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SMW: iPhone Event Bears Legacy of Disruption

September 15, 2014 3:57 pm | by Andrew Berg | Blogs | Comments

When you think about the number of times you've looked at the screen of your smartphone in the past few hours, whether iPhone or Android or Windows Phone, it's hard not to resort to hyperbole when talking about the original iPhone.

Walkway in China Dedicated to Smartphone Addicts

September 15, 2014 11:06 am | by Didi Tang, Associated Press | News | Comments

"There are lots of elderly people and children in our street, and walking with your cellphone may cause unnecessary collisions here," said Nong Cheng, the marketing official with Meixin Group, which manages the area in the city's entertainment zone.

Sprint Prepaid Revamps Pricing

September 15, 2014 11:02 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Sprint Prepaid, the carrier’s official prepaid brand, has realigned its pricing to mirror rates at its Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile brands. Sprint Prepaid’s new three tiers all offer unlimited talk and text. The $35 plan features 1GB of data, the $45 plan features 3GB of data, and the $65 offering features 6GB of data. 

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FirstNews Briefs: AT&T, RadioShack, Spirent, ZTE, E-Plus

September 15, 2014 10:17 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

RadioShack Corporation today announced the appointment of Holly F. Etlin as interim chief financial officer, replacing John Feray.  Mr. Feray resigned on September 12, 2014, citing personal reasons. Ms. Etlin, a managing director of AlixPartners and longtime RadioShack advisor, served as RadioShack's interim CFO from July 2013 to February 2014.

Apple iPhone 6 Pre-Orders Exceed Supply

September 15, 2014 9:33 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Phones will be available on a walk-in basis beginning Friday at Apple retail stores. Both phones will also be available beginning Friday from AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless and other carriers and other authorized Apple resellers.

Microsoft Acquires Minecraft Maker Mojang for $2.5B

September 15, 2014 9:29 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The technology company said it will buy Stockholm-based game maker Mojang. Minecraft, which lets users build in and explore a virtual world, has been downloaded 100 million times on PC alone since its launch in 2009. It is the most popular online game on Xbox, and the top paid app for Apple's iOS and Google's Android operating system in the U.S. 

SmartWatch Ep. 18: Top Five Moments from Super Mobility Week Keynote Stage

September 12, 2014 2:50 pm | Videos | Comments

In this episode of SmartWatch, sponsored by SanDisk, we take a look at some of the best moments from the keynote stage at CTIA’s Super Mobility Week. The new amalgamation of CTIA's Fall and Spring shows drew out 35,000 attendees during an event that kicked off on the same day Apple announced its new iPhones and Apple Watch.

Check Out All Three Show Dailies from Super Mobility Week

September 12, 2014 11:59 am | News | Comments

Check out all three editions of the Official Super Mobility Week Show Daily at the links below. We provide all the breaking news from the show, as well as in-depth interviews, analysis and insight from some of the top players in wireless.

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Confirmed: Sprint Won't Participate in AWS Auction

September 12, 2014 11:44 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The AWS-3 spectrum is probably less suited to pair with Sprint's existing portfolio, which includes airwaves in the 800 MHz, 1.9 GHz and 2.5 GHz bands. The FCC has said it expects the AWS-3 auction, which will take place in November, to raise about $10 billion. 

Legere: T-Mo Added 552K Postpaid Net Adds in August Alone

September 12, 2014 10:22 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Amid T-Mobile's Uncarrier 7.0 announcement Thursday which unveiled new Wi-Fi calling solutions, the company announced stats from a pretty impressive August. T-Mobile added 552,000 postpaid net adds in August alone, and 208,000 branded prepaid net adds in the month. 

Zappos CEO is Organically Creating Innovation

September 11, 2014 4:20 pm | by Ben Munson | Articles | Comments

Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh faced a problem all growing companies face. He had to maintain a good environment for innovation and not let it get lost in widening scale. “How can Zappos be organized and function more like a city and less like a company?” Hsieh asked during his CTIA Super Mobility Week Day 3 keynote.

Mobile Drives New Levels of Sports Engagement

September 11, 2014 4:10 pm | by Ben Munson | Articles | Comments

Andrea Kremer, chief correspondent for the NFL Network, spoke with Colin Smith, managing director of digital media at NASCAR; John Kosner, executive vice president of digital and print media at ESPN; Emmitt Smith, Pro Football Hall of Fame running back and chairman and founder of Prova; and Simon Wardle, chief strategy officer at Octagon.

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.

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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.

Day 3: Super Mobility Week Official Show Daily

September 11, 2014 10:45 am | News | Comments

Check out the third edition of the Official Super Mobility Week Show Daily for Day 3 HERE. We provide all the breaking news from the show, as well as in-depth interviews, analysis and insight from some of the top players in wireless.

FirstNews Briefs: IBM, BURG, Control4, Vuzix

September 11, 2014 10:45 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

IBM and APIS IT Ltd., the company that provides strategic, professional and implementation services to the public and Government sector organizations of the Republic of Croatia, today announced the deployment of a new IT infrastructure that will modernize the delivery of government services to the citizens of Croatia.

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.

Day 1: Official Super Mobility Week Show Daily

September 10, 2014 11:18 am | News | Comments

Check out the first edition of the Official Super Mobility Week Show Daily for Day 1. We provide all the breaking news from the show, as well as in-depth interviews, analysis and insight from some of the top players in wireless.  

Day 2: Official Super Mobility Week Show Daily

September 10, 2014 11:04 am | News | Comments

Check out the second edition of the Official Super Mobility Week Show Daily for Day 2 HERE. We provide all the breaking news from the show, as well as in-depth interviews, analysis and insight from some of the top players in wireless.  

SMW: Channel Quality: The Other Factor in Broadband Performance

September 10, 2014 11:00 am | by Elliott Drucker | Articles | Comments

To enter a discussion of the balance between spectrum bandwidth, network loading, channel quality, and QoE we should probably first dismiss any importance that might be attached to mythical “up to” peak speeds. The only speed that is of significance to a user is the one he or she experiences.

SMW: Multi-Screen Advertising Poised for Greatness

September 10, 2014 11:00 am | by Craig Kuhl | Articles | Comments

The mass appeal of mobile devices and the multiple screens they bring to consumers is driving the advertising and T-commerce markets and their evolving technologies and business models into uncharted waters. Content and service providers, along with many in the video delivery eco-system, are paying close attention to the advertising and commerce upsides in the blossoming multi-screen space.

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.

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