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  • Sprint drops unlimited everything plan to $60, undercuts T-Mobile by $20

    21 August 2014, 12:27 pm

    Just days after announcing its new shared data plans for families, Sprint today announced its new unlimited talk, text and data plan for individuals. The plan costs just $60 per month, a price that undercuts T-Mobile US' $80 unlimited data plan by $20 and is…
  • IDC: Voice calling on tablets a growing trend in emerging markets

    21 August 2014, 11:37 am

    According to new data from research firm IDC, users in Asian emerging markets are increasingly turning to tablets to make voice calls. The firm said that close to 50 percent of all tablets (touchscreen gadgets with screens bigger than 7 inches) in some markets…
  • Spectrum crunch report: There are 'persistent errors' in projections of demand for wireless

    21 August 2014, 11:02 am

    According to a new research paper, worries over a looming "spectrum crunch" may not be accurate. The paper investigated recent forecasts including the estimate of a 275 MHz spectrum shortage by 2014 from the FCC and an estimate of a 1,280-MHz to 1,720-MHz…
  • T-Mobile to give unlimited LTE data to customers who 'rescue' subscribers from Sprint, others

    21 August 2014, 10:42 am

    T-Mobile US took a hearty stab at Sprint (as well as Verizon Wireless and AT&T Mobility) with a new referral reward program that will give any customer on its Simple Choice plans unlimited LTE data for a year if they bring a new customer to T-Mobile. For those…
  • Hacked traffic lights highlight perils within the Internet of Things

    21 August 2014, 12:29 am

    Researchers at the University of Michigan have hacked into a live, networked traffic-signal system, showing how lax security can imperil any embedded systems. According to a paper written by the group, they discovered several vulnerabilities in the system's…
  • DoCoMo lures travelers with low-cost, 'premium' Wi-Fi

    20 August 2014, 10:10 pm

    NTT DoCoMo has announced that it is offering a "premium" public Wi-Fi service, with a maximum speed of 72 Mbps, to travelers within Japan on a trial basis.
  • Apple iPhone 6 with VoLTE: Rumors heating up

    20 August 2014, 9:51 pm

    The status of voice over LTE (VoLTE) in the iPhone 6 remains unsettled, but there are plenty of signs that Apple is preparing to include the technology in upcoming devices, if not now then sometime in the near future.
  • T-Mobile's HSPA latency speeds have improved, report says

    20 August 2014, 5:40 pm

    T-Mobile US recently posted notably improved latency speeds on its HSPA network, according to research from OpenSignal, which has teamed up with FierceWireless to report network latency speeds of the Tier 1 U.S. wireless carriers.
  • Cincinnati Bell gives all wireless subs unlimited data - just as it is shutting down service

    20 August 2014, 4:54 pm

    In something of a parting gift, Cincinnati Bell Wireless is giving all of its remaining customers unlimited domestic voice, texting and data for no additional charge. The carrier is in the midst of shutting down its service and selling its spectrum to Verizon…
  • Billions of consumers forecast to buy wearables, in-home devices over the next five years

    20 August 2014, 4:39 pm

    Consumer demand for both wearables and in-home devices equipped with sensor nodes and wireless links is expected to ramp up substantially throughout the rest of this decade, expanding the reach of the so-called Internet of Things (IoT), according to separate…
  • Verizon and Sprint have taken the lead on domestic LTE roaming - it's time for AT&T and T-Mobile to…

    20 August 2014, 3:30 pm

    Verizon and Sprint are taking great strides to enable LTE roaming. Verizon counts 21 partners in its LTE in Rural America program and Sprint counts 12 carriers in its Rural Roaming Preferred Program. I wish T-Mobile and AT&T would more aggressively follow…
  • Rumor Mill: Verizon Wireless' MVNOs to get LTE in Q3

    20 August 2014, 12:51 pm

    Verizon Wireless appears to be preparing to give its MVNOs access to its LTE network, according to people familiar with the matter. Verizon's MVNOs, including TracFone Wireless' Page Plus Cellular and Selectel Wireless, currently are only able to connect to…
  • Report: T-Mobile shows sharp improvement in HSPA network latency

    20 August 2014, 11:58 am

    T-Mobile US appears to have notably improved the latency speeds on its HSPA network in June and July when compared with the April-May timeframe, according to a new report form research firm OpenSignal.
  • Study suggests AT&T exclusivity is holding back Amazon's Fire phone

    20 August 2014, 11:51 am

    Amazon's Fire phone, its first smartphone, has been on sale for less than a month, but a new study from research firm Chitika Insights indicates that Amazon's deal to sell the phone exclusively through AT&T Mobility is hampering its sales.
  • Updated: Verizon denies plans to work with carriers, OEMs on an app store to challenge Google

    20 August 2014, 11:30 am

    Verizon Communications wants to build a new coalition of wireless carriers and device makers to create an application storefront that would be an alternative to Google's Play Store, according to a report from The Information. The new store could let app…
  • Report: Vodafone targets TIM Brasil acquisition to enter Brazilian mobile market

    20 August 2014, 7:29 am

    Vodafone is mulling an acquisition of TIM Brasil, Telecom Italia's Brazilian mobile phone business, as a way of entering the lucrative Latin American market.
  • Telenor uncovers child labour usage in Myanmar network build

    20 August 2014, 6:55 am

    Telenor discovered that contractors constructing its new mobile network in Myanmar have been using child labour to develop base station sites in advance of the operator's launch of commercial services in the country in September.  
  • Nokia's mapping CEO steps down

    20 August 2014, 6:38 am

    Nokia has appointed Cliff Fox as acting head of its Here mapping business from Sept. 1, after the division's current CEO, Michael Halbherr, resigned.  
  • Kaspersky Labs warns social networks are dangerous territory for mobile users

    20 August 2014, 5:34 am

    Careless mobile users are leaving themselves exposed to hack attacks when accessing social networks, security company Kaspersky Labs warned.
  • Surfline Communications and Alcatel-Lucent launch Ghana's first 4G LTE network

    20 August 2014, 5:15 am

    Alcatel-Lucent and Ghanaian operator Surfline Communications launched the country's first commercial 4G LTE network on Tuesday.
  • Analysys Mason: Russia set to lead CEE smartphone net additions through 2019

    20 August 2014, 4:00 am

    Smartphone net additions peaked in 2012 or 2013 in most of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), but will continue to increase in countries with larger populations (Russia, Turkey, Ukraine, Poland and Romania), Analysys Mason forecasts.
  • Spectrum refarming for wireless broadband fraught with twists and turns

    20 August 2014, 2:14 am

    A funny thing happened on the way to opening up 500 MHz for fixed and mobile wireless broadband. Reality reared its head, revealing just how challenging it can be to free up spectrum that is already being used for other purposes and hand it over to the…
  • AWS-3 auction winners could face lots of spectrum-coordination hitches

    20 August 2014, 12:54 am

    Winners in the upcoming AWS-3 auction may find themselves confronting years of spectrum-coordination challenges as they work to finesse their way through incumbent relocation and frequency-sharing issues, according to Chris Hardy, general manager of CommScope…
  • Mallinson: LTE Advanced is bringing more than just carrier aggregation in 3GPP Release 12

    18 August 2014, 2:31 pm

    Carrier aggregation is a key feature of LTE advanced, delivering more efficient capacity utilisation and faster speeds; but LTE Advanced can deliver so much more, including heterogeneous network capabilities in particular. Coordinating the low-power layer of…
  • Vodafone India tax arbitration delayed

    18 August 2014, 7:58 am

    Vodafone remains at loggerheads with India's government over a long-running tax dispute, resulting in both parties being forced to extend a deadline for arbitration of the matter by a month.
  • Report: Telecom Italia preparing €7B bid for Vivendi's GVT

    18 August 2014, 7:15 am

    Telecom Italia is ready to outbid Spanish rival Telefónica in the race to acquire Brazilian broadband provider Global Village Telecom (GVT) from French media company, Vivendi.
  • VimpelCom makes another high profile appointment with Scott Dresser

    18 August 2014, 6:39 am

    Russian telco VimpelCom made its second high profile appointment in as many months, after lining up Scott Dresser as group general counsel with effect from Sep. 1
  • Intel's Schooler: Axxia buy will boost 'common architecture approach' to networks

    17 August 2014, 8:45 pm

    Intel's acquisition of LSI's Axxia Networking Business, a provider of system-on-chip (SoC) solutions for network infrastructure, will be a crucial driver in the development of Intel's wireless-access-networking strategy and its long-term goal of running…
  • Juniper predicts location-based services market will generate $43.3B by 2019

    17 August 2014, 8:05 pm

    Juniper Research predicts that the value of the mobile context and location-based services (LBS) market will more than triple in the next five years, thanks in large part to the adoption of highly targeted and context-aware ad-supported apps, which will…
  • Wi-Fi advocates clash with automakers, WISPs over FCC's 5 GHz plan

    17 August 2014, 6:18 pm

    The FCC's proposal to open up more of the 5 GHz band for use by unlicensed devices continues to draw criticism and generate debate in multiple corners, as supporters of the commission's plan square off against critics that are concerned about the proposal's…

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