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Apple Watch likely won't be in stores until June, as analyst estimates 2.3M global pre-orders

Apple does not expect customers to be able to go into an Apple retail store and buy the firm's new Watch until June, according to a memo from the iPhone maker's retail chief.

T-Mobile completes $56M purchase of PCS spectrum from nTelos

Sprint wholesale partner nTelos Wireless closed a deal to sell some of its 1900 MHz PCS spectrum to T-Mobile US for $56 million. The transaction was announced in December as part of nTelos' plan to exit from its Eastern Markets. NTelos wants to focus on markets in western Virginia and West Virginia where it has a stronger retail presence and benefits from a network deal with Sprint.

Analysts: T-Mobile likely to beat Verizon, AT&T and Sprint in handset subs in Q1

T-Mobile US is likely going to best Verizon Wireless, AT&T Mobility and Sprint in terms of handset subscriber additions in the first quarter, according to a new report from financial analysts at Wells Fargo. However, the other carriers likely will continue to make strides in tablets. Additionally, the analysts are looking for a more detailed outlook for the rest of the year from Sprint, especially on its capital expenditure plans.

FCC to probe changes to its designated entity rules ahead of incentive auction

The FCC will consider what changes it should make to its rules governing designated entities (DEs) that bid in spectrum auctions, ahead of next year's incentive auction of 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum.

T-Mobile's Legere renews call for Verizon, AT&T and Sprint to drop data overage charges

T-Mobile US CEO John Legere is keeping up the pressure on Verizon Wireless, AT&T Mobility and Sprint to drop overage charges on their domestic plans, as T-Mobile did a year ago. Legere said in a new video that if a petition he started on the issue, which has already attracted around 200,000 signatures, gathers 50,000 more signatures, he will "send them a message that they won't miss."

Keeping track of Q1 earnings from Verizon, Ericsson, Qualcomm and more

The first-quarter earnings season is getting underway. Be sure to check back here frequently to stay updated on the financials and key metrics of the major players.

CCS Insight: N. American smartphone sales growth to peak in the near future

North America and Western Europe are going to peak in terms of smartphone sales growth in the next couple of years, according to a new report from research firm CCS Insight.

AT&T study finds less than 20% interference in 600 MHz band from Mexican and Canadian TV stations

AT&T Mobility continues to urge the FCC not to repack and place TV broadcasters into the 600 MHz band as part of next year's incentive auction. The carrier also said it conducted a study that found varying levels of interference for carriers depending upon how much spectrum broadcasters give up.

Analysts: Nokia, Alcatel-Lucent likely to face integration challenges for years to come

Nokia's $16.6 billion deal to acquire Alcatel-Lucent would bring together two large network vendors that have each gone through major mergers of their own that have been difficult, to say the least. Although the companies' leaders are defending the deal, some analysts are skeptical that the firms can pull off such a merger without major integration headaches.

Wireless in the first quarter of 2015

How did the wireless industry perform in the first quarter of 2015? Check here throughout the first-quarter earnings report season for full earnings reports from the wireless industry's carriers, handset makers, equipment suppliers and others.

Sprint's expanded distribution and roving cars won't mean much without a better LTE network

Sprint has made a lot of news recently about plans to expand its distribution and even bring phones directly to customers. It's all part of an effort to retain the company's customer base and drum up more sales in the hopes of growing net subscriber additions. However, unless Sprint clarifies its brand message and improves its 2.5 GHz LTE network, I fear it will not amount to much.

Sling TV CEO Lynch dishes on how programmers embraced mobile TV viewing

In a conversation with FierceCable, Sling TV CEO Roger Lynch discussed how Dish Network made the transition to IP-based video delivery, the potential for advertising via over-the-top services like Sling TV, changing views around programming, and more. Hot Seat

Intel on track to cut $800M in mobile losses, but will still pay to get its chips inside devices

Intel said it remains on track to cut $800 million in losses from its mobile business this year as it ramps up production of its chipsets for entry-level phones and tablets. The company, which reported first-quarter earnings yesterday, also said it will continue to pay device makers to put its silicon inside their gadgets, but it will do less of that this year than it did in 2014.

Google faces European antitrust probe into Android amid concerns over favoritism for its services

The European Commission (EC) is formally opening an investigation into whether Google violated antitrust laws through the dominant position of its Android mobile operating system by favoring its own services. The probe came paired with an official accusation by the EC's competition chief that the search giant had abused its power in Web searches.

U.S. wireless carriers to face fewer vendor options as Nokia moves to buy Alcatel-Lucent

Nokia agreed to purchase Alcatel-Lucent in a $16.6 billion (€15.6 billion) deal that would form a powerhouse to rival Ericsson and Huawei in the global market for telecom equipment. In the United States, the deal could create a company that could challenge Ericsson's leading position.

Entner: Zero-rating, sponsored data services could help close digital divide

The Pew Research Center recently published a report called US Smartphone Use in 2015, which provides some interesting survey data on how Americans are accessing the Internet. When looking at the survey results, it becomes apparent that zero rating data--the practice of exempting data usage charges when accessing certain websites or apps--is a viable, market-driven opportunity that improves the affordability of access to everything from health information, to job applications, to encyclopedias, to music and more.

CableLabs tests virtual reality, Wi-Fi to peer into the future of cable

Virtual reality goggles, Wi-Fi and cellular network modeling and RF testing are just a few of the treats at CableLabs' newly refurbished headquarters in Louisville, Colo., a short drive northwest of downtown Denver. At the lab, the company tests new and innovative technologies that eventually might make their way into some new product from a cable provider. Special report

Twilio aims to let developers add video calling to any app

Twilio (a 2014 Fierce 15 winner) is adding video capabilities to its cloud-based communications platform, giving enterprises and developers the ability to add live video calling to any application.

Qualcomm downplays calls from shareholder to split up its chipset and patent-licensing units

Qualcomm brushed off calls from an activist shareholder to break up its chipset and patent-licensing businesses, arguing that keeping them together is in the best interests of shareholders. However, as the Wall Street Journal details, Qualcomm's profitable royalty business is coming under pressure from industry trade groups and competitors.

Verizon criticized for posting blog that suggests customers do not want or need unlimited data

Verizon Wireless is taking flak for a posting on its website written by industry analyst Jack Gold that suggests customers do not want or need unlimited data plans.