Have a happy Thanksgiving!

In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, FierceWireless will not publish on Thursday or Friday. We'll be back in your inbox with the latest news on Monday, Nov. 30. Enjoy the holiday! --Mike...

SoftBank's Arora promises progress at Sprint: 'I'm here for at least the next 10 years'

Nikesh Arora, the former Google executive who is now president of SoftBank, said that he's not worried about the continued concerns over the future Sprint, of which SoftBank is the majority owner. "I'm very relaxed," Arora told Bloomberg. "I'm here for at least the next 10 years."

AT&T continues to push Lifeline proposal, wants FCC to include Internet services in program

In a new, lengthy filing with the FCC, AT&T reiterated its proposed changes to the agency's Lifeline program. Specifically, AT&T urged the FCC to offload most of the management functions of the program to the Universal Service Administrative Company, and to also allow Lifeline recipients to use the program to pay for their Internet access, whether that's wireless or wireline.

Samsung: Rumors of network sale are 'entirely groundless'

Samsung Electronics flatly denied a recent report that the company is considering the sale of its wireless networks business.

AT&T predicted to dominate 600 MHz incentive auction with $10B in bids, outshining T-Mobile's $8B spend

The financial analysts at Wells Fargo predicted that AT&T will outspend its rivals on licenses during the FCC's incentive auction next year of TV broadcasters' 600 MHz spectrum, dropping up to $10 billion on a 2x10 MHz block of spectrum with nationwide capability. The analysts predict T-Mobile will come in second with bids of up to $8 billion, while Verizon will clock in last among the nation's largest wireless carriers with a total of $5 billion in bids.

Black Friday: T-Mobile gives $200 to Sprint switchers, while Verizon offers 1 GB 'gifts' for $10

As the holiday shopping season kicks into high gear, T-Mobile US, Verizon and other carriers are moving to cut prices and introduce promotions to goose their fourth quarter subscriber additions. Among the most interesting offerings is T-Mobile's offer to give $200 to every Sprint customer who switches to T-Mobile, a promotion that does not require a handset trade-in and stands in addition to the $650 that T-Mobile offers to cover the cost of early termination fees.

Report: AT&T using NetComm, Ericsson for fixed WLL effort

AT&T is reportedly using equipment from Australia's NetComm Wireless and services from Ericsson for its fixed wireless local loop (WLL) technology tests. AT&T confirmed recently it is testing fixed WLL technology in select areas of the country with local residents who want to try the service, including in Alabama, Georgia, Kansas and Virginia, and is seeing speeds of around 15 to 25 Mbps.

Remedy, Next Games and Seriously dish on what it takes to build off of a movie or TV franchise

In this FierceDeveloper special report, experts from Remedy, Next Games and Seriously discuss what it takes to build off of a movie or TV franchise -- or to start one of your own. Special report

FirstNet starts to develop BYOD policy for devices on public safety network

FirstNet said it is taking steps to develop and implement an effective bring-your-own device (BYOD) policy for the nationwide public safety broadband network it is building.

FCC under fire for collection of proposed fines against AT&T, TracFone and others

According to a recent Politico article, lawmakers are concerned that the FCC hasn't yet collected fines against some telecommunications companies. For example, the FCC has announced fines against the likes of AT&T Mobility and others, but hasn't yet collected those fines.

Report: Samsung considering offloading wireless network gear biz

Samsung Electronics is considering selling its wireless networks unit, according to a Light Reading report, which cites unnamed industry sources.

Sprint's Claure remakes leadership team with foreign talent in turnaround push

About a year ago, Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure started to shake up the company's leadership team. Now, that transition to a new set of lieutenants is truly hitting its stride, as the Bolivian-born billionaire has brought in talent from all over the world to try to help him turn around Sprint.

T-Mobile giving postpaid subs 3 months of free unlimited data after they burn through their Data Stash accounts

T-Mobile US is unloading a bevy of deals and promotions ahead of Black Friday, the most high-profile of which is that the carrier will give a gift of three months of unlimited LTE data to all of its postpaid "Simple Choice" customers.

A very fond Fierce farewell

FierceWireless Editor Phil Goldstein bids goodbye in his final column for the publication and reflects on how the wireless industry has changed during the seven years of his tenure.

Analysts: AT&T's 2015 wireless capex likely will be down 21% from 2014

Evercore ISI analysts said in a report that if AT&T winds up spending $9 billion on wireless network capital expenditures in 2015, that would represent a 20.9 percent year-over-year reduction in spending, "far worse than our initial expectations after T announced a reduced capex outlook roughly a year ago."

Chamath Palihapitiya and Rama face obstacles in constructing a microcell network after 600 MHz auction, analysts say

Investor Chamath Palihapitiya made waves earlier this month when he said a company he and other investors are backing plans to bid much as $4 billion to $10 billion in next year's incentive auction of 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum. However according to analysts at investment research firm Evercore ISI, the company, called Rama, is unlikely to become a major player in the U.S. market.

Sprint names heads of the South and Pacific Northwest in shift to regional structure

Sprint named one of its top executives, Jaime Jones, as area president of the South as part of the carrier's shift to a regional sales organization. Sprint also named industry veteran Annette Jacobs as president of the Pacific Northwest region, part of its larger West region.

Analyst: Verizon and AT&T making $17/subscriber per month in 2015, while T-Mobile and Sprint are losing $0.39

Verizon and AT&T Mobility remain not just far ahead of T-Mobile US and Sprint in terms of subscriber counts, but also in profitability, both on a raw basis and on a per customer basis, according to industry analyst Chetan Sharma.

C Spire touts new 'combo' plans that tie together service and device costs in a single price point

Regional carrier C Spire Wireless is launching new plans that offer "combination" pricing that it says is more transparent because the price point includes the cost of service, access line charges and the monthly cost of a device payment. The premise is similar in many respects to Sprint's offer of "All-In" pricing, which it touted this past summer but has since dropped. 

Mallinson: How Apple profits overwhelmingly in smartphones

Apple continues to go from strength to strength with stellar profitability because it competes so effectively on several different fronts. Its smartphone industry profit share grew to 94 percent during the September quarter, up from 85 percent one year ago. This is in part due to the fact that Samsung, the only other smartphone maker which has shown decent profitability in recent years, has significantly declined of late. It is also because of Apple's enormous ongoing strengths in trading and competing with other smartphone ecosystem players, including its customers.