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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.             

U.S. Cellular Raising Up to $500M for Potential Spectrum Buys

November 24, 2014 10:51 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

U.S. Cellular today ...

Sprint Finishes Dead Last in Latest Consumer Reports Survey

November 21, 2014 10:41 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

According to the...

Reducing Churn Shouldn’t Be About Punishing Your Subscribers

November 20, 2014 11:19 am | by Ben Munson | Blogs | Comments

Every tweak, twist, turn and total overhaul the...

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Data Caps Don’t Work: Thoughts for the Future of Cellular Network Congestion

November 20, 2014 10:14 am | by By Fergal Toomey, Chief Scientist & Co-Founder of Corvil | Articles | Comments

How we use, how we view, and how we’re delivered data are all rapidly changing - monitoring and measurement need to advance at the same pace.            

Sprint CMO Responsible for “Framily” Leaving Company

November 18, 2014 10:19 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure has announced the departure of Chief Marketing Officer Jeff Hallock, the executive responsible for Sprint’s much-maligned Framily plans and ensuing ad campaign.            

Verizon Switches Up Terms for Early Contract Terminations

November 17, 2014 10:29 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Verizon last week made some changes to its policy for Early Termination Fees (ETF). First spotted by Droid Life, the new policy now has Verizon contract customers wait...                       

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Report: Verizon Cutting 1,000 Jobs by Year’s End

November 14, 2014 11:16 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Verizon will be eliminating 1,000 jobs by offering buyouts to employees, according to a Bloomberg report. The report cites an unnamed source who says...                                      

Sprint Extends Leasing Program to iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3

November 13, 2014 2:02 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Sprint today announced it is opening up its device leasing program to the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3. Both models are LTE-compatible and the iPad Air 2 works on the Sprint Spark network.               

Sprint Takes Another $105M Charge on Layoffs

November 7, 2014 11:00 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Sprint disclosed that it’s taking another $105 million charge for severance and other costs related to its ongoing workforce reduction plan. The additional charge, coming during the quarter ending in September, is on top of...

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 raiding his desk for snacks, we still managed to film a brand new episode of SmartWatch.                                             

Dish Optimistic Sprint, nTelos Fixed-Mobile Trials Will Be “Real Business”

November 5, 2014 12:28 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

During a Tuesday earnings call, Dish Chairman Charlie Ergen said those trials and other opportunities have the satellite-TV provider well-positioned for...                                 

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Sprint Considering Eliminating Device Subsidies

November 4, 2014 10:50 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Sprint is considering doing away with device subsidies all together as early as next year. During Monday’s earnings call, Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure said his company...                        

Sprint Losses Continue in First Quarter Under CEO Claure

November 3, 2014 5:12 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

After turning a profit in the previous quarter, Sprint swung back to a loss during its latest financial period, the first with new CEO Marcelo Claure. The carrier reported a fiscal second quarter operating loss...

Verizon Bumps Up Data Buckets, Offers Port-In Credit

November 3, 2014 10:14 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Verizon Wireless over the weekend opened up a limited time offer that bumps up the data buckets on its $80 and $100 More Everything plans. The $80 plan now gets 10GB of data and the $100 plan now gets...

Sprint Appoints Miyakawa as New Head of Networks

October 31, 2014 1:53 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

According to a press release Junichi Miyakawa has been named to the newly created position of Technical Chief Operating Officer, effective tomorrow. Miyakawa led Softbank's...              

Sprint Turns On 17 More Spark Markets

October 29, 2014 10:35 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Sprint has launched Spark in 17 more cities, bringing the total to 46 markets. Spark is the name given to the carrier’s tri-band LTE offering, which promises downlink speeds of...            

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T-Mobile Keeps Adding Subs but MetroPCS Shutdown Hurts

October 28, 2014 11:44 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

T-Mobile maintained its momentum in the third quarter by adding another 2.3 million total customers partly due to a record...                       

FirstNews Briefs: AT&T, Sprint, Fitbit, Cortana, BeBop Sensors

October 27, 2014 9:52 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

AT&T closed the sale of its incumbent local exchange operations in Connecticut to Frontier Communications. Announced in December 2013, the transaction includes wireline network assets and consumer, business and wholesale customer relationships. AT&T will use the proceeds...

Sprint Intros 12-Month Lease for iPhone 6

October 24, 2014 10:58 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Sprint today announced it will add a 12-month lease option to its “iPhone for Life” program. Where Sprint customers were previously able to claim a 16GB iPhone 6 for zero down and $20 per month on the 24-month program, they can now spend...

Sprint Offers 1GB Family Bucket for $20

October 22, 2014 5:13 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure called the new plan an entry-level offering. “We’re offering customers a choice – whether they need a small amount of data...

Analysts: AWS-3 Auction is Going to Be a Street Fight

October 21, 2014 10:52 am | by Ben Munson | Articles | Comments

In total, 80 potential bidders have submitted both complete and incomplete applications to participate in Auction 97. There are big name and small name players but four competitors stand out from the rest.

Sprint Job Cuts Hit Overland Park

October 20, 2014 9:28 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Before the newly disclosed layoffs, about 7,500 worked for Sprint in the Kansas City area, including some employees who weren't at the...                                      

New iPad Air Supports AT&T, Verizon, Sprint or T-Mobile

October 17, 2014 10:54 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The feature could be a catalyst for competition in the space of...                                                                                                

A One Terabyte Shared Data Plan Cannot, Must Not Happen

October 16, 2014 9:11 am | by Ben Munson | Blogs | Comments

Come Halloween, the double data plans will be taken off the menu and the buckets will shrink back down to their original size. But should Sprint or any other carrier approach the 800GB horizon again—or even boldly push past it into uncharted 1 terabyte waters—they could seriously risk melting under the heat of subscriber scrutiny.

Google’s Nexus 6 Arrives, AT&T Makes It Its First

October 15, 2014 2:11 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Google today officially announced the Nexus 6, a real-deal phablet with a 6-inch display sporting a 1440x2560 (493 ppi) resolution. Google’s new flagship contains a Qualcomm Snapdragon...

Sprint Launches New Loyalty Program Aimed at iPhone Users

October 14, 2014 10:46 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

According to a press release, Sprint is launching a new program that will reward our loyal existing customers and enable them to acquire the iPhone 6 for $5 per month, including their monthly service plan).                                                              

SoftBank Continues Content Push with DramaFever Buy

October 14, 2014 10:20 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

SoftBank today announced it has acquired DramaFever, a Korean online video subscription service. DramaFever houses series and films from more than 70 broadcasters and studios across Asia, Europe and the Americas. The company also syndicates a portion of its library to Hulu, Netflix, Amazon, and iTunes. DramaFever says it has a reach of approximately 20 million unique monthly viewers.

FirstNews Briefs: DataXoom, Sprint, Google, Box, Vonage, Exalt

October 14, 2014 9:24 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Box today announced that Oxfam, the worldwide development organization, is bringing Box’s cloud content sharing and collaboration platform to employees working across more than 90 countries. In addition to providing mobile access to content, Box will also centralize management and security for Oxfam’s 17 international affiliates.

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