and reach all the way up to 60GB. Under Sprint’s new offer, four lines with unlimited talk and text plus 20GB costs $160, doubling the data allowance packages with similarly priced plans from AT&T and Verizon.

Verizon Cuts Rate Plans with Discounts for Edge Customers

August 18, 2014 2:46 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The new plan, which includes unlimited talk, text and 2GB of data for $60, or $50 if the customer signs up for Verizon’s Edge device financing program. Verizon's 'More Everything' plans include data packages that range from 250MB to 100GB of data that can be shared with up to 10 lines. 

Google Picks Up City-Guide App Maker Jetpac

August 18, 2014 9:53 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Google has acquired app-maker Jetpac, which analyzes photos from social networks to create city guides. A post on Jetpac’s homepage said that the company will be removing apps from the App Store in coming days and ending support for them on September 15. 

IBM Gets Regulatory Blessing for Sale of Server Business to Lenovo

August 18, 2014 9:23 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

IBM today announced that it had received final regulatory approval for the sale of its server business to Lenovo. According to a statement on the company's website, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) has finished its review of the divestiture of IBM's x86-based server business to Lenovo. 

Samsung Buys SmartThings for Reported $200 Million

August 15, 2014 11:00 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Samsung snapped up SmartThings, an open-platform connected home company. The companies did not disclose the terms of the deal but Recode cited sources saying the price tag for SmartThings came in around $200 million. That total matches up with reports that surfaced in July about Samsung’s possible bid for the home automation company.

FirstNews Briefs: Empirix, Verios, Syniverse, TELUS, BATS Wireless

August 15, 2014 10:58 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Empirix acquired real-time analytics solution company Verios Software & Systems to create a service operation center management (SOC) solution that will analyze and troubleshoot wireless network customer experience from their end-user devices to the core network in real time.

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