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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.

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...

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...

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...

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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

AT&T Network VP Rinne Retiring

September 3, 2014 11:40 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Kris Rinne, senior vice president of network technologies at AT&T Labs, plans to retire at the end of November, according to FierceWireless. Tom Keathley will take over for Rinne after she leaves. He’s been named senior vice president of network and product planning.

Isis Mobile Wallet Changes Name to Softcard

September 3, 2014 10:41 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Isis Wallet today announced it’s changing its name to Softcard. In July, Isis—a mobile payment joint venture between AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon—announced its intent to ditch its old name to avoid any confusion with the radical Islamic militant group ISIS.

FirstNews Briefs: Alcatel-Lucent, nTelos, Apkudo, Syntonic, GENBAND

September 3, 2014 9:40 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Apkudo announced the launch of 'Confirmed Kill' testing to verify and validate smartphone kill switch implementations. The test suite – an extension of Apkudo Approved device analysis – will ensure device kill switches meet the requirements of the law.

AT&T Rolls Out New Secure Cloud for Government Clients

September 2, 2014 11:05 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The STaaS storage towers are physically separated from other towers in the data center, government customer data won’t co-exist with commercial data, government customers get a separate cloud portal, and all their users are assigned RSA hard token for 2-Factor Authentication.

nTelos Launches $45 Single-Line Plan with 10GB

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

nTelos today launched a promotional single-line plan that pairs unlimited talk and text with 10GB of data for $45 a month. For an extra $10, customers can upgrade to unlimited data. The promotional plans are available to new and existing customers eligible for upgrade. Subscribers have to opt for nTelos’ Equipment Installment Plan (EIP). Device charges for EIP run $35 a month.

Lurie Tapped as CEO of AT&T Mobility

August 26, 2014 5:33 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

"We’re taking the next natural step by integrating our marketing and distribution for Business Solutions into our Mobility group," an AT&T spokesman said in an emailed statement. "Ralph de la Vega’s responsibilities have been expanded and now he is CEO of our new Mobile & Business Solutions organization."

Verizon Promises Nationwide VoLTE in 'Coming Weeks'

August 26, 2014 10:00 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

In a post on the carrier's website, Verizon said that "in the coming weeks, Verizon Wireless customers can begin to see what Advanced Calling 1.0 -- HD Voice and Video Calling -- can mean to their wireless experience when tightly integrated with their 4G LTE smartphones."

Cricket Offers $100 to Subs Switching from T-Mobile, MetroPCS

August 22, 2014 11:42 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Cricket Wireless has joined the current wireless bounty bonanza by offering a $100 bill credit to customers who switch over from T-Mobile or MetroPCS. From August 24 to October 19, customers who switch will get the credit. The promotion is only available for customers coming over from T-Mobile or MetroPCS but there’s no limit on the amount of lines a single customer can switch over and get the credit.

The Reality of Sprint's New Plans

August 22, 2014 8:30 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The new Sprint plans are available starting Friday and reward families that need a lot of data. But the company is also keeping an unlimited-data plan that's beneficial for individuals — and competes with a similar T-Mobile offering. Now that most Americans have cellphones, wireless companies have been trying to lure consumers with lower prices.

T-Mobile Offering Unlimited Data for Poaching Customers

August 21, 2014 10:25 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

T-Mobile today announced that customers who “rescue” subscribers from AT&T, Sprint or Verizon will earn one year of free unlimited data from themselves and their friend. Beginning next week, subscribers who port over their number to T-Mobile and an existing T-Mobile subscriber will earn unlimited LTE or, if they already have unlimited data, a $10 monthly credit for 12 months.

Study: AT&T Exclusivity Holding Back Amazon Fire Phone

August 20, 2014 11:14 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The Amazon Fire Phone’s exclusivity with AT&T could be holding back early adoption for the high-profile smartphone, according to advertising group Chitika. By analyzing millions of U.S. and Canada smartphone-based online ad impressions, Chitika found that North American usage of the Fire Phone only increased incrementally in the three weeks since its launch.

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