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Spotify Hulu Deal Aims to Lock Up Generation Z with Bundled Streaming Pact

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A new Spotify Hulu deal announced today will target college students with a bundled offer of music and video streaming. Spotify Premium for Students, now with Hulu will combine versions of Spotify and Hulu for a disruptive price of $4.99 per month. The deal includes...Learn More

Legere Says Competitors Can’t Match T-Mobile Netflix Offer

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T-Mobile said today that it will include a Netflix subscription in its unlimited T-Mobile ONE family plan service at no extra charge beginning September 12. “The world is about to find out what happens when you bring two disruptors together,” said T-Mobile CEO John Legere...Learn More

What Happens If a State Decides to Opt Out of FirstNet Plans from AT&T?

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Rivada Networks and U.S. Cellular are the latest companies to challenge AT&T’s progress in gaining agreements to build a nationwide mobile broadband public safety network known as FirstNet. Just a few weeks after Verizon said it would build a core public safety network core in...Learn More

Sprint NFV Strategy Will Support Gigabit LTE and 5G

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Network functions virtualization (NFV) will be an “essential building block” as Sprint makes plans to deploy gigabit LTE and 5G wireless capabilities, said a Sprint technology executive in a blog post today. The Sprint NFV strategy will enable “more efficient scaling of core network capabilities...Learn More

IDC: Smartwatch Sales Increase 61% Over Last Year

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The second quarter was an important one for the wearable sector as it experienced double digit growth and made a significant transition, according to wearable and smartwatch sales date from International Data Corp. During the quarter, 26.3 million devices shipped. That represents a 10.3 percent...Learn More

AT&T Drones Help with Hurricane Harvey Relief

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AT&T has dispatched 25 drones to parts of southeast Texas impacted by Hurricane Harvey. The AT&T drones will be used to inspect cell towers that can’t be reached in other ways because of flooding. “Drones can take HD video and photos of a cell site,...Learn More

Despite Hurricane Harvey Telecom Outages, Industry Steps Up Good Will Efforts

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Hurricane Harvey telecom outages were substantial in Texas and Louisiana, with more than 4.7% of cell sites out of service in 55 counties designated part of the disaster area, the FCC reported yesterday. Two counties had more than 50% of cell sites out of service....Learn More

Apple, Accenture Collaborating on Enterprise Apps for iPhone, iPad

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Apple and Accenture have announced a partnership aimed at developing enterprise apps for iPhone and iPad devices to help drive new revenue, increase productivity, cut costs and improve customer experience, the companies announced today. “Both Apple and Accenture are leaders in building incredible user experiences...Learn More

IDC: Annual Smartphone Shipments Will See Slow Growth Through 2021, But Phablets Will Shine

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The days of double digit growth for annual smartphone shipments may be a thing of the past. However, the category is showing its resiliency by staying in positive territory, according to new research from the International Data Corp (IDC). In its Worldwide Quarter Mobile Phone...Learn More

Verizon CBRS Demo Ups Ante on Big Carrier Efforts to Change License Rules

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Verizon’s news today that it has demonstrated mobile wireless service using LTE Advanced carrier aggregation in the CBRS spectrum band ups the ante on large mobile carriers’ efforts to establish new rules for that spectrum band – rules that opponents say would benefit the large...Learn More

Verizon Gigabit LTE Trial Breaks the Gigabit Speed Barrier

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Following a recent Verizon Gigabit LTE field test, Verizon announced a new speed breakthrough in a lab trial. Working with Ericsson and Qualcomm again, Verizon says they reached 1.07 Gbps download speed in this latest lab test. “These efficiencies will enable the delivery of the...Learn More

Report: Smartwatch Penetration Will Reach 15% of Adults by 2019

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Smartwatch penetration will grow quickly over the next few years, according to a smartwatch forecast from NPD Group. As of June almost 9 percent of U.S. consumers more than 18 years old owned a smartwatch, NPD found. That’s an increase of almost 1.5 percentage points...Learn More

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