Biography for Mike Dano
Mike Dano is the executive editor for the Telecom Group for FierceMarkets, which includes FierceWireless, FierceTelecom, FierceMobileContent, FierceBroadbandWireless and other publications. In his role, Mike oversees all editorial content for the publications, and acts as a point of contact for such content. Mike has covered the wireless industry as a journalist for the better part of a decade, and remembers writing a story about the transition from black and white to color screens on cell phones. Mike is based in Denver and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow @FierceWireless or @mikeddano on Twitter and find him on LinkedIn.
Articles by Mike Dano
According to a new report, Qualcomm's Peggy Johnson is leaving the company for a new post at Microsoft. Both Qualcomm and Microsoft declined to comment on the report in Re/code.
Verizon Wireless is quietly building a major business around tablets, one that could help the carrier maintain its leading position as rivals undercut its prices and overcome its LTE coverage advantage. Verizon's tablet strategy has become significantly clearer during the past several months, and it's definitely an important strategy.
Microsoft reported a 7 percent decline in its quarterly profit, largely due to the effects of incorporating Nokia's handset business. But the company's revenue increased with the addition of the $1.99 billion in revenues the company scored from Nokia's handset operations. Importantly, Microsoft sold 5.8 million Lumia-branded Windows Phones between April 25 and June 30. During the full second quarter of last year, Nokia sold 7.4 million Lumia smartphones.
Red Pocket Mobile, an MVNO that supports service from AT&T Mobility, Sprint and T-Mobile US, is evaluating plans to support device financing payment options. Such plans would allow customers to pay for their devices in monthly installments rather than in one lump sum.
AT&T Mobility is roughly halfway through its efforts to migrate its 2G network customers off that network before it shuts that network down at the end of 2016.
During an appearance on CNBC, Verizon Communications CEO Lowell McAdam said the company will report "over 1.4 million" postpaid net customer additions in the second quarter. That's way up from the 941,000 postpaid customers Verizon added in the second quarter of last year.
For around a year now Verizon Wireless has quietly been offering prospective customers in the Midwest the opportunity to take home a Verizon device and test it for a week to see if they like the carrier's coverage and services. The offering is very similar to T-Mobile US' recently launched Test Drive offering, which allows customers across the country to take home an iPhone 5s with T-Mobile service for seven days.
T-Mobile US MVNO Ultra Mobile announced that it is now supporting LTE connections. The company also tweaked some of its pricing plans and expanded its international calling options.
An ongoing battle among Tier 1 wireless carriers and location technology vendors over ways to more accurately locate 911 callers has spilled into the public arena, with AT&T Mobility taking to its public policy blog to lambast a technology test from location vendor TruePosition as inaccurate and misleading.
"May turned out to be a banner month for mobile," research firm comScore noted, pointing to its new research showing that mobile platforms--smartphones and tablets--combined to account for 60 percent of "total digital media time spent," up from 50 percent a year ago. The firm also said that mobile apps accounted for more than half of all digital media time spent in May at 51 percent.