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 email@example.com. Follow @FierceWireless or @mikeddano on Twitter and find him on LinkedIn.
Articles by Mike Dano
"You have to see this!" was one of the messages sent out last year by Glide, the video messaging app that quickly climbed to the top of the app store charts.
Microsoft is in the process of rolling out its latest smartphone operating system, Windows Phone 8.1, and reviewers have been almost universally positive of the latest version of the platform. Importantly, Windows Phone 8.1 stands up well against its larger rivals, Apple's iOS and Google's Android, according to the reviews.
During a recent presentation at the Electronic Transaction Association's tradeshow in Las Vegas, Google Wallet chief Ariel Bardin conceded that customers have been slow to embrace the company's mobile payments service. However, he said that Google plans to remain in the mobile payments space for the long haul, and will continue to tweak the technology in hopes it will take off.
Samsung battered by sluggish stock, labor issues, sales ban and indifference on Galaxy S5 launch day
Samsung, the world's largest manufacturer of smartphones and mobile devices, today launched its flagship Android smartphone, the Galaxy S5, in 125 countries in Europe, Middle East, North America, Latin America, and most of Asia. The Tier 1 U.S. carriers are also launching the device today. But the launch coincides with significant declines in Samsung's stock price following profit warnings from the company, along with rising concerns about worker conditions in its Korea factories as well as a temporary ban on sales of its Galaxy S5 in its home market of South Korea.
Sprint today launched its new WeGo phone designed for kids age 5-12. The phone allows parents to track and contact their children, and allows children to place calls or send text messages to a pre-defined list of numbers. Sprint is selling the phone for $120 with monthly service of $9.99 for 1,000 voice minutes and 1,000 text messages per month.
According to a new, detailed analysis from New Street Research, Sprint and T-Mobile US need to merge in order to effectively compete against AT&T Mobility and Verizon Wireless, because one of the companies will ultimately fail if they are not able to merge. However, New Street Research said that, if Sprint and T-Mobile attempted a merger today, regulators at the FCC and Department of Justice would move to prevent the transaction.
SouthernLinc, a smaller wireless carrier that provides service in parts of Alabama, Georgia, Florida and Mississippi, said it has committed to maintaining its iDEN network through at least 2020. The company said it made the commitment in order to assure its customers--which include public safety workers, utilities workers and others--that they will continue to be able to use their SouthernLinc service in the years ahead.
The CDMA handset flashing business is alive and well, according to at least one vendor. Flashtotalk, based in Portland with 45 employees, said it counts a handful of corporate relationships with regional wireless carriers, and is working on an LTE flashing product.
What the Cincinnati Bell Wireless collapse means for the industry and the upcoming spectrum auctions
Cincinnati Bell, the nation's ninth-largest wireless carrier, announced that it will shut down its wireless network and sell its spectrum--essentially an acknowledgement that it cannot compete in today's wireless industry. So what does this mean for the rest of the nation's smaller regional wireless players that continue to struggle to compete with the Tier 1 wireless operators?