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Wheeler Wants FCC to Study 5G and Millimeter Wave

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler wants the commission to study the possibility of using millimeter wave spectrum above 24 GHz to support 5G wireless service. A notice of inquiry about millimeter wave is one of several wireless related documents that Wheeler is currently circulating within the...Learn More

GSA Finds Mobile HD Voice Deployments in 75 Countries

High-definition (HD) voice services are now available from 116 mobile operators in 75 countries, according to the Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA). The number of mobile operators now offering HD voice services has grown 30 percent year-over-year, GSA reports in the latest issue of the...Learn More

IHS iPhone 6 Tear-Down: Plus Model Costs Only $15.50 More to Build

Investors in Apple’s shares have long cheered the company’s ability to command premium prices, and fanatic customer allegiance, for its sleekly designed consumer electronics (CE) products. Apple continues to pursue that strategy with the launch of the iPhone 6, and to an even greater degree,...Learn More

WBA: Next-Gen Wi-Fi Deployments Gain Momentum

The pace of next-generation Wi-Fi Hotspots (NGH) deployment is accelerating. Twelve commercial NGH deployments from operators in the U.S. Asia, Europe, South America and the Middle East have gone live, according to the Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA). In the U.S., WBA members Boingo, Towerstream and...Learn More

Ovum: Global LTE Subscriptions Reach 250 Million

The number of LTE mobile broadband subscriptions worldwide reached the 250-million milestone in 1Q 2014, according to an update from Ovum’s World Cellular Data Metrics. The U.S. is the world’s largest LTE market, according to the latest data, with Verizon Wireless and AT&T – the...Learn More

Mobile Vs. Wired Broadband Speeds: A Reversal Ahead?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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