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FirstNews Briefs: GIV Mobile, Gogo, u-blox, O2

August 7, 2014 10:49 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Gogo, a global aero communications service provider, today announced that it has received a supplemental type certificate (STC) from the FAA to install its Gogo Vision wireless in-flight entertainment product on commercial aircraft with or without Gogo's connectivity service.

T-Mobile: We’ll Overtake Sprint in Total Customers by Year’s End

August 7, 2014 10:33 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

In a press release touting his company’s new dominance in the prepaid space, T-Mobile CEO John Legere voiced the fairly safe assumption that T-Mobile would surpass Sprint in total customers by the end of 2014. “As a matter of fact, I’m going on record—I predict we’ll overtake Sprint in total customers by the end of this year. Not someday. Not next year. This year,” Legere said in a statement.

Microsoft Offers Nokia Workers Free Handset to Leave Jobs

August 7, 2014 10:26 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Microsoft is preparing to cut approximately 4,700 jobs at its Nokia handset factory in Beijing, leaving only 300 workers. The plan was met with protests by Nokia workers there. The news comes as Microsoft has already announced that it plans to slash 18,000 jobs over the next year, many of which will come from the recently acquired Nokia handset business. 

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Will Scrapped Sprint-T-Mobile Deal Mean Lower Prices?

August 7, 2014 9:26 am | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Lower cellphone bills seem like a good thing for consumers. But T-Mobile and Sprint are already losing money and AT&T's profits are down. (Verizon, as the market leader, is doing fine.) This matters because U.S. wireless carriers invest more in their networks than European companies, and higher profits in the U.S. are a big part of the reason.

China Clamps Down on Messaging Services

August 7, 2014 9:20 am | by Didi Tang, Associated Press | News | Comments

The government announced that only established media companies will be allowed to release political and social news. That would curtail a growing trend in use of instant messaging services by journalists and scholars to distribute independent news reports and commentary.

Timex, AT&T Partner on Smartwatch That Doesn’t Need a Phone

August 6, 2014 11:17 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Timex today announced the Ironman One GPS+, a smartwatch that connects directly to AT&T’s HSPA network without any help from a phone. Priced at $400, the One GPS+ comes with one free year of AT&T connectivity for customers in the U.S. and Canada. An AT&T spokesman said the carrier is not yet announcing pricing for service after the free year is up.

Analysts: Sprint, Claure Need to Move Now to Reaffirm Value Leadership

August 6, 2014 11:00 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Incoming CEO Marcelo Claure will still have his hands full as he looks to reassure investors that Sprint has a plan beyond buying T-Mobile. Already shares of Sprint were down 15 percent Wednesday morning on reports that SoftBank was killing the deal for T-Mobile.

FirstNews Briefs: BlackBerry, CTIA, Wipit, QiStone+

August 6, 2014 10:37 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

CTIA-The Wireless Association announced Twitter CEO Dick Costolo, Pro Football Hall of Fame Running Back and PROVA Group, Inc. Chairman and Founder Emmitt Smith and Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf have joined the keynote lineup for Super Mobility Week, September 9, 10 & 11, 2014 at the Sands Expo & Convention Center in Las Vegas.

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Sprint CEO Hesse Out, T-Mobile Merger Off

August 6, 2014 10:16 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Sprint this morning confirmed reports that CEO Dan Hesse is leaving the company. Brightstar CEO Marcelo Claure will take over as President and CEO at Sprint, effective Aug. 11. “In the short-term, we will focus on becoming extremely cost efficient and competing aggressively in the marketplace. While consolidating makes sense in the long-term, for now, we will focus on growing and repositioning Sprint,” Claure said in a statement.

Samsung, Apple Easing Off Legal Fight

August 6, 2014 9:48 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

"Samsung and Apple have agreed to drop all litigation between the two companies outside the United States," the South Korean company said in a statement. "This agreement does not involve any licensing arrangements, and the companies are continuing to pursue the existing cases in U.S. courts."

Report: T-Mobile Rejects Iliad’s Buyout Offer

August 5, 2014 4:13 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

T-Mobile is rejecting Iliad’s surprise bid to buy out the carrier, according to the Wall Street Journal. But Reuters is reporting that Iliad is already reaching out to other investors in an attempt to sweeten the deal. The carrier has reportedly talked with Dish Network, Cox Communications and Charter Communications.

Report: Apple Launching New iPhones Sept. 9

August 5, 2014 3:41 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Apple will hold an iPhone event on Sept. 9, according to Re/code. The date, falling on a traditional Tuesday for iPhone announcements, comes from John Paczkowski. Last year, his colleague Ina Fried—back when both worked at All Things D—correctly reported the iPhone 5S and 5C would be announced on Sept. 10. The current iPhone models were then released on Sept. 20.

Philips, Accenture Push Wearables Concept to Healthcare Space

August 5, 2014 11:04 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

When a wearable display and the Emotiv Insight Brainware, which scans EEG brainwaves, are connected to a tablet, users can issue brain commands to control Philips products, which include Philips Lifeline Medical Alert Service, a Smart TV and the Philips Hue lighting system. The tablet also allows control of these products using eye and voice commands. 

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Report: BlackBerry CEO Tells Employees Job Cuts Are Done

August 5, 2014 10:58 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

BlackBerry has completed a three-year restructuring process that saw the company reduce its workforce by nearly 60 percent. Reuters obtained an internal memo sent by CEO John Chen who said that the job cuts are done and that the company would soon begin hiring new employees for product development, sales and customer service.

Verizon to FCC: Throttling Unlimited Users “Widely Accepted”

August 5, 2014 10:21 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Verizon has officially responded to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler after the Commissioner criticized the carrier’s decision to start slowing data speeds for some unlimited plan customers on its LTE network. The United States’ largest carrier called the practice “widely accepted,” according to Reuters. Verizon CEO Dan Mead, to whom the FCC’s letter was addressed, said the policy was in line with FCC principles.

FirstNews Briefs: Syniverse, Synchronoss, SIMalliance, Dialogic

August 5, 2014 10:18 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Synchronoss Technologies, Inc., a provider of cloud solutions and software-based activation for connected devices across the globe, today announced that its Integrated Life Platform will be leveraged by Time Warner Cable in its home security and home management solution, IntelligentHome.

Report: Xiaomi Rises to Top Smartphone Maker in China

August 5, 2014 10:03 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

According to new numbers from research firm Canalys, Xiaomi has risen from being a niche player to become the leading smart phone vendor in the world’s largest market, overtaking Samsung in volume terms in second quarter. Canalys reports that Xiaomi grabbed a 14 percent share of the Chinese market, on the back of 240 percent annual growth.

LinkedIn Settles on $6M in Unpaid Wages, Damages

August 5, 2014 9:44 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Labor said an investigation found LinkedIn Corp. in violation of overtime and record-keeping rules that are part of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act. It said the violations occurred at company branches in California, Illinois, Nebraska and New York.

Alternatives to Passwords Gain Traction on Mobile

August 5, 2014 9:41 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

They're a pain to use, and they aren't secure when they are based on easy-to-guess digits, such as a birth date or street address. Many people don't bother using them on phones, even though that means any thief can get instant access to email, banking apps and more. Fortunately, phone makers have started to come up with alternatives to passcodes.

Report: DoT Leans Toward Banning In-Flight Cell Phone Calls

August 4, 2014 11:16 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The Department of Transportation (DoT) is leaning toward an outright ban on in-flight cell phone calls, according to the Wall Street Journal. The agency plans to publish a NPRM by the end of the year that will outline its objections and open the conversation for public comments. The DoT’s focus is on calls and not texting or cellular data use.

FCC May Spoil Sprint, T-Mo Joint Bidding Plans

August 4, 2014 10:25 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

“We must make sure that the biggest providers are not able to limit broad participation in the spectrum auction,” FCC Wireless Telecommunications Bureau Chief Roger C. Sherman wrote in a blog post. “Therefore, the item tentatively concludes that joint bidding arrangements between nationwide providers should not be allowed.”

Analysts: Iliad 'Free' Strategy Could Cripple U.S. Carrier Earnings

August 4, 2014 10:25 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

According new research from Strategy Analytics, Iliad's "Free" has had a dramatic impact on the French market, driving a 29 percent decline in service revenue and 19 percent decline in EBITDA since its launch. Strategy Analytics also notes that Iliad’s founder, Xavier Niel, is also an investor in Israel’s Golan Telecom...

FirstNews Briefs: BroadSoft, Ingram Micro, Motorola Solutions, Wireless Ronin

August 4, 2014 10:22 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

BroadSoft, Inc. today announced a new, hosted Unified Communications offering for the hospitality industry, UC-One Hospitality. UC-One Hospitality will allow hospitality properties to create customized communications services using targeted pricing, packaging, service authentication and digital content presentations.

Microsoft Suing Samsung Over Android Royalties

August 4, 2014 9:33 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

After initially refusing to pay royalties in the second year of the deal, Samsung made a late payment in November but did not add on interest, according to a redacted copy of the complaint filed in federal court in New York and provided by Microsoft.

Wideband LTE’s Time is Now as Carrier Aggregation Waits in the Wings

July 31, 2014 3:36 pm | by Ben Munson | Articles | Comments

Carrier aggregation is only one component of the emerging LTE-Advanced feature set but it’s received the most attention so far. Maybe that’s because it’s more fun to say than Relay Nodes but more likely it’s because of the phone-melting downlink speeds it’s capable of producing. South Korea’s SK Telecom earlier this year successfully stitched together three LTE bands (one 20 MHz and two 10 MHz) and was able to support speeds up to 300 Mbps.

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