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FirstNews Briefs: Verizon, Slacker Radio, Boost, Yellowbrick, AT&T

October 10, 2014 11:09 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Slacker Radio offers Verizon Wireless customers a customizable mobile music shop with Slacker Radio Tones, a subscription service for Ringtones and Ringback Tones. The new service allows Verizon users to customize their phone with music from a library of songs and Slacker radio stations. Slacker Radio Tones is available now for all Verizon customers for $2 per month.

China Mobile, Deutsche Telekom Form Connected Car JV

October 10, 2014 11:00 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Deutsche Telekom (DT) today announced it is forming a joint venture with China Mobile for a strategic connected car initiative. DT will provide “telematics expertise, the Connected Car platform technology and customer insights.” China Mobile will provide its massive scale in network coverage, subscriber numbers and resource channels.

NSN Inks $970M Deal with China Mobile

October 10, 2014 10:43 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Markus Borchert, president of the Greater China region at NSN said in statement that the contract marked a "milestone" in the strategic partnership between China Mobile and Nokia Networks. 

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Survey: Comparing on Mobile a Challenge for Retailers This Holiday Season

October 10, 2014 10:07 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

According to the survey more than one-third of shoppers (36 percent) said they would shop this year using a...                                                                                          

Sprint Leading Race to 1 Terabyte, Offering Businesses 800GB

October 10, 2014 10:03 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

At the current rates the major carriers are one-upping each other on double-data promotions, it’s basically become a race to see who can offer one terabyte first. Sprint is now in the lead with its new double data promotion for businesses that tops out at a mind-boggling 800GB a month—across up to 100 lines—for $1,350.

Sony Xperia Z3 Makes U.S. Bigger Part of Company's Mobile Strategy

October 10, 2014 9:24 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Sony's phones are hitting U.S. stores on the heels of their unveiling last month at a trade show in Berlin, as Sony ramps up efforts to expand its tiny market share by getting to the American market faster.

Microsoft's Nadella Gets Women in Tech Discussion All Wrong

October 10, 2014 9:14 am | by Tali Arbel, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

He had been asked to give his advice to women who are uncomfortable requesting a raise. His response: "It's not really about asking for the raise, but knowing and having faith that the system will actually give you the right raises as you go along."

T-Mobile, Sprint Urge Extra Scrutiny of AT&T Spectrum Deals

October 9, 2014 3:12 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The group, which also includes representatives from Comptel, Public Knowledge, and CCIA, is concerned that AT&T will control more than one-third of the available low-band spectrum in some markets should the transactions be approved.

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Live in Chicago or New York? Your Wireless Taxes are Crazy High

October 9, 2014 10:42 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Wireless consumers living in Baltimore, Chicago, New York City, and Omaha pay tax rates in excess of 25 percent on their wireless service. A new study from the Tax Foundation, a non-partisan research think tank in D.C., specifically cited regressive per-line taxes as a reason for the high rates in those areas.

SmartWatch, Episode 22: WiMAX and Other Endangered Species

October 9, 2014 10:41 am | Videos | Comments

In this week's episode of SmartWatch, sponsored by Sandisk, we observe the passing of WiMAX, as Sprint this week confirmed the expected shutdown of its ill-fated 4G network. Yes, WiMAX has gone the way of the flip phone and other wireless dinosaurs. All this and more as we take you deeper into another dimension...the SmartWatch Zone! 

Report: Demand for new iPhones Delays Larger iPad

October 9, 2014 10:06 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Citing people familiar with Apple's supply chain in Asia, the Journal reports that production of the iPhone 6 Plus is still unsatisfactory and has resulted in a delay of larger iPads.                                                      

Icahn Renews Quest for Apple Share Buyback

October 9, 2014 9:58 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Activist investor Carl Icahn is taking another swing at getting Apple to buy back more of its stock and improve the relative value of the shares. Icahn is asking the iPhone maker's CEO, Tim Cook, to give its board a plan to meaningfully increase share repurchases.

FirstNews Briefs: Alcatel-Lucent, Itron, Bit6, GENBAND

October 9, 2014 9:36 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Alcatel-Lucent has today opened a facility, Alcatel-Lucent Customer Network Center (CNC), in Tokyo designed to give service providers and enterprise customers hands-on experience in the co-creation of new ultra-broadband and cloud-based services and applications.

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HTC Poses with New 'Desire EYE' Smartphone and 'RE' Camera

October 8, 2014 5:28 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

HTC is getting into the camera business. The smartphone maker today rolled out a new handheld persicope-shaped...                                                                                           

Teens May Be Unreliable Predictors of Apple Watch’s Success

October 8, 2014 5:27 pm | by Ben Munson | Blogs | Comments

But then again, teens may be an unreliable source for predicting how Apple’s foray into the watch game will go. Elsewhere in the survey, the teen respondents are asked to name their top watch brands. Just like in the spring 2014 and fall 2013 study, Rolex easily took the top spot. On average, 30 percent of respondents said the luxury brand time pieces are just the best.

Apple Confirms Oct. 16 Media Event

October 8, 2014 1:56 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Apple will also likely run down the next iteration of its desktop operating system, OS X Yosemite. Other products that could be included in the presentation could include Apple TV, Apple Pay and more about Homekit. 

AT&T Paying Out $105M in Cramming Agreement

October 8, 2014 1:27 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson today said AT&T has agreed to pay $105 million in part to reimburse customers affected by cramming. Under the deal, AT&T will pay $80 million to the Federal Trade Commission which will then distribute the money to customers nationwide who got stuck with unauthorized third-party fees from premium SMS services. Ferguson’s office estimates almost 500,000 Washingtonians were affected.

Survey: Just 9% of Lawmakers Use Android Phones

October 8, 2014 10:44 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Of the 102 lawmakers’ offices that responded, just nine percent said they use Android phones. That compares with 71 percent using iPhones and 28 percent who choose BlackBerry. Many of the respondents said they use multiple phones and in several cases indicated they have a flip phone in addition to their smartphone.

Barring Merger Will 3Q Signal T-Mobile’s Peak?

October 8, 2014 10:41 am | by Andrew Berg | Blogs | Comments

"I can tell you everything you need to know about Iliad. The owner's wealthy, he's got long hair, he made his money in porn, and his wife is the heir to Louis Vuitton money. I mean, sh*t, what else do you need to know?"

FirstNews Briefs: Samsung, Yovo, Defense Mobile, Brightstar, TIA

October 8, 2014 10:20 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

ContentGuard, a subsidiary of Pendrell Corporation and a pioneer of content protection technologies, today introduced Yovo, a new ephemeral messaging app that makes the photos and messages that we share disappear. Yovo allows users to protect pictures and messages from undesired screen captures via a patent-pending scrambling technology.

Apple Watch Holds Modest Appeal for Core Demographic

October 8, 2014 9:56 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The Apple Watch may have only limited appeal for a core subset of Apple's customer base, namely teens. According to a Piper Jaffray survey that polled 7,500 teens across 48 states, just...                                                          

Twitter Sues FBI, DOJ For NSA Request Documents

October 8, 2014 9:20 am | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The San Francisco-based company said in a blog post that it believes it's entitled under the First Amendment to "respond to our users' concerns and to the statements of U.S. government officials by providing information about the scope of U.S. government surveillance."

Talking to Siri While Driving Could Be Dangerous

October 8, 2014 9:15 am | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | Articles | Comments

Voice-activated systems were graded on a distraction scale of 1 to 5, with 1 representing no distraction and 5 comparable to doing complex math problems and word memorization.                                                                  

Facebook Launches 'Audience Network' for Mobile Ads

October 7, 2014 11:27 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Coined Audience Network and debuted back in April at the company's f8 conference, the mobile ad platform is a new way...                                                                                  

Confirmed: Sprint Shutting Down WiMax Network on Nov. 6, 2015

October 7, 2014 11:22 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Sprint has confirmed it will shut down its WiMax network around the first week of November next year. “Sprint will cease operating the Sprint 4G WiMAX network on or about November 6, 2015,” a Sprint spokesperson told Wireless Week. Most WiMAX subscribers are upgrade eligible due to the age of their device. In addition, offers are being planned for targeted postpaid WiMAX subscribers prior to the WiMAX network shutdown.

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