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AT&T Warns FCC It Might Skip 600 MHz Auction Over Spectrum Rules

April 17, 2014 10:14 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The FCC is planning to set aside up to 30 MHz in each market for smaller carriers to bid on once bidding for those markets hits a set threshold. After the threshold it hit, carriers holding at least one-third of the low-band spectrum in that market wouldn’t be allowed to bid. AT&T and Verizon would experience the most impact from this rule though in some markets, smaller regional carriers like U.S. Cellular would be restricted.

New Aio Plans Follow Lead of Sprint's 'Framily' Model

April 16, 2014 1:20 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

AT&T's prepaid Aio brand has launched new plans that promise more discounts with each line...

Volvo Taps AT&T for In-Car Connectivity

April 16, 2014 11:17 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

AT&T has signed a multi-year agreement with Volvo to provide connectivity to Volvo's...

Burger King Launching AT&T Wi-Fi in All U.S. Locations

April 16, 2014 10:28 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Burger King today announced it is putting AT&T’s Wi-Fi Ready Zone access points in all of...

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Verizon Opens More Everything for Month-to-Month Customers

April 14, 2014 12:10 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Verizon today announced that its existing month-to-month customers can now move to the carrier’s More Everything plans beginning April 17. Verizon is promising savings of $10 for plans with 8 GB and lower and $25 for plans with 10 GB or more. The carrier will also now allow customers to add phones they already own to a More Everything plan for either $15 or $30 per month, depending on the data allowance selected.

T-Mobile Challenges AT&T, Verizon, Sprint to End Overage Charges

April 14, 2014 10:58 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

T-Mobile today announced it is doing away with all talk, text and data overage charges for its customers and it’s challenging AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint to follow suit. The carrier claims that more than 20 million people in the U.S. were stuck with overage charges in 2013 and that the three biggest U.S. carriers raked in more than $1 billion combined off the practice.

Court Reverses Conviction of Man in iPad Data Case

April 14, 2014 9:12 am | by Kathy Matheson, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal appeals court reversed the conviction of man imprisoned for illegally gaining access to AT&T's servers and stealing the email addresses of more than 100,000 of iPad users, ruling Friday that prosecutors tried him in the wrong state. Andrew Auernheimer, who was living in Arkansas at the time...

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Samsung Galaxy S5 Goes On Sale Everywhere Today

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

Besides the carrier deals, it looks like Samsung is willing to toss in some extras for S5 buyers. Bloomberg reports the OEM is offering up to $600 in bonuses including PayPal vouchers—to use with the S5’s fingerprint scanner—as well free apps and a LinkedIn premium account.

Samsung Galaxy S5 Review

April 10, 2014 3:43 pm | by Ben Munson | Articles | Comments

Falling short of reinventing the entire smartphone industry is a current criticism that can be leveled at Samsung and basically every other OEM right now. But as long as there’s a market for big, bright and powerful smartphones that nimbly perform every job asked of them, then devices like the S5 should do just fine.

SmartWatch, Episode 5: Monitoring the Industry Shift, David Ortiz and the Galaxy S5

April 10, 2014 11:26 am | Videos | Comments

In this week’s episode of SmartWatch, sponsored by SanDisk, we take a look at the seismic shift happening in the wireless industry as carriers begin paying bounties and move away from device subsidies. We also get a quick look at the Samsung Galaxy S5, and touch base with Boston Red Sox DH, David Ortiz. All this and more in this week’s edition of SmartWatch!

AT&T Kills 'Rethink Possible' Slogan for New Mobility Tagline

April 9, 2014 4:33 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

AT&T today launched a new branding campaign that appears aimed at bringing together its many products under one message, with an emphasis on mobility. Under the tagline “Mobilizing Your World”, AT&T is launching a series of four new television spots that will kick off during coverage of the 2014 Masters Tournament on ESPN and CBS. 

FirstNews Briefs: Transit Wireless, AT&T, VeriFone, Comcast, Smartrac, OSG Billing

April 9, 2014 11:19 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Transit Wireless and AT&T today announced that the companies have expanded their contract to bring AT&T’s wireless voice and data service to as many as 242 additional underground New York City subway stations on Transit Wireless’ state-of-the-art wireless network. AT&T service is currently available in 30 stations in mid-town Manhattan from Phase 1 of the project as well as six from the Initial Build in Chelsea.

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U.S. Cellular Offering Device Financing, $350 ETF Bounty

April 7, 2014 11:30 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

U.S. Cellular is also allowing customers to purchase a new device for $0 down on Simple Connect plans as well as the company’s Shared Data plans, now named Shared Connect plans. The Shared Connect plans are similar to AT&T's Next, Verizon Jump and T-Mobile's Edge plans, where customers make monthly payments towards the cost of the device on their wireless bill.

The Fog of a Price War Is Real in AT&T's New Mobile Share Plans

April 4, 2014 4:35 pm | by Andrew Berg | Blogs | Comments

AT&T's new Mobile Share plans are misleading in that they are basically a limited promotion on par with how cable companies offer you an introductory rate, which is then increased at a later date. I'll start out by saying AT&T's new 10GB Mobile Share plans are a good deal: four lines, 10GB of data at $160. 

Sprint Offering Up to $650 for ETFs to Customers Who Switch

April 4, 2014 12:56 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Sprint is now offering up to $650 in Early Termination Fee (ETF) payoffs and device credits for subscribers who bring a number over to a Framily plan. The limited-time deal promises each line up to $300 for their current phone and a prepaid Visa worth up to $350 to take care of ETFs. The deal is good April 4 through May 8.

SmartWatch, Episode 4: T-Mo's Legere Opines on Everything from AWS to a New iPhone

April 3, 2014 2:16 pm | Videos | Comments

In this edition of SmartWatch, sponsored by SanDisk, we get special insights from outspoken T-Mobile CEO John Legere on a number of recent happenings. From Softbank CEO Masayoshi Son’s recent trip to CCA in San Antonio to rumors of a new iPhone, John Legere has something to say about all of it. 

AT&T Not Bringing Text-to-911 to Cricket’s CDMA Network

April 2, 2014 12:35 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

AT&T is coming along with its voluntary commitment to deploy text-to-911 service on its networks. But the carrier won’t be bringing that technology to Cricket Wireless, at least while AT&T’s newly acquired prepaid carrier still runs on CDMA.

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Sprint, T-Mobile Caution FCC on AT&T All-IP Trials

April 1, 2014 11:09 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Sprint and T-Mobile are calling into question AT&T's recently approved IP-network trials in Florida and Alabama, saying the initiative is holding back the rest of the industry's move to develop cross-carrier IP interconnections. "AT&T’s proposed experiment is putting the cart before the horse," Sprint wrote...

FirstNews Briefs: Broadcom, Hilti, AT&T, Motorola Solutions, Netgear

March 31, 2014 10:32 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Broadcom Corporation today announced the expansion of its XLP®II multi-core communications processors family with the XLP500 Series. Featuring 32 NXCPUs and 80 Gbps performance, the XLP500 Series delivers up to 4X the per-core performance of competing processors.

AT&T Plans Fourth 300 Million-Share Buyback in Four Years

March 31, 2014 10:28 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

AT&T today announced its plans to buy back 300 million shares, representing approximately six percent of the company’s outstanding shares. This is the fourth 300 million-share buyback AT&T has announced in the past four years—the previous three came December 2010, July 2012 and March 2013.

Sprint, T-Mobile, Dish Team Up to Plead Low-Band Spectrum Case to FCC

March 26, 2014 10:13 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Sprint, T-Mobile and Dish Network are teaming up to ensure smaller carriers can get their hands on low-band spectrum. Along with the Competitive Carriers Association and advocacy groups like Public Knowledge, the group is lobbying the FCC to adopt rules in the upcoming 600 MHz auctions that will benefit carriers other than AT&T and Verizon, who together hold the majority of available below-1 GHz spectrum licenses.

HTC Rolls Out All New One, Coming to U.S. Carriers Today

March 25, 2014 11:53 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

HTC today announced its new One smartphone at events in New York and London. The phone will see U.S. release at AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile within the first few weeks of April. But starting today, customers will be able to buy the phone online from all the carriers mentioned. Verizon will have the phone available in-store starting today.

Video over LTE in March is Madness

March 21, 2014 3:15 pm | by Andrew Berg | Blogs | Comments

On Thursday, I tuned in to the Wisconsin Badger's first game in the NCAA basketball tournament on a Nokia Icon from Verizon. The phone was a review unit, so I didn't watch for long, but I have to admit that I was impressed by the quality of the picture. In fact, I had a little bit of an epiphany around video on mobile. 

U.S. Carriers Roll Out Pricing Details for Samsung Galaxy S5

March 21, 2014 11:16 am | by Andrew Berg and Ben Munson | News | Comments

Whether the Samsung Galaxy S5 shapes up to be the blockbuster its predecessor was remains to be seen. But carriers have already begun pre-orders and special promotions for the 5.1-inch smartphone (due April 11) and the trio of wearables Samsung is sending out alongside it.

FirstNews Briefs: CCA, T-Mobile, SimpleAir, Google, AT&T, Digigram

March 21, 2014 10:40 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Competitive Carriers Association urged the Court to grant certiorari of a pending appeal and resolve a split amongst lower courts related to the statutory prerequisites for denying applications for siting wireless facilities.  T-Mobile South, LLC seeks review of a decision which allows local authorities to deny applications without providing any underlying reasoning included as part of the denial.  

AT&T Files with FCC for Transfer of 700 MHz, AWS Spectrum

March 21, 2014 10:05 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

From MilkyWay Broadband, AT&T has requested the transfer of 12 MHz of Lower 700 MHz C Block spectrum in 71 counties in 15 CMAs. From WGH Communications and NTCH, AT&T has requested the transfer of 12 MHz of Lower 700 MHz B Block spectrum in 18 counties in six CMAs. From Paul Bunyan Rural Telephone Cooperative, AT&T has requested the transfer of 20 MHz of AWS-1 A Block spectrum in nine counties in three CMAs.

AT&T Beginning Pre-orders Friday for Samsung Galaxy S5

March 20, 2014 4:40 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — AT&T says it will start taking orders for Samsung's new Galaxy S5 smartphone starting Friday. The phone will ship in a few weeks and will cost $200 with a two-year service agreement or $650 without a contract. Samsung has said the phone will start shipping worldwide on April 11. Other carriers are also expected to carry it, though prices haven't been announced yet.

SmartWatch, Episode 2: AT&T's Leap Buy Comes with Conditions

March 20, 2014 10:17 am | Videos | Comments

Welcome to this week's episode of SmartWatch, brought to you by SanDisk. In this week's SmartWatch we run down just exactly what the FCC requiires of AT&T to keep square its purchase of Leap Wireless. We also catch up with AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson about his plans for the prepaid market. 

T-Mobile Goes to Bat for Smaller Carriers in AWS Auction

March 20, 2014 9:40 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

In a policy blog yesterday, T-Mobile suggested the Commission try to mirror the geographic market areas for existing AWS-1 licenses, a mix of smaller Cellular Market Areas (CMA) and larger Economic Areas (EA). The carrier also expressed support for the CCA’s proposed compromise of Partial Economic Areas (PEA).

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