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T-Mobile USA's New Plans Compared to Competition

March 27, 2013 8:56 am | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — T-Mobile USA has revamped its pricing plans, the latest move in an industry that's still experimenting feverishly with various ways of luring customers and getting current ones to pay as much as possible. Here's how T-Mobile's gambit compares.

PlayPhone, Verizon Partner on Social Gaming Storefront

March 26, 2013 8:24 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Social gaming provider PlayPhone today announced that it's partnering with Verizon Wireless on a social-optimized game-centric storefront that will come preloaded on Verizon's Android phones. Scott Prather, senior director of business development at PlayPhone...

The "Un-Carrier" Cometh

March 19, 2013 3:32 pm | by Andrew Berg | Blogs | Comments

I have to admit that I'm excited to hear what T-Mobile has on its mind tomorrow. I want to know more about what's behind John Legere's devious, trouble-making smile. Basically, I want the specifics on what it means to be the "un-carrier"?

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AT&T Announces New 30, 40 and 50GB Shared Data Plans

March 19, 2013 10:12 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

AT&T is beefing up its shared data plan offerings for the enterprise, introducing huge 30, 40 and 50GB iterations of the service. The plans start at $300 per month—plus a $10-$30 per device fee, depending on the type of device—and go up to $500. Current mobile share plans offer buckets of 1 to 20GB.

First News Briefs for March 15, 2013

March 15, 2013 10:40 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

AT&T is introducing pdvConnect, a set of cloud-based mobile apps that gives businesses and organizations of all sizes a way to document events in near real-time by simply speaking, taking photos and sharing location information at the point of service.

All Major U.S. Operators Will Carry Galaxy S4

March 15, 2013 10:17 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

All four major U.S. carriers have put their support behind Samsung's new Galaxy S4, which was unveiled yesterday at an evening event in New York City. Immediately following the announcement, all four major U.S. carriers, as well as Leap Wireless and U.S. Cellular...

Report: AT&T Closing Gap in LTE War with VZW

March 12, 2013 10:56 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Verizon Wireless and AT&T are battling it out in the LTE wars, with both carriers receiving impressive scores in RootMetrics' latest 77-market study. According to the study, which is offered in a consumer-friendly format, AT&T’s LTE network...

VZW: International LTE Roaming Partnerships Coming Soon

February 26, 2013 10:44 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Verizon Wireless customers could be in luck when it comes to overseas roaming. According to a report from Reuters out of Mobile World Congress, Verizon expects to sign its first international LTE roaming agreement later this year. Verizon Wireless Chief Technology Officer...

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Verizon CFO Talks Vodafone Buyout, Growth in 2013

February 25, 2013 4:56 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Verizon CFO Fran Shammo reiterated comments previously made by CEO Lowell McAdam that the carrier is open to buying out the 45 percent of the Verizon Wireless joint venture that is currently owned by Vodafone. "I think we've been very open saying we'd love to own the other 45...

AT&T Snags GM Contract from VZW

February 25, 2013 9:48 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

AT&T has managed to snag a contract to provide connectivity for General Motors' OnStar service beginning in 2014. Competitor Verizon Wireless is the current provider for OnStar. While financial details of the deal were not announced, AT&T said in a statement that...

Vodafone CEO Open-Minded About VZW Options

February 22, 2013 9:51 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Vodafone CEO Vittorio Colao says he's unsure about the future ownership of Verizon Wireless, according to an interview published in the Wall Street Journal Friday. Colao said he has an "open mind" when it comes to the joint venture that is Verizon Wireless. Verizon Communications currently...

Hesse: Sprint Looking for More Spectrum

February 20, 2013 10:39 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Sprint CEO Dan Hesse said his company is seeking to acquire more wireless spectrum in order to stay competitive with AT&T and Verizon. In an interview with Bloomberg, Hesse said Sprint hopes to scoop up more of the precious commodity by either buying it from other companies or from the government.

Verizon Finalizes Three Spectrum Deals to Rural Telecoms

February 15, 2013 2:14 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Verizon Wireless completed three sales of its 700 MHz A and B Block spectrum licenses to rural telecoms based in Texas and Oklahoma; Nortex Communications, based in Muenster, Texas; Panhandle Telecommunication Systems, Inc., based in Guymon, Okla.; and Colorado Valley Communications, based in La Grange, Texas.

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Phone Companies Prepare for Storm Power Outages

February 8, 2013 3:19 pm | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Cell-towers are dependent on electric power from the grid, but many of them have backup batteries, and in some cases generators that can power the antennas independently for longer. Prolonged power outages, such as those after Superstorm Sandy, can bring down cell service in an area.

First News Briefs for February 5, 2013

February 5, 2013 10:18 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Telit Wireless Solutions, a global provider of machine-to-machine (M2M) modules and services, today announced two of its M2M modules have received certification to work with the Verizon Wireless network. Now Telit customers can employ the DE910-DUAL and the CE910-DUAL modules to deploy a range of M2M applications.

Verizon Launches New 3G Prepaid Plans

February 1, 2013 9:55 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Verizon Wireless today launched prepaid plans that provide unlimited talk, unlimited texts and 500 MB of data for $60 a month, or for $70 a month, a prepaid customer receives 2 GB of data in addition to unlimited talk and texts. According to a press release, the plans are...

Largent Slams NYT Op-Ed Piece

January 31, 2013 11:02 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

CTIA President and CEO Steve Largent slammed an opinion piece, "How to Get America Online", which was published by New York Times. In the piece, Times contributor Susan Crawford argues that access to Internet services...

Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile Announce Availability of BlackBerry Z10, Q10

January 30, 2013 12:15 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

In the wake of today's official unveiling of the new BlackBerry 10 platform and the first two devices to operate it, the full touch screen Z10 and the QWERTY keyboard and touch screen Q10, U.S. carriers are beginning to announce their plans for the new gadgets.

Verizon Wants FCC's Spectrum Screen Applied to Sprint, Clearwire Deal

January 29, 2013 2:40 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Verizon Wireless has filed with the FCC comments on Sprint's potential acquisition of Clearwire, stating that the Commission should apply its spectrum screen to the swath of 2.5 GHz airwaves in question to determine if the potential deal poses spectrum aggregation concerns.

Verizon, AT&T Agree to Spectrum Deal

January 25, 2013 10:56 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Verizon Wireless said Friday that it will sell 39 lower 700 MHz B Block licenses to AT&T in exchange for a payment of $1.9 billion and the transfer by AT&T to Verizon Wireless of AWS (10 MHz) licenses in certain western markets, including...

VZW Hits Record $30B in 4Q Revenue, Losses Double on Charges

January 22, 2013 10:41 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Verizon Tuesday reported record fourth-quarter revenues of over $30 billion, up 5.7 percent annually, but still managed to swing to a quarterly loss that was double what it was in the same quarter last year. Losses that were largely due to charges related to the annuitization of $7.5 billion...

Lowell McAdam Addresses CES 2013

January 14, 2013 1:45 pm | Videos | Comments

Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam addresses an audience at the 2013 International Consumer Electronics Show. McAdam talked on a range of topics, including his company's tie up with the National Football League, as well as advancements in the connected car, among other topics. 

Carriers Spat Over Spectrum Weighting

January 10, 2013 2:59 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

It seems everyone agrees that the FCC needs to simplify its spectrum screen, but there's a big division on exactly how that should be done. Such was the case in a spate of comments filed with the FCC this past week. AT&T and Verizon Wireless come down on the "light touch" side of things...

VZW Q4: $9 Billion in Charges, 2.1 Million Net Adds

January 7, 2013 5:16 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Speaking at an investor conference ahead of his opening keynote tomorrow at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show, Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam disclosed some good and some bad pertaining to his company's fourth quarter. McAdam said that while the company had a record fourth quarter...

Report: Verizon Buyout of Vodafone Possible

January 7, 2013 3:19 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Verizon could own all of its Wireless business soon, if CEO Lowell McAdam has anything to say about it. McAdam told the Wall Street Journal Monday that Verizon is strong enough to buy Vodafone out of its stake in Verizon Wireless. Verizon entered into a joint venture with Vodafone...

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