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FirstNews Briefs: GameStop, AT&T, NVIDIA, Salutron, Interop, Thumb Cellular

September 30, 2014 10:35 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

GameStop, a family of specialty technology retail brands, today announced that its GameStop Technology Institute (GTI) business unit is collaborating with AT&T to further its focus on delivering to its brick-n-mortar retail stores technology advancements that drive customer experiences.

Control Over Your Data Usage? Think Again

September 30, 2014 10:21 am | by Andrew Berg | Blogs | Comments

After nervously handing over an iPhone 5 to my 12...

FCC Considering New Rules for OTT Video Services: WSJ

September 30, 2014 10:20 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will begin...

Report: SoftBank Bids $3.4B for Dreamworks

September 29, 2014 10:46 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

SoftBank has bid $3.4 billion to buy Dreamworks, ...

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AT&T Luring Businesses with 30GB Buckets for $130

September 29, 2014 10:04 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

AT&T over the weekend announced a limited time offer that will double the amount of data for some of its Mobile Share data plans. The promotional rates, available until Oct. 31, will raise the $130 15GB bucket to 30GB as well as double the 20GB, 30GB, 40GB and 50GB plans. As with all AT&T Mobile Share plans with data buckets of 10GB or more, devices on Next will incur $15 monthly fees each.

Samsung, BlackBerry Poke Apple Over Bending iPhone 6 Plus

September 25, 2014 11:13 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Samsung Thursday fired off a tweet capitalizing on Apple’s bendable iPhone 6 Plus troubles while touting its own Galaxy Note Edge. “Curved. Not bent” the tweet reads above an image of Samsung’s upcoming Note 4 iteration with a screen that curves around the side bezel and shows notifications.

BlackBerry Officially Unveils Square-Screen Passport

September 24, 2014 11:14 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The Passport’s 4.5-inch Gorilla Glass 3 screen has a 1:1 aspect ratio and a 1440x1440 pixel (453 dpi) resolution. Inside its packing a big 3450 mAh battery and a huge 4GB of RAM. It also features 32GB of internal storage, a 13-megapixel rear camera with optical image stabilization, and a quad-core 2.2 GHz processor.

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Report: Verizon Pushing Ahead with Tower Sale

September 24, 2014 11:09 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Wednesday's Bloomberg report follows on comments that CFO Fran Shammo made at an investment conference recently, when he confirmed that Verizon was looking into its options with regards to its towers.                                                             

Samsung Gear S Coming to All Major U.S. Carriers

September 24, 2014 10:37 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Samsung announced its Gear S will be coming to AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon “this fall.” The company previously revealed that its newest smartwatch would start selling across global markets in phases beginning in October.

Timex’s Ironman ONE GPS+ Nicely Fills a Niche

September 23, 2014 3:47 pm | by Ben Munson | Articles | Comments

Apple hijacked all wearables conversations with the introduction of its Apple Watch. The monolithic tech giant tends to do that when it enters a new product category. But some of that extra hype tends to trickle down to other deserving smartwatches, products like Timex’s Ironman ONE GPS+, which will be priced around $400 when it comes out this fall.

AT&T, Mojio Seek to Connect Even 'Dumb' Cars

September 23, 2014 9:40 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The Mojio solution is a cellular device that plugs into any car’s onboard diagnostic port, which then connects to AT&T's network. The device will allow car owners to locate their vehicle, or monitor and diagnose their car from their iOS or Android smartphone.

AT&T Sees the Body Becoming the Hub for Wearables

September 19, 2014 1:49 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Aside from doubts about smartphones being able to continue supporting wearables as new use cases and form factors keep emerging, Garver saw limited value in a smartwatch simply tethering to smartphone and recreating its functions on the wrist.

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Launch Day: iPhone Fans Queue Up for new iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus

September 19, 2014 11:16 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

I had time to hold both phones, and while tempting, the iPhone 6 Plus is probably not going to appeal to as wide an audience as the iPhone 6. An informal survey of most of the people that I was standing in line with indicated that they would be opting for the smaller model. 

FirstNews Briefs: AT&T, IBM, Qorvo, BigMarker, EXFO

September 19, 2014 9:47 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

AT&T and IBM are extending AT&T NetBond services to the SoftLayer platform. This extension of the IBM and AT&T alliance will allow businesses to create hybrid-computing solutions. AT&T Virtual Private Network (VPN) customers can use AT&T NetBond to connect their IT infrastructure to SoftLayer's cloud services. The service allows customers to benefit from secure connections.

AT&T Interested in South-of-the-Border Opportunities

September 17, 2014 9:57 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

"If we weren’t looking at Mexico and Latin America more broadly, what opportunities there were to further shareholder returns down there and begin to diversify our revenue sources, I think we would be asleep at the wheel," Stankey said, "and we’re not historically known to do that. So, yeah, we are intrigued by it."

AT&T Deploying Unified Communication Platform for Shell

September 16, 2014 10:59 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

AT&T and Shell today agreed to a five-year deal that will see the carrier migrate more than 150,000 Shell employees over to a new unified communication platform. The platform will incorporate instant messaging, voice, web and video conferencing into one interface available across desktops, tablets and smartphones. Voice and file sharing will be agnostic across most major desktop and mobile operating systems.

Sprint Offers Businesses 20GB for $90, $300 Switching Credit

September 16, 2014 10:46 am | News | Comments

Sprint introduced new Business Share Plans and the carrier is offering customers up to $300 to switch over from other carriers. Under Sprint’s new plans, businesses can share 20GB of data across 10 lines for $90 a month. The buckets top out at $675 a month for 200GB and 60 lines. Smartphone device charges run $35 for subsidized phones and $15 for unsubsidized.

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Softcard Nabs Subway as National Mobile Payment Partner

September 16, 2014 10:07 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Softcard today announced that Subway will start accepting Softcard NFC-based mobile payments. Beginning Oct. 1, more than 26,000 Subway locations nationwide will allow customers to pay with their mobile devices. In a few months after the initial launch, the Subway Cards Rewards Program will be integrated with Softcard.

FirstNews Briefs: AT&T, RadioShack, Spirent, ZTE, E-Plus

September 15, 2014 10:17 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

RadioShack Corporation today announced the appointment of Holly F. Etlin as interim chief financial officer, replacing John Feray.  Mr. Feray resigned on September 12, 2014, citing personal reasons. Ms. Etlin, a managing director of AlixPartners and longtime RadioShack advisor, served as RadioShack's interim CFO from July 2013 to February 2014.

Confirmed: Sprint Won't Participate in AWS Auction

September 12, 2014 11:44 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The AWS-3 spectrum is probably less suited to pair with Sprint's existing portfolio, which includes airwaves in the 800 MHz, 1.9 GHz and 2.5 GHz bands. The FCC has said it expects the AWS-3 auction, which will take place in November, to raise about $10 billion. 

Keynote Panel Highlights Safety for the Connected Car

September 11, 2014 11:42 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Newly appointed CEO of AT&T Mobility, Glenn Lurie, and Ralph de la Vega, now CEO of Mobile and Business Solutions, hosted a connected car panel that featured Arun Bhikshesvaran, CMO at Ericsson; Mary Chan, president of Global Connected Consumer at General Motors (GM); Mike Kennewick, founder and CEO of VoiceBox; and Jay Vijayan, the CIO at Tesla.

SMW: Handset Financing: Minimizing Risk, Maximizing Opportunities

September 10, 2014 5:00 pm | by Patrick Reemts | Articles | Comments

With all the options that exist for financing, carriers need to look at some core areas to help them determine which route they want to go. At a high level, it’s all about weighing the chosen economic model with the risk involved to determine whether or not the carrier has the resources to handle the new approach. 

Cricket Doubles Data Buckets

September 10, 2014 11:30 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

LAS VEGAS - Cricket Wireless today announced a limited-time offer of up to double the data for its Basic, Pro and Smart plans. Starting Sept. 13, the $40 Basic plan jumps to 1GB from 500MB, the $50 Pro plan jumps to 3GB from 2.5GB, and the $60 Smart plan jumps to 10GB from 5GB. All three plans receive a $5 discount when customers sign up for auto pay.

AT&T Expands Digital Life to Home Health Monitoring

September 8, 2014 7:57 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

AT&T said it aims to help those that need extra care to safely and independently remain in their own home and provide peace of mind for their family. Specifically, the Digital Life Care will provide real-time monitoring and accurate alerts related to eating, personal care, mobility, medication schedule and more.

AT&T, Intel Team Up on High-Fashion Wearable MICA

September 8, 2014 12:17 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The MICA comes in white and black snakeskin with pearls, tiger’s eye, and lapis. Besides the fashion, MICA sports a 1.6-inch sapphire touch-screen display that will receive SMS and notifications. It will come with a cellular connection meaning no smartphone needed.

FirstNews Briefs: Netgear, AT&T, Belkin, Sylvania, Tuxera

September 5, 2014 11:25 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

NETGEAR, Inc. today announced an “unlocked” 4G LTE mobile hotspot with simultaneous dual-band WiFi coverage. The NETGEAR AirCard 785 4G LTE mobile hotspot will become available throughout Europe in October at an MSRP of €149.99 (EUR) and £119.99 (GBP).

Moto 360 Available Today, Moto X Out Later This Month

September 5, 2014 10:41 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Motorola today rolled out its anticipated batch of new products and revealed pricing and availability. The Moto 360, the company’s much-hyped round Android Wear watch, is priced at $250 and goes on sale today at 12 p.m. ET. The smartwatch will be available online at Motorola.com, Google Play and BestBuy.com as well as in Best Buy retail locations.

AT&T Covers 300M LTE POPs Ahead of Schedule

September 4, 2014 11:02 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

AT&T today announced its LTE network now covers more than 300 million POPs. Hitting that milestone puts the carrier ahead of the timetable it announced in 2012 along with its Project Velocity IP (VIP) initiative. At that point, AT&T promised 300 million people covered with LTE by the end of 2014.

MetroPCS Expands Into 10 New Markets, Ups Data for Existing Subs

September 4, 2014 10:34 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The T-Mobile prepaid brand will be setting up shop in Chattanooga, TN; Chicago; Kansas City, MO; Minneapolis-St.Paul; Milwaukee, WI; Norfolk-Portsmouth-Newport News, VA; Richmond-Petersburg, VA; Salt Lake City; St. Louis, MO; and Yakima-Pasco-Richland-Kennewick, WA.

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