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T-Mobile Upgrading 2G Network to LTE, Renewing Map Wars

March 13, 2014 9:59 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

T-Mobile today revealed its plans to repurpose its entire 2G/EDGE GSM network and deploy LTE on that spectrum. The carrier plans to complete 50 percent of the transition by the end of 2014 and to substantially finish the rest of the project in 2015. T-Mobile has also issued a cease and desist order to Verizon, demanding the carrier stop with its LTE network coverage map advertising.

Report: U.S. Cellular Raising Data Caps for Shared Plans

March 12, 2014 9:45 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

U.S. Cellular this week will reportedly raise the data caps on its shared plans, in some cases more than doubling the allotted amount. The $40 plan will jump from 300MB to 1GB, the $50 plan will jump from 1GB to 2GB and the $60 plan will jump from 2GB to 3GB. U.S. Cellular will also introduce a $15 price point for 300MB and a new $60 single line plan with 1GB, according to a document Droid Life published.

SoftBank CEO Pans U.S. Wireless Market, Appoints New Regulatory Chief

March 11, 2014 5:24 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

SoftBank Corp. president and CEO Masayoshi Son pleads his case for more consolidation in the United States. Son delivered a speech in Washington D.C. Tuesday, where he pledged more competition and mobile broadband speeds up to 200 Mbps via Sprint's Spark initiative. 

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Masayoshi Son: I want to Be Number One

March 11, 2014 10:48 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Ahead of his speech Tuesday before the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, SoftBank President and CEO Masayoshi Son said he is prepared to start a "massive price war" should regulators give their blessing to a merger of Sprint and T-Mobile. 

T-Mobile CFO Comments on Unlimited Sound Familiar

March 11, 2014 10:32 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

T-Mobile CFO Braxton Carter sounded a lot like AT&T and Verizon executives prior to doing away with their unlimited plans, claiming that a disprioportionately small number of users consumes a very larger percentage of the data. 

Report: Global LTE Connections Hit 200 Million

March 10, 2014 2:20 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Trade association 4G Americas Monday released a report conducted by Informa Telecoms & Media that shows there were approximately 200 million LTE connections in Decemeber 2013. The United States and Canada accounted for fifty percent of those connections. 

Verizon's Shammo Outlines Risks of EDGE Program

March 10, 2014 11:49 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Device financing programs are all the rage these days, but they aren't with out their risks. Verizon CFO Fran expects to see more device upgrades this year, especially as users take advantage of the company's new EDGE program, which allows users to upgrade as often as every 30 days. 

AT&T Launches New Individual Mobile Share Plans: 2GB for $65

March 8, 2014 3:36 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

AT&T Saturday announced a new Mobile Share Value plan that starts at $65 for 2GB of data and unlimited talk and text. The new plan amounts to $15 per-month savings from existing plans. According to a press release the new plans will be available to customers beginning on Sunday. Customers who select the plan can add an additional smartphone to the plan for an additional $25. 

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Verizon Offers Up $20 Monthly Discount for Customers Bundling Wireless, FiOS

March 7, 2014 10:31 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Verizon is offering a total of $20 monthly discounts to customers who sign up for at least one smartphone service plan and the FiOS Quantum Triple Play option. The limited time deal, running March 7 through April 19, grants $10 per month off each bill and promises two-year contract savings of up to $480.

Report: Wireless Networks Improving Overall, Verizon Tops

March 6, 2014 4:36 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Wireless networks are becoming more reliable across the board according to a new the J.D. Power 2014 U.S. Wireless Network Quality Performance Study released Thursday. The study, which evaluates wireless customers' most recent usage activities in calling, messaging and data, found that overall wireless network quality remained flat...

FCC Grants $41M to Alaskan Telecom for Rural Wireless Broadband

March 6, 2014 10:45 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The FCC today deemed Alaskan telecom General Communications eligible for $41.4 million in grant money to build out 3G and 4G mobile broadband in underserved rural areas. The money, coming as part of the FCC’s Tribal Mobility Fund Phase I, will go toward serving 37,000 people across 48 communities in Alaska.

T-Mobile to Close Verizon 700 MHz Deal, Deploy LTE on Spectrum in 2014

March 5, 2014 5:30 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Speaking at Morgan Stanley Technology, Media & Telecom Conference, T-Mobile CFO Braxton Carter and CTO Neville Ray were optimistic about the LTE network potential of the spectrum. Ray said the A Block licenses cover 158 million POPs and that T-Mobile should have devices supporting 700 MHz LTE by the fourth quarter.

Mobile Wallet Solutions Get Mixed Grades in Muddled Market

March 5, 2014 4:54 pm | by Andrew Berg | Articles | Comments

The mobile wallet is an idea that seems to eternally be 12 to 18 months out, but not for lack of interest. According to a recent Yankee Group report, fully two-third of consumers surveyed are interested in mobile wallets. However, just 16 percent of mobile device owners have used their phone to make an in-store payment in the past three months.

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Verizon Attacks T-Mobile Over Canadian Auction Rationale

March 5, 2014 4:11 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

“Proponents of restricting Verizon and AT&T have failed to present economic evidence proving that the FCC should adopt rules that disadvantage Verizon and AT&T in the Incentive Auction. There is nothing learned from the Canadian experience that cures that failure,” Verizon wrote in the filing.

Verizon Tops Latest Network Survey, AT&T Scores Fastest

March 5, 2014 10:01 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

RootMetrics today released its most recent survey of wireless networks in the United States, which crowned Verizon Wireless best over performer. Verizon Chief Technology Officer Nicola Palmer held a short call with media this morning to discuss the results of the survey.

FirstNews Briefs: Anritsu, StickNFind, Samsung, Verizon

March 5, 2014 9:44 am | News | Comments

Verizon Wireless is to deploy Alcatel-Lucent's data management platform throughout its network, helping to support the carrier's LTE expansion. The Alcatel-Lucent Subscriber Data Manager (SDM), part of the company's IMS Subsystem portfolio of technologies, will help support the expansion of Verizon's LTE services by centralizing multiple application databases. 

Verizon CEO Calls Obamacare “Disruptive” Opportunity for Carriers

March 4, 2014 1:42 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam thinks the Affordable Care Act could be a big growth opportunity for carriers. Speaking at an investor conference, McAdam remained cautiously optimistic while pointing to the “disruptive” potential Obamacare could have for the M2M market. Specifically, he saw health care providers needing to reduce costs and how that could drive growth in M2M connections.

FirstNews Briefs: LG, Verizon, Spireon, Sprint, Nextivity, T-Mobile, AetherPal

March 4, 2014 11:19 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

LG Electronics USA and Verizon Wireless today announced that the LG G Pad 8.3 LTE tablet will be starting March 6 online and in stores. To kick off the launch, the tablet will be available for $99.99 with a new, two-year activation from March 6 until March 10. After March 10, users can purchase the tablet for $199.99 with a new, two-year activation. Customers can add the tablet to their More Everything plan for an additional $10 per month.

AT&T, Sprint, Verizon Push Back on Proposed NSA Plan

March 4, 2014 9:09 am | by Marcy Gordon & Martha Mendoza, Associated Press | Articles | Comments

When Apple, Google, Microsoft and other tech giants united in outrage last summer over the National Security Agency's unfettered spying, telecommunications giants such as AT&T, Verizon and Sprint —whose customers are also the targets of secret government spying— remained noticeably mum.

Verizon 'AllSet' with New 3G Prepaid Plans

March 3, 2014 1:03 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Verizon Monday rolled out new 3G prepaid plans, starting at $35 for basic phones and $45 for smartphones. The new "AllSet" plans start at $45 for 500 MB  and unlimited talk and texts. For a limited time, smartphone customers can double their monthly data to 1 GB by enrolling in Auto Pay.

Review: CashWrap Case No Replacement for iPhone's Lack of NFC

February 27, 2014 3:38 pm | by Andrew Berg | Articles | Comments

My son picked up the my phone the other day and commented that he liked the case I was using. It's not as bulky as some of the other ones, he told me. I agreed with him that the Incipio CashWrap on my iPhone 5 has a nice feel. But beyond being a nice case, it also allows...

FirstNews Briefs: Mavenir Systems, T-Mobile, AT&T, Verizon, Altair, Cetecom

February 27, 2014 9:53 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Mavenir Systems today announced that its Session Border Controller (SBC) was selected by T-Mobile Netherlands for IP Voice Interconnect. Mavenir’s next generation SBC is specifically designed for wireless applications and provides the full suite of standards-defined wireless functions needed to launch next generation solutions and services, which T-Mobile plans to commercially launch starting in 2014.

MWC: Verizon Taps Samsung Femtocells to Improve In-Building LTE

February 26, 2014 10:49 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Verizon plans to deploy Samsung's solution later this year as "part of a seamless LTE experience for customers in indoor environments." Verizon did not name specific venues where it would be deploying the soluuions. Verizon plans to deploy Samsung's solution later this year as part...

Correction: Verizon Investigation

February 24, 2014 3:15 pm | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

The story previously posted to this link erroneously reported that Verizon was investigating security breaches at its own stores. In fact, a division of Verizon, Verizon Enterprise Solutions, is invetigating security breaches at a pair of retailers that are in no way linked to Verizon. 

McAdam: VZW Ownership to Increase Revenue, Margins

February 24, 2014 11:16 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Verizon Monday said in an announcement that full ownsership of Verizon Wireless will serve to grow the company's revenue and increase margins. Verizon chairman and CEO, Lowell McAdam, in a statement called full ownership of Verizon Wireless wireless "a major milestone" for Verizon customers and shareholders. 

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