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BlackBerry's Chen sees devices as more than just phones, focuses on Internet of Things opportunity

NEW YORK--BlackBerry CEO John Chen said he thinks the company's device business is important--but he said he's spending much of his time looking beyond smartphones to the wider Internet of Things (IoT) market.

Sprint to end Nascar sponsorship in 2016

Sprint will not renew its sponsorship of Nascar when its current contract with the auto-racing series ends in 2016, the carrier said. "As we look to the future, Sprint is focused on investing in maintaining a competitive edge and providing consumers with the best value in wireless," Steve Gaffney, Sprint's VP of marketing, told USA Today.

BlackBerry brings back the keyboard with Classic phone, partners with AT&T, Verizon

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NEW YORK--BlackBerry formally unveiled its new Classic smartphone, an upgrade to its iconic Bold smartphone with a physical Qwerty keyboard and trackpad. The company also is partnering with AT&T Mobility and Verizon Wireless to release the Classic.

Sprint MVNO Ting says it will build 1 Gbps fiber Internet service starting in Charlottesville

Ting, which currently operates as a mobile virtual network operator of Sprint, said it purchased a majority stake in a small, independent Internet service provider (ISP) in Charlottesville, Va., called Blue Ridge InternetWorks (BRI). "Just like that, we're starting our new mission to bring the things that people love about Ting for mobile to the world of fixed access," the company said.

Roku, Chromecast, and Fire TV Stick: The streaming video holiday battle

Roku, Amazon and Google are competing in a new and potentially significant market opportunity this holiday season: streaming TV sticks. Roku is offering its Roku Stick, Amazon is selling its Fire TV Stick and Google is offering its Chromecast gadget. All three devices allow TV owners to access streaming video services from their existing UBS-enabled TVs. Check out this new feature.

Sprint hits Spark buildout target for 2014, will reportedly focus on 2.5 GHz small cells next year

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Sprint reached its Spark buildout target of covering 100 million POPs with its tri-mode Spark LTE service this year, the company announced today. And, according to Wells Fargo analyst Jennifer Fritzsche, Sprint plans to rely heavily on small cells to densify its Spark service next year.

Analysts: T-Mobile rollover data plan unlikely to provoke response from Verizon, AT&T or Sprint

T-Mobile US' latest "uncarrier" move, to offer new and existing customers rollover data, could improve its business on the margins and boost its brand image, but it is unlikely to have a major impact or provoke a reaction from competitors, according to financial and industry analysts.

T-Mobile launches rollover data program, gives customers 10 GB for free to start

T-Mobile US is launching a program that will let its customers roll over their unused data usage from month to month. The program, which the carrier calls "Data Stash," will be available to new and existing T-Mobile subscribers on an eligible postpaid Simple Choice plan who have purchased at least 3 GB of LTE data for smartphones or at least 1 GB for tablets.

T-Mobile has 'several years' of additional network capacity with current spectrum

T-Mobile is relatively well positioned in the battle for network capacity, according to a recent investor note from analysts at Macquarie Capital. Citing a recent meeting with T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray, the firm wrote that "T-Mo has several years of additional capacity on existing spectrum and current growth rates." The firm also raised its expectations for T-Mobile's fourth quarter performance from 939,000 postpaid net adds to fully 1.2 million postpaid net adds.

How to build the ultimate user profile via mobile app analytics

It might be possible to figure out how consumers respond to and think about mobile applications on an individual level, but it's traditionally been much harder for developers to get a holistic...

Ahead of Qualcomm decision, Obama administration leans on China over antitrust issues

During his recent visit to China, President Barack Obama pushed his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, on the use of Chinese antitrust policy to limit royalty fees for foreign companies, according to a Reuters report. The high-level involvement comes as China appears close to nearing a decision on royalty fees that could see Qualcomm slapped with a $1 billion penalty.

Report: FCC set to fine Sprint $105M for unauthorized third-party services billing

Sprint could be faced with a whopping $105 million fine from the FCC for knowingly overcharging its customers for third-party services, according to a National Journal report.

Sprint reiterates Windows Phone support with Microsoft Lumia 635 launch

Sprint is making good on its promise to support Microsoft's Windows Phone platform, and today announced it will sell the mid-range Lumia 635.

Jarich: LTE TDD - what comes next?

Back in June (yep, that long ago), I began a set of posts looking at LTE TDD building off my impression that key LTE TDD misconceptions were still circulating: that it's a fundamentally distinct branch of LTE, and that it was developed in China. Exploring (debunking?) these ideas, we looked at the birth of LTE standards for insights into how TDD and FDD versions of LTE were related as part of a common development and standard. We looked at LTE TDD in the "real world" through the lens of service deployments and device development. We answered your burning questions. With the end of the year fast approaching, it only seems right that we close out this discussion with a view to the future.

Verizon teams with Cellcrypt for encrypted voice service, aimed at government users

Verizon Wireless is partnering with wireless encryption firm Cellcrypt to create a new service called Voice Cypher that will offer enterprise and government users end-to-end encryption for voice calls on iOS, Android, or BlackBerry devices with a specialized application.

T-Mobile to unveil 'uncarrier 8.0' tomorrow

T-Mobile US CEO John Legere has a holiday surprise: the carrier's latest "uncarrier" move. The wily and voluble CEO will unveil T-Mobile's "uncarrier 8.0" at an event tomorrow morning in an interview with David Pogue of Yahoo! News.

Xiaomi posted $56M profit in 2013 but razor-thin margins, filing shows

Xiaomi posted $56.1 million (347.5 million yuan) in net profit last year, according to a regulatory filing. The filing provides a glimpse inside the finances of privately owned Chinese smartphone vendor Xiaomi, which has rocketed up the rankings to become one of the world's top smartphone brands in the past few quarters.

AWS-3 auction inches on, with bids passing $43.7B

The FCC's AWS-3 spectrum auction is crawling along toward its conclusion, with total provisional winning bids now topping $43.7 billion. There are also signs that the auction will end shortly.

Investors sour on Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile amid price cuts and spectrum auction

Investors last week dumped the stocks of Verizon Communications, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile US in a hurry amid growing concerns that the carriers' wireless pricing battles are unsustainable long term and that rising costs of spectrum will combine with the price war to drive down carriers' profitability.

Cashing in on wearables

You can bet that wearables will be in the spotlight at the upcoming 2015 Consumer Electronics Show. I expect to see everything from fitness trackers to mobile health devices and more--all featuring some type of short-range wireless connectivity.