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SmartWatch, Episode 29: AWS-3 Auction Approaching $40 Billion

November 26, 2014 10:55 am | by Wireless Week | Videos | Comments

In this week's episode of SmartWatch, Product Design & Development Editor Melissa Fassbender joins us in marveling at the unfathomable amount of money the FCC's AWS-3 auction has thus far seen in total bids.             

FCC, T-Mobile Work Out Deal for Accurate Speed Tests

November 25, 2014 11:29 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The FCC announced it has worked out an ...

FirstNews Briefs: Verizon, Cricket, GENBAND, PCTEL

November 25, 2014 9:44 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Verizon Enterprise Solutions is launching the...

U.S. Cellular Raising Up to $500M for Potential Spectrum Buys

November 24, 2014 10:51 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

U.S. Cellular today ...

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FirstNews Briefs: American Tower, Acculynk, PayPlum, Telit, Verizon

November 24, 2014 9:32 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

American Tower Corporation and Bharti Airtel Limited today announced they have entered into a definitive agreement...                                                

Sprint Finishes Dead Last in Latest Consumer Reports Survey

November 21, 2014 10:41 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

According to the survey, which covered opinions from over 58,000 respondents, Sprint received what Consumer Reports called...                     

Reducing Churn Shouldn’t Be About Punishing Your Subscribers

November 20, 2014 11:19 am | by Ben Munson | Blogs | Comments

Every tweak, twist, turn and total overhaul the big carriers make are usually about one thing: keeping their subscribers and stealing the other guy’s.                   

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Analyst: As AWS-3 Auction Hits $24B, Dish Soars, T-Mobile Likely Out

November 20, 2014 11:14 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The FCC’s AWS-3 auction has rocketed past its $10 billion reserve price and surpassed $24 billion in bids after only five days. The rapid pace at which the auction is climbing helped spur a 10 percent rise in...               

Data Caps Don’t Work: Thoughts for the Future of Cellular Network Congestion

November 20, 2014 10:14 am | by By Fergal Toomey, Chief Scientist & Co-Founder of Corvil | Articles | Comments

How we use, how we view, and how we’re delivered data are all rapidly changing - monitoring and measurement need to advance at the same pace.            

AWS-3 Auction Cruises Well Past Reserve Price

November 19, 2014 10:40 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The FCC’s ongoing AWS-3 auction in four days of bidding has easily passed its $10.5 billion reserve price. Currently in the 16th round of bidding, the auction has already pulled in...        

Verizon Switches Up Terms for Early Contract Terminations

November 17, 2014 10:29 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Verizon last week made some changes to its policy for Early Termination Fees (ETF). First spotted by Droid Life, the new policy now has Verizon contract customers wait...                       

AT&T Kills Cookie Tracking on Smartphones

November 17, 2014 9:23 am | by Jack Gillum, Associated Press | News | Comments

The change by AT&T essentially removes a hidden string of letters and numbers that are passed along to websites that...                        

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Report: Verizon Cutting 1,000 Jobs by Year’s End

November 14, 2014 11:16 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Verizon will be eliminating 1,000 jobs by offering buyouts to employees, according to a Bloomberg report. The report cites an unnamed source who says...                                      

AWS-3 Auction Tops $2B in First Two Rounds of Bidding

November 13, 2014 3:53 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The FCC’s auction of 65 MHz of AWS-3 began today and it’s already drawn heavy interest from the 70 approved bidders. Total bids exceeded...                              

Verizon CFO Plans Consistent Spending, Focus on Wireless

November 12, 2014 10:44 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Verizon CFO Fran Shammo said that it was likely that spending on the company's wireless network may go up, while spending on wireline...                               

Verizon Offers Free Goodies on Nov. 26 "Connection Day"

November 12, 2014 10:12 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Big Red has launched a landing page where anyone, regardless of which carrier they're on, can sign up for...

Verizon Multicast to Leverage OnCue Assets for Mobile Pay TV

November 11, 2014 2:59 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Speaking Tuesday at the Open Mobile Summit in San Francisco, Carey talked about how the OnCue assets Verizon acquired from Intel will factor into...                                   

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Wireless Week Live: LTE Multicast and the Mobile Video Revolution

November 11, 2014 2:39 pm | Webinars

The way video is delivered to mobile devices everywhere is about to get turned on its head. Thanks to a feature of LTE-Advanced called Multicast (eMBMS), watching video over a carrier network will be more efficient by leveraging Multicast's point to multi-point approach. Verizon has already demonstrated the technology at last year's Super Bowl in New York, and there's a lot of talk about the possibilities going forward.

Obama Urges Title II Classification for ISPs

November 10, 2014 10:32 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

President Obama Monday stirred up a hornet's nest with his strongest comments yet in favor of stronger rules to protect the...                         

SmartWatch Ep. 26: 3Q Carrier Battles & VoLTE Friendships

November 6, 2014 10:52 am | by Wireless Week | Videos | Comments

Andrew is across the pond but while we weren’t raiding his desk for snacks, we still managed to film a brand new episode of SmartWatch.                                             

Sprint Considering Eliminating Device Subsidies

November 4, 2014 10:50 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Sprint is considering doing away with device subsidies all together as early as next year. During Monday’s earnings call, Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure said his company...                        

AT&T Throws In $150 Bill Credit for New Next Customers

November 4, 2014 10:31 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The news comes after Verizon over the weekend announced a limited time offer that increased data caps on its $80 and $100 More Everything plans. The $80 now gets 10GB and the $100 plan gets 15GB. Verizon also threw in a...

AT&T, Verizon Working on VoLTE Interoperability

November 3, 2014 1:53 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

AT&T and Verizon Wireless today announced that both carriers are working on enabling VoLTE-to-VoLTE calls between their subscribers. The carriers anticipate VoLTE interoperability will be available in...

Verizon Bumps Up Data Buckets, Offers Port-In Credit

November 3, 2014 10:14 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Verizon Wireless over the weekend opened up a limited time offer that bumps up the data buckets on its $80 and $100 More Everything plans. The $80 plan now gets 10GB of data and the $100 plan now gets...

FirstNews Briefs: Sequans, Best Buy, Verizon, LoopPay, Actions Semiconductor

November 3, 2014 9:40 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Sequans Communications S.A. announced that its LTE chip technology has been adopted by Best Buy for its latest Insignia tablet, the first 4G LTE tablet in Best Buy’s Insignia product line. The Insignia 4G tablet is an 8-inch Android tablet with embedded LTE certified for the network of...

Motorola, Verizon Launch Fast-Charging Droid Turbo

October 28, 2014 1:31 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Five years after Verizon launched the original Droid, the carrier brings to market what could possibly be the most beastly...                                 

Softcard Now Good at McDonald’s Drive-Thru

October 28, 2014 11:14 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Apple Pay went and stole all the thunder available in the NFC-based mobile payments space but Softcard is still busy. The mobile payment platform—formerly Isis—today announced an agreement with McDonald’s to...

AT&T Falls Well Short of Verizon’s Postpaid Net Adds

October 22, 2014 5:12 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Still the total was more than double what AT&T recorded in the year-ago quarter and put the carrier at 2.4 million postpaid net adds for the year to date. The quarterly net adds for AT&T came from 6.8 million postpaid smartphone gross adds...

Analysts: AWS-3 Auction is Going to Be a Street Fight

October 21, 2014 10:52 am | by Ben Munson | Articles | Comments

In total, 80 potential bidders have submitted both complete and incomplete applications to participate in Auction 97. There are big name and small name players but four competitors stand out from the rest.

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