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Keynote Panel Highlights Safety for the Connected Car

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

Newly appointed CEO of AT&T Mobility, Glenn Lurie, and Ralph de la Vega, now CEO of Mobile and Business Solutions, hosted a connected car panel that featured Arun Bhikshesvaran, CMO at Ericsson; Mary Chan, president of Global Connected Consumer at General Motors (GM); Mike Kennewick, founder and CEO of VoiceBox; and Jay Vijayan, the CIO at Tesla.

T-Mobile Adds 2.75M Customers in August

September 11, 2014 11:25 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

While unveiling its latest Uncarrier initiative, T-Mobile revealed that it recorded 2.75 million gross customer additions for the month of August. It’s unclear how much of that total is branded postpaid additions. But to put some perspective on the number, T-Mobile posted 1.5 million net customer additions. CEO John Legere called August the best month in the history of T-Mobile.

Review: Apple Watch Looks to Be Another Winner

September 11, 2014 10:57 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Beyond looks, it's great that the Apple Watch isn't simply adopting the smartphone way of doing things. The operating system, Watch OS, was designed specifically for the watch, and its interface relies heavily on the dial to the right, known as the digital crown. Competing watches tend to emphasize the voice and touch controls found on phones.

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T-Mobile Addresses Capacity, Coverage with Wi-Fi Calling

September 10, 2014 5:02 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

T-Mobile promised that 100 percent of new smartphones in T-Mobile stores will be Wi-Fi calling and texting capable. The company plans an exclusive enrollment window in JUMP!, T-Mobile’s upgrade program, that will allow its customers to immediately upgrade to a smartphone that supports Wi-Fi calling and texting.

SMW: Handset Financing: Minimizing Risk, Maximizing Opportunities

September 10, 2014 5:00 pm | by Patrick Reemts | Articles | Comments

With all the options that exist for financing, carriers need to look at some core areas to help them determine which route they want to go. At a high level, it’s all about weighing the chosen economic model with the risk involved to determine whether or not the carrier has the resources to handle the new approach. 

Cricket Doubles Data Buckets

September 10, 2014 11:30 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

LAS VEGAS - Cricket Wireless today announced a limited-time offer of up to double the data for its Basic, Pro and Smart plans. Starting Sept. 13, the $40 Basic plan jumps to 1GB from 500MB, the $50 Pro plan jumps to 3GB from 2.5GB, and the $60 Smart plan jumps to 10GB from 5GB. All three plans receive a $5 discount when customers sign up for auto pay.

Sprint Pleased with iPhone 6 Band 41 Support

September 9, 2014 5:26 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Since then, though, China Mobile has started selling the iPhone and they are also deploying TDD-LTE in the 2.5 GHz Band. Being the largest mobile carrier in the world by the long shot, China Mobile greatly increased the odds Band 41 would make it into the iPhone 6.

iPhone 6 at Sprint Gets $50 Unlimited Everything

September 9, 2014 5:20 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Along with the special iPhone plan pricing, Sprint is introducing the “iPhone for Life” plan allowing customers to get the 16GB iPhone 6 for zero down and $20 a month. The cost represents a large discount over the installment-pricing carriers featured for the iPhone 5s—AT&T requires 24 monthly payments of $27.09 and T-Mobile requires 24 monthly payments of $25.

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Amazon Slashes Price of Fire Phone

September 9, 2014 11:21 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon slashed the price of its Fire smartphone Monday, a day before Apple is expected to unveil its latest version of the iPhone. The online retailer said the Fire with 32 gigabytes of memory will now cost 99 cents when customers sign a two-year contract with AT&T. That's down from $199.

Industry, Consumers Await Today's iPhone Announcement

September 9, 2014 10:52 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple is likely to provide the first peek at its wearable device at an event set to begin at 10 a.m. PDT in the same Silicon Valley auditorium where Apple's late co-founder, Steve Jobs, unveiled the industry-shifting Mac computer 25 years ago.

SMW: BlackBerry’s John Sims Maps the Enterprise Road Ahead

September 9, 2014 10:30 am | by Ben Munson | Articles | Comments

John Sims hasn’t been with BlackBerry long but he goes way back with CEO John Chen. BlackBerry's president of global enterprise services is excited to be a part of Chen’s quest to rebuild BlackBerry. Ahead of his Day One CTIA talk outlining new mobile challenges for IT and the risks of not making mobility a boardroom-level priority, Sims spoke with us about his transition from SAP, BlackBerry’s focus on security and the evolving MDM space.

AT&T Expands Digital Life to Home Health Monitoring

September 8, 2014 7:57 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

AT&T said it aims to help those that need extra care to safely and independently remain in their own home and provide peace of mind for their family. Specifically, the Digital Life Care will provide real-time monitoring and accurate alerts related to eating, personal care, mobility, medication schedule and more.

AT&T, Intel Team Up on High-Fashion Wearable MICA

September 8, 2014 12:17 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The MICA comes in white and black snakeskin with pearls, tiger’s eye, and lapis. Besides the fashion, MICA sports a 1.6-inch sapphire touch-screen display that will receive SMS and notifications. It will come with a cellular connection meaning no smartphone needed.

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Analysts: iPhone 6 Has to Be Bigger, Better Than Competition

September 8, 2014 12:11 pm | by Ben Munson | Articles | Comments

BTIG estimates that at AT&T, which has the highest iPhone install base, only 22 percent of that base was eligible for an upgrade. Coming up on the next iPhone release, due to the new Mobile Share Value plan, BTIG estimates 55 percent of AT&T iPhone customers will be eligible.

Verizon Launching Car Share Program Via Smartphone App

September 8, 2014 11:35 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Verizon today announced that Verizon Auto Share, the carrier’s secure car share program, will be available by the end of 2014. Pricing hasn’t been announced yet. The program will allow users to download a mobile application that can locate a vehicle and then scan a QR code to gain access and pay for rental. The carrier is planning on working with car rental companies, auto dealers and other companies.

FirstNews Briefs: T-Mobile, Boingo, Sierra Wireless, Averna, Cal-Bay Systems

September 8, 2014 11:08 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Boingo Wireless today announced S.M.A.R.T. Networks, a new approach to providing public Wi-Fi access in airports and other large-scale venues. Boingo’s new S.M.A.R.T network design – which stands for Secure, Multiplatform, Analytics-Driven, Responsive and Tiered – is based on usage data that identified multiple classes of users with significantly different connection and usage profiles.

Microsoft Refines MSN to Flow Across Devices

September 8, 2014 11:07 am | by Mae Anderson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The company says the revamped site fits in with Microsoft's overall strategy of making mobile phones and Internet-based services priorities as its traditional businesses — Windows and Office software installed on desktops — slow down or decline. The changes also come as people increasingly read news on smartphones and tablets rather than desktop computers.

Apple's Larger iPhone Poised to Drive Phablet Market

September 5, 2014 11:26 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Stephen Baker, vice president of industry analysis at NPD, noted that while interest among U.S. consumers in larger screen smartphones is growing, sales growth has been relatively disappointing over the past two years due to Apple’s dominance of the market with smaller phones. 

FirstNews Briefs: Netgear, AT&T, Belkin, Sylvania, Tuxera

September 5, 2014 11:25 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

NETGEAR, Inc. today announced an “unlocked” 4G LTE mobile hotspot with simultaneous dual-band WiFi coverage. The NETGEAR AirCard 785 4G LTE mobile hotspot will become available throughout Europe in October at an MSRP of €149.99 (EUR) and £119.99 (GBP).

Sprint Adds 15 More Rural Carrier LTE Roaming Agreements

September 5, 2014 11:18 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Sprint today reached LTE roaming agreements with another 15 rural carriers. Joining the Rural Roaming Preferred Provider program it announced earlier this year with CCA will be Bluegrass Cellular, Pioneer Cellular and 13 others including nine Rural Independent Network Alliance partners. With the new agreements, Sprint says it has agreements with 27 carriers covering 27 states and more than 38 million people.

Moto 360 Available Today, Moto X Out Later This Month

September 5, 2014 10:41 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Motorola today rolled out its anticipated batch of new products and revealed pricing and availability. The Moto 360, the company’s much-hyped round Android Wear watch, is priced at $250 and goes on sale today at 12 p.m. ET. The smartwatch will be available online at Motorola.com, Google Play and BestBuy.com as well as in Best Buy retail locations.

Apple to Beef Up Security Protocol After Celebrity Photo Thefts

September 5, 2014 10:10 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

While Apple maintains that its iCloud has not been hacked, the company did admit in a statement on its website that "certain celebrity accounts were compromised by a very targeted attack on user names, passwords and security questions." 

Google Fined $19M to Cover In-App Purchase Refunds

September 5, 2014 9:36 am | by Mae Anderson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

According to the FTC complaint, when Google introduced in-app charges to the Google Play in 2011, they were not password protected. As a result, children could buy virtual items just by clicking on popup boxes within an app while they used it. 

AT&T Covers 300M LTE POPs Ahead of Schedule

September 4, 2014 11:02 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

AT&T today announced its LTE network now covers more than 300 million POPs. Hitting that milestone puts the carrier ahead of the timetable it announced in 2012 along with its Project Velocity IP (VIP) initiative. At that point, AT&T promised 300 million people covered with LTE by the end of 2014.

Microsoft Rolls out New Lumia Flagship, Windows Update

September 4, 2014 10:59 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

According to IDC's most recent numbers, Microsoft shipped 7.4 million Windows phones in the second quarter, accounting for 2.5 percent of the global smartphone market. That was down from 8.2 million in the same quarter last year, when Windows accounted for 3.4 percent of the global smartphone market. 

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