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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. 

Verizon Reaches Finish Line on Vodafone Buyout

February 21, 2014 10:18 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Verizon today announced the completion of its deal to buy Vodafone’s 45-percent stake in Verizon Wireless. The monster $130 billion transaction finally gives Verizon sole ownership of Verizon Wireless. Verizon said the deal will be immediately accretive to its earnings per share by about 10 percent.

T-Mobile Offers Infinite Upgrades with A Catch

February 21, 2014 9:44 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

 T-Mobile is allowing people who participate in its $10-a-month Jump program to upgrade their phones anytime, eliminating the previous limit of two upgrades a year. That's all good and fine, but there's a little bit of a catch involved...

FirstNews Briefs: Sprint, Broadcom, Alcatel-Lucent, Verizon, MagnaCom, Rohde & Schwarz

February 20, 2014 10:50 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Sprint announced that its new pricing program – Sprint Framily Plan -- is available to small business customers beginning Feb. 21 in Sprint retail stores and Sprint third-party dealers. Now small businesses can take advantage of the savings when adding new lines to a Framily group and get unlimited talk, text and 1GB of data for as little as $25 per month per line.


FirstNews Briefs: Transit Wireless, NetScout, China Mobile, DragonWave, Ceragon

February 19, 2014 9:17 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

China Mobile and Alcatel-Lucent are demonstrating their progress in the development of network functions virtualization (NFV) for mobile operators. Using Alcatel-Lucent’s virtualized LTE radio access network (RAN) Baseband Unit (BBU) and its virtualized evolved packet core (vEPC) in a multi-vendor environment, the companies are showing how an open mobile cloud network can enhance agility, efficiency and scale.

Verizon Intros More Everything Plans with Higher Data Caps

February 13, 2014 10:13 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Verizon Wireless today introduced new More Everything plans that raise the data caps on its shared plans and offer incentives for opting into the carrier’s Edge early upgrade program. As expected, Verizon seems to be responding to recent pricing moves from AT&T. More Everything plans are similar to AT&T’s recently announced shared data and early upgrade service discounts.

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.

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.

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.

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