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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow @FierceWireless or @mikeddano on Twitter and find him on LinkedIn.
Articles by Mike Dano
According to a new report from New Street Research analyst Jonathan Chaplin, Charlie Ergen's Dish Network could acquire the most spectrum of any company--around 60 MHz--over the course of the next year or so. If Dish is indeed successful in acquiring the spectrum, the company would own a spectrum war chest of as much as 100 MHz--positioning the company as a potentially major player in the wireless market.
Although research firm IDC is predicting the global smartphone market will continue to grow by leaps and bounds in the years ahead, the firm is also cautioning that that growth won't occur through sales of expensive phones. Instead, IDC is forecasting the average smartphone will cost just $265 by 2017.
How are the nation's online video equipment and service providers taking advantage of the holiday buying season? Providers like Amazon and Netflix are hoping to garner new subscribers to their offerings, while device vendors like Roku and Apple are using the season to increase sales of their streaming video devices. Special Report
Struggling phone maker BlackBerry offered some positive news this week with the announcement that 12 small Android phone makers have agreed to pre-install its BBM messaging application on their Android phones. Further, the company launched its BBM Channels service, a Twitter-style social engagement platform within BlackBerry's Messenger service that allows customers to connect with businesses, brands, celebrities and groups.
T-Mobile US yesterday reported a "software issue" that the carrier said slowed data speeds for around 0.02 percent of its customer base. The carrier said the issue affected customers only when they were downloading large files. The carrier said its engineering team was fixing the issue yesterday and it expected the fix to be in place by the end of the day.
All of the nation's Tier 1 U.S. carriers have indicated they will probably launch Voice over LTE technology in the near future. But how will Sprint, T-Mobile US, Verizon Wireless and AT&T Mobility position VoLTE when they launch the technology here?
Sprint today announced an impressive sales offer through Best Buy that essentially gives students free wireless service for a year. The offer, available through Jan. 4, is only available to students who purchase their phone through Best Buy, and it provides unlimited talk, text and 1 GB of data for 12 months.
Just a few days after its nationwide launch, the Isis mobile payment venture is receiving relatively sour reviews from Android smartphone users.
Qualcomm said it will begin selling its Toq smart watch on Dec. 2--Cyber Monday, the day after the Black Friday holiday shopping bonanza--for $349. Although Qualcomm has made it clear the device is more of a proof of concept than a mass market attack on the smart watch segment (the Toq is far more expensive than other smart watches on the market), the effort by Qualcomm is nonetheless notable as it represents a rare straight-to-consumer business effort from the world's largest maker of mobile silicon.