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C Spire to let customers roll over unused data

Regional operator C Spire Wireless is bringing back the rollover concept but is applying it to unused data instead of voice minutes. Specifically, the company will let customers carry over unused data to the next month to help mitigate overage charges that can occur when they use their data bucket.

Apple's market cap soars to $700B

Fueled by the popularity of its new products, such as the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, Apple's market capitalization soared to a record $700 billion in intraday trading Tuesday, a milestone that no other U.S. company has reached. By close on Tuesday, Apple's market cap had fallen to $690 billion, but that still makes the company significantly more valuable than Exxon Mobile, which is No. 2 in market cap, at $401 billion.

Sprint expands its iPhone for Life program

Sprint is trying to make the Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus even more appealing to consumers by offering a 30-month lease program as part of the company's previously announced iPhone for Life program. The 30-month plan will reduce the monthly cost of the iPhone to $18 for the 16 GB iPhone 6 or $23 for the 16 GB iPhone 6 Plus.

What enterprise app developers need to know about MSA

For consumer app developers that want to make a move into enterprise work, even on a contract basis, getting up to speed quickly on MSA is probably a good idea.

Ericsson's Qureshi looks to M&A to tap new markets

Infrastructure vendor Ericsson has been strategically moving into new areas like video and M2M through acquisitions--such as its 2013 purchase of Microsoft's Mediaroom TV solution and its 2011 purchase of Telenor Connexion's M2M platform. This M&A activity is part of a carefully crafted plan to help the company transform itself from a hardware company into a software and services firm.

Thanksgiving publishing break

In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, FierceWireless will not be publishing its regular newsletter issue on Thursday, Nov. 27 or Friday, Nov. 28. We will be back in your inbox on Monday, Dec. 1....

Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and more unleash device deals for Black Friday

Verizon Wireless), AT&T Mobility, Sprint, T-Mobile US and U.S. Cellular have unleashed a bevy of deals on smartphones, tablets, wearable devices and accessories this week to drive store traffic and online sales ahead of Black Friday, the traditional start of the holiday shopping season after Thanksgiving.

AWS-3 auction climbs past $36.4B in bids

After 32 rounds of bidding the AWS-3 spectrum auction has generated a whopping $36.44 billion in aggregate provisional winning bids. That figure is almost double what the 700 MHz auction raised in 2008.

Ericsson teams with IBM to research '5G' antenna design

Ericsson is partnering with cloud and enterprise powerhouse IBM to jointly research phased-array antenna designs for "5G" networks, though such networks are still being contemplated and have not yet been defined.  The companies said they hoped to provide customers with data speeds that are "orders of magnitude faster" than what is available today.

CCA urges FCC to drop specific price target for triggering 'reserved' spectrum in 600 MHz auction

The Competitive Carriers Association is pressuring the FCC to reconsider its rules for triggering when bidding in the incentive auction of 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum will split into "unreserved" airwaves and "reserved" spectrum set aside for smaller carriers.

BlackBerry offers iPhone users up to $550 to switch to a Passport smartphone

BlackBerry really wants former BlackBerry users who switched to the iPhone to give the company another chance. The smartphone maker is offering up to $550 if customers trade in their iPhone for a new Passport smartphone.

Sony to scale back smartphone ambitions and focus on components

Sony is cutting the number of models in its smartphone lineup to boost profits in its mobile unit. The Japanese company acknowledges it has lost substantial ground to Samsung Electronics, Apple, Xiaomi, Lenovo and other market leaders.

They're Cooked: The top wireless turkeys of 2014

We have been dishing out our Top Wireless Turkeys for seven years. As in years past, the 2014 edition is focused on products and business strategies that flopped for one reason or another. Some were products that were poorly executed or pulled from the market after only a short time, while others were entire strategies that did not pan out.

T-Mobile agrees to disclose more info about actual speeds when customers are throttled

As part of an agreement with the FCC, T-Mobile US said it will take steps to ensure that subscribers who run mobile broadband speed tests on its network get accurate speed information even when they are subject to data throttling.

Madden: Why would AT&T and Verizon spend $34B on spectrum?

Like all of you, I'm watching the AWS-3 auction with interest. The precise identity of the bidders and the details of specific licenses won't be revealed for some time, but the daily announcements about total dollar value are fascinating. The U.S. Federal Communications Commission will be raking in more than $34B when the bidding is closed.

Verizon's Link dishes on the company's connected car strategy

FierceWirelessTech Editor-in-Chief Sue Marek recently talked with Kevin Link, senior vice president of Verizon Telematics, about the company's connected car strategy, how Verizon defines value-added services for connected cars, its vision for the future and more. Hot Seat

Analyst: Apple could sell 71.5M iPhones in Q4

Apple is on track to sell a record 71.5 million iPhones in the fourth quarter of 2014, according to estimates from one financial analyst. However, analysts in general are divided over how long demand will last for Apple's new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

T-Mobile fires back at AT&T in war of words over data roaming

T-Mobile US questioned AT&T Mobility's claim that it buys more in data roaming than it sells, and continued to push for changes to the FCC's rules that would more clearly define what constitutes a "commercially reasonable" data roaming agreement.

Report: Samsung may remove J.K. Shin as head of mobile unit

Samsung Electronics may remove co-CEO J.K. Shin as the head of the company's key mobile division, according to a Wall Street Journal article, a move that would strip him of the co-CEO title.

Analysts: As AWS-3 auction climbs past $34B, Dish's bidding raises questions about its strategy

Now that the FCC's AWS-3 spectrum auction has raised more than $34 billion in provisional winning bids, a great deal of attention is turning to the role Dish Network may be playing in the bidding--and what the company might do with any spectrum it winds up with once the auction ends.