Mike Dano

Biography for Mike Dano

Mike Dano is the executive editor for the Telecom Group for FierceMarkets, which includes FierceWireless, FierceTelecom, FierceCable, FierceWirelessTech 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 mdano@fiercemarkets.com. Follow @FierceWireless or @mikeddano on Twitter and find him on LinkedIn.

Articles by Mike Dano

Intel invests $1.5B in Chinese chipmakers to boost sales of chips to Chinese smartphone makers

Intel announced it would spend up to $1.5 billion to purchase a 20 percent stake in Tsinghua Unigroup in China in a move the company said will help it sell chips to Chinese smartphone makers. According to the Wall Street Journal, Tsinghua Unigroup is a state-run company that owns China's second- and third-largest chip designers, Spreadtrum Communications and RDA Microelectronics.

BlackBerry notches 200K Passport orders, but continues to struggle financially

BlackBerry said it has received 200,000 orders for its new Passport smartphone, the first major smartphone release from the company since 2013. BlackBerry CEO John Chen said the new phone, announced earlier this week, sold out in six hours on BlackBerry's website and in 10 hours on Amazon's site. He said the company has now sold enough Passport smartphones to make the device profitable, according to Bloomberg.

Phone retailer GSM Nation launches US Mobile MVNO to target $25/month market

GSM Nation, which launched in 2010 to sell unlocked GSM phones in the United States and elsewhere, is now moving into the MVNO game. The company recently launched its US Mobile offering in a beta testing mode, and it plans to commercially launch the MVNO sometime in the next six to eight weeks.

AT&T-DirecTV merger moves to FCC for final approvals

DirecTV shareholders approved the satellite TV provider's proposed merger with AT&T, an action that removes one of the final hurdles to the blockbuster telecom transaction.

T-Mobile 'very happy' with sales of new Simply Prepaid store to independent wireless dealers

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A T-Mobile US representative said that there is a "long list" of independent wireless dealers that have shown interest in signing up for the carrier's new Simply Prepaid retail store package. "To date, stores that have opted into the new initiative are seeing a significant increase in T-Mobile sales as compared to similarly located stores not in the program," a T-Mobile representative said in response to questions from FierceWireless.

Report: Amazon doubling down on hardware with investments in Lab126 hardware division

According to a new report from Reuters, Amazon plans to increase its investment in the development of new gadgets, and is focusing on devices such as wearables and one-button ordering machines.

Huawei predicts 100B connections by 2025, producing 175 zettabytes of data per year

SHANGHAI--Huawei has added its voice to the growing chorus of companies predicting massive growth in the communications sector: The Chinese company said that, based on a new global survey of business executives, it now expects a total of 100 billion connections (both human and machine) by 2025, a figure that includes 8 billion smartphones.

Global MVNO Truphone to launch iPhone 6, 6 Plus on Sept. 26

LAS VEGAS--MVNO Truphone said it will begin selling the new Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus starting Sept. 26. The MVNO began selling the iPhone 5s in May after it became an Apple authorized partner.

T-Mobile MVNO Solavei plans to launch 'phase 2' on Oct. 1

LAS VEGAS--T-Mobile US MVNO Solavei plans to launch its "phase two" services on Oct. 1, said CEO Ryan Wuerch. He said phase two would include a new compensation scheme, a refined focus on the Hispanic market and new offerings on its Solavei Marketplace program.

U.S. Cellular launches M2M pricing and solutions, plans tower sale

LAS VEGAS--U.S. Cellular is in the midst of expanding its M2M business, and as part of that effort the company has recently introduced new M2M solutions in the areas of fleet tracking, asset management, monitoring and sensors, forms and other general business solutions. The company also recently introduced new M2M service pricing in an effort to more efficiently tailor its solutions toward potential M2M clients.