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
Verizon said it will offer Wi-Fi calling to its iPhone customers through Apple's iOS 9.3 operating system update.
The wireless industry is clearly investing in the smart city concept. Both Verizon and AT&T have teams dedicated to breaking open dialogue -- and sales -- between wireless players and city officials, with the goal of installing new technologies in metro areas that proponents say will make city life safer and more efficient. And analysts generally agree on the major opportunity presented by smart cities.
BlackBerry confirmed that it laid off 200 employees in its headquarters in Waterloo, Ontario, and also in Florida. The company said in a statement provided to media outlets including the New York Times that "we remain focused on driving efficiencies across our global workforce. This means finding new ways to enable us to capitalize on growth opportunities, while driving toward sustainable profitability across all parts of our business."
As promised, Sprint said it is updating its approach to its Virgin Mobile prepaid brand by offering updated pricing options and discontinuing two sub-brands -- PayLo and Broadband2Go -- that were offered through Virgin.
Samsung reported a relatively sluggish fourth quarter, as was expected, and analysts said the company's troubles helped pave the way for Huawei to score the biggest gains in the world's smartphone market during the final three months of 2015.
Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg said that the company is working to create a dedicated video service that would give videos a more prominent position on the social networking site. Although details of the plan remain unclear, it could put Facebook into more direct competition with other Internet video providers like Google, as well as wireless operators like Verizon that are pushing their video services.
Sprint yesterday said that it is de-emphasizing its Virgin Mobile prepaid brand and may introduce a new strategy for the Virgin brand at some point in the future. The news highlights Sprint's continued struggles in the prepaid sector, mainly due to the successes that T-Mobile's MetroPCS prepaid brand and AT&T's Cricket Wireless prepaid brand have had in the market.
Verizon CFO Fran Shammo declined to say whether the company is considering a purchase of Yahoo, noting that "You can't talk about something that's not up for sale," according to a Reuters article.
T-Mobile US confirmed to FierceWireless that is has discontinued its promotion that offered four lines of service with 6 GB of data on each line for $120 per month. The carrier launched the promotion late last year and ended it this week.
As Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile and others work to bolster their cellular networks in the heart of the Big Apple, they are now facing another competitor: New York City, which this week began offering public access to its small but growing network of LinkNYC-branded public Wi-Fi hotspots.