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5 reasons why a Google MVNO would fail

Google has not confirmed it is launching an MVNO, though reports seem to indicate it is planning to do so. We don't know what Google's go-to-market strategy would be or how much money it would invest. Yet we do have some outlines of how and why Google would launch a wireless service--and so far it does not seem that promising.

MediaTek takes aim at U.S. smartphone market

Qualcomm is the dominant smartphone chipset supplier around the world and in the U.S. market, but MediaTek hopes to change that, especially as average selling prices for phones continue to drop. MediaTek is the premier silicon provider in the entry-level and mid-range smartphone market in China and the company has been steadily boosting the performance of its chips, especially by combining them with LTE modems. Now, MediaTek is looking beyond China and East Asia.

Google's MVNO would reportedly look for best Sprint, T-Mobile or Wi-Fi signal

Google's rumored MVNO service with Sprint and T-Mobile US would hunt for the best available cellular or Wi-Fi signal to route voice, text message and data traffic, according to a Wall Street Journal report.

Report: Apple likely sold more iPhones in China than in the U.S. last quarter

Apple likely sold more iPhone units in China in its most recent quarter than it did in the United States, according to a Financial Times report. If the report proves accurate, this would be the first time iPhone sales in China have outpaced those in the U.S. market.

T-Mobile launches 'Score' rewards program to give customers discounts on phones

T-Mobile US is looking to give its customers discounts when they upgrade to a new smartphone, hoping to ameliorate the cost of a new phone since the carrier does not offer subsidized devices.

AT&T to nab Nextel Mexico for $1.88B from bankrupt NII Holdings

AT&T said it will acquire the Mexican wireless assets of bankrupt NII Holdings for $1.875 billion, less outstanding net debt. The deal marks AT&T's latest expansion south of the U.S border following its $2.5 billion purchase of Mexican carrier Iusacell, which closed earlier this month.

Cablevision to launch Wi-Fi-only mobile service Freewheel, starting at $10/month

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Cablevision is launching a Wi-Fi-only mobile service to offer customers an alternative to traditional cellular wireless plans, banking on its network of 1.1 million Wi-Fi hotspots to attract customers.

Space Data looks to monetize Narrowband PCS spectrum to fund LTE deployments

Space Data is looking to monetize its Narrowband PCS (NPCS) spectrum licenses to get funds to launch LTE service in remote areas of Alaska or the Gulf of Mexico. Space Data said it retained the brokerage and investment banking firm Stifel to advise it on selling or potentially using the NPCS spectrum as collateral to fund future deployments.

Report: Qualcomm working on updated Snapdragon 810 chip for Samsung's Galaxy S6

Qualcomm is expected to provide Samsung Electronics with a new version of its Snapdragon 810 chipset in March for the next version of Samsung's flagship Galaxy S smartphone, according to a Wall Street Journal report. The report came after Bloomberg reported that Samsung would not use Qualcomm silicon in the next version of its phone because the Qualcomm chipset overheated during testing. Instead, Samsung will reportedly use its own chipset.

Sprint's Boost pumps up data from 1 GB to 2.5 GB for $35/month plan with auto-pay

Sprint's Boost Mobile prepaid brand is giving customers on its entry-level $35 plan an increase in data to 2.5 GB when they sign up for automatic payment.

Sprint offers $200 trade-in credit, $350 to cover ETFs for switching T-Mobile customers

To step up its efforts to fend off rising competition from T-Mobile, Sprint is offering to guarantee all T-Mobile customers a minimum of $200 in instant trade-in value when they go to participating Sprint stores and trade in their current working T-Mobile smartphone and switch to Sprint.

Verizon's Shammo: Don't expect us to launch a rollover data plan anytime soon

Don't expect Verizon Wireless to join its rivals in offering a rollover data plan, according to Verizon Communications CFO Fran Shammo.

Analysts: AT&T could spend $20-22B in AWS-3 auction, more than Verizon

AT&T's disclosure that it entered into credit agreements worth more than $11 billion has prompted some financial analysts to think that the company may wind up buying more airwaves at the AWS-3 spectrum auction than Verizon Wireless, spending anywhere from $20 billion to $22 billion at the auction.

AT&T expands carrier aggregation to NY, San Fran and more

AT&T has expanded its use of carrier aggregation to include major markets such as New York, San Francisco and Dallas.

CTIA's Baker praises Republican net neutrality bills, but AT&T's Stephenson sees lawsuits ahead

Representatives from the wireless and cable industry lobbies heaped praise on a Republican legislative proposal to ensure net neutrality. However, Democrats remained skeptical because it would stop the FCC from reclassifying broadband as a telecommunications service under Title II of the Telecommunications Act. Meanwhile, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson said he sees the new rules from the FCC triggering lawsuits that could go all the way up the U.S. Supreme Court.

T-Mobile to let lower-credit customers who pay on time get access to $0-down smartphones

T-Mobile US is giving every customer with a monthly voice plan who has made or makes 12 consecutive on-time monthly bill payments access to zero-down financing for smartphones regardless of their credit score.

Reports: Google wants to become MVNO of Sprint, T-Mobile to spur lower prices and better networks

Google is in discussions with Sprint and T-Mobile US to launch an MVNO service on their networks aimed at getting wireless carriers to cut prices and improve their service, according to multiple reports.

Verizon resilient in Q4 with 2M new postpaid subs

Verizon Wireless delivered strong subscriber growth in the fourth quarter, beating financial analysts' expectations, but the carrier also saw higher than usual churn and its margins dipped amid increasing promotions. Taken together, the results show that while Verizon continues to show resilience it is not immune to rising competition from Sprint, T-Mobile US and AT&T Mobility.

Microsoft shows off Windows 10 for mobile, as Nadella promises a wide range of phones

Microsoft demonstrated how its forthcoming Windows 10 operating system will work on phones and tablets as well as PCs and other devices, and previewed several key features on devices powered by the next generation of the company's main software platform. The software giant is creating a unified operating system that will let developers write universal apps for multiple device sizes, in a bid to jumpstart Microsoft's weak market position in mobile.

CableLabs CEO Phil McKinney dishes on Wi-Fi and LTE unlicensed

Former Hewlett-Packard CTO Phil McKinney was hired as president and CEO of the research consortium CableLabs 28 months ago to pick up the pace of innovation in the cable industry. In an interview with FierceCable, McKinney discussed why Wi-Fi is such a focus right now for MSOs, how Wi-Fi can affect the TV Everywhere model, and using LTE in unlicensed spectrum. Hot Seat