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AT&T's Lurie not worried about potential Sprint and T-Mobile merger

ATLANTA--AT&T Mobility CEO Glenn Lurie said that he would not be all that concerned if Sprint and T-Mobile US were to merge and form a larger-scaled competitor.

Sprint, T-Mobile gear up for Samsung Galaxy S6 debut with creative offers, pricing

Anticipation is high for the upcoming launch of Samsung's Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge smartphones, which are scheduled to hit stores April 10, with most major operators taking preorders for the devices starting today. To try to steal customers away from the competition, operators T-Mobile and Sprint are getting creative with their Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge deals.

LightSquared to exit bankruptcy after nearly 3 years

LightSquared's bankruptcy odyssey is over. After spending nearly three years in bankruptcy protection, the wireless firm won approval for a new restructuring plan from a federal bankruptcy court judge and will get recapitalized. Critically, although Dish Network Chairman Charlie Ergen, LightSquared's largest creditor, will get paid in cash for his $1 billion debt claim in LightSquared, he will not be a part of the company's new capital structure.

Tightfisted BlackBerry posts $28M profit in Q4, but software sales fail to impress

Struggling smartphone maker BlackBerry surprised investors today by posting a fiscal fourth quarter net profit of $28 million. However, enthusiasm was dampened by fourth quarter revenues of $660 million, down from $976 million in fourth quarter 2013 and below analyst expectations of $786 million.

Huawei exec: We treat Tier 3 U.S. carriers like they're the 'belle of the ball'

ATLANTA--Although Huawei has effectively been shut out of network-infrastructure deals with Tier 1 U.S. carriers over cybersecurity concerns, the vendor keeps chugging along with Tier 3 operators and added eight new U.S. wireless or wireline customers in 2014.

AT&T's de la Vega: We are ahead of the competition in many areas

ATLANTA-- AT&T Mobility's Ralph de la Vega says he isn't sweating the competition too much. De la Vega, CEO of AT&T's Mobile & Business Solutions Group, said the carrier takes what its competitors do seriously, including aggressive moves by T-Mobile US and Sprint, but is comfortable with its place in the industry and is confident it is ahead of other carriers on connected cars, homes and the Internet of Things.

Shifting from consumers apps to enterprise apps is no easy task

Third-party app developers trying to transition from the consumer world to the enterprise market may be in for a difficult shift. Special report

Ericsson's Telcordia unit will replace Neustar as administrator of LNP database

The FCC today voted 5-0 to award Ericsson's Telcordia unit the five-year contract to manage the U.S. government's local number portability (LNPA) database, replacing Neustar, the previous LNPA administrator. The LNPA data helps phone subscribers keep their phone numbers when switching from one provider to another.

Facebook jumps into the Internet of Things, lets Messenger interact with other apps and businesses

Facebook unveiled a new software-development kit for its Parse mobile development platform that enables developers to create apps that share data with connected devices. Meanwhile, Faceook also announced an update to its Messenger app called Messenger Platform that will let the messaging app be used to create and share content independent of the News Feed.

ZTE scores in 2014 thanks to 4G deployments and strong smartphone sales

Chinese equipment maker ZTE saw its net profit increase 94 percent in 2014, to $423.4 million, up from $220 million in 2013, thanks to strong smartphone sales overseas and an increase in 4G network deployments.

Sprint's Claure suggests bidding coalition with CCA members for 600 MHz spectrum

ATLANTA--Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure advocated for a coalition of smaller carriers that are members of Competitive Carriers Association to be able to jointly bid with Sprint in the 600 MHz incentive auction.

Ericsson will help Tier 3 carriers in Internet of Things push

ATLANTA--Ericsson wants to help Tier 3 carriers expand their business into the Internet of Things, according to an Ericsson executive. However, challenges await smaller carriers looking to expand beyond providing traditional voice and data services to consumers.

T-Mobile to offer free Netflix with Galaxy S6 purchase

T-Mobile US is planning to lure subscribers away from the competition with the promise of a year's worth of video streaming service Netflix with the purchase of a new Samsung Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge. 

T-Mobile affiliate iWireless aims to launch LTE in Q3, strikes LTE roaming deal with T-Mobile

ATLANTA--T-Mobile US affiliate iWireless plans to launch its first LTE network in Iowa late in the third quarter of this year and struck a nationwide LTE roaming deal with T-Mobile. However, iWireless CEO Craven Shumaker said the company is exploring additional LTE roaming deals.

Analyst: Verizon is obvious buyer of spectrum from Dish and Sprint

Verizon Wireless may have scored big in the FCC's recent $45 billion AWS-3 spectrum auction by securing more $10.8 billion in new spectrum in major markets. But one financial analyst believes that the operator is in dire need of more spectrum, because it has over 40 percent of the industry's postpaid customers on its network and controls less than 20 percent of available spectrum.

Verizon hires Belkin exec to jump-start smart-home business

Verizon Communications has hired Ohad Zeira, formerly the head of Belkin's WeMo home-automation product line, to oversee the company's smartphone and home-automation efforts, according to NextMarket Insights. Zeira will relocate from California to Verizon's headquarters in Basking Ridge, N.J.

T-Mobile, Sprint and Dish push for 40 MHz spectrum reserve in 600 MHz auction

ATLANTA--T-Mobile US, Sprint and Dish Network continued to push for the FCC to reserve up to 40 MHz of spectrum for smaller carriers to bid on in the incentive auction of 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum. The current reserve is capped at 30 MHz. Yet executives from those companies acknowledged that this is just one of many issues carriers, broadcasters and regulators will need to deal with in the months ahead as the early-2016 start date for the auction draws closer.

Sprint MVNO targeting seniors offers access to doctors

Seniors Wireless, a subsidiary of Sprint MVNO Emveno, is offering a telemedicine service geared toward the 55-plus age group that provides unlimited 24-hour access to board-certified doctors from their wireless or landline phones.

Tackling online-video piracy requires innovative tactics

Online-video piracy is not going away. Despite efforts to clamp down on the problem, illegal content is prolific on the Web, with files available for download through torrent sites or even on major sites, including YouTube.

Mallinson: Net neutrality could cut off new use cases in a 5G world

The FCC's net neutrality rules could undermine what is being proposed for 5G networks by the Next Generation Mobile Network (NGMN) Alliance and others. Who knows how very well 5G might enable development of other innovative new services, business models and pricing packages if it remains unshackled?