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Nokia Announces Lumia Icon, Coming Feb. 20 to Verizon

February 12, 2014 2:13 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Nokia today announced the Lumia Icon, its new 5-inch Windows Phone flagship. Besides having a name that’s easier to remember than your typical Nokia, the Icon packs a 2.2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, Adreno 330 GPU, full HD OLED display and Nokia’s 20MP Pureview camera.

Verizon Gives Discounts to Loyal Customers, Many Caveats to Qualify

February 7, 2014 1:46 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Verizon spokeswoman Debi Lewis confirmed for Wireless Week that the carrier has long offered reduced rates for long-standing customers. She said there are a lot of caveats to qualify for the reduced rates and as such the plans are not advertised.

FirstNews Briefs: C Spire, Callis, J.J. Keller, Verizon, Smith Micro, Panasonic, Netgear

February 7, 2014 10:58 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

C Spire announced today that it has completed the acquisition of Callis Communications, a provider of cloud-based communications services for businesses. Based in Mobile, Alabama, Callis serves customers in key business markets across the Southeast. As part of the merger announced in December, Callis customers will gain access to additional products and services.

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California Bill Proposes Mandatory Cell Phone Kill Switches

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

Democratic State Senator Mark Leno has proposed a bill that would require all smartphones and tablets sold in California to feature a kill switch, a user-activated theft deterrent. The bill would by Jan. 1, 2015 require manufacturers to include the function on all devices or face fines of up to $2,500 for each device sold without a kill switch, according to the New York Times.

AT&T Moves to Boost LTE Capacity with AWS Spectrum Buy

February 7, 2014 9:59 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

AT&T has filed with the FCC for the assignment of Advanced Wireless Spectrum (AWS) licenses from Cable One, a national TV, phone and broadband provider. The transaction would assign 20 MHz of AWS-1 spectrum covering 119 counties in 24 Cellular Market Areas to AT&T Mobility. The licenses cover a scattered selection of geographic areas from all over the country.

AT&T Tops, T-Mobile Passes Sprint in J.D. Power Wireless Study

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

Although its overall score of 793 is slightly down from the 795 J.D. Power awarded it in August 2013, AT&T still came in first among its contract carrier competition. Verizon Wireless didn’t trail by much with an overall score of 788. T-Mobile managed to increase its overall score by 18 points over the previous study, giving it a 778 and moving it ahead of Sprint.

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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.  

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. 

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