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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.

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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.

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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.

GOP Rep Warns FCC Against Spectrum Caps in Upcoming Auctions

November 18, 2013 10:42 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Rep. Greg Walden (D-Ore.) has warned the FCC against limiting the participation of AT&T and Verizon in upcoming spectrum auctions through the use of spectrum caps. The Hill said that Rep. Walden, chairman of the House Communications and Technology subcommittee, told reporters that Congress might step in if it doesn’t like the FCC auction rules.

First News Briefs: Vonage Mobile, PlayPhone, BlackBerry, Verizon, AT&T

November 15, 2013 10:33 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

PlayPhone announced the addition of several game developers that have signed up to distribute games on PlayPhone’s mobile social gaming network. Developers of franchises such as Street Fighter IV, Valkyrie and Toy Raid Strikers will now have access to hundreds of millions of potential new customers for their gaming portfolios.

Isis Mobile Wallet Goes Nationwide Today

November 14, 2013 10:18 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Isis Mobile Wallet, the mobile payment joint venture from AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon, rolls out nationwide today. Isis uses NFC technology in phones to enable tap-to-pay functionality with mobile devices at participating retailers. The Isis app is free to download from Google Play but users will need to get a new SIM card from their carrier.

Verizon Acquiring AWS Spectrum from Stelera

November 13, 2013 3:05 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Verizon looking to grab 15 AWS-1 licenses in full and parts of three other licenses from Stelera DIP, which took over the assets after Stelera Wireless filed for bankruptcy. Under the proposed transaction, Verizon Wireless would get 10-40 MHz of AWS-1 in 114 counties covering parts or all of 19 CMAs in Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico and Texas.

Verizon Focusing on Capacity Issues in NYC, SF, Chicago

November 13, 2013 10:13 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

As the first to complete its LTE coverage, Verizon is understandably the first to see capacity issues. According to CFO Fran Shammo, it will also be the first address those issues. "I'm done with coverage build, so now, all my efforts are around capacity," Shammo said during a talk Tuesday at the...

First News Briefs: Sprint, Delphi, Cloudberry, Samsung

November 11, 2013 11:03 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Sprint Cloud Optimizer is now available with Microsoft’s cloud productivity solution Office 365 offered by Sprint. It features caching technology that lets users access the collaboration functionality of Office 365 and SharePoint Online as well as read access to customer-selected public websites from virtually anywhere, even if they have limited or no Internet access.

First News Briefs: Adobe, Lookout, AT&T, Airbiquity, NissanConnect, Verizon, Cloudera, Rogers

November 7, 2013 10:20 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Rogers announced today that its suretap wallet, the first mobile wallet from a carrier in Canada, will be available to customers in the coming weeks. suretap wallet will be available on select NFC-enabled smartphones and will offer a co-branded virtual Rogers Prepaid MasterCard and gift cards from select national retailers as the first cards available for download.

Opinion: Carriers Missed Boat on Cloud Storage but There’s Still Time

November 5, 2013 4:23 pm | by Andrew Berg | Articles | Comments

Cloud storage provider Funambol offers a white label cloud storage solution to some of the largest operators on the planet, but the company admits that only "a fraction" of wireless subscribers are using their operator’s personal cloud service. 

Verizon Getting More AWS Spectrum from U.S. Cellular

October 25, 2013 3:23 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Verizon Wireless intends to acquire some AWS-1 B Block licenses from U.S. Cellular. As Phone Scoop originally pointed out, Verizon has filed with the FCC to 20 MHz of AWS covering 53 counties in parts of Illinois and Missouri assigned from U.S. Cellular to Verizon. Verizon indicated it intends to put the spectrum—which covers St. Louis—to use in its LTE deployment.

First News Briefs: nTelos, DISH, Verizon, ARM, Spreadtrum, Celltick

October 24, 2013 10:05 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

nTelos and DISH have agreed to expand their pilot program to co-develop a fixed wireless broadband service. DISH and nTelos plan to offer the service commercially on a limited trial basis in markets where the two companies have a high concentration of customers. The trial markets include Roanoke, Staunton, Waynesboro and Charlottesville, Va. The companies are targeting early 2014 for rollout.

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