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Appeals Court Strikes Down Net Neutrality Rules

January 14, 2014 11:52 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

A D.C. Circuit Court of Aopeals today struck down the FCC's Open Internet rules. The rules were aimed at ensuring that large Internet Service Providers (ISPs) couldn't discriminate against the types of traffic carried over their networks. 

Report: Just 15% of T-Mo Postpaid Subscribers Looking to Churn

January 14, 2014 10:10 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

T-Mobile appears to be succeeding at holding onto its postpaid subscribers. Just 15.4 percent of T-Mobile postpaid respondents surveyed in a recent Cowen and Company report said they were looking to switch carriers. That's a huge drop from the 42.9 percent T-Mobile respondents who said they were looking to switch in the third quarter.  

Analyst Take: T-Mobile Willing to Go Where Others Won’t

January 13, 2014 10:14 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Say what you will about T-Mobile’s recent moves, the company has managed to rattle a cage or two lately. While there’s undoubtedly a certain amount of smoke and mirrors involved, the 4.4 million net customer additions the carrier reported for 2013 can’t be denied. 

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First News Briefs: Verizon, Oracle, Motorola, OhioHealth, IBM, u-blox

January 10, 2014 10:55 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Verizon Enterprise Solutions and Oracle today announced they will enable customers to use Oracle Database and Oracle Fusion Middleware on Verizon's cloud infrastructure, including the new Verizon Cloud, and pay for access on an hourly basis.

T-Mobile Confirms ETF Payoffs for Customers Who Switch

January 8, 2014 4:33 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

John Legere Wedesday called family plans one of the “biggest evils” in the industry. With T-Mobile’s latest “Un-Carrier” move, the CEO aims to give families and individuals a way out of their contracts. T-Mobile will begin paying off the early termination fees—up to $350 per line—for individuals willing to switch over and trade in their device.

Verizon CEO: “Eventually, Unlimited has to Go Away”

January 7, 2014 1:10 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Verizon Wireless CEO Lowell McAdam doesn’t see any way for unlimited to work in wireless. Speaking at Citi 2014 Internet, Media & Telecommunications Conference, McAdam said carriers can’t keep servicing incremental bits without seeing incremental revenues. “Eventually, unlimited has to go away,” McAdam said, adding that competitors who do offer unlimited data will do some crazy things when they’re on the edge of bankruptcy.

AT&T Buys More AWS Licenses from Aloha Partners

January 7, 2014 10:49 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

AT&T Tuesday announced that it has agreed to purchase 49 AWS licenses from Aloha Partners. According to a press release, the licenses cover nearly 50 million people in 14 states, including California, Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Texas.

Amid Spectrum Buy, Legere Says, 'We're Smackin' the Crap out of Them'

January 6, 2014 9:55 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

T-Mobile today announced that it has reached a deal to acquire $2.4 billion worth of 700 MHz A-Block licenses. The proposed transaction also includes the transfer of certain T-Mobile AWS and PCS licenses to Verizon, which according to a press release have an aggregate value of approximately $950 million. 

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Analyst Reactions to AT&T’s Move for T-Mobile Customers

January 3, 2014 11:30 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

AT&T has a plan to eat T-Mobile’s lunch and it comes just as the un-carrier was getting ready to make a big splash next week at CES. AT&T has announced a limited time offer of up to $450 in credits for T-Mobile customers who switch over to AT&T. With rumors of T-Mobile next week launching a similar incentive program...

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.

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.  

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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.

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.

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...

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