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FreedomPop Selling LTE Tablets with Free Voice, Text, and Unique Numbers

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

FreedomPop today announced it will begin selling LTE tablets and offering free voice, text and data services to go along with them. In addition, the MVNO will offer a unique phone number for tablets, which it said will expand the tablet’s phone capabilities and open it up to services like WhatsApp that require a phone number.

FirstNews Briefs: Qualcomm, T-Mobile, Opera Mediaworks, Ericsson

July 30, 2014 11:08 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Qualcomm Incorporated today announced that its subsidiary, Qualcomm Technologies has...

Gadget Watch: PadFone Novel as Phone-Tablet Hybrid

July 30, 2014 10:46 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

This summer, AsusTek Computer Inc. claims you don't need both a phone and a tablet — as long as...

Twitter 2Q Results Soar, Stock Flies High

July 30, 2014 10:41 am | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Stronger-than-expected financial results pushed Twitter's stock sharply higher...

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Sprint Swings to Profit as Subscriber Losses Slow

July 30, 2014 10:33 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Sprint opened its new fiscal year with a rare quarterly profit. The carrier called a $23 million net income and $519 million operating income the highest in seven years. The black numbers came on fiscal first-quarter earnings per share of $0.01 and revenue of $8.78 billion, both of which exceeded analyst estimates.

Virgin Mobile Launches Customizable Prepaid Plans

July 30, 2014 9:22 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The plans can be adjusted at any time during the month, even daily, directly from each person’s device, or controlled by the primary user, allowing the plans to add or subtract the amount of voice, text or data  and other services they use at any time within their monthly billing cycle. 

Samsung Loses 7 Percent Share in 2Q

July 29, 2014 4:42 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

IDC estimates Samsung shipped 74.3 million smartphones in the second quarter, down 3.9 percent from the 77.3 million it moved in the same quarter last year. Samsung's overall market share came in at 25.2 percent in the second quarter, down from 32.3 percent during the same period last year. 

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China Pursues Monopoly Investigation of Microsoft

July 29, 2014 10:45 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The State Administration for Industry and Commerce said it opened a case in June after complaints Microsoft improperly failed to publish all documentation for its Windows operating system and Office software. It said investigators visited Microsoft's China headquarters in Beijing and branches in Shanghai, Guangzhou and Chengdu in southwestern China this week.

FirstNews Briefs: Windstream, Olocode, Procera Networks, Alcatel-Lucent

July 29, 2014 10:16 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Windstream today announced plans to spin off certain telecommunications network assets into an independent, publicly traded real estate investment trust (REIT). The transaction will enable Windstream to accelerate network investments, provide enhanced services to customers and maximize shareholder value.

Huawei Moves 34M Smartphones in 1H 2014

July 29, 2014 10:02 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Shao Yang, vice president of marketing in Huawei's consumer business group, said that his company had seen faster than expected growth in the Middle East, Africa and Latin America. He attributed the rapid growth to improved branding awareness and stronger sales channels in overseas market. 

Nokia Trials TV Broadcasts Over LTE

July 29, 2014 9:48 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Hossein Moiin, chief technology officer at Nokia Networks said in statement that his company believes LTE Broadcast is a technology well suited to distribute TV and broadcast services and will help "expand the benefits of mobile internet to everyone while evolving the TV viewing experience.”

BlackBerry Bolsters Security Offerings with Secusmart Buy

July 29, 2014 9:21 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

John Chen, executive chairman and CEO for BlackBerry, said in a statement that the acquisition of Secusmart underscores his company's focus on addressing security costs and threats ranging from individual privacy to national security. 

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Quick Look: AsusTek's PadFone, A Phone-Tablet Hybrid

July 29, 2014 9:09 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

There's a case for the PadFone, though, if you're someone who uses a tablet only at home. You can carry the phone with you during the day and attach it to the tablet screen when you get home. You don't have to worry about what apps and data are on which device.

nTelos CEO James Hyde Retires

July 28, 2014 11:16 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

nTelos today announced that CEO James Hyde is retiring effective immediately. The company’s board appointed Director Rodney Dir to serve as president and COO. Board Chairman Michael Huber will “oversee strategic relationships and external communications,” according to a statement.

FirstNews Briefs: Red Pocket, Zipmark, ViaSat, NetMotion, Luso

July 28, 2014 11:11 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

NetMotion Wireless, provider of mobility management software and solutions, today announced a partnership with Mobizen, a Mexico-based reseller of enterprise mobility solutions. The agreement will make NetMotion's Mobility and Locality platforms available to enterprise customers in Mexico.

GM Bringing Wireless Charging to Cadillac Models

July 28, 2014 10:35 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Wireless charging is moving into the driver's seat with General Motors' (GM) announcement today that it will add the technology to Cadillac's 2015 model ATS sport sedan and coupe launching this fall. In a statement, GM said that its solution will be compatible with "Powermat and other in-phone wireless charging technologies. 

Obama Applauds Passage of Unlocking Bill

July 28, 2014 10:10 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

In a statement, Obama said the White House had laid out steps that the FCC, industry, and Congress should take to ensure copyright law does not undermine wireless competition, and worked with wireless carriers to reach a voluntary agreement that helps restore consumers' rights to unlock their phones. 

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T-Mobile Challenges with $100 10GB Plan

July 28, 2014 10:00 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

T-Mobile is launching a limited-time offer of $100 per month for unlimited talk and text plus 10GB of LTE for four lines. In a blog post, T-Mobile CEO John Legere gets in his customary shots at AT&T, calling the carrier’s similar plan for $160 a “joke.”

EU Regulators Approve Apple's $3B Beats Deal

July 28, 2014 9:36 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The 28-nation bloc's executive Commission said Monday the transaction does not threaten competition because the firms' combined European market share in both fields will be low while facing strong competitors. The takeover of Beats Electronics and Beats Music announced in May for $2.6 billion in cash and $400 million in stock is the most expensive acquisition in Apple's 38-year history.

Samsung's Tizen Phone Delayed

July 28, 2014 9:33 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

In a brief statement, Samsung said the postponement is to further enhance the Tizen "ecosystem," which encompasses developers, consumers and devices using the mobile OS. The delay is a blow to Samsung's push to reduce reliance on Google's Android operating system, which powers Samsung's Galaxy smartphones and tablets.

Advisory Firm Protests Sprint CEO’s $49M 2013 Pay Package

July 25, 2014 11:13 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

It’s worth noting that the $18.7 million Sprint CEO Dan Hesse was awarded in 2013 will not vest or be paid out until 2018 and that a portion of the $16.7 million has not been vested or paid out yet either. Because the $18.7 million is tied to equity, the amount paid out when it vests in 2018 will be dependent on the stock price at that time, meaning it could be subject to change.

Amazon Shares Continue Slide as Fire Phone Launches

July 25, 2014 10:40 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

In its second quarter earnings, Amazon reported a $126 million loss even as revenue jumped by 23 percent. Shares fell 10 percent on the report. Many believe that continued investment in big projects like the development of the Fire Phone and the a new grocery delivery serivce are weighing profits at the company. 

FirstNews Briefs: IBM, Voxox, tw telecom, MapQuest

July 25, 2014 10:00 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

IBM today announced that PLM, a Latin American health sciences publisher, launched a library of mobile apps to deliver medical information on conditions such as cancer and heart disease. PLM used the IBM MobileFirst application development portfolio to help convert its medical reference guides into 35 mobile apps.

Amazon's Spending Habits Worry Investors, Stock Falls on 2Q Report

July 25, 2014 9:18 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Amazon posted a loss of $126 million, or 27 cents per share, compared with $7 million, or 2 cents per share, in the same quarter a year earlier. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for a loss of 13 cents per share.

Report: China Concludes Qualcomm Is A Monopoly

July 25, 2014 9:14 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

China is the world's biggest manufacturer of mobile phones and other wireless devices. The communist government has complained about the high cost of licenses for foreign technology. It has tried to reduce dependence on foreign know-how by investing billions of dollars to develop its own phone, encryption and other technology.

The New Wireless Battleground: Carrier Wi-Fi

July 24, 2014 2:57 pm | by Dr. Derek Peterson, Chief Technology Officer, Boingo Wireless | Articles | Comments

A recent New Street Research study found that the share of U.S. smartphone data traffic traveling over Wi-Fi increased from 15 to 63 percent between 2011 and 2013, and a recent Comcast survey found that consumers would choose Wi-Fi over free food at retail locations. 

Study: Over Half of Americans Prefer Weather Alerts on Their Phones

July 24, 2014 11:11 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

A new online Harris Poll found that 59 percent of Americans said they were more likely to pay attention to alerts on the mobile devices than any other delivery method. Of the 2,100 adults surveyed, 67 percent said they would like to receive real-time SMS notifications.

Visa Introduces New Cloud Payment Solutions Suite

July 24, 2014 10:57 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Visa is replacing the traditional 16-digit account information found on standard magnetic strip cards with “tokens,” which the company said can be processed without sharing account information. Tokens can be stored on devices, within mobile applications and web-based applications. Because they’re based on existing ISO standards, tokens can be processed by the technology merchants and financial institutions already have in place.

LoopPay Mobile Wallet Provider Secures Investment from Visa

July 24, 2014 10:37 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

LoopPay invented something called Magnetic Secure Transmission (MST) technology which leverages existing point-of-sale infrastructure to receive contactless payments from mobile devices of all kinds with no hardware changes required by merchants. 

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