The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation Tuesday heard testimony from a number of entities on just how exactly the FCC should go about auctioning off 600 MHz spectrum in the upcoming incentive auctions. Nearly all of those testifying agreed that newly appointed FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler...
AT&T is hoping for a more agile, fast-acting FCC under new Chairman Tom Wheeler’s direction...
AT&T today announced it has reached an LTE roaming agreement with Canadian carrier Rogers....
Demand for Verizon’s lower 700 MHz spectrum seems to be growing by the day. AT&T is rumored to be mulling a bid for Verizon’s A Block holdings, even as T-Mobile has already confirmed that it plans to pursue the licenses. The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday AT&T’s potential interest in the A Block 700 MHz licenses and predicted Verizon could fetch as much as $2.75 billion for the spectrum.
Presumably to keep valuable postpaid customers from churning when their contracts end, AT&T today rolled out a major revamp of its Mobile Share plans. Perhaps most significant is that the new plans change the monthly per-smartphone connection cost for those customers on or off contract...
AT&T has signed a global agreement with ASSA ABLOY. The $15 million, four-year contract renews a networking deal with AT&T for a number of ASSA ABLOY locations and extends the scope of the support to be provided to the Swedish company by AT&T. The agreement will see AT&T deploy a global virtual private network connecting over 400 ASSA ABLOY locations in 70 countries.
The four major U.S. carriers have agreed to stop charging for most premium SMS in the hopes of curbing fraud. Lawmakers from 45 states pushed for mobile operators to move away from the practice. AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile all agreed to cease most PSMS charges to help prevent customers from getting hit with fraudulent third-party charges, a practice referred to as “cramming.”
Sprint has slipped to last place among the four major U.S. carriers in Consumer Reports’ new customer satisfaction survey. As Reuters points out, Sprint scored a 59 out of 100 in the survey that uses metrics like voice, text and 4G reliability. In last year’s survey, Sprint finished second among the big four, slotted in just behind Verizon Wireless.
A lot of analysts and media started prepping eulogies for the Near Field Communications (NFC) this year when Apple announced iOS 7. The company once again passed up NFC, while embracing Bluetooth LE for iBeacons, confirming that the new iPhones would not be featuring NFC. And so, NFC was dead, right?
AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile and U.S. Cellular have all rejected a smartphone “kill switch,” a technology proposed by Samsung that could render a smartphone inoperable. As the AP reports, the carriers said no to Samsung’s Absolute LoJack anti-theft technology, saying it presents hacker’s with an opportunity to disable someone’s phone.
Wheeler said that the Technology Transitions Policy Task Force—assembled by former FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski at the behest of AT&T and NTCA—will present a status update at the Dec. 12 Commission meeting. With that research in hand, Wheeler expects the FCC by January to draft an order concerning experimentation, data collection, and policy, legal and technical outlines for the IP transition agenda.
Bloomington, MN - Verizon today unveiled its answer to AT&T's flagship retail shops, with the opening of one of its own in the Mall of America. The new shop is part of a movement to expand the market for wireless products to include an array of non-traditional connected consumer offerings.
Rep. Greg Walden (D-Ore.) has warned the FCC against limiting the participation of AT&T and Verizon in upcoming spectrum auctions through the use of spectrum caps. The Hill said that Rep. Walden, chairman of the House Communications and Technology subcommittee, told reporters that Congress might step in if it doesn’t like the FCC auction rules.
PlayPhone announced the addition of several game developers that have signed up to distribute games on PlayPhone’s mobile social gaming network. Developers of franchises such as Street Fighter IV, Valkyrie and Toy Raid Strikers will now have access to hundreds of millions of potential new customers for their gaming portfolios.
Isis Mobile Wallet, the mobile payment joint venture from AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon, rolls out nationwide today. Isis uses NFC technology in phones to enable tap-to-pay functionality with mobile devices at participating retailers. The Isis app is free to download from Google Play but users will need to get a new SIM card from their carrier.
On the topic of spectrum, De la Vega boasted AT&T’s recent 700 MHz and WCS acquisitions and reiterated the need for more spectrum, reinforcing the necessity for the FCC’s upcoming spectrum auction. He stayed tight-lipped on AT&T’s involvement plans for the auctions or any other upcoming spectrum deals.
Leap Wireless’ third-quarter numbers show the prepaid carrier has nearly one million less customers than it did at this time last year. The prepaid carrier’s end-of-period customers for the third quarter totaled 4,643,430, down nearly 18 percent from the 5,633,819 it had at the end of the third quarter in 2012.
Rogers announced today that its suretap wallet, the first mobile wallet from a carrier in Canada, will be available to customers in the coming weeks. suretap wallet will be available on select NFC-enabled smartphones and will offer a co-branded virtual Rogers Prepaid MasterCard and gift cards from select national retailers as the first cards available for download.
Ceragon Networks Ltd. announced its new, high capacity platform for HetNet hauling – the IP-20. Designed to meet the needs of network operators, Ceragon’s IP-20 is a service-centric, SDN-ready wireless platform for backhaul and fronthaul.
Huawei recently launched its proprietary next generation intelligent retail solution in Europe during the Symphony EYC Event 2013 in Frankfurt, Germany. The intelligent retail solution is developed to help retailers enhance service offerings and improve customer shopping experience, featuring the integration of wireless technology, mobile device applications and location-based service.
After delaying a vote on AT&T’s proposed $1.2 billion takeover of Leap Wireless, Leap shareholders met yesterday and resoundingly approved the deal. Leap—which operates as Cricket Wireless—issued a release stating that more than 99 percent of the votes cast were in favor of the proposed merger agreement and 78 percent of the votes were in favor of the advisory proposal regarding executive compensation.
Lenovo debuted its first multimode Yoga Tablet. Withhold, tilt and stand modes, the tablet adapts to the way people use it. Additionally the Yoga Tablet has up to 18 hours of battery life. Along with the new product introduction, Lenovo also named spokesman Ashton Kutcher the company’s newest product engineer.
Leap Wireless yesterday disclosed it is postponing a shareholder vote on the company’s proposed merger with AT&T. The vote, originally scheduled for Oct. 24, has been rescheduled for Oct. 30. In a filing with the SEC, Leap indicated the postponement is intended to give the company time to file amendments to its 10-K for 2012 and a pair of 10-Qs for 2013.
AT&T Wednesday reported best-ever third-quarter smartphone sales of 6.7 million. Total smartphone base increased by 1.2 million in the quarter, with smarpthones accounting for a record 89 percent of postpaid phone sales. Interestingly, AT&T did not break out iPhone sales but did say that it had seen record Android sales.
Leap’s management has concluded that a “material weakness in internal controls over financial reporting existed during each of the affected periods and that the Company’s disclosure controls and procedures and internal control over financial reporting for such periods were therefore not effective.”
The four major U.S. carriers have rolled out the individual data plans for Apple’s new iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display and T-Mobile is already putting an “un-carrier” move on the competition by offering 200 MB of data free. AT&T’s, Verizon’s and Sprint’s lowest tiered offerings don’t match T-Mobile’s free deal but up from there, things start to level off.
AT&T Monday voiced its concerns with T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless' "down from channel 51" band plan for the 600 MHz incentive auction. Overall, AT&T said it agrees with the plan's four main principles, which include maximizing paired spectrum in the 600 MHz incentive auction; allowing for cost-effective and timely development of new equipment and devices...
AT&T has agreed to lease 9,100 towers and sell outright another 600 of them to Crown Castle for $4.85 billion in cash. Within the terms of the deal, Crown Castle will have exclusive rights to the towers for a lease period of about 28 years. When the lease is up, Crown Castle will have fixed price purchase options totaling around $4.2 billion for the towers.
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