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Confirmed: Sprint LTE Live in Parts of SF, NYC, D.C.

February 19, 2013 11:21 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Sprint is turning on LTE in some parts of San Francisco, Washington D.C. and New York City. While these markets haven't officially launched, a Sprint spokeswoman Kathleen Dunleavy confirmed "more and more reports of Sprint customers discovering LTE on their 4G LTE devices in San Francisco...

Clearwire Subscribers Dwindle 8% in 4Q to 9.6 Million

February 13, 2013 11:02 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

As both Dish Network and Sprint haggle for control of Clearwire, the WiMax provider Tuesdauy delivered up disappointing fourth quarter results, proving once more that its spectrum is its most valuable asset. Clearwire ended the fourth quarter 2012 with approximately 9.6 million total...

Dish: Without Wireless Partner, Selling Spectrum an Option

February 12, 2013 10:21 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Dish Chairman Charlie Ergen reiterated that his company will sell its AWS spectrum, if it can’t find a suitable partner to help it deploy an LTE-Advanced wireless network. Ergen made the comments yesterday at the Wall Street Journal’s All Things D conference...

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Phone Companies Prepare for Storm Power Outages

February 8, 2013 3:19 pm | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Cell-towers are dependent on electric power from the grid, but many of them have backup batteries, and in some cases generators that can power the antennas independently for longer. Prolonged power outages, such as those after Superstorm Sandy, can bring down cell service in an area.

Sprint Posts Record 4Q Revenue, $1.3 Billion Loss

February 7, 2013 10:46 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

While fourth-quarter 2012 Sprint platform wireless service revenue was up 12 percent to a record $7 billion, the Kansas City-based carrier still swung to a quarterly loss of $1.3 billion. The company said the loss was primarily due to network improvements...

Cleawire Keeps Deal Talks Open With Both Sprint and Dish

February 1, 2013 10:39 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

In a proxy statement filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Wi-Max provider said the special committee reviewing the deal has not made any determination to change its current recommendation of the Sprint transaction. But, Clearwire has not taken an $80 million February draw, part of an agreement in which Sprint will buy $80 million in exchangeable notes per month for up to 10 months.

Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile Announce Availability of BlackBerry Z10, Q10

January 30, 2013 12:15 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

In the wake of today's official unveiling of the new BlackBerry 10 platform and the first two devices to operate it, the full touch screen Z10 and the QWERTY keyboard and touch screen Q10, U.S. carriers are beginning to announce their plans for the new gadgets.

Dish Lays off Sprint, Softbank Deal

January 30, 2013 10:31 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Dish Network told the FCC that it would not file to block Softbanks' proposed $20 billion acquisition of Sprint. In January 16 filing, Dish had asked that the shot clock in the Sprint, Softbank proceeding be paused until Sprint's bid for Clearwire...

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Verizon Wants FCC's Spectrum Screen Applied to Sprint, Clearwire Deal

January 29, 2013 2:40 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Verizon Wireless has filed with the FCC comments on Sprint's potential acquisition of Clearwire, stating that the Commission should apply its spectrum screen to the swath of 2.5 GHz airwaves in question to determine if the potential deal poses spectrum aggregation concerns.

First News Briefs for January 28, 2013

January 28, 2013 9:48 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Zoove today announced its StarStar Me service is available to T-Mobile USA customers nationwide. StarStar Me provides customers a personalized mobile phone number such as a name or favorite word and the ability to manage incoming calls through the StarStar Me app.

Hesse on Mergers and Acquisitions

January 21, 2013 4:54 pm | Videos | Comments

Sprint CEO Dan Hesse reiterates his opinion that consolidation will be necessary to create a wireless carrier that can compete with the likes of AT&T Mobility and Verizon Wireless. Hesse told CNN Money in and interview that he's been saying for a long time...

Report: AT&T Considering Overseas Acquisition

January 17, 2013 9:40 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

AT&T may be looking to acquire an overseas carrier, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal today. The Journal cites "people familiar with the carrier's thinking" who said that AT&T is currently looking at a number of targets and a deal could come before the end of the year...

Sprint Announces Upcoming LTE in 28 Cities

January 16, 2013 5:23 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Sprint today announced it will be rolling out LTE soon in 28 more cities, including many spots along the Gulf Coast. You can check out the entire list here. Since Sprint introduced its LTE network in July 2012, it has made the service available in 49 cities, with another 200 markets in the works. Sprint has said it hopes to cover its entire 3G footprint by the end of 2013.

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Clearwire Files Opposition to Crest's Petition for Reconsideration

January 15, 2013 10:08 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Clearwire filed with the FCC an opposition to Crest Financial's earlier petition to reconsider the Eagle River Holdings deal from 2012 which gave Sprint a controlling interest in Clearwire. In Clearwire's new opposition, dated Jan. 14, the Wi-Max provider states Crest's petition "provides no credible basis for the FCC to reverse its actions" and should be "promptly denied."

Crow Creek Sioux Tribe Files to Block Sprint, Softbank Deal

January 11, 2013 9:38 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The Crow Creek Sioux Tribe Utility Authority has filed a petition with the FCC to block Sprint's impending 70-percent share transfer to Softbank on the basis that Sprint has "demonstrated a blatant disregard for the jurisdiction and sovereignty of the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe and its regulatory authority over Sprint’s operation on the Crow Creek reservation."

Carriers Spat Over Spectrum Weighting

January 10, 2013 2:59 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

It seems everyone agrees that the FCC needs to simplify its spectrum screen, but there's a big division on exactly how that should be done. Such was the case in a spate of comments filed with the FCC this past week. AT&T and Verizon Wireless come down on the "light touch" side of things...

Report: Sprint Doesn't See Need to Up Clearwire Bid

January 10, 2013 10:36 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Sprint isn't sweating Dish Network’s offer to buy Clearwire for $3.30 per share, an 11 percent increase over its $2.97 offer, and doesn't foresee needing to up its bid in acquiring a 100 percent stake in the WiMax provider, according to a Reuters report citing sources close to the deal.

Dish Jumps in With Unsolicited, $3.30 Per Share Offer for Clearwire

January 9, 2013 10:18 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Dish Network has offered to buy up to all of Clearwire’s common stock at $3.30 in a proposed deal that would allow Dish to purchase some spectrum assets from Clearwire. Under the conditions of the preliminary offer, Dish would acquire approximately 11.4 billion MHz-POPs from Clearwire, or 24 percent of its total spectrum holdings, for $2.2 billion.

Crest Financial Files to Block Sprint, Clearwire Deal

January 8, 2013 10:45 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Crest Financial Limited, which owns an 8.3 percent share of Clearwire, has petitioned the FCC to block Sprint's proposed 100 percent acquisition of Clearwire, citing proper public notice was not issued in Sprint's 2012 deal with Eagle River Holdings to re-acquire a controlling stake in Clearwire.

Can MVNOs Help Peel the Cap off Big Data?

January 4, 2013 10:58 am | by Ben Munson | Articles | Comments

Caps have been placed the amount of data mobile customers can use under the impression it helps to alleviate network congestion, according to a new study released by the Open Technology Institute. Can any of the unique data service models used by MVNOs solve the problem and help to convince big carriers to cease the restrictive practice?

Dish Asks for More Time on Sprint, Clearwire Deal

December 27, 2012 10:59 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Dish Network this week repeated a previous request for an extension to the time allotted for commenting on Sprint's proposed buy out of Clearwire. Sprint intends to purchase the remaining 50 percent share of Clearwire it doesn't already own for $2.2 billion.

Verizon Launches LTE in 29 New Markets, Expands Service in 36

December 20, 2012 9:32 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Verizon today announced the launch of its 4G LTE service in 29 new markets, as well as the expansion of service in 36 of its existing markets. Verizon's LTE deployment has been consistently ahead schedule. The carrier says it plans to have its rollout completed by the middle of 2013.

FCC Limits Dish Spectrum, Sets 4-Year Timetable for Rollout

December 19, 2012 11:48 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The FCC Tuesday issued use rules for Dish's 40 MHz of spectrum in the AWS-4 band, and they're not exactly what the company had hoped for. In its order, the FCC said it declined a proposal presented by Dish that would have included shifting the AWS-4 uplink spectrum...

Sprint Seals Deal to Buy 100 Percent of Clearwire

December 17, 2012 10:02 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Sprint's bid to own 100 percent of Clearwire has been accepted at $2.2 billion, which equals the $2.97 per share cap that Sprint majority stake holder Softbank placed on the deal. In a statement, Sprint said the deal takes the enterprise value of Clearwire to approximately $10 billion.

Softbank Caps Sprint's Bid for Clearwire; Investors Ask for More

December 14, 2012 10:41 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Sprint’s bid to buy the remaining portion of Clearwire is proving more complicated than originally thought, as Softbank, which plans to acquire a 70-percent stake in Sprint next year, draws a cap on Sprint’s bid for Clearwire, and investors say they want a lot more per share than that bid will allow.

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