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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.

Carriers Announce Data Plans for New iPads, T-Mo Offers 200 MB Free

October 22, 2013 3:31 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The four major U.S. carriers have rolled out the individual data plans for Apple’s new iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display and T-Mobile is already putting an “un-carrier” move on the competition by offering 200 MB of data free. AT&T’s, Verizon’s and Sprint’s lowest tiered offerings don’t match T-Mobile’s free deal but up from there, things start to level off.

AT&T Comments on VZW, T-Mo Band Plan

October 22, 2013 11:24 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

AT&T Monday voiced its concerns with T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless' "down from channel 51" band plan for the 600 MHz incentive auction. Overall, AT&T said it agrees with the plan's four main principles, which include maximizing paired spectrum in the 600 MHz incentive auction; allowing for cost-effective and  timely development of new equipment and devices...

MobileCon Panel Wonders If NFC is For Real

October 17, 2013 10:23 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Verizon CEO Dan Mead encouraged a “really candid” discussion when he hosted a Mobile Commerce Panel Wednesday at MobileCon. Joining him onstage was Isis CEO Michael Abbott CEO Isis, American Express Group President for Enterprise Growth Dan Schulman and Jamba Juice CEO James White.

VZW Says iPhone Accounted for 51% of 3Q Smartphone Sales

October 17, 2013 10:15 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Verizon's iPhone sales continued to increase in the third quarter. The carrier reported that Apple's iconic device accounted for 51 percent of the smartphones the company added in the quarter. Shammo said Verizon did see iPhone supply constraints that led to a backlog at the end of September. 


T-Mo Advances as Rogue Roamer

October 10, 2013 1:10 pm | by Andrew Berg | Blogs | Comments

T-Mobile's announcements Wednesday that it will offer unlmited international data roaming and free texts in over 100 countries, as well as 200 million POPs covered with LTE, are yet more reasons the un-carrier is succeeding at its mission to become the value offering in America. 

T-Mobile Breaks Mold with Unlimited International Roaming

October 10, 2013 10:55 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

John Legere, T-Mobile's outspoken CEO, describes international roaming fees as "completely crazy,” and last night he resolved to do something about it. At a flashy event in Manhattan's Bryant Park Wednesday, which featured a preformance by Latin pop star Shakira...

T-Mobile Says its LTE Network is Now Nationwide

October 10, 2013 10:28 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Amid all the Uncarrier 3.0 hubbub and Shakira concerts, T-Mobile slid in a new message: that its LTE network is now nationwide, covering more than 200 million customers in 233 cities. The carrier is hitting the 200 million coverage mark well ahead of its anticipated end of year schedule and plans to keep going.

Is it Worth Picking Sides in a Spectrum Auction?

October 9, 2013 12:18 pm | by Ben Munson | Blogs | Comments

Taking all of this into account, the picture gets murky and it’s difficult to choose any potential auction participant worth rooting for. If AT&T and Verizon can help maximize revenue, good for them. If Sprint and T-Mobile can increase competitiveness, good for them. If someone else can snap up some spectrum and put it to good (potentially disruptive) use, good for them. Whoever comes out ahead, it should be a good show.

AT&T CEO Deems Possible Federal Default the “Height of Irresponsibility”

October 4, 2013 10:46 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The federal government shutdown continues, the possibility of the U.S. going into default is getting closer. AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson issued a strongly worded statement for any elected official who’s considering letting that happen.

T-Mobile Proposes One-Third Limit on Sub-1 GHz Spectrum Ownership

September 30, 2013 10:46 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

T-Mobile USA has proposed a one-third limit on the amount of below-1 GHz spectrum carriers can acquire in an individual market in the FCC’s upcoming auctions. T-Mobile outlined the proposal Friday in an FCC filing that insists the suggested spectrum aggregation limits will promote competition while still allowing AT&T and Verizon to “participate extensively in the auction.”

First News Briefs: Verizon, IceWarp, iControl Networks, EcoFactor, Novatel

September 25, 2013 10:33 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Verizon today introduced the 4G LTE Broadband Router with Voice, a broadband router that combines voice and data connectivity over Verizon’s reliable networks in one package. The new router arrives with three monthly plans to choose from: Voice-only ($20), Data-only ($20), or Voice and Data ($30), when added to a Share Everything Plan.

CEO Puts Verizon Three to Four Years Ahead of Sprint, T-Mobile

September 24, 2013 10:50 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Verizon seems happy to stay out of the current wireless industry consolidation climate. Discussing the topic at the Goldman Sachs Communacopia Conference, Verizon Communications CEO Lowell McAdam seemed comfortable with his company’s lead over its competitors. In network terms, McAdam put Verizon three to four years ahead of Sprint and T-Mobile and a year ahead of fellow heavyweight AT&T.

AT&T, Verizon Dominate U.S. Carrier Activations for New iPhones

September 23, 2013 4:41 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Apple’s record-setting iPhone weekend lead to a large amount of new activations on U.S. carriers, with the lion’s share going to AT&T and Verizon. Localytics estimates the iPhone 5S and 5C now represent 1.36 percent of all activated iPhones in the U.S. across the four big carriers. Of those new iPhones, about 49 percent jumped on AT&T and more than 37 percent started up on Verizon, accounting for nearly 87 percent of the total.

New iPhones Hit Stores Today as iOS 7 Sees Quick Adoption

September 20, 2013 9:46 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Analysts are mixed on how good the weekend sales for the new iPhones could be. As Barron’s points, BMO Capital Markets see Apple selling far fewer than the 6 million iPhone 5 units sold during the launch weekend last year. But RBC Capital thinks Apple will easily match that total with this year’s two new models.

NTIA Petitions FCC to Allow Device Unlocking

September 18, 2013 9:58 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

In the ongoing battle over the regulation of cellphone unlocking, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) yesterday petitioned the FCC to require wireless carriers to unlock mobile phones, tablets and other device for use with other carriers upon request. 

T-Mobile, Verizon Join Forces to Advocate Band Plan for FCC Spectrum Auction

September 17, 2013 10:25 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

T-Mobile and Verizon are likely to be mismatched rivals once the FCC’s 600 MHz incentive auctions roll around next year but for now the carriers are teaming up to advocate a band plan. In an FCC filing, T-Mobile and Verizon both pushed for the Commission to adopt a “down from channel 51” for the incentive auctions.

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