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The latest news, developments and trends for mobile broadband. Gain valuable insight into the implications of 3G, 4G, LTE, Wi-Fi, Smartphones, Tablets, Spectrum and more.

Mobile Vs. Wired Broadband Speeds: A Reversal Ahead?

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Mobile substitution has been a nightmare for fixed network service providers, the chief case in point being consumer purchases of “voice services.” In many markets, including the United States, consumers simply are abandoning use of fixed network voice, in favor of mobile calling. At the...Learn More

GSMA: Global Smartphone Connections To Triple by 2020

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The number of global smartphone connections will triple over the next six years to reach 6 billion by 2020, according to a new market research report from GSMA Intelligence. Accounting for one in three mobile connections today, smartphones will account for two out of every...Learn More

Report Finds Strong Intent to Purchase a Connected Car

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Built-in network connectivity is going to have a big influence on consumers’ vehicle purchase decisions, according to a new study from AT&T Drive Studio and Ericsson. Half of all drivers surveyed in the U.S., Germany, Brazil, Japan and China said they would switch automobile brands...Learn More

CCA Members to Get LoopPay Mobile Payment Solution

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September 10, 2014 — LAS VEGAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–LoopPay, Inc., the world’s first ubiquitously accepted mobile payment platform provider, today announced a strategic partnership with Competitive Carriers Association (CCA – with more than 100 carrier members including Sprint, T-Mobile, US Cellular and dozens of other carriers) to...Learn More

Sprint Joins T-Mobile in Offering Highest Value on Trade-Ins

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OVERLAND PARK, Kan.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Today Sprint announced it will meet or beat all competitors’ pricing to ensure the best trade-in values. Sprint will match all major U.S. carrier buyback pricing (Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile) on all new lines of service starting immediately. Last year, Sprint put...Learn More

Amazon Fire Phone Now 99 Cents with Two-Year Contract

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September 08, 2014 — SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–(NASDAQ: AMZN)—Dynamic Perspective, Firefly, world-class customer support with Mayday, free unlimited cloud storage for photos, 32GB of storage—and, for a limited time, customers get 12 months of Prime membership with Fire phone, which includes unlimited streaming of tens of thousands...Learn More

T-Mobile Pledges to Offer Highest Value on Trade-Ins

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September 08, 2014 — BELLEVUE, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–In advance of a huge wave of new superphones and tablets coming to market this fall, T-Mobile (NYSE: TMUS) today vowed to beat the big carriers’ best trade-in values on used devices – to help American wireless consumers get...Learn More

Verizon Launches Car Share App

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NEW YORK and DETROIT, Sept. 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Verizon Enterprise Solutions today (Sept. 8) announced that Verizon Auto Share, a convenient and secure way for drivers to rent, experience and return cars and other vehicles, will be available before the end of 2014. Using...Learn More

IDC: Phablet Shipments to Surpass Portable PCs, Then Tablets

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More phablets – smartphones with 5.5-7” screens – will be shipped this year than portable PCs, and phablet shipments will surge next year, surpassing tablet shipments, according to new market research from IDC. Worldwide phablet shipments will reach 175 million units in 2014, according to...Learn More

Sprint Rural Plans Gain Momentum with nTelos LTE Expansion

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Sprint’s rural LTE plans are gaining momentum, as an announcement today from Alcatel-Lucent illustrates. Earlier this year, nTelos said it would expand its LTE network in West Virginia and western Virginia to specifications aligned with Sprint’s own network modernization program. And those plans seem to...Learn More

Stay Focused During Wireless Price Wars

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It’s official. We’re in the middle of a fierce wireless price war by national wireless carriers. AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon have all introduced new plans, undercutting each other in the past few weeks, with more to come. This war impacts wireless and wireline carriers...Learn More

Taqua on Kineto Purchase: Carrier VoWiFi is Set to Take Off

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One telecom vendor is so convinced network operators are about to embrace voice over Wi-Fi that it has acquired another vendor to better position itself to capitalize on that opportunity. Taqua, provider of software underlying cellular networks, said this evening that it has purchased Kineto...Learn More