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Sprint quietly testing unlimited data starting at $60 a month

Sprint is quietly testing new unlimited data plans in a handful of markets across the U.S. And it appears to have taken a page from T-Mobile's playbook to do it.

Verizon is currently selling AT&T's DirecTV service… but 'next-gen bundles' are coming

Today, if you want to, you can buy AT&T's DirecTV pay-TV and internet service from Verizon (AT&T's archrival). The DirecTV offer from Verizon is scheduled to end in October, and represents the tail-end of a long-term bundling agreement Verizon inked with DirecTV prior to AT&T's $49 billion acquisition of DirecTV that closed almost exactly a year ago. ​Verizon's DirecTV bundle, strange as it is, represents just one of the many bundling attempts Verizon has tested over the years.

Report: Verizon positioned to pocket Yahoo for $5B

Verizon is in the final stages of a $5 billion deal to walk away with Yahoo's core internet business, according to Bloomberg. The carrier is positioned to beat out AT&T and other rivals in the final round of bidding for the beleaguered company. The offer doesn't include Yahoo's patents – not as it stands, at least – and it's unclear whether other assets might be included.

AT&T's unlimited plans draw 5M users ahead of DirecTV Now launch

AT&T said 5 million customers have signed up for its bundled offering that packages DirecTV with unlimited wireless service -- which is an encouraging sign for a carrier preparing to leverage its $49 billion acquisition of the satellite TV company.

Report: Ericsson's Telcordia beats Neustar for key number portability contract

The FCC has awarded a key government number portability contract to the Ericsson subsidiary Telcordia in a huge blow to Neustar despite security concerns by some in the intelligence community.

Samsung hits back at Huawei as patent feud escalates

Samsung struck back at Huawei, filing suits in multiple courts in China claiming the smaller smartphone vendor has infringed on six of its patents, Reuters reported.

AT&T loses 180K postpaid phone subs, adds 2.1M overall connections

AT&T's strategy of focusing on high-revenue wireless customers continued to provide mixed results in the second quarter, boosting margins but causing the carrier to sacrifice share of the lucrative postpaid smartphone market in the U.S.

T-Mobile users take to Reddit to complain about 'Tuesdays' campaign

T-Mobile is once again hearing users complain about its T-Mobile Tuesdays campaign, and this time it has nothing to do with overwhelming demand.

 

Verizon aims to offer virtual network services in 30 markets by year's end

Delivering on its SDN and NFV strategy, Verizon Enterprise Solutions is launching Virtual Network Services that will enable enterprises to transition to a virtual infrastructure model.

IDC: Apple drives first-ever decline in smartwatch sales

The global smartwatch market plunged 32 percent in the first half of 2016, according to fresh data from IDC, marking the first decline in a space that continues to live up to a considerable amount of hype. And Apple is leading the way down.

Confirmed: Verizon to disconnect heavy data users who don't move from unlimited plans

Verizon confirmed that it will soon kill service to customers on unlimited plans who consume "extraordinary" amounts of data on unlimited plans unless they switch price plans.

Analysts: Dish's clock is winding down to leverage 'undervalued' spectrum

Dish Network posted quarterly earnings that significantly surpassed analysts' expectations and reported a profit of $410 million, up from $324 million during the same period a year ago.

Madden: Softbank buys ARM - What happens now?

In my 26 years working in the mobile business, I haven't seen a situation like this. Softbank agreed to buy ARM Holdings this week for $31B. It's a high valuation for ARM, at more than 45x their expected earnings for next year. Personally, I think ARM is worth it, because they have a strong and lasting place in the technology market.

Finding a place for wireless in the smart home

The connected home of tomorrow provides a vast number of opportunities for developers, device manufacturers and service providers. But how much opportunity will exist for mobile network operators is still unclear.

T-Mobile's Legere, AT&T's Donovan among top telecom disrupters

Perhaps no single factor paves the way for disruption in business as effectively as technology does, and nowhere is that more evident than in wireless. The smartphone revolution has changed our lives in countless ways, from the way we communicate and access the internet to the way we play games, check the news and even order car rides.

Oppenheimer downgrades Verizon over Yahoo pursuit, other concerns

Oppenheimer & Co. reportedly downgraded shares of Verizon over uncertainty about a possible acquisition of Yahoo, among other factors.

Survey: Less than 10% of U.S. iPhone owners very likely to upgrade this year without a redesigned model

Only 9.3 percent of current iPhone owners are either "extremely likely" or "somewhat likely" to upgrade to a new iPhone this year if Apple doesn't redesign its smartphone, according to a new poll.

Parks: Loyalty programs, data rollover important to likely switchers

Verizon's new data-rollover feature and loyalty programs such as AT&T's Thanks and T-Mobile Tuesdays are compelling to wireless users considering changing carriers, according to fresh data from Parks Associates.

Ericsson shareholders reportedly looking to oust CEO Vestberg

Ericsson's two largest shareholders are reportedly pushing to oust CEO Hans Vestberg just one day after the company posted a 26 percent year-over-year drop in net sales during the second quarter.

Microsoft's phone revenue drops 71% as pivot to the cloud continues

Microsoft continues to market itself as a major player in "the mobile-first, cloud-first world," but it certainly appears to be much more focused on the latter than the former.