FierceWireless The latest wireless industry news from FierceWireless en-us Mallinson: How to succeed in smartphones as ASPs decrease <p>Fundamental changes in demand will be very disruptive to smartphone suppliers. Smartphone vendors that want to succeed will need to make significant cost reductions while also adapting with new product offerings, changes in supply chains, and product distribution.</p> Apple ASP Ericsson MediaTek Nokia samsung Smartphones Smartphones and Devices Xiaomi Wed, 22 Oct 2014 21:11:24 +0000 25716 at AT&T's postpaid net adds fall below expectations in Q3, and shift from subsidies continues <p><a href=""><img align="right" alt="" hspace="5" src=" " vspace="1" width="80" /></a></p> <p>AT&amp;T Mobility reported fewer postpaid subscriber additions in the third quarter than analysts had expected. Still, the carrier reported strong data revenue growth and said that customers buying smartphones via its Next handset upgrade plan accounted for half of all smartphone sales in the quarter.</p> AT&T AT&T Mobility AT&t Next handset upgrade program installment plan quarterly earnings subscriber growth subscriber numbers Wed, 22 Oct 2014 21:11:16 +0000 328791 at Sprint increases low-end shared data plan from 600 MB to 1 GB for $20/month <p>Trumpeting its new offering as providing a significant value over rivals Verizon Wireless and AT&amp;T Mobility, Sprint announced it will offer 1 GB of shared data for $20. The carrier previously offered 600 MB of shared data at that price.</p> data plans Marcelo Claure Service Provider Strategies Sprint Verizon Wireless Wed, 22 Oct 2014 20:50:04 +0000 328786 at Apple's Cook meets with Chinese vice premier following report of iCloud hack in China <p>Apple CEO Tim Cook on Wednesday met in Beijing with Ma Kai, China&#39;s vice premier, according to Chinese state news agency Xinhua, and &quot;exchanged views on protection of users&#39; information.&quot; The meeting came just days after a report emerged that indicated Chinese-based hackers had attacked users of Apple&#39;s iCloud cloud storage service in the country.</p> Apple China hacking iCloud iPhone 6 iPhone 6 Plus Mobile Privacy privacy Smartphones and Devices Tim Cook Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:45:17 +0000 328691 at Apple reaches agreement with bankrupt supplier GT Advanced, but details of downfall are still hidden <p>Apple struck a deal with its bankrupt erstwhile sapphire manufacturing partner GT Advanced Technologies that will allow GT Advanced to wind down its operations. However, details of the companies&#39; relationship and why GT Advanced filed for bankruptcy protection earlier this month remain secret, and it&#39;s unclear how much will be made public as a result of the agreement.</p> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:20:37 +0000 328686 at Redbox Instant, and the other online video sites that flamed out <p><span style="font-size: 12.8000001907349px;">YouTube, Hulu and Vimeo are among the online video sites that have enjoyed a significant amount of success. But for every Netflix there are at least as many online video sites that have struggled--or closed outright. </span><em style="font-size: 12.8000001907349px;">FierceOnlineVideo&nbsp;</em><span style="font-size: 12.8000001907349px;">takes a look at the &quot;boneyard,&quot; the online video vendors that have either closed up shop or are on the ropes.&nbsp;</span><a href="" style="font-size: 12.8000001907349px;"><strong>See this special report here</strong></a><span style="font-size: 12.8000001907349px;">.</span></p> Content / Programming Netflix Wed, 22 Oct 2014 15:51:50 +0000 328651 at Yahoo generated $200M in mobile ad revenue in Q3, aims for growth <p><span style="font-size: 12.8000001907349px;">Yahoo is starting to generate money from its mobile business after years of lagging behind larger competitors like Google </span><span style="font-size: 12.8000001907349px;">and Facebook</span><span style="font-size: 12.8000001907349px;">. However, the company still has a ways to go before it can claim significant success in mobile advertising and apps.</span></p> Content / Programming Facebook Google Marissa Mayer mobile advertising quarterly earnings Yahoo Wed, 22 Oct 2014 15:25:25 +0000 328641 at Verizon rules out buying América Móvil's assets, while AT&T could face hurdles to bidding <p>Verizon Communications is not going to bid for assets that Am&eacute;rica M&oacute;vil is going to sell off, according to CFO Fran Shammo. Meanwhile, thanks to rules being put in place by Mexico&#39;s telecommunications regulators, AT&amp;T could face hurdles if it decides to acquire some of the assets.</p> America Movil AT&T Carlos Slim Fran Shammo Latin America Mergers and Acquisitions Service Provider Strategies Verizon Communications Wed, 22 Oct 2014 14:52:44 +0000 328601 at T-Mobile looks to settle FTC lawsuit over premium SMS charges <p>T-Mobile US is looking to settle a lawsuit filed against it by the Federal Trade Commission that alleges the carrier netted hundreds of millions of dollars by knowingly charging customers for purported &quot;premium&quot; SMS subscriptions that, in many cases, were &quot;bogus charges&quot; subscribers never authorized.</p> AT&T Mobility Federal Trade Commission John Legere lawsuit Litigation premium SMS Regulatory News Service Provider Strategies SMS Sprint T-Mobile USA Text Messages text messaging Verizon Wireles Wed, 22 Oct 2014 14:27:39 +0000 328586 at América Móvil increases its stake in Telekom Austria to almost 60% <p>Am&eacute;rica M&oacute;vil now owns close to 60 per cent of Telekom Austria after the Mexican company gained an additional 8.68 per cent share through an extended offer to smaller shareholders.</p> America Movil Financial News OIAG Telekom Austria Wed, 22 Oct 2014 11:17:25 +0000 25761 at Ericsson enables VoLTE for Telefónica Deutschland <p>Telef&oacute;nica Deutschland is ready to take a leading role in Europe as one of the first operators to deploy a commercial voice over LTE (VoLTE) service.</p> CCS Insight E-Plus Ericsson Network Infrastructure Service Provider Strategies Smartphones Smartphones and Devices Telefonica Deutschland VoLTE Wed, 22 Oct 2014 11:03:04 +0000 25756 at Huawei to increase procurement spending in Europe <p>Huawei said it plans to increase its procurement spending in the European Union as part of its overall investment strategy for Europe, and expects to make direct purchases worth an estimated $4.08 billion (&euro;3.8 billion) in 2015.</p> EU Huawei Network Infrastructure Regulatory News zte Wed, 22 Oct 2014 10:48:57 +0000 25751 at Magyar Telekom faces tax hike under Hungarian web duty plan <p>Magyar Telekom faces a tax bill of HUF10 billion (&euro;32.6 million/$41.4 million) if the Hungarian government fails to cap the liability of communications service providers (CSPs) to pay a proposed new Internet service tax.</p> Data Traffic Deutsche Telekom Financial News Magyar Telekom Regulatory News Wed, 22 Oct 2014 10:08:30 +0000 25741 at ABI Research: Chromebook shipments increased by 67 per cent in Q2 2014 <p>Chromebook shipments (referring to shipments of laptops based on Google&#39;s Chrome operating system) increased sequentially by 67 per cent globally in the second quarter of 2014.</p> ABI Research Chrome Google Smartphones and Devices Wed, 22 Oct 2014 09:23:24 +0000 25736 at EE increases LTE users to 5.6M, reports flat revenue growth <p>EE saw the number of its LTE subscribers increase by 1.4 million to 5.6 million in the third quarter of 2014, although it reported flat operating revenue of &pound;1.523 billion (&euro;1.925 billion/$2.448 billion). Including the impact of regulatory cuts, operating revenue was 1.2 per cent lower.</p> Deutsche Telekom EE Financial News Jefferies Neal Milsom Orange Wed, 22 Oct 2014 08:41:45 +0000 25726 at As MetroPCS, Leap and Cincinnati Bell networks shut down, it's regional trench warfare for carriers <p><a href=""><img align="right" alt="" hspace="5" src="" vspace="1" width="80" /></a></p> <p>Wireless carriers have always battled with each other to encourage customers to switch to a new carrier. But that fight is now starting to heat up in select markets across the country because of a confluence of network shutdowns, technology transitions and smaller carriers exiting the business. Although these market-by-market battles don&#39;t get much national attention, they&#39;re still worth watching--after all, millions of subscribers scattered across dozens of markets are up for grabs.</p> AT&T Mobility CDMA Cincinnati Bell Cincinnati Bell Wireless Cricket Cricket Wireless GSM Metropcs promotions Service Provider Strategies Sprint subscriber growth T-Mobile USA Verizon Wireless Tue, 21 Oct 2014 19:57:55 +0000 328131 at Mobile data sharing: now big in Europe <p>If you take a closer look at the various smartphone and mobile data plans of European operators, you&#39;ll see that data sharing--and here I define it as mobile data plans with at least one extra SIM card to share a data bundle between two devices--is now thriving as an increasing number of operators adopt various forms of this pricing and marketing approach.</p> EE Movistar O2 Orange Service Provider Strategies Sim Slovak Telekom Teliasonera Vodafone Yoigo Tue, 21 Oct 2014 18:39:52 +0000 25711 at Will developers flock to's Puls, the Apple Watch and other wrist-based wearables? <p>Whether it&#39;s traditional consumer apps or even business-oriented apps, experts say thinking &quot;wrist-first&quot; may take a while to become a priority for the mobile industry as a whole. Some developers think that because of app development cycles it will be two years or more before wearables become mainstream. <a href=""><strong>Special report</strong></a></p> Apple watch Puls Smartphones and Devices wearable computing wearables Tue, 21 Oct 2014 16:30:27 +0000 328086 at Qualcomm drives 802.11ac 2.0 ecosystem for faster Wi-Fi, intros new chip <p>Qualcomm Atheros is doing its part of make better use of Wi-Fi spectrum with multi-user (MU), multiple input-multiple output (MIMO) technology. Expanding on its portfolio of 802.11ac 2.0 capable chips, the company is introducing the QCA9377, which extends the performance benefits of Qualcomm&#39;s branded MU|EFX technology to notebooks, TVs, cameras and other consumer electronics that are connected to crowded Wi-Fi networks.</p> 802.11ac BBWF Chipsets MU-MIMO Qualcomm Atheros Wi-Fi Wi-fi Networks Tue, 21 Oct 2014 06:01:00 +0000 66771 at SK Telecom, Samsung sign MOU for 5G, Internet of Things R&D <p>South Korean giants SK Telecom and Samsung Electronics signed a Memorandum of Understanding to start joint research on 5G network technology and service development.</p> 5G Internet of Things Network Infrastructure Network Software R&D Samsung Electronics Service Provider Strategies SK Telecom Mon, 20 Oct 2014 14:19:42 +0000 66756 at EU drops threats against Huawei, ZTE <p>The European Commission dropped its threat to launch an investigation into alleged illegal subsidies for Chinese mobile equipment manufacturers, in what will come as a relief to Huawei and ZTE--the two leading Chinese vendors operating in Europe.</p> China Ec EU European Commission European Union Huawei Karel De Gucht Network Infrastructure Regulatory News zte Mon, 20 Oct 2014 11:01:06 +0000 25696 at Nokia Networks reveals ETSI mobile edge computing collaboration <p>Nokia Networks unveiled an industry-wide collaboration to produce a new standard covering mobile edge computing for the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI).</p> Content / Programming Etsi IBM Intel Mobile edge computing Network Infrastructure Network Software Nokia Networks Vodafone Mon, 20 Oct 2014 10:31:46 +0000 25691 at Qualcomm leading push for 4K <p><span style="font-size: 13px;">Qualcomm </span><span style="font-size: 13px;">&nbsp;is touting the advantages of 4K streaming video over wireless and asserting that mobile devices will lead the way in making 4K video more widely available.</span></p> 4K video Content / Programming Qualcomm Smartphones and Devices Ultra HD Mon, 20 Oct 2014 02:43:17 +0000 66746 at Royal Caribbean sponsors free Wi-Fi at New York subway platforms <p>From the high seas to underground tunnels, Royal Caribbean wants to make sure people get their Wi-Fi. The cruise line partnered with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) in New York to bring free Wi-Fi to underground subway platforms in Manhattan and Queens.</p> Royal Caribbean smart ship Wi-Fi Wi-fi Networks Sun, 19 Oct 2014 22:32:44 +0000 66741 at Investor says Globalstar's Wi-Fi tests are 'not real tests' <p>The short-seller activist investor who declared war on Globalstar is not backing down, releasing yet&nbsp;another scathing report&nbsp;against the company. In its latest salvo, hedge fund Kerrisdale Capital released a report saying it conducted tests using an independent firm, Allion Engineering Services--the same firm that Comcast uses to test its Wi-Fi--and found the test results that Globalstar filed with the FCC in June 2013 &quot;do not reflect real-world tests.&quot;</p> FCC Financial News globalstar investors Kerrisdale Capital Regulatory News satellite TLPS Wi-Fi Wi-fi Networks Sun, 19 Oct 2014 21:25:57 +0000 66736 at Nokia Networks establishes multi-stakeholder ETSI ISG for mobile edge computing <p>Nokia Networks is collaborating with other equipment vendors and operators to create a new European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) Industry Specification Group (ISG) for mobile edge computing (MEC).</p> ETSI Huawei IBM Intel liquid applications mobile edge computing Network Infrastructure Network Software Nokia Networks NTT DoCoMo Vodafone Fri, 17 Oct 2014 23:43:41 +0000 66731 at Fujitsu develops lower-cost millimeter-wave radar for automobiles <p>The connected car may be getting smarter at a lower cost thanks to R&amp;D coming out of Japan&#39;s Fujitsu Laboratories that could help cars better detect objects and people around them.</p> connected car Fujitsu M2M and Connected Devices radar University of Michigan V2V Virginia Tech Fri, 17 Oct 2014 21:52:26 +0000 66726 at FCC to explore 5G services, auctioned or unlicensed, above 24 GHz <p><span style="font-size: 12.8000001907349px;">WASHINGTON--The FCC voted 5-0 to launch an inquiry into how best to deploy next-generation wireless services at spectrum frequencies above 24 GHz. Such spectrum is being eyed as a key element of still-undefined &quot;5G&quot; networks.</span></p> 24 GHz 5G FCC millimeter-wave millimeter-wave spectrum Network Software Regulatory News unlicensed wireless spectrum Fri, 17 Oct 2014 16:26:57 +0000 66721 at NTU-Singapore develops ultra-fast charging batteries <p>Scientists at Nangyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore have developed a new lithium-ion battery that can be recharged to 70 percent capacity in just two minutes. But that&#39;s not all: The battery also will have a lifespan of more than 20 years.</p> batteries lithium-ion NTU-Singapore Smartphones and Devices titanium dioxide Thu, 16 Oct 2014 14:44:30 +0000 66706 at Incentive auction: Let the facts talk <p><a href=""><img align="right" border="0" hspace="3" src="" vspace="3" /></a>Debate about licensed and unlicensed spectrum has been raging as long as I can remember--and it continues as the FCC faces questions about how to arrange the band plan for 600 MHz in a manner that allows the fastest and broadest possible use of spectrum.</p> 600 MHz Broadcom FCC licensed Qualcomm Regulatory News Smartphones and Devices spectrum Wi-Fi unlicensed Wi-fi Networks Thu, 16 Oct 2014 14:31:29 +0000 66701 at