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AT&T Will Begin Deploying Its New AWS-3 Spectrum in 2017

January 30, 2015 4:04 pm | by Ben Munson, Associate Editor, @wwbenmunson | News | Comments

AT&T came away from the FCC’s AWS-3 spectrum auction as the big winner, spending $18.2 billion for what it calls a “near nationwide contiguous 10x10 MHz block.”                         

AWS-3 Auction Results Show AT&T, Verizon, Dish as Big Spenders

January 30, 2015 1:57 pm | by Ben Munson, Associate Editor, @wwbenmunson | News | Comments

AT&T poured the most money into the auction,...

Chicago Taps T-Mobile to Lead Deployment of Subway DAS

January 30, 2015 10:49 am | by Andrew Berg, Senior Editor, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

T-Mobile, AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint have collectively agreed to fund the entire upgrade...

Cablevision Sues Verizon Over False Wi-Fi Advertising

January 29, 2015 4:50 pm | by Ben Munson, Associate Editor, @wwbenmunson | News | Comments

“This is yet another in a long line of Verizon...

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FCC Pushes New Rules to Improve E911 Location Accuracy

January 29, 2015 3:11 pm | by Andrew Berg, Senior Editor, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

The new rules acknowledge that wireless carriers will need to time to implement technology that will help to improve location data on "E911" calls...                                          

Study Shows Too Much Competition May Doom Carriers

January 29, 2015 3:01 pm | by Andrew Berg, Senior Editor, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

The pressured margins that both AT&T and Verizon reported in the fourth quarter may be the new normal for wireless carriers...                                       

Update: AWS-3 Auction Ends, Pulls in $44.9 Billion

January 29, 2015 10:00 am | by Ben Munson, Associate Editor, @wwbenmunson | News | Comments

On Thursday, the AWS-3 auction came to a close, netting total revenue just short of $44.9 billion. The FCC said it will announce results within the next few business days.                                          

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Verizon Wireless Raising Activation and Upgrade Fees

January 28, 2015 10:32 am | by Ben Munson, Associate Editor, @wwbenmunson | News | Comments

“Verizon Wireless is committed to the fees remaining competitive within the wireless industry.”                                                                  

AT&T’s Stephenson: ‘This Will Be A Very Different Company’

January 27, 2015 5:53 pm | by Andrew Berg, Senior Editor, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

Stephenson was talking about the diversification of AT&T revenue stream through it’s pickup of DirectTV, as well as recent acquisition of wireless players in Mexico...                         

Verizon Reaches $5M Settlement with FCC on Rural Call Completion

January 26, 2015 3:36 pm | by Andrew Berg, Senior Editor, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

This is the fourth major resolution of a rural call completion investigation. The Bureau entered into consent decrees related to rural call completion performance with...                         

T-Mobile's Legere Visits FCC To Talk Low-Band Spectrum

January 26, 2015 2:43 pm | by Andrew Berg, Senior Editor, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

According to an ex parte filed with the FCC that describes Legere's meeting with Chairman Wheeler and a number of other regulators, Legere gave...                           

Sprint’s Boost Mobile Gets Low with New $35 Plan

January 23, 2015 10:17 am | by Ben Munson, Associate Editor, @wwbenmunson | News | Comments

The new plan goes on sale Feb. 3.                                                                       

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Analysts: Rollover Data Might Not Make Sense for Sprint, Verizon

January 22, 2015 4:45 pm | by Ben Munson, Associate Editor, @wwbenmunson | Articles | Comments

Nothing sparks churn like competitors having a high-profile feature you don’t.                                                            

Trending Postpaid Buried Prepaid Growth in 2014

January 22, 2015 4:41 pm | by Andrew Berg, Senior Editor, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

The trend is largely driven by the increased use of voice and data devices on wireless networks. New wireless subscribers using postpaid voice and data devices more than...

AT&T Enters $9.2B Credit Deal to Cover Acquisition Related Payments

January 22, 2015 10:59 am | by Ben Munson, Associate Editor, @wwbenmunson | News | Comments

AT&T will use the funds for general corporate purposes including “acquisition related expenses” should advances be made under either agreement.                                       

Verizon Posts Massive 4Q Loss as Tablets Save Day

January 22, 2015 10:18 am | by Andrew Berg, Senior Editor, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

Loss aside, Verizon Wireless added 2 million high-value net retail postpaid connections in the fourth quarter, as total wireless revenues hit $87.6 billion, up 8.2 percent from...       

Report: Google to Sell Phone Plans on Sprint’s, T-Mobile’s Networks

January 21, 2015 5:00 pm | by Ben Munson, Associate Editor, @wwbenmunson | News | Comments

The service will likely launch this year.                                                                                                         

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Verizon Beefs Up Prepaid Plans

January 21, 2015 1:30 pm | by Ben Munson, Associate Editor, @wwbenmunson | News | Comments

Now, the $45 per month smartphone option will include 1GB of data instead of 500MB.                                                                 

Will Tablets Really Be the Growth Drivers of Tomorrow?

January 21, 2015 12:56 pm | by Andrew Berg, Senior Editor, @andrewberg32 | Blogs | Comments

What do you think? Are tablets as big a deal for carrier balance sheets as they've been made out to be?                                                              

FirstNews Briefs: Ericsson, TeliaSonera, Anritsu, Verizon

January 21, 2015 10:07 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

TeliaSonera has renewed and expanded its contract with Ericsson, that was initially signed back in 2010. Ericsson will now perform...                                                                

Sprint CTO: “Light Touch” Title II Won’t Harm Mobile Investment

January 16, 2015 12:22 pm | by Ben Munson, Associate Editor, @wwbenmunson | News | Comments

In a letter filed with the FCC, Bye wrote that any new net neutrality rules should include...                                                             

‘Healthy Competition’ Is Not Enough to Protect Consumers

January 15, 2015 3:42 pm | by Andrew Berg, Senior Editor, @andrewberg32 | Blogs | Comments

Obviously, the consequences could be disastrous if the FCC were to rule over ISPs, wireless or wireline, as though they were truly nothing more than public utilities. That said, consumers need more protection than a tip of the cap to competition from goliaths like Verizon and AT&T. 

SmartWatch: How Can Sprint and Verizon Differentiate in the Rollover Wars?

January 15, 2015 10:44 am | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

It’s the new year, and SmartWatch is back! In this, our first episode of 2015, we take a look at the new rollover promotions that AT&T and T-Mobile recently brought to market.

T-Mobile Intros New Simply Prepaid Plans

January 15, 2015 10:30 am | by Ben Munson, Associate Editor, @wwbenmunson | News | Comments

T-Mobile today announced Simply Prepaid, a new trio of prepaid plans that undercut its existing prepaid plans by $10 each.                                                    

AT&T, VZW Want to Connect Your Jalopy

January 14, 2015 2:58 pm | by Andrew Berg, Senior Editor, @andrewberg32 | Blogs | Comments

While these are interesting offers and I've no doubt there's a market for them, I still question where the costs associated with connecting everything will end? 

Connected Car Platform Mojio Taps AT&T for Global Carrier Agreement

January 13, 2015 2:57 pm | by Ben Munson, Associate Editor, @wwbenmunson | News | Comments

Mojio says AT&T’s global SIM will provide “borderless roaming” for vehicles with Mojio’s OBD device plugged in.                                                 

Verizon Intros After-Market Connected Car Service, 'Verizon Vehicle'

January 13, 2015 1:24 pm | by Ben Munson, Associate Editor, @wwbenmunson | News | Comments

“It will bring the traditional roadside assistance model into the 21st century,” said Eric Goldman, president of Verizon Telematics.                                                                            

FirstNews Briefs: Sequans, Radisys, Ecrio, Elavon, Verizon, Interop, Broadpeak

January 13, 2015 9:23 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

4G chipmaker Sequans Communications S.A. and Ecrio Inc., provider of 4G LTE real time communications client solutions for...                                                                

Verizon Promises “Breakthrough for 200 Million Cars”

January 12, 2015 11:24 am | by Ben Munson, Associate Editor, @wwbenmunson | News | Comments

Verizon Wireless Tuesday will announce news at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, presumably around the connected car.                                                

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