NPD: Cellular Tablet Activations Up 90% Over Last Year

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Building cellular connectivity into tablets is proving to be very popular among tablet users in the U.S. Totaling 18.3 million, the number of actively connected tablets in the U.S. shot up 90 percent year-over-year as of year-end 2014, according to the NPD Group Connected Intelligence...Learn More

Sprint and Boingo Bring Seamless Wi-Fi to Millions of Sprint Travelers

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LOS ANGELES & OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), April 30, 2015 – Boingo Wireless, the leading DAS and Wi-Fi provider, and Sprint today announced a multi-year Wi-Fi agreement, enabling access to seamless and secure Boingo Wi-Fi networks in 35 major U.S. airports. Leveraging Boingo’s industry-leading...Learn More

AT&T and SNET to Pay FCC $10.9 Million in USF Lifeline-Related Penalties

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April 29, 2015 – Washington, D.C. – To resolve an investigation by the Federal Communications Commission’s Enforcement Bureau, AT&T and its former subsidiary Southern New England Telephone (SNET) have agreed to pay $10.9 million in penalties for overbilling the FCC’s Lifeline program, a program which...Learn More

Seniors and Smartphones Survey: 82% Find Smartphones “Liberating”

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Collectively, U.S. seniors have been comparatively slow when it comes to adoption of high-tech devices. Yet when it comes to smartphones, a significantly higher percentage of seniors than younger Americans feel their smartphones represent “freedom” as opposed to being “a leash,” according to new market...Learn More

IDC: Samsung Regains Smartphone Leadership as Smartphone Shipments Rise Nearly 17%

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A total of 336.5 million smartphones were shipped worldwide by vendors in 2015’s first quarter (1Q’15), 16.7 percent more than the 288.5 million that were shipped in 1Q’14. 1Q’15’s smartphone shipment total was down 10.9 percent from the seasonally strong fourth quarter, when vendors shipped...Learn More

Mobile First Confirmed, Mobile Overtakes Desktop for Internet Usage says comScore

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Last year mobile app usage surpassed that for desktop devices for the first time, accounting for over half of all U.S. digital media consumption, according to comScore. Mobile’s rise continues. “The number of mobile-only adult Internet users exceeded the number of desktop-only Internet users” for...Learn More

Survey Measures Mobile Customer Dissatisfaction at 48%

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Nearly 50 percent of mobile subscribers aren’t happy with the level of customer service their carriers provide, according to a new study conducted by research firm MobileSquared for Astellia, a provider of software for mobile network operators. According to survey results, “48.5 percent of people surveyed...Learn More

Sprint Offers Half Off on Tablet Plan

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April 28, 2015 — OVERLAND PARK, Kan.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Sprint (NYSE:S) continues to deliver the value and services consumers want by making it easy and affordable to purchase a tablet along with their smartphone. Consumers can get 50 percent off the monthly tablet data plan when activating...Learn More

Ovum: Thanks to 4G, Carriers Could Shut Down 3G Before 2G

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Wireless network carriers’ growing interest in, and deployment of, 4G LTE infrastructure, products and services raises the prospect of shutting down or ‘refarming’ GSM or CDMA spectrum to accommodate growing demand. Determining “the sweet spot” for network closure is challenging, however, according to a new...Learn More

Exec: Verizon SDN Plans Include Wireless and Landline Networks

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Verizon expects its transition to software defined networking (SDN) to begin at the network core and move outward to the network edge, said Verizon Vice President of Network Planning Brian Higgins in an interview. The SDN initiative, announced today, will encompass Verizon’s wireless and landline...Learn More

Wefi Study Reveals Fastest Wireless Carriers on Roadways

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In-vehicle smartphone usage is on the rise in the U.S. and other countries and leading mobile platform providers including Apple and Google, are keen to cash in on the trend, according to just released market research from Wefi. Offering additional insight as to growing use...Learn More

J.D. Power: Flagship Devices Key to Smartphone Satisfaction

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Flagship device launches have become increasingly important to wireless OEMs as they look to differentiate their products and brands from competitors. Flagship wireless device launches, according to the J.D. Power 2015 U.S. Wireless Smartphone Satisfaction Study – Volume 1 “are an influential and critical driver...Learn More