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Could New HTC One Tempt iPhone Users?

March 27, 2014 2:09 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

It looks like there could be some iPhone users considering a switch over to the dark side, namely Android. New numbers from CompareMyMobile.com, a UK shop that offers money for used phones, found that iPhone valuations were way up after HTC announced its new HTC One M8. 

FirstNews Briefs: Anritsu, Range Networks, DMI, Freewave Technologies

March 27, 2014 11:14 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Anritsu Company has developed the PTCRB-approved protocol test case for IMS Emergency Services. The test case is now available on the ME7834L Protocol Conformance Test (PCT) and Carrier Acceptance Test (CAT) system. Anritsu said it recently became the only supplier of approved test cases for this increasingly relevant technology during the PVG#64 meeting held in Beijing.

Sprint’s Son: “We Need Real Competition, Not Pseudo-Competition”

March 27, 2014 11:04 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Masayoshi Son said that if only the big two U.S. carriers are increasing market share—from 56 percent to 73 percent in the last five years—the U.S. wireless market will continue at status quo. “We would like to have partnership with the rural carriers which we do not overlap,” Son said while speaking with press after his keynote.

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SmartWatch, Episode 3: HTC One, Masayoshi Son, and March Madness!

March 27, 2014 10:45 am | Videos | Comments

In this week's episode of SmartWatch, brought to you by SanDisk, we take a look at HTC's new One flagship smartphone, as well as sneak peak at the Competitive Carriers Association's (CCA) annual expo. We also managed to get Stephen Elop's thoughts on just exactly why the Nokia/Microsoft deal has been delayed.  

Sprint's Son Pledges Spark Access, Financial Support for Rural Carriers

March 27, 2014 10:22 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Speaking Thursday at the CCA Global Expo Masayoshi Son talked about the need for teamwork between Sprint and the carrier members of the CCA in order to take a “real fight” to the AT&T and Verizon “duopoly.” And he had the GSMA Intelligence numbers to back up his doubt.

Report: NFC-Enabled Smartphone Shipments to Top 1.2B by 2018

March 27, 2014 10:14 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Smartphone makers will continue to include Near Field Communications (NFC) in their devices, whether or not consumers actually use the technology. According to IHS Technology, global shipments of cellphones equipped with NFC are set to surge by a factor of four from 2013 to 2018, reaching 1.2 billion units. 

Review: Windows Phone Innovations Show Promise

March 27, 2014 9:34 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

In the market for smartphones, Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 system is barely there. It's dwarfed by Apple's iOS and Google's Android systems in both attention and sales. But over the past few months, I have come to appreciate many of the software's innovations...

Samsung Galaxy S5 Upstaged by Early Carrier Launch

March 27, 2014 9:20 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The global launch of Samsung's latest smartphone has been upstaged by South Korean mobile network companies. SK Telecom, South Korea's largest mobile carrier, said it will start selling the Galaxy S5 on Thursday, two weeks before the scheduled sales launch on April 11.

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Sprint Bringing LTE to Smaller Carriers, and Vice Versa

March 26, 2014 6:37 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Sprint, the Competitive Carriers Association (CCA) and the NetAmerica Alliance are teaming up to help smaller rural carriers accelerate their deployment of LTE and, in turn, provide nationwide LTE roaming agreements between those carriers and Sprint.

CCA Expo: Broadcasters Require Trust in Incentive Auctions

March 26, 2014 2:41 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Rick Kaplan, executive vice president of strategic planning for the National Association of Broadcasters, said he's worried that broadcasters still need assurances from the FCC around how the upcoming incentive auctions will work. "One challenge is you want to be able to trust what you hear from the Commission," Kaplan said. 

CCA: FCC Wireless Chief Sees Need for Compromise on Auction Geography

March 26, 2014 12:04 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Roger Sherman didn’t even bring a prepared speech to CCA. Speaking at the CCA Global Expo Wednesday, the FCC’s acting wireless bureau chief instead focused on directly addressing key issues and questions from CCA CEO Steven K. Berry.

BlackBerry Lands New Federal Security Certification

March 26, 2014 10:54 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

According to a press release, the company's Secure Work Space for iOS and Android, a multi-platform containerization solution managed through BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 (BES10), is now Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-2 certified.

FirstNews Briefs: FreeWave, ParStream, Openet, OpenCloud, Newfield Wireless

March 26, 2014 10:24 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

FreeWave Technologies, a provider of secure M2M wireless networking solutions, today announced WavePoint; a high-speed wireless networking platform that securely communicates industrial data over long distances to enable M2M, broadband and SCADA applications.

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Sprint, T-Mobile, Dish Team Up to Plead Low-Band Spectrum Case to FCC

March 26, 2014 10:13 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Sprint, T-Mobile and Dish Network are teaming up to ensure smaller carriers can get their hands on low-band spectrum. Along with the Competitive Carriers Association and advocacy groups like Public Knowledge, the group is lobbying the FCC to adopt rules in the upcoming 600 MHz auctions that will benefit carriers other than AT&T and Verizon, who together hold the majority of available below-1 GHz spectrum licenses.

Report: Sprint to Launch HD Voice Nationwide by July

March 26, 2014 10:06 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Sprint has said it is committed to making the feature standard for mobile phones. It eliminates background noise and sound quality is enhanced. Sprint pitches the call quality as better than a landline. A typical phone without HD Voice offers four octaves of sound, while Sprint's HD Voice claims to offer seven. 

NYT Bringing Paid Subscription to New Mobile App

March 26, 2014 9:46 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The Times said in a statement that NYT Now is a new subscription plan created for an audience seeking more content than is currently available for free but at a lower price than the full news report. The company also rolled out Times Premier, which is a higher-tier plan that brings more content to readers. 

Facebook Buying Virtual-Reality Company for $2B

March 26, 2014 9:11 am | by Barbara Ortutay, Ryan Nakashima, AP Technology Writers | News | Comments

Facebook is buying virtual reality company Oculus, betting $2 billion that its technology will become a new way for people to communicate, learn or be entertained. "This is a long-term bet on the future of computing," said Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg Tuesday on a call with analysts.

HTC Rolls Out All New One, Coming to U.S. Carriers Today

March 25, 2014 11:53 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

HTC today announced its new One smartphone at events in New York and London. The phone will see U.S. release at AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile within the first few weeks of April. But starting today, customers will be able to buy the phone online from all the carriers mentioned. Verizon will have the phone available in-store starting today.

Obama to Propose Ending NSA's Phone Call Sweep

March 25, 2014 10:52 am | by Eileen Sullivan, Associated Press | News | Comments

The White House wants the National Security Agency to get out of the business of sweeping up and storing vast amounts of data on Americans' phone calls. The Obama administration this week is expected to propose that Congress overhaul the electronic surveillance program...

Ciao Mobile to Offer $10/Month Unlimited Sprint LTE with a Catch

March 25, 2014 10:45 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Ciao Mobile is a new MVNO entering the U.S. today on Sprint’s LTE network and it’s kicking things off with an intriguing offer of unlimited LTE for $10 a month. The Ciao Mobile Lite plan packages unlimited LTE data, talk and text for a ridiculously low price but there’s a catch: users will have to let a “targeted mobile app” kick out advertisements on their lock screen.

FirstNews Briefs: IBM, Peugot, Ravello, Deutsche Telekom, Axell, Daintree, LG

March 25, 2014 10:17 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

IBM and Peugot will integrate and analyze data from cars, phones, traffic signals, lights and other sources to deliver new customized solutions for drivers. Peugot automobiles will now be able to provide drivers with access to numerous channels such as mobile apps, websites, vehicle data, customer service, weather updates.

Bell Mobility Goes Lean: Using Performance Monitoring to Cut Waste

March 25, 2014 10:10 am | by Zlatko Zahirovic | Articles | Comments

Many network teams think of performance monitoring as an insurance policy. At Bell Mobility, we see things differently. In our world, performance monitoring is a way to cut waste from our CDMA, LTE, and HSPA+ based wireless network. For decades, businesses of all types have adopted the principles of Lean Manufacturing.

Luxottica Shares Rise Sharply on Google Glass Deal

March 25, 2014 9:27 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Shares in Italian eyewear maker Luxottica have risen sharply on the announcement that it will make frames for Google's new Internet-connected eyewear, the Google Glass. Luxottica shares were up 4.7 percent to 40.77 euros ($55.80) in Milan trading Tuesday.

Mozilla Appoints Brendan Eich to CEO Role

March 24, 2014 4:13 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Mozilla today announced that its board has appointed its current Chief Technology Officer, Brendan Eich, to the role of CEO, effective immediately. Eich was a Mozilla co-founder and was heavily involved in every aspect of Mozilla’s development starting from the original idea in 1998. 

FirstNews Briefs: IBM, Mosaik Solutions, Westell Technologies, On4

March 24, 2014 10:02 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

The Norwegian Public Roads Administration has selected IBM to design, build and deliver a new centralized road toll system across Norway. Drawing upon IBM's traffic system management experience and big data and analytics capabilities, the new toll system named "AutoPASS Grindgut" will process more than 470 million vehicle passages per year, accounting for approximately $1.3 billion in road user charges.

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