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Sprint Considering Eliminating Device Subsidies

November 4, 2014 10:50 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Sprint is considering doing away with device subsidies all together as early as next year. During Monday’s earnings call, Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure said his company...                        

AT&T Throws In $150 Bill Credit for New Next Customers

November 4, 2014 10:31 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The news comes after Verizon over the weekend announced a limited time offer that increased data caps on its $80 and $100 More Everything plans. The $80 now gets 10GB and the $100 plan gets 15GB. Verizon also threw in a...

AT&T, Verizon Working on VoLTE Interoperability

November 3, 2014 1:53 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

AT&T and Verizon Wireless today announced that both carriers are working on enabling VoLTE-to-VoLTE calls between their subscribers. The carriers anticipate VoLTE interoperability will be available in...

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Verizon Bumps Up Data Buckets, Offers Port-In Credit

November 3, 2014 10:14 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Verizon Wireless over the weekend opened up a limited time offer that bumps up the data buckets on its $80 and $100 More Everything plans. The $80 plan now gets 10GB of data and the $100 plan now gets...

FirstNews Briefs: Sequans, Best Buy, Verizon, LoopPay, Actions Semiconductor

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

Sequans Communications S.A. announced that its LTE chip technology has been adopted by Best Buy for its latest Insignia tablet, the first 4G LTE tablet in Best Buy’s Insignia product line. The Insignia 4G tablet is an 8-inch Android tablet with embedded LTE certified for the network of...

Motorola, Verizon Launch Fast-Charging Droid Turbo

October 28, 2014 1:31 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Five years after Verizon launched the original Droid, the carrier brings to market what could possibly be the most beastly...                                 

Softcard Now Good at McDonald’s Drive-Thru

October 28, 2014 11:14 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Apple Pay went and stole all the thunder available in the NFC-based mobile payments space but Softcard is still busy. The mobile payment platform—formerly Isis—today announced an agreement with McDonald’s to...

AT&T Falls Well Short of Verizon’s Postpaid Net Adds

October 22, 2014 5:12 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Still the total was more than double what AT&T recorded in the year-ago quarter and put the carrier at 2.4 million postpaid net adds for the year to date. The quarterly net adds for AT&T came from 6.8 million postpaid smartphone gross adds...

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Analysts: AWS-3 Auction is Going to Be a Street Fight

October 21, 2014 10:52 am | by Ben Munson | Articles | Comments

In total, 80 potential bidders have submitted both complete and incomplete applications to participate in Auction 97. There are big name and small name players but four competitors stand out from the rest.

VZW Sees Shift to Postpaid as Tablets Drive 3Q Growth

October 21, 2014 9:42 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

While margins slipped slightly year over year to 48.5 percent on $12.6 billion in capital expenditures, revenue for the company’s wireless segment was...           

New iPad Air Supports AT&T, Verizon, Sprint or T-Mobile

October 17, 2014 10:54 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The feature could be a catalyst for competition in the space of...                                                                                                

Analyst: Verizon’s Strong Postpaid Sub Adds Equal Solid Q3

October 17, 2014 10:44 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Verizon has reported strong postpaid subscriber net additions throughout the third quarter and will post solid quarterly results next week, according to Canaccord Genuity analyst Greg Miller. Miller raised estimates for Verizon’s postpaid net adds from...

Verizon Ups Edge Upgrade Cycle from 12 to 18 Months

October 16, 2014 10:15 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Verizon today confirmed that it's making some changes to its Edge program that will bring down monthly device payments but also increase the time between upgrades...                                                                

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Google’s Nexus 6 Arrives, AT&T Makes It Its First

October 15, 2014 2:11 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Google today officially announced the Nexus 6, a real-deal phablet with a 6-inch display sporting a 1440x2560 (493 ppi) resolution. Google’s new flagship contains a Qualcomm Snapdragon...

Verizon to Help Connect GE's Industrial Internet

October 10, 2014 1:48 pm | by Brian Santos, CED | News | Comments

GE has been pushing the Industrial Internet idea, it’s version of the Internet of Things, or the Internet of Everything. Earlier this year, it allied with AT&T, Cisco, IBM, and Intel to form an Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC). 

FirstNews Briefs: Verizon, Slacker Radio, Boost, Yellowbrick, AT&T

October 10, 2014 11:09 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Slacker Radio offers Verizon Wireless customers a customizable mobile music shop with Slacker Radio Tones, a subscription service for Ringtones and Ringback Tones. The new service allows Verizon users to customize their phone with music from a library of songs and Slacker radio stations. Slacker Radio Tones is available now for all Verizon customers for $2 per month.

T-Mobile, Sprint Urge Extra Scrutiny of AT&T Spectrum Deals

October 9, 2014 3:12 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The group, which also includes representatives from Comptel, Public Knowledge, and CCIA, is concerned that AT&T will control more than one-third of the available low-band spectrum in some markets should the transactions be approved.

AT&T Paying Out $105M in Cramming Agreement

October 8, 2014 1:27 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson today said AT&T has agreed to pay $105 million in part to reimburse customers affected by cramming. Under the deal, AT&T will pay $80 million to the Federal Trade Commission which will then distribute the money to customers nationwide who got stuck with unauthorized third-party fees from premium SMS services. Ferguson’s office estimates almost 500,000 Washingtonians were affected.

Barring Merger Will 3Q Signal T-Mobile’s Peak?

October 8, 2014 10:41 am | by Andrew Berg | Blogs | Comments

"I can tell you everything you need to know about Iliad. The owner's wealthy, he's got long hair, he made his money in porn, and his wife is the heir to Louis Vuitton money. I mean, sh*t, what else do you need to know?"

T-Mobile CEO: We’re Porting at 3 to 1 from AT&T, Sprint, Verizon

October 6, 2014 10:22 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

T-Mobile CEO John Legere said his company is now porting customers over from AT&T, Sprint and Verizon at a rate of 3 to 1. Speaking at last week’s GeekWire Summit, Legere said that over the last few weeks T-Mobile has seen its porting ratio with AT&T and Verizon go from 2 to 1 to 3 to 1. He added that Sprint has made a “huge in-road” and actually lowered its ratio with T-Mobile from 4 to 1.

Verizon Kills Redbox Instant Joint Venture

October 6, 2014 9:33 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Verizon's joint venture with Outerwall's Redbox hasn't seen the kind of popularity that competitor Netflix has enjoyed...                                                                                          

FirstNews Briefs: Huawei, OPNFV, Verizon, Tesla, Orange, Anite, Sierra Wireless

October 3, 2014 9:32 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Verizon Communications has named Diego Scotti its chief marketing officer, effective Oct. 6. Scotti will lead marketing efforts for all of Verizon's wireless and wireline business units. Diego most recently served as the CMO at J.Crew.

Dish Locks Up Joint-Bidding Agreements for AWS-3 Auction

October 2, 2014 11:07 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Dish Network is all set for the FCC’s November AWS-3 auction and the satellite provider has inked some joint-bidding agreements as well. According to FCC filings, Dish has signed agreements with Northstar Wireless and SNR Wireless. As Reuters points out, Dish has indirect ownership in both companies.

Verizon Cans Plans to Throttle Unlimited Customers

October 2, 2014 10:07 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Verizon said in a statement that it "greatly valued the ongoing dialogue over the past several months concerning network optimization" and had subsequently...                                                                    

Verizon Joins AT&T, Sprint in Double Data Frenzy

October 1, 2014 1:21 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Verizon today announced it, like AT&T and Sprint, will be doubling the data allowances for some of its More Everything plans. From Oct. 2 through Oct. 31, customers who sign up for 20 GB, 30 GB, 40 GB, and 50 GB plans will get twice the data for the same monthly fee. In addition, the promotion is bumping the 12 GB plan up to 15 GB and the 16 GB plan up to 30 GB.

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