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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.

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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.

Tech Tips: Using a Phone Abroad Without Huge Fees

December 17, 2013 9:25 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

BANGKOK (AP) — If you have a trip outside the United States coming up, one thing you'll likely want to bring is your cellphone. You might have heard warnings about how those phones can accrue international charges quickly through your U.S. wireless carrier. It doesn't have to be that way.

Sprint Lights Up 70 New LTE Markets

December 16, 2013 4:51 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Amid rumors that it is testing the regulatory waters for a possible bid for T-Mobile, Sprint  Monday announced that it had turned on LTE in 70 new markets. The new markets, which include, among others, Green Bay, Wis, Orlando, Fla and San Diego. The new additions bring the carrier’s total LTE markets to 300. 

Verizon Finalizes Asset Purchase From U.S. Cellular

December 16, 2013 10:18 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Verizon quietly strengthened its spectrum position a little further late Friday by finalizing a transaction with U.S. Cellular. Verizon bought from U.S. Cellular a 25 MHz A Block license in Missouri and also took custody of the affected customers and CDMA network operations. The spectrum and operational assets acquired cover approximately 110,000 people over about 1,700 square miles.

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Report: Verizon Almost Ready to Deal 700 MHz Spectrum to T-Mobile

December 13, 2013 3:50 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Bloomberg is reporting that an announcement of the deal could come as early as next week. The report doesn’t mention how much money T-Mobile might spend for the airwaves but does say the carrier will likely give Verizon some of its AWS holdings as part of the deal.

Details of the FCC, U.S. Carrier Cellphone Unlocking Deal

December 13, 2013 10:38 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular and Verizon Wireless have all committed to a new set of voluntary rules regarding customer device unlocking. As CTIA spelled out yesterday in a letter to the FCC, the five biggest U.S. operators will push for the principles to be adopted into the CTIA Consumer Code for Wireless Service.

Report: FCC, U.S. Operators Close on Phone Unlocking Deal

December 12, 2013 9:57 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Reuters reports that the deal would ensure carriers notify their customers—via text, email—when devices are able to be unlocked following contract periods. The new policies may cover prepaid devices as well. In addition, carriers would be expected to confirm or deny unlocking requests within two days.

Hearings Highlight Complexity of Incentive Auctions

December 10, 2013 4:30 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation Tuesday heard testimony from a number of entities on just how exactly the FCC should go about auctioning off 600 MHz spectrum in the upcoming incentive auctions. Nearly all of those testifying agreed that newly appointed FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler...

Verizon Agrees to Acquire EdgeCast

December 9, 2013 10:32 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Verizon has announced plans to acquire content delivery specialist EdgeCast. According to a press release, Verizon plans to integrate EdgeCast into existing content delivery systems. The Verizon and EdgeCast boards have both approved the deal, and Verizon hopes to finalize it in early 2014.

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First News Briefs: AdaptiveMobile BlackBerry, Verizon, Zact Mobile, GainSpan

December 6, 2013 9:36 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

BlackBerry announced that BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 is now available as a hosted service under the fourth iteration of the UK Government's G-Cloud Program. The G-Cloud Program is a cross-Government initiative which focuses on easing the adoption of cloud-based ICT services across Government departments, local authorities and the wider public sector.

Report: AT&T to Bid Against T-Mobile for Verizon Spectrum

December 5, 2013 10:15 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Demand for Verizon’s lower 700 MHz spectrum seems to be growing by the day. AT&T is  rumored to be mulling a bid for Verizon’s A Block holdings, even as T-Mobile has already confirmed that it plans to pursue the licenses. The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday AT&T’s potential interest in the A Block 700 MHz licenses and predicted Verizon could fetch as much as $2.75 billion for the spectrum.

New Rules Hasten FCC Approval of Verizon's Vodafone Buy

December 4, 2013 4:18 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The FCC Wednesday approved Verizon's petition for a declaratory ruling on its acquistion of Vodafone's 45 percent stake in the Verizon Wireless joint venture. The ruling, which involved the International Bureau, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, and Office of Engineering and Technology, was the first time...

Could Verizon Hurt Its Enterprise Business With This “IT Guy” Commercial?

December 3, 2013 5:04 pm | by Ben Munson | Blogs | Comments

It’s extremely likely nothing will come of the commercial. It’s not outlandishly offensive, nor is it particularly funny, so odds are it will just go unnoticed. But on the off chance some company’s IT professional sees that commercial and thinks, “Really?”—then there’s also the possibility they’ll push for their enterprise to take its business elsewhere.

Report: HP Replaces Verizon Terremark as Obamacare Site Host

December 2, 2013 10:11 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Verizon’s enterprise IT and cloud services acquisition Terremark is being replaced by HP as website host for Healthcare.gov, the federal health insurance marketplace. The Wall Street Journal spoke with people familiar with the matter who said the Department of Health and Human Services is in the process of moving the web operations over to HP’s data centers in a move that could take months to complete.

AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile Stopping Most Premium Text Billing

November 22, 2013 11:00 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The four major U.S. carriers have agreed to stop charging for most premium SMS in the hopes of curbing fraud. Lawmakers from 45 states pushed for mobile operators to move away from the practice. AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile all agreed to cease most PSMS charges to help prevent customers from getting hit with fraudulent third-party charges, a practice referred to as “cramming.”

Sprint Ranks Last in Customer Satisfaction Survey

November 21, 2013 11:04 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Sprint has slipped to last place among the four major U.S. carriers in Consumer Reports’ new customer satisfaction survey. As Reuters points out, Sprint scored a 59 out of 100 in the survey that uses metrics like voice, text and 4G reliability. In last year’s survey, Sprint finished second among the big four, slotted in just behind Verizon Wireless.

Carriers Lose Out with New NFC Tech in Android

November 20, 2013 3:19 pm | by Ben Munson | Articles | Comments

A lot of analysts and media started prepping eulogies for the Near Field Communications (NFC) this year when Apple announced iOS 7. The company once again passed up NFC, while embracing Bluetooth LE for iBeacons, confirming that the new iPhones would not be featuring NFC. And so, NFC was dead, right?

Confirmed: T-Mobile Going After VZW's A Block Spectrum

November 20, 2013 11:21 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Verizon CFO Fran Shammo has confirmed to Reuters that the carrier will consider selling its lower 700 MHz A Block spectrum to T-Mobile USA. Shammo's comments come after Reuters on Tuesday reported that T-Mobile had approached Verizon about acquiring the airwaves. 

AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile All Reject Smartphone Kill Switch

November 20, 2013 10:56 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile and U.S. Cellular have all rejected a smartphone “kill switch,” a technology proposed by Samsung that could render a smartphone inoperable. As the AP reports, the carriers said no to Samsung’s Absolute LoJack anti-theft technology, saying it presents hacker’s with an opportunity to disable someone’s phone.

Verizon Opens New Flagship Store in Mall of America

November 19, 2013 3:28 pm | by Andrew Berg, Ben Munson | News | Comments

Bloomington, MN - Verizon today unveiled its answer to AT&T's flagship retail shops, with the opening of one of its own in the Mall of America. The new shop is part of a movement to expand the market for wireless products to include an array of non-traditional connected consumer offerings.

First News Briefs: Verizon, Trimble, Hitachi, AirHop, Cellphone-Mate

November 19, 2013 9:26 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Verizon Enterprise Solutions has launched Managed Certificate Services, a cloud-based platform is specifically designed to authenticate objects and machines -- verifying object and machine “identities” -- and securing data transmitted between these connections. It is available immediately in the U.S. and Europe, with a December rollout planned for the Asia-Pacific region.

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