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FCC Frees Up Shared-Use Spectrum, Will Explore LAA

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The FCC today adopted a report and order that will free up spectrum in the 3550-3700 MHz band that could be used by wireless network operators for mobile broadband service on a shared basis with incumbent military users. Spectrum also will be available for unlicensed...Learn More

MagicJack magicApp Premium: Stand-Alone Mobile OTT Voice and Text

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MagicJack VocalTec has launched a mobile over-the-top voice and text offering that lets iOS devices place calls using cellular data or Wi-Fi for $1.99 monthly or $14.99 for a year. To use the offering customers download the company’s magicApp Premium app. The offering includes a...Learn More

Behind the $16.5 Billion Nokia/ Alcatel-Lucent Merger Plan

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Word that Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent were close to a merger agreement has proven true. The two companies today announced “their intention to combine to create an innovation leader in next generation technology and services for an IP connected world.” The combined company will be called...Learn More

Sprint Revolutionizes Wireless Shopping Experience by Introducing Sprint® Direct 2 You

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April 13, 2015 — Overland Park, Kan.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Sprint (NYSE:S) today will transform forever the way customers buy or upgrade their mobile phones, tablets and other connected devices with the introduction of Sprint Direct 2 You. Sprint is bringing an in-store experience to the comfort of a...Learn More

Teen Smartphone Usage: 92% Online Almost Constantly

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Ninety-one percent of U.S. teens venture online via mobile devices at least occasionally, according to the latest research from the Pew Research Center’sInternet, Science and Tech unit. Nearly all African-American teens reported doing so, “significantly more than white or Hispanic teens,” Pew’s Amanda Lenhart writes....Learn More

GSA: 460 LTE Deployments Forecast by Year-End 2015

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GSA (Global mobile Suppliers Association) reports that 393 wireless network operators have launched commercial 4G LTE services in 138 countries – 107 of them introducing LTE service in the past year. In its latest update GSA reports that 644 network operators across 181 countries are investing...Learn More

LightSquared Poised to Re-Emerge: What’s In Store?

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LightSquared is poised to emerge from bankruptcy with $1.25 billion in operating funds, according to news reports. And the company apparently is still hoping to pursue its plan to deploy wireless broadband service. LightSquared’s latest move is to ask the FCC to transfer its spectrum...Learn More

Sprint Launches Wi-Fi Calling on iPhones

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April 08, 2015 — OVERLAND PARK, Kan.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Starting today, iPhone customers on a Sprint service plan can initiate high-quality calls over Wi-Fi using their own phone number1 through a software update coming over the next week. This new capability will allow Sprint to dramatically expand...Learn More

Nielsen Finds Strong Interest in Anywhere, Anytime Connectivity

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In a world where people are connected practically 24x7x365, it’s increasingly difficult to attract and hold the attention of people you’re trying to reach and engage. Indicative of the degree to which 24/7 connectivity is becoming the norm in industrialized society, Nielsen found that 76%...Learn More

Enterprise Mobility Management Provider MobileIron to Use AT&T Offering

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MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., April 7, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — MobileIron (NASDAQ: MOBL), the leader in enterprise mobility management (EMM), announced today that the AT&T Work Platform is now available to MobileIron customers. The AT&T Work Platform lets business customers add AT&T data, voice, and messaging services to...Learn More

iWireless to Launch LTE Network in Iowa with $35 Million Investment

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URBANDALE, IA – March 25, 2015 – iWireless is investing more than $35 million to enhance its wireless network in Iowa. The company will launch LTE in 2015, and will expand its LTE network in 2016. In addition to launching LTE, iWireless will also modernize...Learn More

CCA’s Berry: FirstNet Public Safety Network Presents Rural Carrier Opportunities

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FirstNet, the nation’s planned mobile broadband public safety network offers significant opportunities for rural wireless network operators, according to Steven K. Berry, president and CEO of the Competitive Carriers Association. “My suggestion to carriers is ‘this is an opportunity you have to be part of,’”...Learn More