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FCC Again Delays 600 MHz Incentive Auctions

October 24, 2014 1:43 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

“We are confident we will prevail in court, but given the reality of that schedule, the complexity of designing and implementing the auction, and the need for all auction participants to have certainty well in advance of the auction, we now anticipate accepting applications for the auction in the fall..."

FirstNews Briefs: T-Mobile, MetroPCS, Berg Insight, U.S. Cellular, NetComm

October 24, 2014 11:08 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

T-Mobile announced its pre-paid brand MetroPCS is...

Sprint Intros 12-Month Lease for iPhone 6

October 24, 2014 10:58 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Sprint today announced it will add a 12-month lease option to its “iPhone for Life” program....

Shares of Ericsson Fall on Uncertainty in North America

October 24, 2014 10:16 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

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Amazon Absorbs Huge Loss on Fire Phone

October 24, 2014 10:09 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

It was suspected and now it’s official: the Amazon Fire Phone is a flop. During the company’s third-quarter earnings call Thursday, Amazon CFO Tom Szkutak put it in perspective by primarily attributing a...

Microsoft Rebrands Smartphones, Nixes 'Nokia' from Lumia Line

October 24, 2014 9:42 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

As part of the change, Microsoft is in process of rebranding some of its global and local websites, as well as...                                  

Microsoft’s Lumia Sales Break 3Q Record

October 23, 2014 5:04 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

In addition to its flagship handset numbers, Microsoft sold 42.9 million non-Lumia phones. The company recorded more than $2.6 billion in total revenue from handsets. The uptick in handset sales for Microsoft comes after the company completed...

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SmartWatch, Episode 24: FCC Tackles Tower Siting, High-Band Spectrum, Butt Dialing

October 23, 2014 1:34 pm | Videos | Comments

The FCC makes SmartWatch with what Jonathan Adelstein called the “Super Bowl of regulatory proceedings.” If that’s so, this week’s episode tackles...                         

Report: Apple, Samsung Prime Sensor Market for Major Growth

October 23, 2014 12:15 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

According to a new report from IHS Technology, Apple and Samsung are the catalysts for a three-fold growth in smartphone and tablet sensors between 2012 and 2018.                  

I Have a Little More Respect Now for Rugged Phones

October 23, 2014 11:28 am | by Ben Munson | Blogs | Comments

Water-resistance will help if you phone in a toilet but it won’t do much if the screen ricochets off the porcelain. So as long as modern smartphones remain pervious to drops, bumps and bounces, a rugged smartphone may be the only way to go. I’m not saying that’s what I’m going to do, but I’m at least thinking about it.

ZTE Sees Giant 3Q Profit Boost from Smartphone Sales

October 23, 2014 10:57 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

ZTE is posting huge third-quarter net profit growth and attributing the surge to the success of its smartphone and 4G equipment divisions. The Chinese manufacturer recorded a net profit increase of...

New Google App Aims to Revamp Email

October 23, 2014 10:36 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The service, called Inbox, can sort electronic receipts and bank statements into bundles so they can be quickly fetched. This method is similar to...                        

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Nokia's 3Q Gets Big Boost from Dropping Mobile Device Unit

October 23, 2014 10:23 am | by Matti Huuhtanen, Associated Press | News | Comments

Nokia predicted strong growth to continue in the networks sector, which accounts for around 90 percent of Nokia's revenue, but cautioned...                            

FirstNews Briefs: Deutsche Telekom, Telefonica, Creative Mobile, Booz Allen, Nexmo

October 23, 2014 10:04 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Anite, a provider of wireless equipment testing technology, today announced Deutsche Telekom has reconfirmed its commitment to SAS – Anite’s device interoperability test solutions – by signing another multi-year agreement. SAS has been used by Deutsche Telekom for over seven years to...

Sprint Offers 1GB Family Bucket for $20

October 22, 2014 5:13 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure called the new plan an entry-level offering. “We’re offering customers a choice – whether they need a small amount of data...

AT&T Falls Well Short of Verizon’s Postpaid Net Adds

October 22, 2014 5:12 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Still the total was more than double what AT&T recorded in the year-ago quarter and put the carrier at 2.4 million postpaid net adds for the year to date. The quarterly net adds for AT&T came from 6.8 million postpaid smartphone gross adds...

T-Mobile, Like AT&T, Settling with FTC Over Cramming

October 22, 2014 11:07 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

T-Mobile is in settlement talks with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over unauthorized premium charges on customers’ bills—a practice referred to as “cramming.” According to Seattle court documents found by Bloomberg, T-Mobile and the FTC has requested the proceedings be...

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Yahoo CEO Defends Acquisitions as Mobile-Centric

October 22, 2014 10:08 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Signaling her reign has reached a pivotal juncture, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer is trying to convince restless shareholders that the long-struggling Internet company is heading in the right direction.

Apple Taking iCloud Attacks "Very Seriously"

October 22, 2014 10:02 am | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple has posted a new security warning for users of its iCloud online storage service amid reports of a concerted effort to steal passwords and other data from people who use the popular service in...

Is Apple Pay Really All That?

October 22, 2014 10:01 am | by Andrew Berg | Blogs | Comments

I'm generally not impressed when Android users scream from the mountaintop that they've had this or that feature for years...                               

FirstNews Briefs: LTE North America, AirStrip, IBM, HealthTap+, Wirepas, Aidon, Cincinnati Bell

October 22, 2014 9:37 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

AirStrip and IBM today announced that AirStrip will work to develop a mobile monitoring solution to help clinicians predict declining health in acute and critically ill patients. IBM will provide the streaming analytics technology which allows...

T-Mobile Goes Uncarrier on 3Q Earnings, Adds Twitter Q&A

October 21, 2014 12:45 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The carrier is promising to keep the scripted remarks to a minimum to make more time for “free-flowing dialogue” with analysts, investors, and media on the call. T-Mobile will also be answering questions via its new investor relations Twitter account...

Analysts: AWS-3 Auction is Going to Be a Street Fight

October 21, 2014 10:52 am | by Ben Munson | Articles | Comments

In total, 80 potential bidders have submitted both complete and incomplete applications to participate in Auction 97. There are big name and small name players but four competitors stand out from the rest.

Cook Congratulates Employees on Long Line of New Products

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

To be sure, Apple has manged to roll out quite a few new products this year. Check out our coverage of all of them here...                        

Samsung Note 4 Pushing Back Against iPhone 6 Plus

October 21, 2014 10:40 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

Even though reviews for the Galaxy Note 4 have been favorable, analysts said its redesign may not be enough as Apple Inc. has entered the large-screen smartphone category with the iPhone 6 Plus. "It will not be easy," said Lee Sei-chul, an analyst at Woori Investment & Securities. The Note 4 "is a nice product but...

Here's Where You Can Use Apple Pay

October 21, 2014 10:32 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

More than 200,000 payment locations in the U.S. are equipped to accept so-called contactless payments, including Apple Pay. Smaller merchants tend to be among the several millions that don't have the required equipment yet.

FirstNews Briefs: Freescale Semiconductor, IDT, Samsung

October 21, 2014 10:16 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Freescale Semiconductor today introduced the QorIQ LS1043A communications processor – a power-efficient 64-bit ARM-based processor for the new virtual network. The system-on-chip helps edge network equipment manufacturers scale power and performance to meet...

VZW Sees Shift to Postpaid as Tablets Drive 3Q Growth

October 21, 2014 9:42 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

While margins slipped slightly year over year to 48.5 percent on $12.6 billion in capital expenditures, revenue for the company’s wireless segment was...           

Apple Sells 39M iPhones as 4Q Profits Jump

October 20, 2014 5:31 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Apple sold more than 39 million iPhones during its fiscal fourth quarter, jumping out ahead of analysts’ estimates of around 38 million and well ahead of the near 34 million it sold in the year-ago quarter. The big handset sales were due at least in part to...

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