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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.

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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: 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.

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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.

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.

iPhone 6 at Sprint Gets $50 Unlimited Everything

September 9, 2014 5:20 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Along with the special iPhone plan pricing, Sprint is introducing the “iPhone for Life” plan allowing customers to get the 16GB iPhone 6 for zero down and $20 a month. The cost represents a large discount over the installment-pricing carriers featured for the iPhone 5s—AT&T requires 24 monthly payments of $27.09 and T-Mobile requires 24 monthly payments of $25.

Apple Watch Steals Show at iPhone 6 Launch Event

September 9, 2014 3:08 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

While the iPhone's new camera remains at 8 megapixels, Apple has always excelled at upgrading its sensor, which it has done again with these latest models. When shooting in burst mode, Apple has built in software that can detect smiles and blinks and the recommend the best shot. 

Cloudberry Launching Carrier-Neutral Small Cell Network

September 9, 2014 11:44 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The company is using 2.6 GHz spectrum for its small cell network and engineering it so users will automatically jump on once the signal is stronger than their carrier’s. Cloudberry says this model can be replicated in other markets globally.

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Amazon Slashes Price of Fire Phone

September 9, 2014 11:21 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon slashed the price of its Fire smartphone Monday, a day before Apple is expected to unveil its latest version of the iPhone. The online retailer said the Fire with 32 gigabytes of memory will now cost 99 cents when customers sign a two-year contract with AT&T. That's down from $199.

Smartphones, Apps Lending Intelligence to Cars

September 9, 2014 10:55 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Technology being honed by French auto parts maker Valeo uses a dozen ultrasonic sound-wave sensors, 360-degree cameras and a laser scanner to safely park within a few centimeters of other vehicles. Then, when you're done with dinner or a business meeting, the car will return to you after another swipe of the thumb.

Industry, Consumers Await Today's iPhone Announcement

September 9, 2014 10:52 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple is likely to provide the first peek at its wearable device at an event set to begin at 10 a.m. PDT in the same Silicon Valley auditorium where Apple's late co-founder, Steve Jobs, unveiled the industry-shifting Mac computer 25 years ago.

SMW: BlackBerry’s John Sims Maps the Enterprise Road Ahead

September 9, 2014 10:30 am | by Ben Munson | Articles | Comments

John Sims hasn’t been with BlackBerry long but he goes way back with CEO John Chen. BlackBerry's president of global enterprise services is excited to be a part of Chen’s quest to rebuild BlackBerry. Ahead of his Day One CTIA talk outlining new mobile challenges for IT and the risks of not making mobility a boardroom-level priority, Sims spoke with us about his transition from SAP, BlackBerry’s focus on security and the evolving MDM space.

FirstNews Briefs: Dell, Ceragon, Carrier iQ, RacoWireless

September 9, 2014 10:22 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Ceragon Networks Ltd. today announced that together with Bell Mobility, the wireless services division of Bell Canada, it has successfully deployed a commercial 4x4 MIMO in Canada. Based on Ceragon’s compact, multi-core FibeAir IP-20C solution, the live link provides 1.6 Gbps of capacity over a single 40MHz channel.

SMW: CTIA CEO Meredith Attwell Baker Puts Spectrum First

September 9, 2014 10:00 am | by Ben Munson | Articles | Comments

Meredith Attwell Baker has returned to CTIA in time for its biggest show yet. Stepping in for departing CEO Steve Largent, Attwell Baker brings her experience at the FCC, NTIA and Comcast-NBC Universal along for her second CTIA stint. Ahead of Super Mobility Week, Attwell Baker spoke with Wireless Week about her focus on finding available mobile broadband spectrum, spectrum report cards and preserving the open internet on mobile networks.

AT&T Expands Digital Life to Home Health Monitoring

September 8, 2014 7:57 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

AT&T said it aims to help those that need extra care to safely and independently remain in their own home and provide peace of mind for their family. Specifically, the Digital Life Care will provide real-time monitoring and accurate alerts related to eating, personal care, mobility, medication schedule and more.

Alibaba Seeks to Raise Up to $24.3B in IPO Record

September 8, 2014 12:29 pm | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

China's Alibaba Group is seeking to raise up to $24.3 billion in its upcoming IPO — an amount that would be the most raised by a company in a stock market debut. The e-commerce company and its early investors are hoping to sell up to 368 million shares for $60 to $66 apiece, according to a regulatory filing late Friday that sets the stage for Alibaba Group Ltd. to make its long-awaited debut on the New York Stock Exchange later this month.

AT&T, Intel Team Up on High-Fashion Wearable MICA

September 8, 2014 12:17 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The MICA comes in white and black snakeskin with pearls, tiger’s eye, and lapis. Besides the fashion, MICA sports a 1.6-inch sapphire touch-screen display that will receive SMS and notifications. It will come with a cellular connection meaning no smartphone needed.

Analysts: iPhone 6 Has to Be Bigger, Better Than Competition

September 8, 2014 12:11 pm | by Ben Munson | Articles | Comments

BTIG estimates that at AT&T, which has the highest iPhone install base, only 22 percent of that base was eligible for an upgrade. Coming up on the next iPhone release, due to the new Mobile Share Value plan, BTIG estimates 55 percent of AT&T iPhone customers will be eligible.

Verizon Launching Car Share Program Via Smartphone App

September 8, 2014 11:35 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Verizon today announced that Verizon Auto Share, the carrier’s secure car share program, will be available by the end of 2014. Pricing hasn’t been announced yet. The program will allow users to download a mobile application that can locate a vehicle and then scan a QR code to gain access and pay for rental. The carrier is planning on working with car rental companies, auto dealers and other companies.

FirstNews Briefs: T-Mobile, Boingo, Sierra Wireless, Averna, Cal-Bay Systems

September 8, 2014 11:08 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Boingo Wireless today announced S.M.A.R.T. Networks, a new approach to providing public Wi-Fi access in airports and other large-scale venues. Boingo’s new S.M.A.R.T network design – which stands for Secure, Multiplatform, Analytics-Driven, Responsive and Tiered – is based on usage data that identified multiple classes of users with significantly different connection and usage profiles.

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