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Sprint's Hesse: We're testing plans that could drive more equipment installment sales

Sprint CEO Dan Hesse said the carrier is testing a variety of new pricing options, including plans that could spur more customers to pay for devices through equipment installment plans.

Report: Consumers accepting of, but confused by, usage-based wireless data plans

Consumers are fine with usage-based pricing for wireless data but are confused by their plans nonetheless, according to a new report from a government watchdog. The report, from the Government Accountability Office, found that consumers are generally much more concerned about usage-based pricing and data caps for their home broadband service than for their wireless service.

IDC: Huawei, Lenovo grew Q2 smartphone market share at Samsung and Apple's expense

Continuing a trend that analysts have been tracking for several quarters, several Chinese smartphone vendors grew market share in the second quarter at the expense of Samsung Electronics and Apple, which continue to lead the market, according to a report from research firm IDC.

FreedomPop brings free calling, texting and data to tablets, will sell the iPad mini, Samsung Tab 3

Sprint MVNO FreedomPop is going to launch the Apple iPad mini and Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 as its first LTE tablets and will enable voice service via the tablets. The company is also going to support customers who bring off-contract Sprint LTE tablets to its service.

Sprint launches personalized Virgin Mobile Custom prepaid brand using ItsOn technology

Sprint will launch a new prepaid brand called Virgin Mobile Custom that will use cloud-based billing and service platform technology from ItsOn, allowing customers create a mobile service plan they can customize on the fly.

Sprint's Hesse confirms carrier is testing new rate plans

Sprint CEO Dan Hesse confirmed on the company's second-quarter earnings conference call that the carrier is trialing new rates plans in certain markets to determine if it should introduce more competitive pricing nationwide.

NTelos reduces LTE coverage goal for 2014 thanks to new Sprint network deal

Sprint wholesale partner nTelos Wireless has reduced the number of people it plans to cover with its own LTE network thanks to its recently announced network agreement with Sprint, which includes reciprocal LTE roaming.

Neustar fights to keep number portability contract away from Ericsson's Telcordia

Neustar, the telecommunications data service provider, is strongly protesting a recommendation that Ericsson's Telcordia unit be named as the winner of a major telephone-numbers management contract. The contract, which Neustar has had with the U.S. government since 1997, makes up nearly half of Neustar's revenue.

BlackBerry exec indicates more enterprise-focused devices are in the pipeline

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BlackBerry is aiming its forthcoming Passport smartphone squarely at the enterprise market, but has plans for enterprise-focused devices beyond that.

AT&T AdWorks adds anonymous wireless customer data to TV ad targeting platform

AT&T AdWorks, the advanced advertising arm of the telecom giant, said it will use anonymous mobile subscriber information to help advertisers better target their TV ads.

Qualcomm's Peggy Johnson to leave for Microsoft, report says

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According to a new report, Qualcomm's Peggy Johnson is leaving the company for a new post at Microsoft. Both Qualcomm and Microsoft declined to comment on the report in Re/code.

Huawei sees 62% bump in first-half smartphone sales, commits to 80M shipments in 2014

Huawei said its smartphone shipments jumped 62 percent year-over-year in the first half of 2014 and that it is on pace to reach its goal of shipping 80 million smartphones for the full year.

Analysts: T-Mobile's family plan promo could cut into ARPU, might pressure Verizon

Financial analysts are divided over how much of an impact T-Mobile US' new family plan promotion will have on the carrier's subscriber growth and financials, and how the promotion will affect T-Mobile's rivals. The plan could put pressure on AT&T Mobility and Verizon Wireless, but analysts see the impact as being minimal at this point.

Report: Apple to support AT&T's Next, Verizon's Edge and T-Mobile's Jump programs

Apple will soon support in its stores the handset upgrade programs from three of the four Tier 1 U.S. carriers, according to a report from 9to5Mac. The report, which cited unnamed sources, said starting in late August "many" U.S. Apple retail stores will launch a pilot program to let customers buy new iPhones via AT&T Mobility's Next program, Verizon Wireless' Edge and T-Mobile US' Jump. It's unclear if or when Apple will support Sprint's Easy Pay program.

Samsung indefinitely postpones commercial launch of its first Tizen smartphone

The wait for the first commercial Tizen-based smartphone will go on. Samsung Electronics said it would delay sales in Russia of the Samsung Z, the first Tizen smartphone, presumably because there are not yet enough apps on the platform.

Cell phone unlocking bill appears set to become law

The House on Friday passed legislation that makes it legal for consumers to unlock their cell phone and take it to another carrier, and President Obama indicated he will sign the bill into law.

Madden: Pre-installed DAS - A new sugar daddy for the mobile industry?

In the mobile communications industry, we often talk about the "scissors chart," which shows revenue reaching a plateau while demand for data continues to grow. Everyone can see that these combined trends are a problem for mobile operators. The mobile operator must feel like a father that brings home his paycheck, to find that his family has already spent it. Here's the good news: Encouraging signs are emerging now that there's a new source of capital available for the mobile industry.

Verizon blasts Find Me 911 Coalition report on 911 location data

Verizon Wireless hit back hard against the Find Me 911 Coalition, arguing to the FCC that the group was spreading "misleading" information about how often Verizon provides the most precise location information needed for dispatchers and first responders to find callers. Verizon told the FCC that it "does not take lightly such allegations and undertook an internal review of its own performance data in response to the claims."

T-Mobile trumpets $100 family plan to undercut AT&T, Verizon and Sprint

T-Mobile US is launching a new family plan promotion that undercuts similar plans from other carriers by around $60 per month for a family of four.

Nortel Networks will pay U.S. creditors up to $1B in interest

Nortel Networks Inc., the U.S. unit of bankrupt Canadian vendor Nortel Networks Corp., has agreed to pay U.S. creditors as much as $1 billion to cover interest that investors claim has built up since the company filed for bankruptcy in 2009.