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FirstNews Briefs: NYU, AT&T, Verizon, Canon, Taqua

February 6, 2014 9:59 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

NYU WIRELESS announced that AT&T joined the university research center as an affiliate sponsor—a three-year commitment to collaborating on the next generation of mobile network technology. Their research aims to ensure that the telecommunications industry can stay ahead of the demands of its users, who are consuming data at an ever-increasing pace and scale.

Carriers Join Obama in Effort to Get Kids Online

February 5, 2014 10:01 am | by Nedra Pickler, Associated Press | News | Comments

Claiming progress in his goal to put the world at the fingertips of every American student, President Barack Obama on Tuesday announced $750 million in commitments from U.S. companies to begin wiring more classrooms with high-speed Internet.

The Un-Carrier Effect: AT&T Is Wide Awake, Is Verizon?

February 3, 2014 4:31 pm | by Andrew Berg | Blogs | Comments

After AT&T's new Mobile Share plans went live Saturday, I am absolutely certain its customer care departments have heard of T-Mobile. I say this in reference to the Aug. 8, 2013 blog I wrote about a call I made to AT&T customer service.

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New AT&T Mobile Share Plans: Two Lines, 10GB of Data, $130

February 3, 2014 9:48 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

AT&T's new plans start at $130 per month for two lines with 10 GB of data and unlimited talk and text. With the new plans, the carrier has dropped the monthly device charge to $15, regardless of the type of device. With other plans, smartphones incurred a $40 monthly charge, while basic messaging and feature phones were $20 per month.

Aren’t Regulators Always Skeptical About Mergers?

January 29, 2014 3:21 pm | by Ben Munson | Blogs | Comments

The Justice Department being skeptical of a potential anti-trust-bending merger is not exactly news. It’s in theirs and the FCC’s job description to be skeptical of things like that. It would have really been news if the DOJ had indicated something like “Sure, go for it! Mergers are cool.”

Verizon, Sequans Demo Broadcast LTE Prior to Super Bowl

January 29, 2014 1:04 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Verizon is hoping to use the upcoming Super Bowl to showcase the power of LTE. The carrier is demoing LTE Broadcast technology that can make more efficient use of available bandwidth at large events. Multimedia Broadcast Multicast Services (eMBMS) is the technical specification that the 3GPP included Release 9 of LTE.

FirstNews Briefs: Sierra Wireless, RacoWireless, AT&T, PRIVO, Verizon

January 29, 2014 9:42 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

RacoWireless today unveiled the details of the latest version of its Omega Management Suite (OMS) platform, a device management platform. Omega Management Suite 3.0 delivers new features like subscriber insight, mobile support and multi-carrier support.

Verizon Gets OK for $130 Billion Vodafone Deal

January 28, 2014 3:02 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Verizon says its shareholders have approved its $130 billion deal to buy the 45 percent stake in its wireless division owned by British cellphone carrier Vodafone. As part of the deal, Verizon will issue up to 1.28 billion shares of common stock to Vodafone shareholders. Vodafone Group PLC shareholders also approved the deal at a meeting held earlier Tuesday.

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VZW Adds 1.6M Net Connections in 4Q, Unfazed by Un-Carrier Moves

January 21, 2014 10:09 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Verizon CFO Fran Shammo played it cool when asked about how his company will respond to T-Mobile’s recent “Un-Carrier” moves. “We are seeing a segment of our base that is responding to the competitive offers,” Shammo said, during a fourth quarter earnings call Tuesday that was broadcast online.

Verizon Buying Intel Online Media Service

January 21, 2014 9:51 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Verizon has agreed to acquire from Intel the assets of Intel Media, the company’s online TV service. Intel hopes this transaction will advance online TV availability by integrating with Verizon’s FiOS fiber service and extending over the top to mobile devices. The financial details of the deal were not disclosed.

NetZero Launching Nationwide Data Service on Sprint’s CDMA Network

January 15, 2014 10:20 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

NetZero today announced the nationwide launch of its mobile broadband service on Sprint’s CDMA network. The launch comes after NetZero in July 2013 signed a five-year agreement with Sprint. NetZero plans to expand its coverage to Sprint’s LTE network by the third quarter. Customers signing up now and buying a hotspot can try out the network free for up to a year.

Appeals Court Strikes Down Net Neutrality Rules

January 14, 2014 11:52 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

A D.C. Circuit Court of Aopeals today struck down the FCC's Open Internet rules. The rules were aimed at ensuring that large Internet Service Providers (ISPs) couldn't discriminate against the types of traffic carried over their networks. 

Report: Just 15% of T-Mo Postpaid Subscribers Looking to Churn

January 14, 2014 10:10 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

T-Mobile appears to be succeeding at holding onto its postpaid subscribers. Just 15.4 percent of T-Mobile postpaid respondents surveyed in a recent Cowen and Company report said they were looking to switch carriers. That's a huge drop from the 42.9 percent T-Mobile respondents who said they were looking to switch in the third quarter.  

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Analyst Take: T-Mobile Willing to Go Where Others Won’t

January 13, 2014 10:14 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Say what you will about T-Mobile’s recent moves, the company has managed to rattle a cage or two lately. While there’s undoubtedly a certain amount of smoke and mirrors involved, the 4.4 million net customer additions the carrier reported for 2013 can’t be denied. 

First News Briefs: Verizon, Oracle, Motorola, OhioHealth, IBM, u-blox

January 10, 2014 10:55 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Verizon Enterprise Solutions and Oracle today announced they will enable customers to use Oracle Database and Oracle Fusion Middleware on Verizon's cloud infrastructure, including the new Verizon Cloud, and pay for access on an hourly basis.

T-Mobile Confirms ETF Payoffs for Customers Who Switch

January 8, 2014 4:33 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

John Legere Wedesday called family plans one of the “biggest evils” in the industry. With T-Mobile’s latest “Un-Carrier” move, the CEO aims to give families and individuals a way out of their contracts. T-Mobile will begin paying off the early termination fees—up to $350 per line—for individuals willing to switch over and trade in their device.

Verizon CEO: “Eventually, Unlimited has to Go Away”

January 7, 2014 1:10 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Verizon Wireless CEO Lowell McAdam doesn’t see any way for unlimited to work in wireless. Speaking at Citi 2014 Internet, Media & Telecommunications Conference, McAdam said carriers can’t keep servicing incremental bits without seeing incremental revenues. “Eventually, unlimited has to go away,” McAdam said, adding that competitors who do offer unlimited data will do some crazy things when they’re on the edge of bankruptcy.

AT&T Buys More AWS Licenses from Aloha Partners

January 7, 2014 10:49 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

AT&T Tuesday announced that it has agreed to purchase 49 AWS licenses from Aloha Partners. According to a press release, the licenses cover nearly 50 million people in 14 states, including California, Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Texas.

Amid Spectrum Buy, Legere Says, 'We're Smackin' the Crap out of Them'

January 6, 2014 9:55 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

T-Mobile today announced that it has reached a deal to acquire $2.4 billion worth of 700 MHz A-Block licenses. The proposed transaction also includes the transfer of certain T-Mobile AWS and PCS licenses to Verizon, which according to a press release have an aggregate value of approximately $950 million. 

Analyst Reactions to AT&T’s Move for T-Mobile Customers

January 3, 2014 11:30 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

AT&T has a plan to eat T-Mobile’s lunch and it comes just as the un-carrier was getting ready to make a big splash next week at CES. AT&T has announced a limited time offer of up to $450 in credits for T-Mobile customers who switch over to AT&T. With rumors of T-Mobile next week launching a similar incentive program...

Is the $99 Moto G a Canary in the Postpaid Market?

January 3, 2014 9:49 am | by Andrew Berg | Blogs | Comments

Motorola Mobility may have fallen off over the past year, but the company's recent low-end smartphone play may be a game changer. Consider that Verizon is now offering the Moto G off contract for $99. If that's not rattling executives over at Kyocera and Pantech, it's a price point that carrier executives are hearing loud and clear. 

Wireless Week's Top 25 Headlines of 2013: Episode 5 (5-1)

December 20, 2013 10:57 am | by Wireless Week Staff | Videos | Comments

Welcome to the final segment in Wireless Week's Top 25 Headlines of 2013. Today's the big reveal of our top 5 headlines of 2013, which includes major news from companies like Vodafone, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint, Clearwire. Thanks to everyone who has tuned in over the past few weeks. It's been a great year and we look forward to following all the headlines we're sure will be made in 2014.

Verizon to Disclose Law Enforcement Requests for Customer Info in Report

December 19, 2013 4:22 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Verizon today announced its intent to early next year publish a transparency report detailing all the U.S. law enforcement requests for customer information the carrier received in 2013. The company plans to release the first report in early 2014 and then semi-annually after that.

Verizon, T-Mobile File for an AWS, PCS Spectrum Swap

December 18, 2013 2:37 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile are looking to trade some AWS and PCS spectrum licenses with each other. No financial details are mentioned in the filing and the swap is only for spectrum and doesn’t entail exchanges of customers or network operations. Both Verizon and T-Mobile insist that the spectrum swap will allow both to operate more efficiently by providing each with bigger blocks of contiguous or adjacent spectrum.  

First News Briefs: Ixia, SkyCross, Netclearance Systems, Verizon

December 18, 2013 10:48 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Verizon Wireless activated 120 new 4G LTE cell sites in Florida during October and November to reinforce the company’s most advanced wireless technology for customers across the state. The company has installed nearly 1,000 new 4G LTE sites so far in Florida during 2013.

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