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AT&T Will Begin Deploying Its New AWS-3 Spectrum in 2017

January 30, 2015 4:04 pm | by Ben Munson, Associate Editor, @wwbenmunson | News | Comments

AT&T came away from the FCC’s AWS-3 spectrum auction as the big winner, spending $18.2 billion for what it calls a “near nationwide contiguous 10x10 MHz block.”                         

AWS-3 Auction Results Show AT&T, Verizon, Dish as Big Spenders

January 30, 2015 1:57 pm | by Ben Munson, Associate Editor, @wwbenmunson | News | Comments

AT&T poured the most money into the auction,...

Chicago Taps T-Mobile to Lead Deployment of Subway DAS

January 30, 2015 10:49 am | by Andrew Berg, Senior Editor, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

T-Mobile, AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint have collectively agreed to fund the entire upgrade...

AT&T’s Cricket Wireless Jumps Up With $55 20GB Plan

January 30, 2015 10:45 am | by Ben Munson, Associate Editor, @wwbenmunson | News | Comments

For a limited time, Cricket Wireless will be...

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FCC Pushes New Rules to Improve E911 Location Accuracy

January 29, 2015 3:11 pm | by Andrew Berg, Senior Editor, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

The new rules acknowledge that wireless carriers will need to time to implement technology that will help to improve location data on "E911" calls...                                          

Study Shows Too Much Competition May Doom Carriers

January 29, 2015 3:01 pm | by Andrew Berg, Senior Editor, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

The pressured margins that both AT&T and Verizon reported in the fourth quarter may be the new normal for wireless carriers...                                       

FirstNews Briefs: Sierra Wireless, weBoost, Radisys, AT&T

January 29, 2015 10:58 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Sierra Wireless announced the launch its Sierra Wireless AirLink gateways.                                                        

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Update: AWS-3 Auction Ends, Pulls in $44.9 Billion

January 29, 2015 10:00 am | by Ben Munson, Associate Editor, @wwbenmunson | News | Comments

On Thursday, the AWS-3 auction came to a close, netting total revenue just short of $44.9 billion. The FCC said it will announce results within the next few business days.                                          

TracFone to Pay $40 Million for Deceptive Throttling Practices

January 28, 2015 1:45 pm | by Ben Munson, Associate Editor, @wwbenmunson | News | Comments

The FTC alleges TracFone advertised unlimited data for $45 per month under its brands including Straight Talk and Net10 but “drastically” throttled...                                 

Verizon Wireless Raising Activation and Upgrade Fees

January 28, 2015 10:32 am | by Ben Munson, Associate Editor, @wwbenmunson | News | Comments

“Verizon Wireless is committed to the fees remaining competitive within the wireless industry.”                                                                  

FirstNews Briefs: AT&T, Snapchat, Vuzix, Thread Group, FiberTower

January 28, 2015 9:57 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

AT&T is set to launch a scripted entertainment series on Snapchat, an ephemeral social platform.                                                                                     

AT&T’s Stephenson: ‘This Will Be A Very Different Company’

January 27, 2015 5:53 pm | by Andrew Berg, Senior Editor, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

Stephenson was talking about the diversification of AT&T revenue stream through it’s pickup of DirectTV, as well as recent acquisition of wireless players in Mexico...                         

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T-Mobile's Legere Visits FCC To Talk Low-Band Spectrum

January 26, 2015 2:43 pm | by Andrew Berg, Senior Editor, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

According to an ex parte filed with the FCC that describes Legere's meeting with Chairman Wheeler and a number of other regulators, Legere gave...                           

AT&T Seeks 'North American Service Area' with Another Mexico Buy

January 26, 2015 9:11 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

AT&T said that it plans to create a "North American Mobile Service area" that will cover over 400 million consumers and businesses in Mexico and the United States, and...             

FirstNews Briefs: Alltel, AT&T, Elecsys, NTT DATA, Xoom Corporation

January 23, 2015 9:39 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Nearly 100,000 former Alltel wireless customers in Georgia are seeing a change as AT&T launches service for them.                                                                  

Analysts: Rollover Data Might Not Make Sense for Sprint, Verizon

January 22, 2015 4:45 pm | by Ben Munson, Associate Editor, @wwbenmunson | Articles | Comments

Nothing sparks churn like competitors having a high-profile feature you don’t.                                                            

Trending Postpaid Buried Prepaid Growth in 2014

January 22, 2015 4:41 pm | by Andrew Berg, Senior Editor, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

The trend is largely driven by the increased use of voice and data devices on wireless networks. New wireless subscribers using postpaid voice and data devices more than...

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AT&T Enters $9.2B Credit Deal to Cover Acquisition Related Payments

January 22, 2015 10:59 am | by Ben Munson, Associate Editor, @wwbenmunson | News | Comments

AT&T will use the funds for general corporate purposes including “acquisition related expenses” should advances be made under either agreement.                                       

FirstNews Briefs: AT&T, Lenovo, SignalShare, Fastback Networks

January 22, 2015 9:15 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

AT&T today launched AT&T UC Federation. The service allows suppliers, partners and customers to...                                                                  

Will Tablets Really Be the Growth Drivers of Tomorrow?

January 21, 2015 12:56 pm | by Andrew Berg, Senior Editor, @andrewberg32 | Blogs | Comments

What do you think? Are tablets as big a deal for carrier balance sheets as they've been made out to be?                                                              

FirstNews Briefs: nTelos, TESSCO, Samsung, Mosaic NetworX, AT&T

January 20, 2015 10:27 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

nTelos wireless announced that it will offer iPad Air 2 with Wi-Fi + Cellular and iPad mini 3 with Wi-Fi + Cellular later in January.                                                     

AT&T's Iusacell Buy Pays Big Rewards for U.S. Customers

January 20, 2015 9:41 am | by Andrew Berg, Senior Editor, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

AT&T's acquistion of Mexican wireless provider Iusacell is already paying dividends for customers. The carrier announced Tuesday that it will...             

AT&T Closes $2.5 Billion Acquisition of Iusacell

January 16, 2015 2:32 pm | by Ben Munson, Associate Editor, @wwbenmunson | News | Comments

AT&T has named F. Thaddeus Arroyo, a 19-year AT&T veteran, as CEO of Iusacell. Arroyo previously served as president of AT&T Technology Development.                                    

How “Big Brother-ish” Can Sponsored Data Get?

January 15, 2015 4:02 pm | by Ben Munson, Associate Editor, @wwbenmunson | Blogs | Comments

If we’re willing to let companies and developers pick up the mobile data tab for us, we’ll have to start setting boundaries for what they can take from us in return.                                

‘Healthy Competition’ Is Not Enough to Protect Consumers

January 15, 2015 3:42 pm | by Andrew Berg, Senior Editor, @andrewberg32 | Blogs | Comments

Obviously, the consequences could be disastrous if the FCC were to rule over ISPs, wireless or wireline, as though they were truly nothing more than public utilities. That said, consumers need more protection than a tip of the cap to competition from goliaths like Verizon and AT&T. 

SmartWatch: How Can Sprint and Verizon Differentiate in the Rollover Wars?

January 15, 2015 10:44 am | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

It’s the new year, and SmartWatch is back! In this, our first episode of 2015, we take a look at the new rollover promotions that AT&T and T-Mobile recently brought to market.

T-Mobile Intros New Simply Prepaid Plans

January 15, 2015 10:30 am | by Ben Munson, Associate Editor, @wwbenmunson | News | Comments

T-Mobile today announced Simply Prepaid, a new trio of prepaid plans that undercut its existing prepaid plans by $10 each.                                                    

AT&T, VZW Want to Connect Your Jalopy

January 14, 2015 2:58 pm | by Andrew Berg, Senior Editor, @andrewberg32 | Blogs | Comments

While these are interesting offers and I've no doubt there's a market for them, I still question where the costs associated with connecting everything will end? 

Connected Car Platform Mojio Taps AT&T for Global Carrier Agreement

January 13, 2015 2:57 pm | by Ben Munson, Associate Editor, @wwbenmunson | News | Comments

Mojio says AT&T’s global SIM will provide “borderless roaming” for vehicles with Mojio’s OBD device plugged in.                                                 

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