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.
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AT&T's Ralph de la Vega said the carrier is not focused on trying to get customers to switch to AT&T from rival carriers. Instead, he said the carrier is working to retain its high-value wireless customers.
Apple is widely expected to release new iPhones in September, likely during a media event Sept. 9. And, according to a new report from 9to5Mac, Apple will bring the Force Touch technology currently available on its Apple Watch into its new iPhones.
AT&T appears to be poised to join Sprint and T-Mobile in supporting Apple's Wi-Fi calling service. As VentureBeat noted, the fifth beta of Apple's forthcoming iOS 9 operating system offers Wi-Fi calling from AT&T. T-Mobile last year began supporting Apple's Wi-Fi calling service, and Sprint joined T-Mobile in April to support the service via a software update.
Google's Schmidt, AT&T's Stephenson, Dish's Clayton and the rest of the best-paid CEOs in the telecom industry
$147 million. That's what just three of the top executives in the telecom industry make in combined compensation. Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt counted total compensation last year of $108.69 million; AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson scored total compensation in 2014 of $23,984,315; and Former Dish CEO Joseph Clayton notched total compensation last year of $13.78 million.
Confirmed: Sprint's new 'Open World' international roaming service challenges T-Mobile's 'Mobile without Borders'
Sprint today unveiled its new "Open World" international roaming service that makes unlimited calling and texting to Canada, Mexico and other Latin American countries free for its U.S.-based customers. The offering also gives Sprint customers free calls and texts and 1 GB of high-speed data when they are traveling in those countries.
T-Mobile US appears to be gearing up to test a Passpoint-capable Wi-Fi roaming service with cable operator Bright House Networks in Tampa and Orlando. Documents on T-Mobile's website said the test will include up to 50,000 customers and will allow them to roam onto Bright House's 34,000 public Wi-Fi hotspots in the cities using the Passpoint standard, which the documents said provides "extended coverage by seamlessly connecting calls, messages and data through T-Mobile Preferred Wi-Fi access points."
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.