AT&T customer's email to CEO Randall Stephenson draws sharp response from carrier's legal department

A lifelong AT&T customer who subscribed to four services from the carrier got an unexpected and sharp response from the company after he sent an email to AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson suggesting that AT&T make some changes to its offerings. 

Updated: T-Mobile ends promotional pricing for customers who don't trade in phones and buy iPhone 6s and 6s Plus

T-Mobile US tweaked some of its pricing for Apple's iPhone 6s and 6s Plus through its "Jump! On Demand" phone leasing program and will now charge more than it had been if customers do not trade in a device as part of buying one of the new iPhones.

Rumor Mill: Samsung's Galaxy S7 to include pressure-sensitive screen

Samsung Electronics likely won't unveil the Galaxy S7 until early in 2016, but a rumor has already popped up that it will have a pressure-sensitive screen similar to Apple's iPhone 6s and 6s Plus.

Nokia's Suri: Wireless integration will require 'heavy lifting' in Alcatel-Lucent deal

Nokia's CEO Rajeev Suri said that its deal to acquire Alcatel-Lucent is progressing well, and that the most difficult integration will be the companies' individual wireless businesses. Suri, in an interview with The Times of India, also said that the combined company will offer a more comprehensive set of services than rival Ericsson.

AT&T pushes FCC to deter 600 MHz auction defaults

As the wireless industry barrels ahead toward the start of the incentive auction of 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum in March, AT&T, T-Mobile US and other industry players are telling the FCC to make sure their particular concerns get addressed.

From Ericsson to Qualcomm to Microsoft: The top wireless job cuts of 2015

Although the official unemployment rate, at 5.1 percent in September, is the lowest it has been since March 2008, some companies in the wireless industry are still cutting jobs in the face of weak demand, especially with a slowing Chinese economy and a European market that is struggling to get back on its feet. The job cuts that have hit the wireless industry this year reflect those macroeconomic challenges as well as the particular trials of individual companies as they revamp their strategies and cut costs as part of turnaround plans. FierceWireless has compiled a list of the five largest job cutting programs in wireless in 2015 thus far.

Who were the biggest wireless job cutters in 2015?

Although the economy has rebounded somewhat since the depths of the Great Recession and companies in the wireless industry are no longer shedding jobs on a seemingly weekly basis as firms were in late 2008 and early 2009, not everything is rosy. FierceWireless has compiled a list of the five largest job cutting programs in wireless in 2015 thus far.

Google now sees more search activity globally on mobile devices than the desktop

Google now gets more search activity worldwide from mobile devices than from desktop PCs. In May the search giant said was the case in 10 countries, including the United States and Japan.

Verizon launches new prepaid plans for tablets, mobile hotspots, starting at $15 for 500 MB

Verizon Wireless introduced new prepaid mobile data plans for tablets, mobile hotspots and other data-only devices that are slightly more expensive than some of its Tier 1 competitors, though in some cases the plans aren't directly comparable.

Analysts: AT&T to add fewer postpaid and more prepaid subscribers in Q3

AT&T Mobility will wind up adding far fewer postpaid customers and yet far more prepaid subscribers in the third quarter than analysts at Wells Fargo initially thought.

Verizon's Go90 mobile video app sees its star fall in Apple's App Store, but holds steady in Google Play

Close to two weeks after Verizon's Go90 over-the-top mobile video application launched, its ranking and popularity in Apple's U.S. App Store has fallen while the app's standing in Google's Play Store has remained fairly consistent, according to app-tracking company App Annie.

Qualcomm sells Vuforia augmented reality unit to software company PTC for $65M

Qualcomm said it will sell its Vuforia augmented reality business to software firm PTC for $65 million. The terms of the transaction were confirmed by a Qualcomm spokesperson, and Qualcomm said it expects the deal to close by the end of 2015.

Qualcomm unveils new data center chipset in a challenge to giant Intel

Qualcomm, which indicated in November 2014 that it would push into the server chipset market dominated by Intel, demonstrated its Server Development Platform (SDP) product, which it said is now sampling to Tier 1 data center customers. 

Amazon unveils cloud platform for Internet of Things to take on IBM, Microsoft and others

Amazon Web Services launched a new platform for the Internet of Things to let customers build applications to connect devices via cloud, stepping into an arena with giants like Microsoft and IBM, which have staked a claim to be premier IoT cloud service providers.

BlackBerry's Chen: We'll exit the smartphone biz in a year if we can't make it profitable

BlackBerry CEO John Chen said the company would consider getting out of the smartphone business in a year if it's not making money selling phones. Chen had previously said that he would consider exiting the handset business if it was not profitable, but had not given a timeframe for doing so.

Analysts: Dish could strike a spectrum deal with Verizon or a perpetual leasing agreement

Dish Network remains in the driver's seat in terms of options for its spectrum, which could include a sale to Verizon, some kind of wholesale agreement with multiple carriers or a perpetual lease. Meanwhile, AT&T sharply criticized Dish over its "selective default" on AWS-3 spectrum licenses two of its affiliates bid on following the FCC's decision to not award those companies a 25 percent discount.

Sprint's Robbiati: We can cut $2B in operating expenses, $500M on equipment spending

Sprint CFO Tarek Robbiati said the carrier plans to cut about 10 percent of operating costs to save $2 billion and thinks the company can slash another $500 million in costs related to equipment spending. "Our cost structure is bloated," Robbiati told Bloomberg by phone from Tokyo, where he was meeting with executives from Sprint parent SoftBank.

AT&T launches Wi-Fi calling for newer iPhones after getting FCC waiver

Just days after receiving what it said was a crucial FCC waiver, AT&T launched Wi-Fi calling on Apple's iPhones. The service works on the iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6s and 6s Plus, as long as iOS 9 is installed, though it's unclear when AT&T will expand Wi-Fi calling to more devices.

T-Mobile, AT&T agree to swap PCS, AWS-1 airwaves to create larger contiguous spectrum blocks

AT&T Mobility and T-Mobile US struck a deal to swap 1900 MHz PCS and AWS-1 spectrum licenses in various markets across the country.

Verizon to hike prices for grandfathered unlimited data plan users by $20/month

Verizon Wireless will increase the price of its unlimited data plans by $20 per month for the customers who still have grandfathered unlimited plans starting in November. The price increase, which will affect a tiny percentage of Verizon customers, could be designed to get subscribers to switch to newer usage-based shared data plans, which might actually be cheaper in some cases, depending on the customer's usage.