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  • 2014 Wireless industry nightmares


    Halloween is fast approaching. It's a time of year when the spooky and supernatural get more attention than usual; and, if you're given to frights at things that go bump in the night, it can also be a time when nightmares flourish. Thus, FierceWireless is taking a look inside the minds of some of the industry's top executives to see what really scares them.

FCC allows 70 companies - including AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and Dish - to bid in AWS-3 auction

A total of 70 companies have qualified to bid in the FCC's upcoming AWS-3 spectrum auction, which starts Nov. 13 and will be the country's largest spectrum auction since 2008.

Sprint names SoftBank executive Miyakawa as its new network chief

Sprint named an executive from its parent company SoftBank as its new top network executive. The posting comes at a time when sprint is trying to catch up to its rivals in LTE network coverage and expand its deployment of its tri-band Spark LTE service, especially via TD-LTE using 2.5 GHz spectrum.

Apple Pay rival MCX open to using NFC technology in the future

The Merchant Customer Exchange (MCX) is willing to use Near Field Communications technology like its rivals, its CEO said. MCX is a consortium of some of the country's largest retailers that is setting up a mobile payments program that will stand as a rival to Apple Pay, Softcard and other mobile payment offerings.

Verizon will pay up to $64M to settle lawsuit claiming it over-billed for family calling plan

Verizon Wireless is the latest carrier to face consequences for alleged deceptive billing practices. The carrier will pay as much as $64.2 million in cash and phone credits to settle a class-action lawsuit that claimed the carrier over-charged customers on its Family Share Plan, which let subscribers share minutes and call each other for free.

Alcatel-Lucent narrows loss in Q3 but U.S. sales continue to drop off

Alcatel-Lucent reported a narrower net loss for the third quarter and an improved margin as cost cuts and a slower cash burn offset falling sales. However, in the company's crucial U.S. market, sales continued to fall in the period.

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