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SmartWatch, Episode 29: AWS-3 Auction Approaching $40 Billion

November 26, 2014 10:55 am | by Wireless Week | Videos | Comments

In this week's episode of SmartWatch, Product Design & Development Editor Melissa Fassbender joins us in marveling at the unfathomable amount of money the FCC's AWS-3 auction has thus far seen in total bids.             

SmartWatch, Episode 28: AT&T, Cookie Monster, Plus 4 Other Stories You Missed This Week

November 20, 2014 11:28 am | by Wireless Week | Videos | Comments

In this week’s episode of SmartWatch, we take a look at the some of the major stories you might...

SmartWatch Ep. 26: 3Q Carrier Battles & VoLTE Friendships

November 6, 2014 10:52 am | by Wireless Week | Videos | Comments

Andrew is across the pond but while we weren’t...

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SmartWatch, Episode 25: Auction Delays Haunt Industry and FTC Spooks AT&T

October 30, 2014 12:32 pm | Videos | Comments

In this episode of SmartWatch, we scare up the details of the FCC's recent delay on the 600 MHz incentive auction. We'll run down who in the industry might see the delay as...          

SmartWatch, Episode 24: FCC Tackles Tower Siting, High-Band Spectrum, Butt Dialing

October 23, 2014 1:34 pm | Videos | Comments

The FCC makes SmartWatch with what Jonathan Adelstein called the “Super Bowl of regulatory proceedings.” If that’s so, this week’s episode tackles...                         

SmartWatch, Episode 23: Head Scratchers, Weird Happenings, and Bill Murray’s BlackBerry!

October 16, 2014 10:22 am | Videos | Comments

In this week’s episode of SmartWatch, sponsored by SanDisk, we run down some of the most outrageous, oddball headlines from the past couple weeks. Yes, from HTC’s new periscope to Bill Murray’s first cell phone, we’ve got quite the show in store.

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SmartWatch, Episode 22: WiMAX and Other Endangered Species

October 9, 2014 10:41 am | Videos | Comments

In this week's episode of SmartWatch, sponsored by Sandisk, we observe the passing of WiMAX, as Sprint this week confirmed the expected shutdown of its ill-fated 4G network. Yes, WiMAX has gone the way of the flip phone and other wireless dinosaurs. All this and more as we take you deeper into another dimension...the SmartWatch Zone! 

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.

SmartWatch, Episode 20: Everything Wrong with the iPhone 6 and More!

September 25, 2014 10:44 am | by Wireless Week | Videos | Comments

In this episode of SmartWatch,sponsored by SanDisk, we look at everything that’s wrong with the iPhone 6. No, really, there’s some serious gripes with Apple’s new flagship, as well as the company’s new iOS 8 operating system. But at least Andrew hasn't bent his yet. We’ll also check in with BlackBerry’s John Chen...

SmartWatch, Episode 19: How the Carriers are Pushing the iPhone 6!

September 17, 2014 3:22 pm | Videos | Comments

In this episode of SmartWatch, sponsored by SanDisk, we buy into the hype with a big, meaty bite of the iPhone 6 launch. We’ll take a look at how the carriers are pricing Cupertino’s new device and what they’ll give you for that shabby old antique in your pocket. 

SmartWatch Ep. 18: Top Five Moments from Super Mobility Week Keynote Stage

September 12, 2014 2:50 pm | Videos | Comments

In this episode of SmartWatch, sponsored by SanDisk, we take a look at some of the best moments from the keynote stage at CTIA’s Super Mobility Week. The new amalgamation of CTIA's Fall and Spring shows drew out 35,000 attendees during an event that kicked off on the same day Apple announced its new iPhones and Apple Watch.

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SmartWatch Ep. 17: Hesse Out, Claure In as Sprint Readies for Pricing Brawl

August 14, 2014 11:10 am | Videos | Comments

In this episode of SmartWatch, we pay homage to Sprint's out-going CEO Dan Hesse. Hesse oversaw Sprint's dramatic turn around, from remedying the carrier's troubled customer service department to upgrading the company's aging network. Hesse's departure wasn't entirely unexpected. 

SmartWatch Episode 16: The Rise and Fall of the Tablet in Carrier 2Q Earnings

July 31, 2014 3:09 pm | Videos | Comments

In this episode of SmartWatch, we take a look at the rise and possible fall of the tablet. As net phone additions lagged in the second quarter, the major carriers leaned on tablet additions to prop up their numbers. Big Red added 1.4 million postpaid subscribers, reporting that it had added 304,000 postpaid phone net additions and whopping 1.15 million postpaid tablets.

SmartWatch Ep. 15: IoT Wars Erupt as Sprint, T-Mo Pool Cash for Spectrum

July 17, 2014 11:36 am | by Wireless Week | Videos | Comments

We’re back for the official start of SmartWatch: Season Two and we cannot stop talking about the possibility of a Sprint-T-Mobile merger. The latest reports have the U.S.’s third and fourth largest carriers raising $10 billion for a joint venture to bid in the FCC’s upcoming 600 MHz incentive auctions. That's more than AT&T has set aside for the auctions.

SmartWatch Redux, Episode 14: Three Months of Wireless Madness!

June 12, 2014 11:10 am | Videos | Comments

Well, we've wrapped up 13 episodes of SmartWatch, essentially a "season," so it seemed like a good time to step back and take a look at what's went down over the past three months. From Apple rumors to a star-studded run of flip phone chats, you've been with us through it all. 

SmartWatch, Episode 13: Apple’s Buttery Scrolling Vs. Amazon’s Third Dimension

June 6, 2014 1:04 pm | Videos | Comments

In this week's episode of SmartWatch we dive into Apple's WWDC announcement. From iOS 8 to OS X Yosemite, Apple has laid the foundation for its next generation of devices. Even without any new hardware releases, Apple appears to have appeased both consumer and developers with the promise of new features and even more integration between devices. 

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SmartWatch, Episode 12: Telling Times for Apple, Samsung Wearables

May 29, 2014 12:16 pm | Videos | Comments

In this episode of SmartWatch, sponsored by SanDisk, we’re talking about Samsung’s “Voice of the Body,” which ended up being a wearable called Simband that will monitor just about all the information your body can possibly put out. As part of that effort, Samsung wants to bury the hatchet and collaborate with competitors to make the space more open and advance health monitoring.

SmartWatch, Episode 11: AT&T-DirecTV Deal by the Numbers

May 22, 2014 11:58 am | by Wireless Week | Videos | Comments

In this episode of SmartWatch, sponsored by SanDisk, we’re breaking down AT&T’s mammoth $48.5 billion acquisition bid for DirecTV. Our editor Andrew Berg is catching some rays in Orlando at the PCIA Wireless Infrastructure Show, so Wireless Design & Development Editor Meaghan Ziemba was kind enough to fill in.

SmartWatch, Episode 10: T-Mo’s $1 Billion Break-Up Fee and Beats, the Apple of Tim Cook’s Eye

May 15, 2014 12:00 pm | Videos | Comments

In this episode of SmartWatch, sponsored by SanDisk, we take a look at T-Mobile's reported request for a $1 billion break-up fee from Sprint should a potential merger deal fall through. The once jilted fourth-largest carrier in the U.S. knows how lucrative being rejected by the FCC can be after it took home around $4 billion in cash and prizes on AT&T failed bid.

SmartWatch, Episode 9: T-Mobile's Righteous 1Q, and Tim Cook on Apple's WWDC!

May 8, 2014 10:41 am | Videos | Comments

In this week’s episode of SmartWatch, sponsored by SanDisk, we look at T-Mobile’s impressive first quarter, which managed to outshine even Tier One behemoths Verizon and AT&T. T-Mobile added a whopping 1.3 million branded postpaid customers. While adjusted EBITDA was down a little over 12 percent sequentially to $1.1 billion...

SmartWatch, Episode 8: Rumble in the Postpaid Jungle - AT&T Vs. Verizon; Apple Stock Split

April 29, 2014 1:53 pm | Videos | Comments

In this week's edition of SmartWatch, sponsored by SanDisk, we take a look at some surprising first-quarter results from the nation's two largest wireless carriers. Until now, Verizon has managed to stay above the fray, as AT&T and T-Mobile engaged in a price war. However, given 1Q earnings, it appear Verizon will have to join the fight going forward...

SmartWatch, Episode 7: Wireless What-Ifs, Ands and Buts, from Apple to Softbank

April 24, 2014 11:15 am | Videos | Comments

With a relatively quiet news week having passed, this week's SmartWatch, sponsored by SanDisk, takes a look at what might be on the horizon. From a Softbank bid for T-Mobile to a new iPhone, we'll offer up the probability of the next big story in the wireless. 

SmartWatch, Episode 6: The Next iPhone, Amazon’s 3D Dreams, and Pessimism

April 17, 2014 11:20 am | Videos | Comments

In this edition of SmartWatch, sponsored by SanDisk, we contemplate whether a lack of headline-grabbing smartphones in 2014 will allow Apple to jack up the price of its next iPhone (iPhones?) as much as $100. And before the show is over, Ben will address his pessimism regarding Amazon’s rumored 3D smartphone before coming face to face with his more optimistic self, who thinks the feature sounds kind of neat.

SmartWatch, Episode 5: Monitoring the Industry Shift, David Ortiz and the Galaxy S5

April 10, 2014 11:26 am | Videos | Comments

In this week’s episode of SmartWatch, sponsored by SanDisk, we take a look at the seismic shift happening in the wireless industry as carriers begin paying bounties and move away from device subsidies. We also get a quick look at the Samsung Galaxy S5, and touch base with Boston Red Sox DH, David Ortiz. All this and more in this week’s edition of SmartWatch!

SmartWatch, Episode 4: T-Mo's Legere Opines on Everything from AWS to a New iPhone

April 3, 2014 2:16 pm | Videos | Comments

In this edition of SmartWatch, sponsored by SanDisk, we get special insights from outspoken T-Mobile CEO John Legere on a number of recent happenings. From Softbank CEO Masayoshi Son’s recent trip to CCA in San Antonio to rumors of a new iPhone, John Legere has something to say about all of it. 

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.  

SmartWatch, Episode 2: AT&T's Leap Buy Comes with Conditions

March 20, 2014 10:17 am | Videos | Comments

Welcome to this week's episode of SmartWatch, brought to you by SanDisk. In this week's SmartWatch we run down just exactly what the FCC requiires of AT&T to keep square its purchase of Leap Wireless. We also catch up with AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson about his plans for the prepaid market. 

SmartWatch, Episode 1: Masayoshi Son Slams U.S. Wireless Industry

March 13, 2014 10:01 am | Videos | Comments

Welcome to this week's episode of SmartWatch, brought to you by SanDisk. This week, we take a look at Softbank President and CEO Masayoshi Son’s quest for a unified Sprint and T-Mobile. We’ll also hear from BlackBerry CEO John Chen on his plans to turn around the Canadian handset maker. 

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