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Verizon's Breaks Taboo with Lucrative Location Play

July 21, 2014 4:49 pm | by Andrew Berg | Blogs | Comments

Carriers have long been trying to figure out how best to make use of the massive amounts of data out various cellular-connected devices create. Until now, they haven't really done a good job of what many analysts refer to as digital gold.

FirstNews Briefs: AT&T, Cavium, Quortus, Octoshape, Catenoid, ARRIS

July 21, 2014 10:50 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

ARRIS Group, Inc. and Wurl, Inc. today announced the launch of ARRIS Market—a new open platform for cable operators combining over-the-top (OTT) content with traditional programming services on ARRIS set-tops. The platform is standards-based and features an HTML5 interface that integrates thousands of OTT content choices.

Verizon Mining Location Data with Opt-In Rewards Program

July 21, 2014 10:48 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Verizon Selects will then analyze the information that is collected about customers to see whether they fit into certain audiences Verizon or third-party marketers are trying to reach. Verizon hopes the program will allow it to deliver more relevant ads via email, text, postal mail or online or mobile advertising.

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Analyst Poll: Nokia 2Q Margins Headed South

July 21, 2014 8:02 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Of the 18 analysts who gave their rating on Nokia stock, Reuters reports that eight were positive, seven negative, and three neutral. Nokia is up against a rising Ericsson, which despite curtailing LTE rollouts in the United States, still managed to beat second-quarter expectations for revenue and margins. 

Google, Others Mull NYC WI-Fi Project

July 21, 2014 7:45 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

New York is accepting proposals from interested parties willing to install, operate and maintain up to 10,000 “Public Communications Structures providing advertising, Wi-Fi, and phone service in all five boroughs.” The companies would be able to charge for phone service but the city has mandated that Internet service would need to be provided at the structures free of charge. 

Panasonic Sells Mobile Phone Base Station Unit to Nokia

July 21, 2014 7:29 am | by Kyodo News International | News | Comments

Panasonic provides wireless control systems and related equipment to mobile communication carriers such as NTT Docomo Inc. through a subsidiary, Panasonic System Networks Co. Competition has been intensifying with domestic and overseas providers of base station equipment, including NEC Corp. and Fujitsu Ltd.

Verizon Increasing FIOS Upload Speeds

July 21, 2014 7:09 am | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Current subscribers will see their upload speeds raised over the coming months, product manager Fowler Abercrombie said. He expects that 95 percent of Verizon customers will see higher speeds. For the rest, fully symmetrical speeds may not be possible for technical reasons.

FirstNews Briefs: Assurance Wireless, Samsung, The Hunger Games, Broadcom

July 18, 2014 11:15 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Assurance Wireless, a Lifeline program that began offering service in California in 2013, is launching an enhanced free offer for eligible low-income Californians. The California FREEdom plan includes unlimited free voice minutes and unlimited free texts, an offer supported by the California LifeLine and federal Lifeline Assistance programs.

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Amazon’s First Fire Phone Ad Puts Content Ahead of Features

July 18, 2014 11:11 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The company’s choice to highlight Prime over the much-hyped features of the phone like the 3D “dynamic perspective” further proves the Fire Phone is being positioned as a shopping machine. The phone’s other big feature is a dedicated Firefly button that recognizes video, music, print and objects before telling you how to buy the related item. The device is built for showrooming.

Ericsson 2Q Beats Street, Posts $394M Profit

July 18, 2014 10:26 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Looking forward, Ericsson said that its modems business will start generating sales by the end of the year, as one of its modems will be featured in smartphones and data devices. Ericsson also said that a number of key contracts and a better business mix will lead to higher sales in the second half of the year. 

Amazon Rolls Out 'Netflix-for-Books' Style Service

July 18, 2014 9:53 am | by Mae Anderson, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon is rolling out a new subscription service that will allow unlimited access to thousands of electronic books and audiobooks for $9.99 a month in the online giant's latest effort to expand its services to attract more users.

Apple Director Bill Campbell Steps Down

July 18, 2014 9:17 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

At the time, Apple was flirting with bankruptcy. Campbell frequently served as Jobs' sounding board during one of the most resounding corporate turnarounds in U.S. history as Apple first redesigned its Mac computer line and then rolled out the iPod, iPhone and iPad to emerge as the world most valuable company.

Google's 2Q Revenue Gains Eclipse Earnings Miss

July 17, 2014 5:13 pm | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google's earnings rose modestly in the second quarter as the Internet company's expensive ambitions devoured most of a surprisingly strong gain in revenue. The report released Thursday also showed that Google's advertising prices are still dropping to extend a nearly three-year slump.

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Firefox OS Devices Coming to Asia Pacific, Latin America Markets

July 17, 2014 12:12 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Firefox today announced Firefox OS smartphones will soon be available in Asia Pacific and Latin America markets. Spice and Intex will soon launch low-cost Firefox OS phones in India. Telenor plans to bring Firefox devices to Asia by the end of the year. Taiwan carrier Chunghwa Telecom have committed to carry the devices as well.

SmartWatch Ep. 15: IoT Wars Erupt as Sprint, T-Mo Pool Cash for Spectrum

July 17, 2014 11:36 am | by Wireless Week | Videos | Comments

We’re back for the official start of SmartWatch: Season Two and we cannot stop talking about the possibility of a Sprint-T-Mobile merger. The latest reports have the U.S.’s third and fourth largest carriers raising $10 billion for a joint venture to bid in the FCC’s upcoming 600 MHz incentive auctions. That's more than AT&T has set aside for the auctions.

FirstNews Briefs: Alcatel-Lucent, OwnPhones, LG, Telit

July 17, 2014 11:00 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

OwnPhones today went LIVE with a Kickstarter campaign to help complete the development of its product - wireless 3D printed, personalized smart earbuds and an accompanying mobile app for iOS (Android to follow). Designed to fit and built exclusively for each individual ear, OwnPhones earbuds combine 3D printing, Bluetooth technology and personal audio.

Microsoft Kills Nokia X, Plans Big Job Cuts for Former Nokia Units

July 17, 2014 10:13 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Microsoft is putting an end to its fledgling Android-based Nokia X line and targeting its Lumia brand toward the low-cost smartphone market. Over the next year, Devices VP Stephen Elop said 12,500 factory and professional employees within the Nokia unit will lose their jobs. The losses at Nokia are part of the 18,000 company-wide layoffs Microsoft anticipates over the next year.

Microsoft to Cut Up to 18,000 Jobs Over Next Year

July 17, 2014 9:19 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

REDMOND, Wash. (AP) — Microsoft says it will eliminate up to 18,000 jobs over the next year as it works on integrating the Nokia devices business it bought in April. With the Nokia deal, Microsoft's employee headcount rose from about 99,000 last year to 127,000 as of last month.

Dish, nTelos Expand Fixed Mobile Broadband Service

July 16, 2014 11:35 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Dish's Vice President of Wireless David Zufall said that it’s more than a proof of concept since it was built in a way that it could be rolled out nationwide. Dish updated its billing system and adopted procedures for its technicians specifically for the project. “We’re getting significantly greater coverage than you would for a mobile service at 2.5 [GHz],” Zufall said.

FirstNews Briefs: AT&T, T-Mobile, Ruckus Wireless, Bitglass, Jawbone

July 16, 2014 11:04 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Now through August 12th, customers can get $100 off when you buy an iPhone and iPad together at T-Mobile. Beginning July 20th, T-Mobile customers can take advantage of its EIP extended payment option on all accessories priced from $69-$250.

Verizon AllSet Prepaid Plans Now Open to LTE

July 16, 2014 10:55 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The Allset plan offers unlimited talk and text plus 500 MB of data for $45 monthly. Verizon is offering to double the data to 1 GB for customers who sign up for auto-pay. And if subscribers need more data, they can add on 500 MB for $5 or opt for bridge data expansions that last 90 days. Those run $10 for 1 GB and $20 for 3 GB.

Apple Strengthens Enterprise Position with IBM Partnership

July 15, 2014 5:16 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The partnership centers around a new class of business apps that will run on iOS devices. The companies are boasting "a new class of more than 100 industry-specific enterprise solutions including native apps, developed exclusively from the ground up, for iPhone and iPad." 

Report: Sprint, T-Mobile JV Raising $10B for 600 MHz Auctions

July 15, 2014 5:07 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Sprint and T-Mobile are raising $10 billion to jointly bid in the upcoming 600 MHz incentive auctions, according to the Wall Street Journal. This follows an earlier Bloomberg report saying Sprint and T-Mobile are planning a joint venture, to be run by T-Mobile, for bidding in the auction. The $10 billion for spectrum is reportedly part of the $45 billion SoftBank is rounding up from lenders.

Former Ford CEO Mulally Appointed to Google Board

July 15, 2014 5:01 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Google says it has appointed Alan Mulally, the former CEO of Ford Motor Co., to its board. Mulally, 68, retired from Ford at the end of June. Over the winter, he was rumored to be in the running for the top job at Microsoft Corp., but it went to an internal candidate.

Yahoo Misses as 2Q Ad Sales Lag

July 15, 2014 4:52 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Internet company earned $270 million, or 26 cents per share, in the March-June quarter. That's down from $331 million, or 30 cents per share, in the same period a year earlier. Adjusted earnings were 37 cents per share in the latest quarter.

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