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 email@example.com. Follow @FierceWireless or @mikeddano on Twitter and find him on LinkedIn.
Articles by Mike Dano
AT&T announced late Friday that its purchase of DirecTV has closed. The news ends more than a year of work by AT&T to purchase the satellite TV provider and creates the nation's largest pay-TV provider by customers. AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson added that AT&T now can offer "video streamed over the Internet to any screen."
According to a new report by the Wall Street Journal, smartphone "kill switches" may not be as effective as they initially appeared. The publication noted that iPhone thefts and robberies in Seattle increased by more than 30 percent in the year after Apple introduced the function to its iPhones, which it did in September 2013.
Crown Castle expects 'sustained' long-term network spending by U.S. carriers, T-Mobile and Verizon lead in Q2
Crown Castle offered a positive outlook on the U.S. tower industry, with CEO Ben Moreland predicting that "over the next several years, we believe that the current level of investment by U.S. wireless carriers will be sustained." He added that Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile US have been the most active carriers in 2015 in spending on their networks, but he said AT&T and Sprint are expected to increase their own spending this year as well.
A year after Fire phone launch, Amazon posts blowout quarter - but remains mum on future phone plans
Amazon posted a surprise profit of 19 cents per share in its most recent quarter, blowing away analyst expectations that it would report a loss of 14 cents a share. The news sent the company's stock soaring 19 percent in after-hours trading immediately following the release of the company's results.
BlackBerry's CEO said the company will no longer release four phones per year. Instead, he said, the company plans to release only one or two high-end phones per year in order to save costs and focus more on enterprise software and services.
T-Mobile's RCS details: Samsung upgraded native messaging for Advanced Messaging, but iPhone support unclear
T-Mobile US shed some additional light on its launch of Rich Communication Services (RCS) technology, noting that Samsung upgraded its native messaging app to include support for T-Mobile's new RCS-based Advanced Messaging service. "Generally, T-Mobile Advanced Messaging replaces the existing messaging app on RCS-capable phones and offers enhanced messaging features right out of the box, without the need to download and configure an over-the-top application," explained a T-Mobile representative.
Report: MCX's CurrentC to launch commercial mobile payment test next month, will go nationwide in Q3
Merchant Customer Exchange (MCX) will start a limited commercial test of its CurrentC-branded mobile payments service in some U.S. retail stores starting next month, according to a report from Bloomberg that cited unnamed sources familiar with the effort. According to Lowe's, a supporting MCX retailer, the CurrentC mobile payments service will launch commercially in the third quarter of this year.
Verizon Wireless is currently deploying 4x4 MIMO (multiple input and multiple output) technology, involving 4 transmitters and 4 receivers, which the carrier said should enhance both its coverage and improve its LTE network performance. Mike Haberman, Verizon's VP of network support, also said the operator is actively deploying carrier aggregation technology in its 20x20 MHz spectrum channels and expects the effort will allow it to offer spectrum channels wider than a 20x20 MHz configuration in the future, which Haberman said would allow Verizon to offer faster peak wireless download speeds in the future.
T-Mobile US announced it launched new messaging services based on Rich Communication Services (RCS) technology. The carrier said the service will be called Advanced Messaging and will be available initially on the new Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime smartphone. The carrier said it will soon update the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S5 to support the technology as well.
Apple said it shipped 47.4 million iPhones in its most recent quarter, a figure slightly below what some analysts had expected. However, the company's quarterly profit jumped 38 percent, slightly more than analysts had expected. Apple's stock was down around 8 percent immediately after the news, likely due to investor hopes for higher iPhone sales.