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T-Mobile Selling Prepaid iPhones Through Apple Retail Stores

June 26, 2014 4:10 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

T-Mobile today further aligned itself with Apple's products by offering its prepaid service on iPhones through Apple reail stores.  The Uncarrier Thursday said that customers can now purchase and activate an iPhone with T-Mobile service in more than 250 Apple stores. 

FCC Preps Webinars to Educate Broadcasters on Incentive Auction

June 26, 2014 11:40 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The FCC will conduct webinars to explain the rules for the Incentive Auction. The first of these sessions, to be held this week in coordination with the state broadcaster associations, will describe the opportunity for broadcasters to voluntarily participate in the incentive auction.  

FirstNews Briefs: AT&T, Alcatel-Lucent, Hipcricket, Nokia, Celtra

June 26, 2014 11:30 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

AT&T and Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise are introducing a "Connected Bus" solution. Available nationwide today, Connected Bus is using wireless technology, AT&T's 4G LTE network and devices to increase students' access to information, instruction and teachers. With onboard Wi-Fi, students can access the Internet on their own devices.

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LG Readies Updated WebOS Smart TV Platform to Meet Android TV Head-On

June 26, 2014 11:17 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

LG said it has a new version of its WebOS software that it plans to bake in to all its smart TVs starting next year, according to the Wall Street Journal. The Korean company’s talk of smart TV software comes just as Google finished showing off its new Android TV platform. Google announced its big-screen version of Android will be on Sony and Sharp smart TVs by 2015.

Germany Drops Verizon Contract on Fears of NSA Snooping

June 26, 2014 10:42 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The announcement comes after reports this week that Verizon and British company Colt provide Internet services to the German parliament and other official entities. Germany has been at the forefront of international outrage over alleged electronic eavesdropping by the U.S. National Security Agency and Britain's GCHQ, revealed last year by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

T-Mo's 'Test Drive' Perfect Showcase for Impressive Wideband Service

June 26, 2014 10:38 am | by Andrew Berg | Blogs | Comments

This is T-Mobile's way into major metropolitan markets, where it will continue to take subscribers from the likes of AT&T and Verizon. Yes, Verizon has its XLTE product, and Sprint has its "Spark" offering, but neither of those are offering the kinds of speeds T-Mobile is putting up right now. 

AT&T Among First U.S. Carriers to Offer LG G Watch

June 26, 2014 10:10 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

AT&T announced it will be “among the first U.S. carriers” to offer the LG G Watch. The carrier did not mention pricing and said it would be available in the coming weeks. The G Watch showed up during Google’s Android Wear demo at Wednesday’s developer conference. The smartwatch—priced at $230 and shipping July 3—is now available for pre-order in the Google Play store.

Police Ready to Follow Supreme Court Rules on Cell Phone Searches

June 26, 2014 9:09 am | by Tami Abdollah, Associated Press | News | Comments

From Los Angeles to New York, and in San Diego, Chicago and Houston, officials met to discuss Wednesday's unanimous ruling that could make it harder for officers to quickly find incriminating evidence. The ruling prohibits law enforcement from searching an arrestee's cellphone without a warrant unless a person's safety or life may be in danger.

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Google Previews Android “L” Update, Announces Android TV

June 25, 2014 1:44 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Google today gave a preview of the upcoming L release of Android, due to be released in the fall.  At Google I/O, VP Sundar Pichai said the next iteration of the mobile operating system, featuring more than 5,000 new APIs, is designed for form factors beyond mobile. 

Justices Rule for Broadcasters in Fight with Aereo

June 25, 2014 11:54 am | by Mark Sherman, Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that a startup Internet company has to pay broadcasters when it takes television programs from the airwaves and allows subscribers to watch them on smartphones and other portable devices.

'Get a Warrant' to Search Cell Phones, Justices Say

June 25, 2014 11:08 am | by Mark Sherman, Associated Press | News | Comments

Cellphones are powerful devices unlike anything else police may find on someone they arrest, Chief Justice John Roberts said for the court. Because the phones contain so much information, police must get a warrant before looking through them, Roberts said.

Following Amazon Deal, BlackBerry Cuts 65 Consumer Apps Jobs

June 25, 2014 11:04 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

BlackBerry laid off 65 employees who worked on consumer applications development for the company. The cuts come shortly after BlackBerry announced a deal giving its customers access to the Amazon Appstore beginning in the fall. BlackBerry World, the company’s consumer app storefront, will stay open but BlackBerry will close the music and video portion of the store on July 21.

Samsung CFO Says 2Q Not Looking Too Good

June 25, 2014 10:32 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Samsung could be in line for another down financial report after two consecutive quarters of profits falling below estimates. Samsung’s CFO Lee Sang-hoon told reporters that the company’s second quarter earnings don’t “look too good,” according to the Wall Street Journal.

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AT&T Says DirecTV Deal Could Slow Price Hikes

June 25, 2014 9:41 am | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — AT&T's CEO told Congress Tuesday that his company's purchase of DirecTV will help slow increases in programming prices, but won't lead to a decrease in prices. CEO Randall Stephenson spoke to two Congressional committees to defend AT&T's $48.5 billion deal to buy the country's largest satellite TV broadcaster.

FirstNews Briefs: ZTE, Nexmo, Wayra, Telenor, Vodafone, Netgear

June 25, 2014 9:31 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

ZTE Corporation has unveiled the ZXONE 9700 Packet OTN series, its next generation packet optical transport platform (P-OTP). The ZXONE 9700 series features universal packet and optical data unit (ODU) switching capability, supports network evolution to beyond 100G and is compatible with software defined networking (SDN) technologies.

Google I/O to Show Off Smart Home Gadgets, Wearables

June 25, 2014 9:12 am | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — An Android update, wearable gadgets and so-called smart home devices are just some of the innovations Google is likely to show off at its two-day developer conference, which begins Wednesday in San Francisco. In recent years, the conference has focused on smartphones and tablets, but this year Google's Android operating system is expected to stretch —into cars, homes and smartwatches.

FirstNews Briefs: ROK Mobile, Gracenote, Open Garden, Mavenir, PixArt Imaging

June 24, 2014 11:32 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

ROK Mobile has enlisted Gracenote to help power its new ROK Music streaming service for personalized Internet radio. With Gracenote Rhythm, ROK users are able to create a constant stream of their favorite tunes based on Gracenote's algorithms and music data. Launching on July 4th, ROK Mobile is a new wireless phone service that provides unlimited voice, text and data for $49.99 per month, with no long-term contract.

San Francisco to App: Curb Parking Space Auctions

June 24, 2014 11:20 am | by Terry Collins and Martha Mendoza, Associated Press | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco's new crackdown on a mobile app that allows people to auction off their public parking spots marks yet another clash between innovative technologies and regulators trying to maintain law and order, public safety and a sense of social decorum.

AT&T Joins Sprint in Pushing Rural Service to Bolster Acquisition Hopes

June 24, 2014 11:13 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

In his prepared remarks, CEO Randall Stephenson outlines AT&T’s plans to bring broadband access to customers in 48 states, with 80 percent of the locations outside of the company’s wireline footprint. Using “fixed wireless” that combines dedicated spectrum and professional installation, he said the combined companies will be able to offer 15-20 Mbps home broadband to customers as part of a package or as a standalone service.

Congress Introduces Reworked Phone Unlocking Bill

June 24, 2014 10:29 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

U.S. Senators Monday announced new bipartisan legislation geared toward making it easier for consumers to unlock their cell phones and take them with to a new carrier. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Ranking Member Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) last year brought out the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act as a response to revisions to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

Review: Colors Come to Life in New Samsung Galaxy Tab S

June 24, 2014 10:07 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Samsung's new Galaxy Tab S tablet looks different. As soon as I turned on the screen, I noticed that the colors are stunning and vivid. Red looks redder, and greens are greener. The lawn and the trees in "Ghostbusters" look alive, as does a purple-tinted apparition. The Tab S is also thinner than other leading tablets, at a quarter of an inch (6.6 millimeters). The model with the smaller screen is lighter, too.

Sprint Unveils Exclusive Galaxy S5 'Sport'

June 23, 2014 1:05 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Sprint Monday announced that it is teaming up with Samsung for an exclusive version of the Samsung Galaxy S5. The new 'Sport' version of the S5 is part of a broader partnership with Under Armour and MapMyFitness to promote health tracking and fitness. 

Sprint Announces 30-Day Service Trial, Nationwide HD Voice

June 23, 2014 12:55 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Sprint today announced a new 30-day satisfaction guarantee, promising to refund device costs as well as waive service and activation fees for any new customers not happy with the carrier. Sprint previously offered to refund the cost of a device within the first 14 days but customers were still on the hook for prorated service and activation fees.

Report: Verizon Eyeing Dish Network’s Spectrum

June 23, 2014 11:22 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Verizon Wireless is interested in buying Dish Network’s spectrum, according to the New York Post. The companies have reportedly held informal talks about a possible deal for Dish’s spectrum holdings. Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam in May squashed rumors that Verizon might try to buy Dish but did admit that Dish has some interesting assets.

FirstNews Briefs: Eden Rock, T-Mobile, Panasonic, Anite, Vasona

June 23, 2014 11:20 am | by Wireless Week Stafff | News | Comments

Eden Rock Communications, LLC, a supplier of Self Organizing Network (SON) technologies and solutions, today announced the selection of Eden Rock Communications as a supplier of SON solutions to T-Mobile US, Inc. for its nationwide network. Eden Rock's centralized SON solution, Eden-NET, provides cloud software intelligence for 2G, 3G, and 4G networks for multiple RAN vendors. 

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