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AT&T Drops Two New Data Plans on Halloween

October 31, 2014 2:07 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The carrier also said it's extending its Double the Data offer on Mobile Share Value plans from 15GB to 50GB until Nov. 15, 2014...                              

Sprint Appoints Miyakawa as New Head of Networks

October 31, 2014 1:53 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

According to a...

FirstNews Briefs: Cellular Sales, Royal Philips, Madstar Mobile

October 31, 2014 11:09 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Cellular Sales...

U.S. Cellular Adds 52K PostPaid Customers in 3Q

October 31, 2014 11:05 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

While the company...

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Android Co-Founder Andy Rubin Exits Google

October 31, 2014 9:34 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, Rubin, who most recently has been heading up Google's robotics division, is leaving to create...                    

Sony Takes 3Q Hit on Poor Phone Sales

October 31, 2014 9:31 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The Tokyo-based maker of the PlayStation 4 video game machines, Spider-Man movies and Xperia smartphones had reported a...                          

Why Apple Pay IS All That!

October 30, 2014 3:05 pm | by Kasey Panetta | Blogs | Comments

Early reports are mostly saying that the app is great, but companies are still catching up to learn the technology. It will get better with time and as people begin to adopt the technology. It’s only been a few days and hey, Rome wasn’t built in a day.

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SmartWatch, Episode 25: Auction Delays Haunt Industry and FTC Spooks AT&T

October 30, 2014 12:32 pm | Videos | Comments

In this episode of SmartWatch, we scare up the details of the FCC's recent delay on the 600 MHz incentive auction. We'll run down who in the industry might see the delay as...          

Study: Xiaomi Now World’s Third Largest Smartphone Vendor

October 30, 2014 11:34 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The rising China-based OEM shipped 18 million smartphones during the third quarter, good enough to give it nearly...                                      

Microsoft Intros Cross-Platform Fitness App and Wearable

October 30, 2014 10:57 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Microsoft has jumped into the current wearables fray with the introduction of Microsoft Band. The company also rolled out Microsoft Health, its new...                          

Unlimited Data Plans Could Bring Unlimited Headaches

October 30, 2014 10:09 am | by Elliott Drucker | Articles | Comments

What’s really concerning is that there do not appear to be on the horizon any new LTE capacity enhancing technologies of the sort that helped when...                  

FirstNews Briefs: CTIA, Syntonic, CloudOn, Anritsu, Celltick, Intex

October 30, 2014 10:06 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Anritsu Electronics, Ltd. announced at the Canadian Wireless Trade Show that it has entered into a partnership with Swift Labs, Inc. to support Swift Labs’ intent to provide development testing, pre-compliance and...

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On Open Internet, Smart Phones Need Smart Policy

October 30, 2014 9:58 am | by Meredith Attwell Baker, President and CEO, CTIA; and Jonathan Spalter, Chair, Mobile Future | Articles | Comments

One area fraught with peril is the insistence by some that if you truly support an open Internet, then you must blindly adhere to the irrefutably false conclusion that...                

Lenovo Says Hello to Moto as Acquisition from Google Closes

October 30, 2014 8:11 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Lenovo said that Google will maintain ownership of a majority of the Motorola Mobility patent portfolio, while Motorola will receive a license to the...                 

Tepid Samsung Galaxy S5 Sales Sink 3Q Profits

October 30, 2014 7:49 am | by Youkyung Lee AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung plans a significant change in smartphone strategy for next year to seek more "efficiency," implying that the number of new...                     

How to Order Taco Bell from Your Phone with Minimum Embarrassment

October 29, 2014 4:57 pm | by Ben Munson | Blogs | Comments

Taco Bell gets it. Its food is gross and when you enter its restaurant or drive-thru and blurt out the disgusting garbage you want to eat, you feel gross, too.                      

MCX Denies Fines for Members Accepting Apple Pay

October 29, 2014 4:35 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

MCX was formed by a group of major U.S. retailers here in the United States and has made news this week as member companies such as...                    

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Sprint Turns On 17 More Spark Markets

October 29, 2014 10:35 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Sprint has launched Spark in 17 more cities, bringing the total to 46 markets. Spark is the name given to the carrier’s tri-band LTE offering, which promises downlink speeds of...            

FirstNews Briefs: China Mobile, China Telelcom, China Unicom, Alcatel-Lucent

October 29, 2014 9:55 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

China Telecom, China Unicom and China Mobile – the three biggest telecommunications service providers in China – have each chosen the 7950 XRS (Extensible Routing System) from Alcatel-Lucent for their IP-based core networking needs in order to meet accelerating demand for...

Poynt Eyes Point of Sale with New Terminals

October 29, 2014 9:54 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

A Silicon Valley startup is hoping an upcoming transition to smarter credit and debit cards will persuade millions of U.S. merchants to buy...                    

LG 3Q Profits Jump 83% on Smartphone Sales

October 29, 2014 9:36 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

LG Electronics said its July-September net income reached 202.6 billion won ($193 million) on sales of 14.9 trillion won, while operating income...                    

Facebook's 3Q Gets Big Boost from Mobile Ads

October 29, 2014 9:32 am | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Facebook grew its advertising revenue by 64 percent in the third quarter, helped by a boost in mobile ads that are becoming an increasingly...                 

T-Mobile Set Aside More Than $50M for Cramming Refunds

October 28, 2014 4:13 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Over the past two quarters, T-Mobile has accrued more than $50 million to cover the estimated cost of a refund program and settlement payments, both related to unauthorized premium SMS charges.

FTC Sues AT&T Over Throttling Unlimited Data Customers

October 28, 2014 2:07 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The Federal Trade Commission today announced a formal complaint against AT&T alleging the carrier “misled” customers by charging for unlimited data and then throttling their data speeds up to 90 percent. The FTC says AT&T didn’t...

Motorola, Verizon Launch Fast-Charging Droid Turbo

October 28, 2014 1:31 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Five years after Verizon launched the original Droid, the carrier brings to market what could possibly be the most beastly...                                 

T-Mobile Keeps Adding Subs but MetroPCS Shutdown Hurts

October 28, 2014 11:44 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

T-Mobile maintained its momentum in the third quarter by adding another 2.3 million total customers partly due to a record...                       

Softcard Now Good at McDonald’s Drive-Thru

October 28, 2014 11:14 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Apple Pay went and stole all the thunder available in the NFC-based mobile payments space but Softcard is still busy. The mobile payment platform—formerly Isis—today announced an agreement with McDonald’s to...

Softbank Readies $10B Investment in India

October 28, 2014 10:27 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Softbank, which sells the iPhone in Japan, is investing $627 million and becoming the biggest shareholder in Snapdeal, the largest digital marketplace in...               

Tim Cook Urges Alabama to Improve LGBT Rights

October 28, 2014 10:13 am | by Jay Reeves, Associated Press | News | Comments

Speaking at the Capitol in the chamber where the state voted to secede from the Union in 1861, Cook said Alabama and the nation...                           

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