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Old Habits at Samsung, LG Embarrass Them Abroad

April 3, 2014 9:38 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

When Samsung unveiled a new smartphone at the storied Radio City Music Hall, the Broadway-style spectacle was memorable not for technology but for a cast of giggling female characters who fantasized about marrying a doctor, fretted about eating too much cake...

Samsung Hooks Unsuspecting Obama as Phone As Star

April 3, 2014 9:15 am | by 
Tali Arbel, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Boston Red Sox baseball player David Ortiz snapped a selfie with the president at a White House event using a Samsung phone and tweeted it to his followers Tuesday. It was resent by tens of thousands of Twitter users, and Samsung retweeted the photo as an ad. 

Verizon Matches AT&T with New More Everything Promotion

April 2, 2014 5:48 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Verizon Wireless today quietly adjusted its More Everything plans with cuts that bring its offering more in line with rival AT&T. Verizon's MORE Everything plans now bring monthly per-line smartphone access fees down to $15 for those customers who subscribe to Verizon's Edge upgrade program.


T-Mobile Backtracks on Nixing Employer Discounts

April 2, 2014 2:52 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

In an updated blog post on the matter, Legere said he's "been doing a lot of listening to our customers," and as a result everyone enrolled in the Advantage Program or who applied to enroll before April 1 will be able to keep a rate plan discount as long as they work at a participating employer and remain on a qualifying plan.

Microsoft Reveals Siri-like Windows Phone Feature

April 2, 2014 1:40 pm | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Microsoft is showcasing a new virtual assistant as part of an upcoming update for Windows phones. The assistant, named Cortana, tries to be chatty like Siri on Apple's iPhones and iPads, while anticipating information you might want, like Google Now on Android devices.

AT&T Not Bringing Text-to-911 to Cricket’s CDMA Network

April 2, 2014 12:35 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

AT&T is coming along with its voluntary commitment to deploy text-to-911 service on its networks. But the carrier won’t be bringing that technology to Cricket Wireless, at least while AT&T’s newly acquired prepaid carrier still runs on CDMA.

C Spire Wireless Paying ETFs for Customers Who Switch

April 2, 2014 11:13 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The regional carrier, headquartered in Mississippi, announced the ETF program as “back and better than ever.” Customers will need to pick a C Spire plan and device, port over their number, fill out the ETF form within 90 days and C Spire will kick back a $200 ETF credit within 60 days of getting the form.

BlackBerry’s Split with T-Mobile Doesn’t Look Smart

April 2, 2014 10:55 am | by Ben Munson | Blogs | Comments

April Fools’ Day is over, right? Technically, news of BlackBerry not renewing T-Mobile’s license to sell its phones came yesterday. But we checked and, it’s real. That means BlackBerry, a once-mighty handset maker that is now barely clinging to life, told the hottest U.S. carrier that it can’t sell BlackBerry devices anymore. This move seems counter-intuitive to say the least.


Samsung Using Google as Shield in Patent Fight

April 2, 2014 10:53 am | by Martha Mendoza, AP National Writer | News | Comments

"Not one of the accused features on this phone was designed, much less copied, by anyone at Samsung," Samsung attorney Peter Quinn said. "The accused features on this phone were developed independently by some of the software engineers at Google, up the road in Mountain View."

FirstNews Briefs: Telefonica, Tesla, Westell, Telit, Smokio

April 2, 2014 10:50 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Telefónica today announced an agreement with Tesla to provide M2M connectivity for the Tesla Model S in Europe. Telefónica and its M2M World Alliance partners will provide connectivity for Model S across multiple countries in Europe, including in Germany and the United Kingdom on Telefónica’s O2 network, in Spain on Movistar, and in the Netherlands on KPN.

Sprint April Press Event: 'Hear It for Yourself'

April 2, 2014 10:32 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Sprint today sent out invitations to a press event in New York. The cryptic tagline on the invite was "Hear it for yourself," and could be a reference to the company's HD Voice product. The event comes after Sprint CEO Dan Hesse announced it would take HD Voice nationwide in July.

Samsung Launches Smart Home Service

April 2, 2014 10:09 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Samsung is advancing its master plan to connect all of its devices with today's launch of Samsung Smart Home in the United States and Korea. In a statement, Samsung said the service features a single app that allows users to connect and control home appliances, TVs and mobile devices. 

BlackBerry Revokes T-Mobile’s License to Sell Its Phones

April 2, 2014 9:53 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

BlackBerry today announced it will not be renewing T-Mobile’s license to sell BlackBerry products after it expires April 25. In a blog post, BlackBerry promised that existing BlackBerry users on T-Mobile would not experience any lapse in support and that it would continue to support any customers who purchase BlackBerry devices from T-Mobile’s remaining inventory.


FirstNews Briefs: Sequans, China Telecom, Brightstar, SoftBank, Wireless Power Consortium

April 1, 2014 11:17 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

4G chipmaker Sequans Communications S.A. announced that two of its device manufacturing partners in China, Datang Mobile and DareGlobal, have been awarded contracts to provide Sequans-powered TD-LTE end user devices to China Telecom for the operator’s commercial launch of TD-LTE service beginning in Q2.

Sprint, T-Mobile Caution FCC on AT&T All-IP Trials

April 1, 2014 11:09 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Sprint and T-Mobile are calling into question AT&T's recently approved IP-network trials in Florida and Alabama, saying the initiative is holding back the rest of the industry's move to develop cross-carrier IP interconnections. "AT&T’s proposed experiment is putting the cart before the horse," Sprint wrote...

Microsoft CEO Reshuffles Exec Team, Names Elop EVP of Devices

April 1, 2014 11:03 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is moving his executive teams around and appointing former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop as the executive vice president of the devices group. Elop, who had been rumored as a candidate to replace recently depart Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, will report directly to Nadella in his new role. Elop will also have a hand in developing the Xbox, according to Reuters.

Virgin Mobile Intros Sprint Spark-Enabled Hotspot for $99

April 1, 2014 10:39 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The Netgear Mingle will run $99 for Virgin customers and will take advantage of all three of Sprint’s LTE bands as well as the carrier’s 3G network. The hotspot will be available for Virgin’s Broadband2Go with no-contract offers starting at $5 a day for 250MB and jumping to monthly plans that run $25 for 1.5GB and $55 for 6GB of high-speed data.

Choosing Jury in Apple-Samsung Case May Be Hard

April 1, 2014 9:47 am | by Martha Mendoza, AP National Writer | News | Comments

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Jury selection promised to be a challenge for the world's leading smartphone makers as they continued their patent fight in federal court on Tuesday. The trial in Silicon Valley marks the latest round in a long-running series of lawsuits between Apple Inc. and Samsung, with the companies accusing each other of stealing ideas and features.

Report: Kill Switch Could Save Americans $2.6B Annually

April 1, 2014 9:37 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Whether you're for or against mandatory kill switch technology in smartphones, at least one study says such a feature could saved consumers bundles. According to a study conducted by Creighton University Professor Dr. William Duckworth, kill switch technology could save Americans up to $2.6 billion per year...

T-Mobile Nixes Employer Discounts

March 31, 2014 5:13 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

T-Mobile's latest Un-Carrier moved announced today will do away with discounts for large companies.  In the interest of simplifying the company's pricing plans across the board, T-Mobile will do away with discounted plans for large employers. Writing in a blog...

BlackBerry Wins Ruling Against iPhone Keyboard

March 31, 2014 3:51 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Troubled smartphone maker BlackBerry has won an early round in its legal battle against an iPhone keyboard made by a startup co-founded by "American Idol" host Ryan Seacrest. A court order bans Seacrest's company, Typo Products LLC, from selling its iPhone keyboard in the U.S. while BlackBerry Ltd. proceeds with a patent infringement case against the product. 

FCC AWS-3 Plans Get Mixed Reaction

March 31, 2014 3:13 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The FCC today issued an official report and order that sets rules for the upcoming auction of 65 MHz of spectrum in the AWS-3 band, specifically in the 1695-1710 MHz, 1755-1780 MHz, and 2155-2180 MHz bands. The report and order establishes a band plan that makes spectrum available in a mix of spectrum block and geographic license area sizes...

FCC Opens 100 MHz of 5 GHz Spectrum for Unlicensed Wi-Fi Use

March 31, 2014 2:53 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The new report and order focused on relaxing the rules governing the operation of Unlicensed National Information Infrastructure (U-NII) in the 5 GHz band, specifically removing current restriction on indoor-only use and increasing the permissible power in the 5.150-5.250 GHz band.

FirstNews Briefs: Broadcom, Hilti, AT&T, Motorola Solutions, Netgear

March 31, 2014 10:32 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Broadcom Corporation today announced the expansion of its XLP®II multi-core communications processors family with the XLP500 Series. Featuring 32 NXCPUs and 80 Gbps performance, the XLP500 Series delivers up to 4X the per-core performance of competing processors.

AT&T Plans Fourth 300 Million-Share Buyback in Four Years

March 31, 2014 10:28 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

AT&T today announced its plans to buy back 300 million shares, representing approximately six percent of the company’s outstanding shares. This is the fourth 300 million-share buyback AT&T has announced in the past four years—the previous three came December 2010, July 2012 and March 2013.

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