SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son is struggling to overhaul Sprint's corporate culture in an effort to make the nation's No. 3 wireless carrier more competitive against larger rivals AT&T Mobility and Verizon and upstart challenger T-Mobile US. According to a detailed profile of Son in the Wall Street Journal, the Japanese billionaire executive is holding repeated meetings with all levels of Sprint's management, both in-person and through video conferencing, and is working to instill a fast-paced, Silicon Valley-style attitude at what he sees as a staid, Kansas-based wireless operator.
FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel said the FCC should seize a near-term opportunity to use more of the 5 GHz band for unlicensed wireless use, and also explore ways to make use of guard bands that will be produced in the 600 MHz spectrum auction for unlicensed purposes.
Sprint worked with Facebook to develop a Facebook application that lets customers invite friends on Facebook to join a Sprint "Framily" group plan. The collaboration is novel and an indication that Sprint is putting a great deal of emphasis on the plans, which were unveiled in January.
Research firm IDC thinks the tablet market will grow in 2014 compared to 2013 but at a slower pace than it previously forecasted, with a maturing market, stabilizing prices and a decline in low-cost tablets all contributing to the weaker growth.
AT&T Mobility has started using carrier aggregation technology in Chicago and other markets to boost LTE capacity and speeds on its network, but it will be a little while before many customers can take advantage of the upgraded network.
Sprint's team of technology and networks executives is receiving a major shakeup, with Steve Elfman, president of network operations at Sprint, and Bob Azzi, the carrier's senior vice president of networks, leaving the company. Meantime, John Saw, Clearwire's former CTO, has been promoted to Chief Network Officer of Sprint. Saw had previously been Sprint's senior vice president of technical architecture.
AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson said that the model that has prevailed in the U.S. wireless industry for years of customers getting subsidized devices in exchange for signing two-year contracts is radically shifting.
According to a new investor report from Credit Suisse analysts, a majority of FCC commissioners would rather not have to evaluate a potential transaction like Sprint/T-Mobile.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, co-founder Bill Gates and other board members and executives initially were against former Steve Ballmer's idea to purchase Nokia's handset business and licenses its patents for $7.5 billion, according to a Bloomberg BusinessWeek report.
Leap Wireless lost nearly 92,000 net customers in the fourth quarter, bringing its total customer base to just 4.55 million at the end of 2013. The prepaid carrier blamed the losses on increasing competition from nationwide operators, particularly T-Mobile US and its MetroPCS brand.
Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has been off the job for one month but he's reflecting on his time leading the software giant and regrets not moving sooner to integrate mobile hardware and software.
Wilson Electronics bought smaller rival zBoost, consolidating the niche market for cell-signal boosters. The deal comes as the FCC is certifying new boosters from Wilson and its competitors under stricter rules for the devices.
Sprint MVNO FreedomPop is unveiling an encrypted smartphone designed to protect voice calls and text messages from being hacked. The phone is the latest product to respond to increased reports of government snooping, even into mobile devices.
Almost all T-Mobile US customers who traded in their BlackBerry phones during a recent promotion switched to another smartphone platform, according to a blog post from TMoNews.
Verizon Wireless topped the overall rankings for network performance in a new nationwide test conducted by network testing firm RootMetrics, outpacing rival AT&T Mobility.
Two-thirds of Isis' users have installed at least one payment card into their Isis wallet, the mobile payments company said, and that group of users makes an average of six to seven NFC-based financial transactions per month.
Verizon Communications' new product development group will focus on combining the company's wireless and wireline assets in areas including video and security, according to Verizon Communications CEO Lowell McAdam.
According to Gil Sheinfeld, Amobee's CTO, the company's new LTV system will fill a gaping hole in the amount of information many developers need to know if their apps are not only finding an audience but keeping them. For more on this topic, check out this FierceDeveloper special report.
Facebook does not have any plans to build or operate its own wireless network, and is instead working with carriers and partners around the globe to connect more people to the mobile Internet, according to a Facebook executive.