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Study: T-Mobile paid an average of 30 cents/MB in U.S. data roaming costs in 2013

As T-Mobile US and AT&T Mobility continue to duel over potential changes to the FCC's data roaming rules, a filing by an economics professor in support of T-Mobile's position reveals that in 2013, T-Mobile paid an average 30 cents per MB for data roaming data in the U.S.

U.S. Cellular to launch small LTE roaming deal soon, is negotiating larger one

U.S. Cellular will launch an LTE roaming deal with a smaller carrier in the next few weeks and is currently negotiating an LTE roaming deal with a major carrier, according to CEO Ken Meyers.

AT&T responds to Sprint, Verizon, increases data allotments on $40, $70 plans

AT&T Mobility today said it will slightly increase the amount of data that is available on its $40 and $70 Mobile Share Value plans. AT&T previously offered 2 GB on its $40 per month plan and on Sunday it will increase that to 3 GB. On the carrier's $70 per month plan, AT&T will increase its monthly data allotment from 4 GB to 6 GB.

Amazon exec: We flubbed the Fire phone's pricing, but will keep improving the experience

Amazon bungled the pricing of the Fire phone, its first smartphone, but is not giving up in the market and will continue to enhance the user experience on the device, according to an Amazon executive.

FCC allows 70 companies - including AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and Dish - to bid in AWS-3 auction

A total of 70 companies have qualified to bid in the FCC's upcoming AWS-3 spectrum auction, which starts Nov. 13 and will be the country's largest spectrum auction since 2008.

Sprint names SoftBank executive Miyakawa as its new network chief

sprint softbank Junichi Miyakawa

Sprint named an executive from its parent company SoftBank as its new top network executive. The posting comes at a time when sprint is trying to catch up to its rivals in LTE network coverage and expand its deployment of its tri-band Spark LTE service, especially via TD-LTE using 2.5 GHz spectrum.

Apple Pay rival MCX open to using NFC technology in the future

The Merchant Customer Exchange (MCX) is willing to use Near Field Communications technology like its rivals, its CEO said. MCX is a consortium of some of the country's largest retailers that is setting up a mobile payments program that will stand as a rival to Apple Pay, Softcard and other mobile payment offerings.

Verizon will pay up to $64M to settle lawsuit claiming it over-billed for family calling plan

Verizon Wireless is the latest carrier to face consequences for alleged deceptive billing practices. The carrier will pay as much as $64.2 million in cash and phone credits to settle a class-action lawsuit that claimed the carrier over-charged customers on its Family Share Plan, which let subscribers share minutes and call each other for free.

Alcatel-Lucent narrows loss in Q3 but U.S. sales continue to drop off

Alcatel-Lucent reported a narrower net loss for the third quarter and an improved margin as cost cuts and a slower cash burn offset falling sales. However, in the company's crucial U.S. market, sales continued to fall in the period.

Lenovo completes $2.9B deal for Motorola, will pursue dual-brand strategy in emerging markets

Lenovo officially closed its $2.91 billion deal to buy Motorola Mobility from Google, a move that immediately turns Lenovo into the third largest smartphone player in the world by market share. Lenovo, which is popular in China and many markets where Motorola doesn't play, will use a dual-brand strategy to grow the combined company's mobile businesses in emerging markets.

Fairpoint's union problems, Verizon's FiOS slowdown and other wireline nightmares

FierceWireless today published its roundup of wireless executive nightmares. And concurrent with this, FierceTelecom is taking a look at the nightmares that are haunting executives in the wireline industry. Among those nightmares is FairPoint's ongoing fight with its union workers. The situation remains unresolved and is surely giving FairPoint executives sleepless nights. Similarly, Verizon executives are likely becoming concerned with slowing FiOS growth as the company's rollout of that technology comes to a halt. Check out FierceTelecom's full report on the nightmares that are making executives afraid to turn out the lights.

Samsung's mobile profit plunges 74% in Q3 as competition intensifies

Samsung Electronics' third-quarter profit plunged thanks in large part to a steep decline in its mobile unit's profit and sales, as rising competition from Chinese rivals like Huawei, Lenovo and Xiaomi has started to take a toll. Samsung said its mobile performance in the current fourth quarter remains uncertain, but the company hopes to bounce back thanks new phones with flexible displays in 2015 as well as more competitive phones at different price points.

2014 Wireless industry nightmares


Halloween is fast approaching. It's a time of year when the spooky and supernatural get more attention than usual; and, if you're given to frights at things that go bump in the night, it can also be a time when nightmares flourish. Thus, FierceWireless is taking a look inside the minds of some of the industry's top executives to see what really scares them.

FTC sues AT&T over data throttling policies, says 3.5M customers have been throttled 25M times

The Federal Trade Commission filed a lawsuit against AT&T Mobility, alleging that the carrier misled as many as 3.5 million customers with legacy unlimited data plans by throttling their data speeds and changing the terms of their plans. AT&T said the lawsuit does not have any merit.

T-Mobile to offer name ID service from Whitepages

T-Mobile US is deploying a name ID service powered by Whitepages that will provide customers with the name of callers and texters even if they are not in the user's existing contact list. The service initially will be available to Sony Xperia Z3 phone users; that device is available beginning today. The service also will be available on new T-Mobile Android devices in the future.

LG posts best mobile results since 2009 as smartphone sales boom to 16.8M in Q3

LG Electronics posted its best results from its mobile unit in five years as sales and operating profit jumped thanks to record-high smartphone sales in the third quarter, driven largely by the G3, the company's latest flagship device.

WhatsApp delays launch of voice calling service to Q1 of 2015

HALF MOON BAY, Calif.--WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum said the over-the-top messaging app intends to launch voice calling services in the first quarter of 2015. The company, which Facebook recently finished acquiring, had initially planned to launch calling in the second quarter of 2014.

Madden: How Wi-Fi is driving new competition in the mobile market

Over the past four years we have seen little investment in Wi-Fi networks by American mobile operators. It's different internationally, with millions of APs at China Mobile, KDDI, SKT, Telefonica, and others, but a close examination of Verizon Wireless and AT&T reveals that they have deployed very few Wi-Fi access points.

Apple exec: Don't expect Apple SIM to show up in iPhones

Greg Joswiak, Apple's vice president iPhone, iPod and iOS product marketing

HALF MOON BAY, Calif.--Apple decided to put its Apple SIM card inside its new iPads because it didn't know which wireless carriers its customers would choose and because the company wanted to give its customers more choice, according to an Apple executive.

Motorola's Osterloh: After 'near-death' experiences, Lenovo deal to give firm a new lease on life

Motorola President and COO Rick Osterloh

HALF MOON BAY, Calif.--Motorola Mobility has been through several near-death experiences in the past few years, but its impending acquisition by Lenovo will allow it to double the number of markets it competes in and ride the trend toward lost-cost smartphones, according to Motorola President and COO Rick Osterloh.