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Senate Judiciary Committee Approves Unlocking Bill

July 10, 2014 2:10 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Ranking Member Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and their cosponsors last year brought out the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act as a response to revisions to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

Meredith Attwell Baker Takes Top CTIA Post

April 23, 2014 10:26 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

CTIA's President and CEO Steve Largent is handing over the reigns to former FCC commissioner...

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...

CTIA, Broadcasters Prove Viability of Spectrum Sharing

March 28, 2014 10:25 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The Wireless Association today released a report on its efforts to test spectrum channel sharing...

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MWC Highlights Innovation Beyond iOS and Android

February 27, 2014 10:27 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

A look at some little-known systems at the Mobile World Congress wireless show in Barcelona, Spain, this week -- Many of them aren't even available in the U.S.,  although they may not be replacing an Android or iOS phone, some of these alternative phones have impressive features.

MWC: Will Incentives Drive Adoption of Mobile Payments?

February 26, 2014 3:23 pm | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

Many people use their smartphones to watch video, play games and wake them up in the morning. Some even use them to generate digital boarding passes to fly. So why not use phones to buy stuff at retail stores as well? A variety of mobile wallet systems store credit or debit card information on phones in encrypted form...

MWC Day 3 Briefs: Eurotech, lark, Dialog Semiconductor, LitePoint, Telenity

February 26, 2014 3:08 pm | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Eurotech, a leading supplier of embedded technologies, products and systems, today announces the ReliaCELL, a rugged, mountable cellular adapter designed to integrate with the Internet of Things (IoT), M2M and enterprise appliances for fast and highly-reliable cellular connectivity. 

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IBM Offers Watson to Mobile Developers

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

The company Wednesday launched the IBM Watson Mobile Developer Challenge, which seeks to facillitate the creation of mobile consumer and business apps powered by Watson. Virginia Rometty, CEO of IBM, made the announcement during a keynote at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. 

MWC: BlackBerry Launches 2 New Phones, Upgrades Services

February 25, 2014 9:48 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

BlackBerry Tuesday unveiled a pair of new handsets, one of which is in keeping with CEO John Chen's committment to addressing emerging markets. The Canadian OEM unveiled a successor to the Q10, the BlackBerry Q20, which features...

MWC: Qualcomm Intros Pair of 64-Bit Chips, LTE-A Chip for Cars

February 24, 2014 3:59 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Qualcomm today took the wraps off a pair of new 64-bit processors, the Snapdragon 610 and 615. Both the 610 and 615 support LTE and join the recently announced Snapdragon 410 in Qualcomm’s 64-bit portfolio. The 610 performed quad-core processing while the 615 houses an octo-core solution.

MWC: Samsung Unveils Galaxy S5, Gear Fit Health Tracker

February 24, 2014 3:11 pm | News | Comments

After selling 200 million Galaxy devices to date, Samsung today unveiled the Galaxy S5 at the Unpacked 5 event at Mobile World Congress. Following a mini concert by the Barcelona Opera House chamber orchestra, Samsung CEO JK Shin emerged, standing in front of a huge screen displaying the four previous iterations of Galaxy flagship devices.

More Briefs from MWC: Nexmo, Ruckus Wireless, Keynote, Boingo, Telit

February 24, 2014 2:39 pm | News | Comments

Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain officially kicked off today. Here's a look at announcements coming out of the first day of the show, inlcuding news from Nexmo, Ruckus Wireless, Keynote, Boingo, and Telit Wireless Solutions. Stay tuned for more! 

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MWC: U.S. Wireless Landscape Changes as Carriers Forego Subsidies

February 24, 2014 2:27 pm | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

How's this for gall? Take away hundreds of dollars in subsidies that cellphone customers have enjoyed for years. Then pass it off as an improvement. The major U.S. wireless companies are doing just that. And many of their customers seem to like it.

Samsung's New Smartwatches Have Fitness Features

February 24, 2014 10:59 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung's first Galaxy Gear smartwatch came out last fall amid much fanfare, but it landed with a thud in the marketplace. Samsung and its smartwatch rivals had failed to persuade many consumers that they need to be able to constantly check messages from their wrists. Wearable devices that succeeded tended to be fitness products such as the Fitbit.

MWC: AT&T Announces 13 New LTE Roaming Markets

February 24, 2014 10:48 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

AT&T said today that it has expanded its international LTE footprint to now include Spain, France, Japan, South Korea, Australia, Hong Kong, Switzerland, Malaysia, Russia, Singapore, Guam, Hong Kong and Antigua & Barbuda. The company had previously announced roaming in Canada and the UK. 

MWC: Nokia X is an Android Device with a Windows Phone Look

February 24, 2014 10:26 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Nokia introduced three new low-cost smartphones—the Nokia X, X+ and XL—that are based on Android Open Source Project (AOSP) and look like modified Windows Phones. As rumored, Nokia took the Android plunge at Mobile World Congress with a trio of colorful dual-SIM handsets that start at approximately $122.

MWC: Mozilla Courts Developers with New Firefox OS Tools and Devices

February 24, 2014 10:07 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Following on a busy Mobile World Congress last year, Mozilla is again showcasing the evolution of its Firefox OS in Barcelona.  The company has announced a 4.5-inch dual-core reference phone, as well as a number of new tools for developers to create and test their designs for the Web-based mobile platform.

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MWC: SanDisk Builds a Better iNAND Embedded Flash Drive

February 24, 2014 9:34 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

SanDisk Corporation today announced the next generation of its iNAND Extreme embedded flash drive. Showing up so far in capacities up to in 64GB, iNAND Extreme presents a new architecture designed to optimize performance on smartphones under more and more pressure from muscular processors, high-resolution cameras and strenuous applications like 4K video.

MWC: Why Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg Matter to the Wireless Industry

February 3, 2014 4:37 pm | by Andrew Berg | Articles | Comments

Just three years ago, the name Facebook might have been filed under “Web-based” social networking service, conjuring pictures of a Facebook homescreen displayed on a desktop PC. Things have changed. It has most definitely taken Facebook awhile to realize its potential as a "mobile-first" company.

MobileCon Panel Wonders If NFC is For Real

October 17, 2013 10:23 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Verizon CEO Dan Mead encouraged a “really candid” discussion when he hosted a Mobile Commerce Panel Wednesday at MobileCon. Joining him onstage was Isis CEO Michael Abbott CEO Isis, American Express Group President for Enterprise Growth Dan Schulman and Jamba Juice CEO James White.

CTIA Adds 7 New Members to 2014 Board of Directors

October 16, 2013 4:18 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

CTIA today announced its 38-member board at its final standalone MobileCon conference in San Diego. CTIA is in the process of transitioning from 2 shows a year to just one Super Mobility week. The first edition of that event will be held in Sept. of next year in Las Vegas. 

Isis, Jamba Juice Offering Free Drinks to Lure Mobile Wallet Users

October 16, 2013 1:02 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Isis and Jamba Juice have announced a tasty partnership to jumpstart usage of Isis’s NFC Mobile Wallet: one million free smoothies. "Jamba Juice is committed to supporting new and existing customers in an ultra-mobile retail world," Jamba Juice CEO James White said in a statement. 

Four New Names Inducted Into the Wireless Hall of Fame

October 16, 2013 10:08 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The Wireless History Foundation (WHF) Tuesday celebrated 30 years of wireless, while honoring four individuals with a place in the wireless hall of fame. The event attracted a considerable constituency from the wireless industry, including the CEOs of Sprint, AT&T Mobility and Verizon.

Oracle CEO Snubs Big Crowd to Watch America's Cup

September 25, 2013 9:17 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

About 60,000 people have come from all over the world to attend Oracle's biggest customer conference of the year, but Oracle CEO Larry Ellison left no doubt Tuesday that his boating team's defense of the America's Cup is a higher priority.

LTE Just the Beginning of the Network Evolution

March 5, 2013 12:33 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

There's no question that LTE is where it's at if you're an operator. According to a recent report from 4G Americas, more than 150 operators globally have now launched LTE services in 67 countries, 50 of which were launched in the past five months. That's not just a trend it's a technological paradigm shift...

MobileSmarts February: Enterprise Eyes the Many Perks of BYOD

March 1, 2013 9:52 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

From now until the CTIA 2013 conference (May 21-23), CTIA and Wireless Week will be bringing you a bi-weekly newsletter aimed at getting you up to speed on the topics and issues that wireless industry will address this year. From BYOD to Next-Gen networks to apps and the connected home, we'll cover it all.

EXTRA: More News from MWC 2013

February 25, 2013 9:59 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Red Bend Software, the market leader in Mobile Software Management (MSM) with more than 1.6 billion Red Bend-Enabled™ devices, today announced it has partnered with Samsung to conduct enterprise trials of a dual-persona version of the popular Samsung Galaxy S III...

Mozilla Touts Carrier, OEM Support for Firefox OS at MWC

February 25, 2013 9:45 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The mobile Firefox OS from non-profit browser-maker Mozilla might have seemed a longshot to even make it to market, much less garner the kind of carrier support the company has announced at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Spain. Mozilla has announced 18 carrier...

CCA, CTIA Shake, Move Forward on 2014 Shows

February 21, 2013 9:29 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The Competitive Carriers Association (CCA), formerly the Rural Carriers Association (RCA), and CTIA today announced that their organizations have reached an agreement of cooperation to ease the friction created by the two organizations’ overlapping conferences scheduled for September 2014...

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