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FirstNews Briefs: AT&T, Cavium, Quortus, Octoshape, Catenoid, ARRIS

July 21, 2014 10:50 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

ARRIS Group, Inc. and Wurl, Inc. today announced the launch of ARRIS Market—a new open platform for cable operators combining over-the-top (OTT) content with traditional programming services on ARRIS set-tops. The platform is standards-based and features an HTML5 interface that integrates thousands of OTT content choices.

Amazon’s First Fire Phone Ad Puts Content Ahead of Features

July 18, 2014 11:11 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The company’s choice to highlight Prime over the much-hyped features of the phone like the 3D “...

FirstNews Briefs: AT&T, T-Mobile, Ruckus Wireless, Bitglass, Jawbone

July 16, 2014 11:04 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Now through August 12th, customers can get $100 off when you buy an iPhone and iPad together at...

AT&T Puts Data in the Driver's Seat

July 15, 2014 2:06 pm | by Andrew Berg | Articles | Comments

"Each individual automaker will decide what's the best choice for them," Penrose said, noting...

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AT&T Calls T-Mobile’s Data Roaming Proposals Unlawful

July 11, 2014 10:34 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

In a blog post today, AT&T Vice President of Regulatory Joan Marsh said T-Mobile’s revised roaming agreement rules proposal would violate the Telecommunications Act and “push the Commission’s regime over the line into impermissible common carrier regulation.”

McAdam: Verizon Postpaid Additions Hit 1.4M in 2Q

July 10, 2014 2:42 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Both Verizon and AT&T saw pressure on customer numbers in the first quarter of the year quarter, which could have been at least partially due to T-Mobile's disruptive promotions. AT&T marked just 625,000 postpaid additions in the first quarter. 

Carriers Failing Miserably at Location Data for Wireless E911 Calls

July 10, 2014 10:45 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

According to new data obtained from the FCC through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) filed by the Find Me 911 Coalition, only 10 percent of wireless 911 calls made in Washington D.C. in the first half of 2013 were delivered with accurate location information needed to find callers who are lost, confused, unconscious or otherwise unable to share their location. 

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AT&T Launching Sponsored Data Content Store

July 10, 2014 10:27 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Syntonic, in partnership with AT&T, today announced the Sponsored Content Store, a digital storefront for AT&T subscribers to access sponsored data content. Syntonic CEO Gary Greenbaum said the private beta launching today will act as a catalog for AT&T Sponsored Data content as well as a hub for data passes and premium access applications.

Report: Sprint Vetting Plans That Undercut AT&T, Verizon

July 8, 2014 11:17 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The trials—reportedly running San Diego, Portland, Ore. and Las Vegas—are charging per device and offering data buckets ranging from 1 GB to 60 GB. Sprint’s 1 GB plan is $20, only $5 less than similar plans at AT&T and Verizon. But Sprint’s 10 GB plan is $40 less and its 30 GB plan is $95 less than the same deals at AT&T and Verizon.

FirstNews Briefs: Atmel, Newport Media, AT&T, LG, Perfecto Mobile, Extricom

July 7, 2014 10:02 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Perfecto Mobile, provider of the MobileCloud Platform and integrated mobile application quality suite, today announced the launch of a new offering designed to provide integrated development and testing capabilities of mobile applications to Visual Studio and Microsoft Azure users. To celebrate the launch of this offering, new promotional offers are available for MSDN subscribers.

Legere: FTC Unfairly Targeted T-Mobile with SMS Charges

July 7, 2014 8:48 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Legere went on to deny that T-Mobile was participating in any kind of "cramming" practices. He acknowledged that all of the larger U.S. carriers engaged in billing for third-party premium texting services from a period between 2009 and 2013. However, he claimed that T-Mobile had made the decision to terminate those services in November of 2013. 

Why the Feds are Singling Out T-Mobile for SMS Fraud

July 2, 2014 12:27 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

“[The charges] fly in the face of their positioning and makes them look like hypocrites,” Recon Analyst founder Roger Entner said. “And it’s a huge opportunity for the other three carriers to throw egg in T-Mobile’s face.” Lynnette Luna, senior analyst at Current Analysis, said T-Mobile will likely pay a settlement in order to minimize the damage to their public image.

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Ericsson, Verizon Deny Bloomberg Report

July 1, 2014 2:43 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Ericsson and Verizon today both denied a Bloomberg report that cited comments from Jean-Claude Geha, head of Ericsson's managed services business, who said the Swedish telecom equipment manufacturer is in discussions with AT&T and Verizon about managing their network infrastructures. 

Report: Ericsson Eyes Management of AT&T, Verizon Networks

July 1, 2014 10:33 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Ericsson says that interest from carriers looking to outsource operations is increasing. The company estimates that almost half of the $273 billion managed service market in 2012 was made up of carriers doing tasks themselves. Ericsson sees that as an opportunity. 

Despite China Mobile iPhone Launch, iOS Bleeds Share in China

July 1, 2014 10:05 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Despite Apple and China Mobile, the largest carrier in China and the world, celebrating the long-awaited official launch of the iPhone late last year, iOS saw share corrosion in China. Apple’s saw its iOS smartphone sales share in China drop annually to 14.7 percent from 23.8 percent, a decline of 9.1 percent, according to Kantar.

Billionaire Slim to Buy Back All of AT&T's América Móvil Holdings

June 30, 2014 9:47 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

As part of the transaction, Inmobiliaria Carso and Control Empresarial de Capitales, both of which are América Móvil’s shareholders, will acquire from AT&T International, Inc. 5,739,341,928 Series “AA” shares representing 23.81 percent of America Movil's voting stock. 

FirstNews Briefs: AT&T, Alcatel-Lucent, Hipcricket, Nokia, Celtra

June 26, 2014 11:30 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

AT&T and Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise are introducing a "Connected Bus" solution. Available nationwide today, Connected Bus is using wireless technology, AT&T's 4G LTE network and devices to increase students' access to information, instruction and teachers. With onboard Wi-Fi, students can access the Internet on their own devices.

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T-Mo's 'Test Drive' Perfect Showcase for Impressive Wideband Service

June 26, 2014 10:38 am | by Andrew Berg | Blogs | Comments

This is T-Mobile's way into major metropolitan markets, where it will continue to take subscribers from the likes of AT&T and Verizon. Yes, Verizon has its XLTE product, and Sprint has its "Spark" offering, but neither of those are offering the kinds of speeds T-Mobile is putting up right now. 

AT&T Among First U.S. Carriers to Offer LG G Watch

June 26, 2014 10:10 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

AT&T announced it will be “among the first U.S. carriers” to offer the LG G Watch. The carrier did not mention pricing and said it would be available in the coming weeks. The G Watch showed up during Google’s Android Wear demo at Wednesday’s developer conference. The smartwatch—priced at $230 and shipping July 3—is now available for pre-order in the Google Play store.

AT&T Says DirecTV Deal Could Slow Price Hikes

June 25, 2014 9:41 am | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — AT&T's CEO told Congress Tuesday that his company's purchase of DirecTV will help slow increases in programming prices, but won't lead to a decrease in prices. CEO Randall Stephenson spoke to two Congressional committees to defend AT&T's $48.5 billion deal to buy the country's largest satellite TV broadcaster.

AT&T Joins Sprint in Pushing Rural Service to Bolster Acquisition Hopes

June 24, 2014 11:13 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

In his prepared remarks, CEO Randall Stephenson outlines AT&T’s plans to bring broadband access to customers in 48 states, with 80 percent of the locations outside of the company’s wireline footprint. Using “fixed wireless” that combines dedicated spectrum and professional installation, he said the combined companies will be able to offer 15-20 Mbps home broadband to customers as part of a package or as a standalone service.

T-Mobile CEO John Legere Apologizes for Comments

June 19, 2014 4:43 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

T-Mobile CEO John Legere today took to Twitter to apologize to any offended by his remarks he made during the carrier’s Uncarrier 5.0 event Wednesday. The usually brash Legere regularly picks on the other three major U.S. carriers—AT&T, in particular—but his choice of words last night may have gone too far. Legere said AT&T and Verizon are “raping” their customers.

Amazon Unveils 3D Fire Phone, Out July 25

June 18, 2014 3:25 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

SEATTLE - Amazon Wednesday took the wraps off its new 3D smartphone, Fire. As rumored, the Fire smartphone is exclusive to AT&T. The device goes up for pre-order today and ships July 25. The 32-GB model will cost $200 with a two-year contract—a 64-GB model is available for $300— or zero down and $28/monthly on AT&T’s Next program. For a limited time, Fire comes with a free 12-month Amazon Prime subscription.

T-Mobile CEO John Legere Goes Off on AT&T-Amazon Exclusive Deal

June 18, 2014 10:23 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

T-Mobile CEO John Legere said that exclusivity “sucks” for consumers and for the industry as a whole. He also jabbed AT&T for the Facebook Phone, another high-profile exclusive for the carrier and a flop with consumers and critics alike. The HTC phone quickly dropped in price all the way down to 99 cents on-contract.

BlackBerry Signs Deal for Access to Amazon Appstore

June 18, 2014 9:52 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

BlackBerry has signed a licensing agreement with Amazon to give BlackBerry users access to the 240,000 Android applications in the Amazon Appstore. With the release of the BlackBerry 10.3 this fall BlackBerry users will be able buy apps, music, movies and more directly from Amazon. BlackBerry World will stay in place but as of July 21, BlackBerry’s native app storefront will close its video and music sections.

Report: AT&T to Be Exclusive Carrier for New Amazon Phone

June 17, 2014 9:23 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

AT&T has landed the exclusive carrier rights for Amazon’s new smartphone, according to the Wall Street Journal. Amazon is expected to announce its new smartphone at an event Wednesday in Seattle. Reports and teasers from the company suggest the phone will feature 3D imaging that uses eye-tracking technology instead of glasses.

Report: Sprint, T-Mobile Set $2B Breakup Fee, T-Mobile Name for Combined Co.

June 13, 2014 11:03 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

CNBC is reporting that Sprint and T-Mobile have agreed to a $2 billion breakup fee should their potential merger not go through. The Wall Street Journal had previously reported the breakup fee attached to the merger would be $1 billion. The two companies have also reportedly agreed on T-Mobile as the name for the combined company, lending credibility to reports that T-Mobile CEO John Legere is in line to lead after the merger.

Cell Towers Go Stealth with More Sophisticated Camoflauge

June 13, 2014 9:49 am | by Barbara Rodriguez, Associated Press | Articles | Comments

So-called stealth cellphone towers have been around for more than two decades and appear to be growing in popularity. They have been concealed in a wide variety of ways, including in a stop sign in New Orleans, a pine tree in Kinnelon, New Jersey, and a water tower in San Dimas, California.

AT&T Sees NFL Sunday Ticket as Possible Sponsored Mobile Content

June 9, 2014 11:28 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

AT&T execs looked ahead at extending DirecTV’s NFL Sunday Ticket to its mobile subscribers and not charging their data caps for streaming games. The Wall Street Journal reported Friday on an analyst meeting AT&T hosted last week, where the carrier suggested NFL Sunday Ticket could fit into future product bundles should the proposed AT&T-DirecTV merger go through.

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