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Samsung Galaxy S5 Review

April 10, 2014 3:43 pm | by Ben Munson | Articles | Comments

Falling short of reinventing the entire smartphone industry is a current criticism that can be leveled at Samsung and basically every other OEM right now. But as long as there’s a market for big, bright and powerful smartphones that nimbly perform every job asked of them, then devices like the S5 should do just fine.

ZTE Expects to At Least Double Profit on Strength of Network Contracts

April 10, 2014 1:30 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

ZTE’s focus on higher-margin network contracts will reportedly help the company “at least double” its first-quarter profit. ZTE today announced it expects net profit to land between $68 million and about $102 million, marking an annual increase between 107.3 percent and 210.7 percent.

T-Mobile Promises LTE Tablets for the Price of Wi-Fi Tablets

April 10, 2014 11:36 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

T-Mobile today announced it’s only going to charge the Wi-Fi tablet price to customers who add an LTE tablet to their plan. Wi-Fi-only tablets typically run $100 to $130 less and T-Mobile has vowed that will reflect in the zero-down monthly installment costs.

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SmartWatch, Episode 5: Monitoring the Industry Shift, David Ortiz and the Galaxy S5

April 10, 2014 11:26 am | Videos | Comments

In this week’s episode of SmartWatch, sponsored by SanDisk, we take a look at the seismic shift happening in the wireless industry as carriers begin paying bounties and move away from device subsidies. We also get a quick look at the Samsung Galaxy S5, and touch base with Boston Red Sox DH, David Ortiz. All this and more in this week’s edition of SmartWatch!

BlackBerry’s Chen Gives Himself Two Years to Turn Around Company

April 10, 2014 11:13 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

BlackBerry CEO John Chen is giving himself two years to make up for his company’s plummeting handset revenue. Chen doesn’t plan to do away with handsets but he does plan to replace BlackBerry’s handset profits by focusing on software for connected verticals like automotive and health care, according to Bloomberg.

FirstNews Briefs: Ericsson, zBoost, magicJack, RealNetworks

April 10, 2014 10:23 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Ericsson has introduced a new 50W DC/DC converter module that targets Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) applications. The new Ericsson PKU5510E converter features an ultra-wide input range of 18V to 75V, which means that the device is also suitable for 24V or 48V telecom systems.

Apple’s Ive Taking Control of Software, VP Greg Christie Out

April 10, 2014 9:54 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Greg Christie, a veteran software designer for Apple, is leaving the company and Apple Senior Vice President Jony Ive will assume his duties as a vice president in Apple’s design department. The team that was working under Christie and reporting directly to Senior Vice President Craig Federighi will now report to Ive.

Motorola Mobility Taps Osterloh for COO Spot

April 10, 2014 9:16 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Motorola Mobility has appotined Rick Osterloh as its new Chief Operating Officer. Olsterloh is an internal candidate who has been leading product management at Motorola over the past two years. He's been with the company for seven years and came along with Motorola's...

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AT&T Kills 'Rethink Possible' Slogan for New Mobility Tagline

April 9, 2014 4:33 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

AT&T today launched a new branding campaign that appears aimed at bringing together its many products under one message, with an emphasis on mobility. Under the tagline “Mobilizing Your World”, AT&T is launching a series of four new television spots that will kick off during coverage of the 2014 Masters Tournament on ESPN and CBS. 

T-Mobile Intros $40 Simple Starter Plan, Promises More Moves This Week

April 9, 2014 11:48 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

“It’s wrong! And I personally want to drive those ridiculous schemes out of this industry. We will continue to be relentless and bring this forced march of change to the market every day so consumers can be creative with and enjoy the true benefits of wireless. I know we have it right and when we all are done reporting results from the first quarter – I think you’ll share my conviction,” Legere said in a statement.

FirstNews Briefs: Transit Wireless, AT&T, VeriFone, Comcast, Smartrac, OSG Billing

April 9, 2014 11:19 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Transit Wireless and AT&T today announced that the companies have expanded their contract to bring AT&T’s wireless voice and data service to as many as 242 additional underground New York City subway stations on Transit Wireless’ state-of-the-art wireless network. AT&T service is currently available in 30 stations in mid-town Manhattan from Phase 1 of the project as well as six from the Initial Build in Chelsea.

Apple-Samsung Trial Judge Annoyed by Phones in Court

April 9, 2014 9:18 am | by Martha Mendoza, AP National Writer | News | Comments

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — So far one of the biggest problems for a federal judge overseeing a patent battle between the world's largest smartphone makers isn't about stolen ideas. It's getting the roomful of smartphone devotees to turn off their devices.

Lenovo Buys LTE, 3G Patents From NEC

April 8, 2014 10:33 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Lenovo has quietly bought from NEC a portfolio containing 3,800 patent families, some covering LTE and 3G mobile technologies. Lenovo’s patent deal with NEC comes just two weeks after the Chinese computer giant announced it had paid $100 million to Unwired Planet for a portfolio of patents covering LTE and 3G technologies.

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U.S. Cellular Adding 1200 New LTE Sites in 2014

April 8, 2014 10:13 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

In partnerhsip with King Street Wireless, U.S. Cellular will add more than 1,200 LTE cell sites in 2014 and expand existing LTE service in 13 states. The regional carrier said in a statement that by the end of 2014, more than 93 percent of its customers will have access to LTE speeds. 

Samsung 1Q Profit Falls Short of Estimates

April 8, 2014 9:40 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

For the second consecutive quarter, Samsung’s profits fell short of analyst estimates. Samsung Tuesday predicted its first quarter operating profit would come in at 8.4 trillion won ($7.98 billion), falling just short of 8.5 trillion won ($8.07 billion) analyst consensus, according to Reuters.

China Approves Microsoft's Nokia Buy with Caveat on Patent Pricing

April 8, 2014 9:20 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

China has finally approved Microsoft's acquistion of Nokia's devices and services business. On China's Ministry of Commerce website, the Ministry said it would go along with the deal but tacked on a few conditions regarding pricing around the use of Nokia's significant patent portfolio. 

U.S. Cellular Offering Device Financing, $350 ETF Bounty

April 7, 2014 11:30 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

U.S. Cellular is also allowing customers to purchase a new device for $0 down on Simple Connect plans as well as the company’s Shared Data plans, now named Shared Connect plans. The Shared Connect plans are similar to AT&T's Next, Verizon Jump and T-Mobile's Edge plans, where customers make monthly payments towards the cost of the device on their wireless bill.

FirstNews Briefs: Freescale, EXFO, ByteSphere, IBM, Alcatel-Lucent

April 7, 2014 10:41 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Freescale Semiconductor, a global provider of embedded processing solutions and communications processors for networking equipment, has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase the Comcerto CPE communications processor business of Mindspeed Technologies, Inc. This business includes a series of multicore, ARM-based embedded processors and associated software, a team, and Tier One customers spanning the globe.

Qualcomm Intros Snapdragon 810, 808 Chipsets, Available Early 2015

April 7, 2014 10:21 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Qualcomm today announced the next in its Snapdragon lineage of chipsets, the 810 and 808. The new 64-bit LTE chipsets will begin sampling this quarter and are expected to see commercial release in early 2015. Both the 810 and 808 are Cat 6 LTE and support carrier aggregation up to 60 MHz (3 x 20 MHz), with Qualcomm promising speeds of up to 300 Mbps.

HTC Posts $62M 1Q Loss, Puts Hope in M8

April 7, 2014 10:15 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

HTC Corporation today released unaudited results for the first quarter of 2014, posting a net loss before tax of $62.17 million on $1.08 billion in total revenue. Net operating losses hit $67.7 milion. This latest quarter's losses come after HTC reported a new profits of $10 million in the fourth quarter of last year, which was largely attributed to the company's sale of headphone maker Beats.

Verizon Buying Cincinnati Bell’s Spectrum for $210M

April 7, 2014 9:36 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Cincinnati Bell today announced it is winding down its wireless network operations and selling its spectrum licenses and other assets to Verizon Wireless in a deal valued at $210 million. The regional operator, headquartered in Cincinnati, will lease back its spectrum from Verizon for a period of time while it shuts down its network operations and assists its customers in moving to Verizon or another wireless provider.

Samsung Adding Anti-Theft Solutions to Smartphones

April 7, 2014 9:29 am | by Terry Collins, Associated Press | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics will add two safeguards to its latest smartphone in an effort to deter rampant theft of the mobile devices nationwide, the company said Friday. The world's largest mobile-phone maker said users will be able to activate for free its "Find My Mobile" and "Reactivation Lock" anti-theft features to protect the soon-to-be-released Galaxy 5 S.

The Fog of a Price War Is Real in AT&T's New Mobile Share Plans

April 4, 2014 4:35 pm | by Andrew Berg | Blogs | Comments

AT&T's new Mobile Share plans are misleading in that they are basically a limited promotion on par with how cable companies offer you an introductory rate, which is then increased at a later date. I'll start out by saying AT&T's new 10GB Mobile Share plans are a good deal: four lines, 10GB of data at $160. 

Sprint Offering Up to $650 for ETFs to Customers Who Switch

April 4, 2014 12:56 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Sprint is now offering up to $650 in Early Termination Fee (ETF) payoffs and device credits for subscribers who bring a number over to a Framily plan. The limited-time deal promises each line up to $300 for their current phone and a prepaid Visa worth up to $350 to take care of ETFs. The deal is good April 4 through May 8.

Sprint Spark Phones Don't Support Voice, LTE Simultaneously

April 4, 2014 11:15 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Sprint phones supporting the carrier’s new Spark network don’t support phone calls and data use simultaneously, according to Consumer Reports. Sprint Spark devices use eCSFB technology which enables single radio functionality in the handset, allowing Sprint to use multiple CDMA and LTE spectrum bands. But “simultaneous voice and LTE is not supported on new Sprint Spark devices,” Sprint confirmed to Phonescoop.

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