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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.

Report: Sprint Launching Its Own Early Device Upgrade Plan

September 16, 2013 10:53 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Sprint might finally be caving and offering an early device upgrade plan that will match up against plans the rest of the big four U.S. carriers have already rolled out. Sprint’s plan, dubbed “One Up,” will reportedly launch Sept. 20. CNET has screenshots that seem to compare Sprint’s “One Up” program with AT&T’s Next, Verizon’s Edge and T-Mobile’s Jump.

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First News Briefs: Oceanic Time Warner, AT&T, QuickFire Networks, Verizon

September 13, 2013 10:16 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Oceanic Time Warner Cable today announced that the company has begun deployment of TWC WiFi, a statewide WiFi Hotspot network for its customers. Access to the TWC WiFi network is free to Oceanic Time Warner Cable customers with Standard Internet or above and to Oceanic Time Warner Cable Business Class Internet customers.

T-Mobile, Sprint Selling iPhone 5C for Zero Down

September 13, 2013 9:52 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

T-Mobile is offering Apple’s new rainbow-friendly iPhone 5C for zero down and 24 monthly payments of $22. That comes out to $528, a good discount off the device’s $550 unsubsidized price tag. Sprint has also chosen to offer the 16 GB iPhone 5C for zero down and the 32 GB for $99, both with a two-year agreement.

AT&T Closes $1.9 Billion Deal for Verizon Spectrum

September 11, 2013 9:52 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Following the announcement in January of a $1.9 billion deal to acquire spectrum licenses from Verizon, AT&T confirmed that the deal has been finalized. AT&T gets 39 lower 700 MHz B Block licenses reportedly covering 42 million people in 18 states—California, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Louisiana, Montana, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington and Wyoming.

Report: Verizon Planning $50 Billion Bond Sale

September 9, 2013 11:09 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Verizon needs to raise $130 billion to fund its acquisition of Vodafone’s stake in Verizon Wireless and the carrier could be planning a huge $50 billion bond sale for part of the bill. The Financial Times [sub. req.] spoke with people familiar with the deal who see Verizon in the next few weeks selling bonds with maturities reaching up to 100 years.

Verizon Sees Few Changes to US Wireless Business

September 4, 2013 9:49 am | by Joshua Freed, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Verizon's $130 billion deal with Vodafone is huge for both companies, although Verizon customers in the U.S. are unlikely to see any big changes to their bills or their service. Verizon is buying the 45 percent of its wireless business owned by British cellphone carrier Vodafone...

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With Vodafone Deal Done, Verizon Officially Passing on Canada

September 3, 2013 9:50 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Bloomberg spoke with CEO Lowell McAdam and he confirmed Verizon would not be heading into the Great White North. As the same report points out, Canadian analysts are expecting a huge sigh of relief from big incumbent Canadian carriers Rogers, Telus and Bell to go along with big stock boosts for all three.

Verizon Reclaims US Wireless Stake for $130B

September 2, 2013 5:32 pm | by DANICA KIRKA and 
MAE ANDERSON, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

Verizon will own its wireless business outright after agreeing Monday to pay $130 billion for the 45 percent stake in Verizon Wireless owned by Vodafone. The buyout, the second-largest acquisition deal on record, would give Vodafone PLC additional cash to pursue its expansion ambitions in Europe. Those ambitions include its push to buy up other cellphone providers and to expand into the lucrative world of mobile services.

Verizon’s Pursuit of Vodafone Stake Could Put Canada on the Back Burner

August 29, 2013 3:30 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

With the valuation of Vodafone’s stake being floated around $130 billion, it’s lead many to believe Verizon might lack the extra funds to enter the Canadian market, whether via a spectrum buy or acquisition. As Barron’s points out, Verizon might see trying to break into Canada as an unneeded distraction from its higher-priority plans to secure Vodafone’s share of Verizon Wireless.

Verizon, Vodafone May Finally Make a Deal

August 29, 2013 9:39 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Vodafone has confirmed that it is in talks to sell Verizon its 45 percent stake in the Verizon Wireless joint venture. Vodafone cautioned, however, that a deal is not a certainty. Bloomberg reports that the carriers have valued Vodafone's share of the company at $130 billion

Report: Canada Should Remove Penalties on Foreign Investors

August 26, 2013 9:54 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Much to the dismay of the major Canadian wireless carriers, a new report suggests that doing away with all penalizing rules on any carriers, both foreign and domestic, in the country's upcoming spectrum auctions will actually improve overall competition...

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First News Briefs: Qualcomm, Omnitracs, PlayPhone, Verizon, AT&T, Retriever Communications

August 23, 2013 10:40 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Qualcomm Incorporated today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to sell Omnitracs, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, to Vista Equity Partners, a U.S.-based private equity firm. Subject to the terms and conditions of the definitive agreement, Vista will purchase Omnitracs for $800 million in cash.

First News Briefs: Cox, ViaWest, Paydiant, Boingo, CBS, Verizon

August 22, 2013 10:57 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Cox Business today announced a strategic partnership with ViaWest, a colocation services provider in North America, to offer commercial customers secure fiber network connectivity along with compliant colocation and cloud infrastructure solutions.

First News Briefs: Transit Wireless, Verizon, Wavelink, OANDA, Polar

August 20, 2013 11:18 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Wavelink, a business unit of LANDesk Software, today announced the release of Wavelink Terminal Emulation (TE) for iOS. TE for iOS provides secure data and host application access for iOS mobile device users. This latest installment of TE follows previously announced support for the Android platform.

MVNOs, M2M Driving Wholesale Connections at AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile

August 19, 2013 11:24 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

In the past three years, wholesale connections stemming from mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) and M2M have climbed by 30 million to hit 70 million across six top carriers. According to new numbers from GSMA Intelligence, the group including AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, US Cellular, Clearwire and Verizon Wireless has seen combined total connection gains of 20 percent over the last two years.

VZW Stalls on Canada Bid, Eyes Auction Instead

August 15, 2013 10:07 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Verizon Wirelesshas put the brakes on its move to acquire a pair of smaller Canadian carriers, Wind and Mobilicity. Verizon had reportedly already made a $700 million bid for Wind and had signed a non-disclosure agreement with Mobilicity. The Globe and Mail, citing sources familiar with the situation, reports that...

AT&T: T-Mobile’s Spectrum Auction Plan Will Lead to Failure

August 14, 2013 2:20 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

AT&T has come out firing against a T-Mobile proposal for the FCC’s upcoming incentive auctions for 600 MHz spectrum. The carrier is saying T-Mobile’s “Dynamic Market Rule” plan would result in failure to generate sufficient revenue and “almost certainly doom the auction.”

Chase to Support Isis Mobile Wallet Nationwide

August 13, 2013 9:52 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Chase cardholders nationwide can soon expect to tap and pay with their mobile devices as Chase has announced its going coast-to-coast with its support for the Isis Mobile Wallet. Chase Freedom, Sapphire and Slate, as well as JPMorgan Palladium cardholders, will now be able to load their card info into Isis.

First News Briefs: Verizon, OAO Megafon, American Tower, Ixonos

August 9, 2013 10:33 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

American Tower Corporation today announced that it has reached an agreement with NII Holdings, Inc. to acquire up to 2,790 towers in Brazil and 1,666 towers in Mexico in two separate transactions, for approximately $413 million and $398 million, respectively, based on current foreign currency exchange rates.

T-Mobile Offers Zero Down on Flagship Phones

July 29, 2013 9:56 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

All carriers offer zero-down phones for new subscribers and new contracts, but that low price is traditionally reserved for entry-level devices.  As of July 27, T-Mobile customers can snag devices like the Samsung Galaxy S4, Galaxy Note 2, Sony Xperia Z, Nokia Lumia 925, HTC One, BlackBerry Q10 and iPhone 5 (8 GB model only) for nothing up front in exchange for paying higher monthly fees in some cases.

First News Briefs: Strategy Analytics, Verizon, Dallas Cowboys, Duracell

July 26, 2013 10:03 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

According to the latest research from Strategy AnalyticsSamsung became the world's most profitable handset vendor in Q2 2013. Apple slipped into second position, as margins have been hit by lower iPhone 5 volumes and tougher competition in China.

Apple, Verizon Take Home Brand of the Year Awards

July 25, 2013 10:59 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Investors may be questioning Apple's operations, but consumers remain faithful to the brand. According to findings from the 2013 Harris Poll EquiTrend study, Apple took home repeat Brand of the Year distinctions in three categories - Computer, Tablet and Mobile Phone - in the annual study...

Bell, Rogers Oppose Verizon’s Reported Bid for Canadian Carrier

July 25, 2013 10:05 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Two of Canada’s biggest wireless providers, Bell Canada and Rogers, have come out in opposition to legal loopholes that would allow foreign carriers to buy up smaller Canadian carriers and gain an unbalanced advantage. Reuters last month reported on Verizon’s $600 million bid for Wind and said that Verizon was also interested in rival Canadian startup Mobilicity.

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