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Is Virgin Mobile Becoming the Home for No-Data Smartphones?

October 6, 2014 5:24 pm | by Ben Munson | Articles | Comments

A Virgin spokesperson confirmed there are no limitations on which Sprint-compatible devices can be used with the plan as long as they are Wi-Fi ready. As for the reasoning behind the unorthodox offering, the spokesperson simply indicated that Virgin understands “some people don’t need a ton of data.” Or in this case, any at all.

Virgin Mobile Changes Up Unlimited Plans

October 6, 2014 11:02 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Virgin Mobile today produced a batch of new unlimited plans. The $20 plan features 300 voice minutes, unlimited text, and Wi-Fi only but the other tiers all include variable amounts of high-speed data. For $35, customers can get unlimited text and either unlimited voice paired with 250 MB of high-speed data or 300 voice minutes paired with 2.5 GB of high-speed data.

T-Mobile CEO: We’re Porting at 3 to 1 from AT&T, Sprint, Verizon

October 6, 2014 10:22 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

T-Mobile CEO John Legere said his company is now porting customers over from AT&T, Sprint and Verizon at a rate of 3 to 1. Speaking at last week’s GeekWire Summit, Legere said that over the last few weeks T-Mobile has seen its porting ratio with AT&T and Verizon go from 2 to 1 to 3 to 1. He added that Sprint has made a “huge in-road” and actually lowered its ratio with T-Mobile from 4 to 1.

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Verizon Kills Redbox Instant Joint Venture

October 6, 2014 9:33 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Verizon's joint venture with Outerwall's Redbox hasn't seen the kind of popularity that competitor Netflix has enjoyed...                                                                                          

FirstNews Briefs: AT&T, Adobe, Asus, Sito Mobile, Eta Devices

October 6, 2014 9:25 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Adobe today announced it is shipping a new release of Creative Cloud. This major release includes feature updates to 13 CC desktop tools that link to a new family of integrated mobile apps. Adobe also launched a public beta of a Creative SDK that enables the delivery of mobile apps that connect to Creative Cloud.

HP Separating Consumer Devices and Enterprise Businesses

October 6, 2014 9:11 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The planned breakup follows other big companies that have spun off business units in order to drive growth. EBay Inc. this month said it would spin off its fastest growing segment, payment service PayPal, into a separate and publicly traded company.

Sprint Begins Layoffs, Expecting $160M Charge in Next Quarter

October 3, 2014 4:30 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Sprint today revealed it began a series of layoffs on Sept. 30 and expects the job cuts will conclude on Oct. 31. In an SEC filing, Sprint said its “workforce reduction plan” is geared toward helping it “reduce costs and help become more competitive in the marketplace.” The company is expecting a charge of $160 million to show up on its next-quarter results.

FCC Fines Marriott $600,000 for Jamming Guests' Wi-Fi

October 3, 2014 2:48 pm | by Scott Mayerowitz, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Marriott International will pay the government a $600,000 fine for jamming conference attendees' own Wi-Fi networks at one of its hotels, forcing them instead to pay as much as $1,000 each to use the hotel's own connection.

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Review: iPhone 6 Prompts New Batch of Nifty Accessories

October 3, 2014 2:10 pm | by Andrew Berg | Articles | Comments

With the launch of every new iPhone comes an onslaught of cases and accessories. The iPhone 6 is no exception. Here's a few of the standouts we've seen hit the market over the past couple weeks.                                                                  

Sprint Offers Free Calling to Mexico

October 3, 2014 1:34 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Sprint today introduced free calling to Mexico and nine other Hispanic and Latin America countries. Customers who sign up for Sprint’s $60 Unlimited Plan, Family Share Pack plans and Simply Unlimited now through Dec. 5 will get 500 minutes monthly for calls to Mexico, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Spain, Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, El Salvador, Peru and Costa Rica.

HTC Profits Slow in 3Q

October 3, 2014 10:03 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

HTC’s newly released unaudited third-quarter numbers show a net profit of about $21 million from $1.37 billion in quarterly revenue. The new numbers dipped below HTC second-quarter unaudited results of $72 million in net profit on quarterly revenue exceeding $2.17 billion. Despite the sales decline, HTC still beat analysts’ profit estimates for the quarter.

FirstNews Briefs: Huawei, OPNFV, Verizon, Tesla, Orange, Anite, Sierra Wireless

October 3, 2014 9:32 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Verizon Communications has named Diego Scotti its chief marketing officer, effective Oct. 6. Scotti will lead marketing efforts for all of Verizon's wireless and wireline business units. Diego most recently served as the CMO at J.Crew.

Football Stadiums Go High Tech with Mobile Gear

October 3, 2014 9:12 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

The temptation to stay home goes beyond cost. Equipped with high-definition televisions, Wi-Fi and laptops, tablets and smartphones, fans at home can watch multiple games on Sunday while simultaneously checking their fantasy rosters and celebrating (or taunting) friends via text.

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EU Gives Facebook Go Ahead for $19B WhatsApp Buy

October 3, 2014 9:07 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The 28-nation bloc's executive Commission said Friday the deal may go ahead because consumers will continue to have...                                                                                          

Report: Iliad to Pursue Bigger Stake in T-Mobile

October 2, 2014 4:25 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Iliad will revise its current bid for T-Mobile and aim for a larger stake in the U.S. carrier, according to Bloomberg. The French mobile provider will still be offering $33 a share but will go after a “significantly larger stake” than the 56.6 percent it originally bid to acquire from T-Mobile majority-owner Deutsche Telekom (DT).

Softbank Invests $250M in Joint Venture with Legendary

October 2, 2014 4:17 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

According to a press release, Softbank is pumping $250 million into a joint venture that aims to exploit Legendary's...                                                                              

CTIA Files to Intervene in NAB-FCC Lawsuit

October 2, 2014 3:03 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

CTIA today filed a motion with the District of Columbia Court of Appeals to intervene in support of the FCC over the lawsuit filed by the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB). The NAB and the Sinclair Broadcast Group are petitioning for a review of an FCC order establishing rules for the upcoming Incentive Auctions. The lawsuit is challenging the FCC’s order, saying it doesn’t do enough to protect broadcasters who opt out.

SmartWatch, Episode 21: #Bendgate – Apple Haters Take It All Out on iPhone 6

October 2, 2014 12:11 pm | by Wireless Week | Videos | Comments

In this episode of SmartWatch, we take a look at the recent controversy that calls into question the durability of Apple’s new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. You might be surprised at what Consumer Reports had to say about all the hubbub. While the iPhone 6 might not be the strongest phone on the market it could possibly be the most loved and hated device in history. All this and more in this our 21st episode of SmartWatch.

Dish Locks Up Joint-Bidding Agreements for AWS-3 Auction

October 2, 2014 11:07 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Dish Network is all set for the FCC’s November AWS-3 auction and the satellite provider has inked some joint-bidding agreements as well. According to FCC filings, Dish has signed agreements with Northstar Wireless and SNR Wireless. As Reuters points out, Dish has indirect ownership in both companies.

FirstNews Briefs: NVIDIA, Honda, ARM, DirecTV, AT&T, Nex-Tech, United Wireless, Amazon

October 2, 2014 10:18 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

NVIDIA today announced that its NVIDIA Tegra mobile processor will power the new Honda Connect in-car audio and information system in the 2015 Honda Civic, Civic Tourer and CR-V, which will be launched in Europe next year.

Verizon Cans Plans to Throttle Unlimited Customers

October 2, 2014 10:07 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Verizon said in a statement that it "greatly valued the ongoing dialogue over the past several months concerning network optimization" and had subsequently...                                                                    

Review: Is Paying by Phone Really Easier than Plastic?

October 2, 2014 9:40 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

In theory, mobile-payment services such as Google Wallet are easy to use. You simply download an app and enter your card information. With Apple Pay, you can even snap a picture of the card or use the one you already use with Apple's iTunes.

San Francisco Expands Free Public Wi-Fi Access

October 2, 2014 9:33 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

"This network will make the web more accessible than ever for thousands of our neighbor — getting online is as easy as heading to the local park," Rebecca Prozan, Google's public policy and government affairs manager, said in a statement.

Some Mobile Games Stay Fun So Much Longer Than Others

October 1, 2014 3:28 pm | by Ben Munson | Blogs | Comments

At an average cost of less than a soda, mobile games are disposable. It’s not uncommon for a mobile game (particularly free ones) to get a good couple of weeks on a device before getting deleted. And those are the lucky ones. It’s the kind of culture that makes IPOs from the Candy Crush people look negligent.

Verizon Joins AT&T, Sprint in Double Data Frenzy

October 1, 2014 1:21 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Verizon today announced it, like AT&T and Sprint, will be doubling the data allowances for some of its More Everything plans. From Oct. 2 through Oct. 31, customers who sign up for 20 GB, 30 GB, 40 GB, and 50 GB plans will get twice the data for the same monthly fee. In addition, the promotion is bumping the 12 GB plan up to 15 GB and the 16 GB plan up to 30 GB.

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