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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow @FierceWireless or @mikeddano on Twitter and find him on LinkedIn.
Articles by Mike Dano
The FCC's AWS-3 auction, which is still going on, is now more successful than anyone ever dreamed. As of this morning, the auction has raised a total of more than $24 billion in provisionally winning bids after just six days of bidding. But beyond the big, round numbers, what other conclusions can we draw from the AWS-3 results so far?
Cricket, the prepaid brand owned by AT&T Mobility, said it will change its device unlocking policy starting Dec. 7. The carrier said that, under the new policy, users can unlock their device if they are a Cricket customer in good standing; they have owned and used their Cricket device for at least six months; the device was designed for Cricket's network; and the device was purchased from Cricket or an authorized Cricket distributor.
President Barack Obama's reinforced stance on net neutrality, issued Monday, appears to have added even more controversy to an already contentious issue, as FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler reportedly is reasserting his independent from the president and his plans to attempt a compromise on the issue. The political jostling has forced the FCC to retract its promise to issue new net neutrality rules this year--the commission has confirmed it won't make a judgment on the topic until next year.
Sprint said it will reduce the cost of its 12 GB and 16 GB shared data plans by $10, another move by the carrier to juice its subscriber additions as it enters the critical fourth-quarter holiday shopping season.
AT&T Mobility is no longer planning to build a nationwide wireless network for airplane passengers, and will instead direct that money toward investment in international and video products.
AT&T announced it plans to acquire Mexican wireless network operator Iusacell for $2.5 billion, a figure that includes Iusacell's debt. Via the acquisition, AT&T said it will gain Iusacell's 8.6 million wireless customers, its 3G GSM/UMTS network that covers roughly 70 percent of Mexicans, and the ability to offer "the first-ever North American Mobile Service area covering over 400 million consumers and businesses in Mexico and the United States," the company said.
Sprint reported a wider loss and slightly less revenue than analysts had expected, and the carrier said it plans to cut another 2,000 jobs. However, the carrier said that its recent pricing overhaul has generated interest, and that its results during September indicate it is beginning to reverse years of subscriber losses.
AT&T Mobility today said it will slightly increase the amount of data that is available on its $40 and $70 Mobile Share Value plans. AT&T previously offered 2 GB on its $40 per month plan and on Sunday it will increase that to 3 GB. On the carrier's $70 per month plan, AT&T will increase its monthly data allotment from 4 GB to 6 GB.
FierceWireless today published its roundup of wireless executive nightmares. And concurrent with this, FierceTelecom is taking a look at the nightmares that are haunting executives in the wireline industry. Among those nightmares is FairPoint's ongoing fight with its union workers. The situation remains unresolved and is surely giving FairPoint executives sleepless nights. Similarly, Verizon executives are likely becoming concerned with slowing FiOS growth as the company's rollout of that technology comes to a halt. Check out FierceTelecom's full report on the nightmares that are making executives afraid to turn out the lights.
Verizon Wireless today announced the latest addition to its Droid lineup, the Droid Turbo from Motorola. The phone helps reinforce Verizon's long-standing Droid phone line and will compete directly with Apple's new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, Samsung's Galaxy Note 4 and other new phones from the likes of HTC, LG and others.