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Xfinity Mobile Introduces Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) at Xfinity Stores Nationwide

January 18, 2018 — PHILADELPHIA–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Comcast announced today that Xfinity Internet customers can now bring their own device (BYOD) to Xfinity Mobile by visiting Xfinity Store locations across the country. Select, unlocked iPhone models can be activated on the Xfinity Mobile network, and devices that don’t qualify...Learn More

Sprint and Cox Forge Strategic Partnership for Network Densification

A new Sprint Cox deal will allow Sprint to leverage Cox’s infrastructure for network densification. Sprint will utilize Cox’s network for additional macrocell backhaul and small cell deployments which are key for 4G and 5G deployments. Details are a little sketchy, but this Sprint Cox...Learn More

Report: Digital Voice Assistants Giving Smartphones a Run for Their Money in Managing the Digital Home

It’s digital voice assistants vs. smartphones on the home control front, and digital voice assistants (DVAs) are gaining ground, according to a new survey from Accenture. DVAs are replacing smartphones as the device of choice for entertainment and online purchasing for people who own both,...Learn More

Apple App Store Holiday Sales Approach $1 Billion, $300M on New Year’s Day Alone

It was a happy New Year’s Day indeed for Apple as $300 million in purchases were made on the App Store. The week saw the most people ever use the online marketplace. Between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day visitors spent more than $890 million...Learn More

CTA: AR/VR Headset Sales Approaching 5 Million Units, Generating $1.2 Billion

Augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) technologies are expected to see record growth this year, according to the Consumer Technology Association (CTA). The forthcoming U.S. Consumer Technology Sales and Forecasts report from CTA projects AR/VR headset sales (including eyewear) eyewear will sell 4.9 million units in...Learn More

Report: Frustration with the OTT Experience Will Drive Major Change

Consumers are increasingly demanding video content on at any time, anywhere and on any device, but are overwhelmed by some 200 OTT choices, according to a new report from Ooyala. Yet, even with that many choices, millennials are not completely satisfied with their current OTT...Learn More

5G Race Accelerates With AT&T Mobile 5G Plans Announced for Late 2018

AT&T mobile 5G plans will include launch of the next generation mobile broadband service in 12 markets by late 2018, the carrier announced today. The announcement marks an acceleration in the launch of mobile 5G services, which just a few months ago wasn’t expected until...Learn More

Nokia, T-Mobile US and Intel Collaborate to Bring T-Mobile’s First Commercial Hardware Based 5G 28 GHz Cell on Air

3 January 2018 — Bellevue, WA – Nokia, T-Mobile and Intel have reached a major milestone in their 5G collaboration by bringing a 28 GHz outdoor 5G commercial radio system on air in the busy downtown corridor of Bellevue in Washington state. A data session was conducted...Learn More

NPD: Unlimited Plans Help Drive 25% Growth in Monthly Mobile Data Usage, Now at 31.4 GBs

Wireless subscriber’s monthly mobile data usage patterns differ when it comes to utilization of cellular or WiFi networks depending upon whether they are on limited or unlimited plans. One thing both groups do a lot, however, is stream video. The NPD Group Connected Intelligence Smartphone...Learn More

FirstNet Gains All 50 States After All

The national public safety network framework has now been solidified, with all 50 states opting in to FirstNet, the public-private partnership effort between AT&T and the U.S. Department of Commerce. FirstNet will build an interoperable $46 billion wireless broadband network for public safety use. Individual...Learn More

Wearables Forecast: 18.4% Annual Growth to 2021

A wearables forecast from ISC calls for the overall wearables market to increase from 113.2 million shipments in 2017 to 222.3 million in 2021, a compound annual growth rate of 18.4 percent. While basic wristbands like the Xiaomi Mi Band or Fitbit Charge have been...Learn More

T-Mobile Enters Pay-TV Business with Layer3 Acquisition

In what T-Mobile CEO John Legere calls the next phase of their ‘un-carrier’ strategy, the wireless provider announced an acquisition of IPTV pay-TV provider Layer3. The acquisition catapults T-Mobile into the rapidly evolving video business. “People love their TV, but they hate their TV providers....Learn More

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