Companies like Google, Republic Wireless and others are taking advantage of this trend by offering "Wi-Fi-first" service plans that push users' data traffic onto Wi-Fi networks if they are available, and fall back only to cellular when necessary (thereby keeping costs low). But such services may be the start of something much bigger.
A Microsoft decision to lay off close to 8,000 staff and take a $7.6 billion (€6.8 billion) hit on its mobile phone business is regarded as tantamout to an admission that the company has failed in the broader wireless hardware market as well as in its bid to keep the Windows operating system (OS) relevant.
In what sure sounds like a case of strange bedfellows, the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), the Radio & Television Digital News Association, Microsoft, Open Technology Institute at New America, Public Knowledge, Free Press and Common Cause are among the parties jointly asking the FCC to back off a staff recommendation to relocate TV stations in the duplex gap after next year's incentive auction.
Microsoft said it will cut around 7,800 jobs, mostly from its phone business, and record an impairment charge of around $7.6 billion related to its purchase of Nokia's devices and services business. The layoffs and restructuring charges are the latest indication that Microsoft has not been able to gain traction in the smartphone market following its $7.2 billion deal for Nokia's handset business, which closed in April 2014.
Every year, FierceWireless ranks the top 10 highest-paid executives in the wireless industry, and every year executives from the nation's largest wireless carriers top the list. But not this time.
CTIA said that a group of wireless carriers and smartphone makers had implemented a set of voluntary principles aimed at stopping smartphone theft. The announcement came just as a California law requiring smartphones sold in the state to have a "kill switch" went into effect.
Making good on its promise to investors to turn its 2011 purchase of NBCUniversal into a cross-platform-advertising powerhouse, Comcast has pulled back the veil to its broad, multi-media advertising product, which it calls "Symphony."
Nokia CEO Rajeev Suri confirmed the rumors that have been swirling around the company for a few months, and said that next year the company will re-enter the mobile phone market by licensing its brands and designs.
Some big names came together at a Washington, D.C., event this week to voice their concerns about Globalstar's proposed terrestrial lower power service (TLPS). Among them: Google, Microsoft, the Wi-Fi Alliance, the Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (WISPA) and the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA).
Microsoft is reshuffling its leadership team, and devices chief Stephen Elop is leaving the company as part of the shakeup. Elop, a Microsoft executive who had been CEO of Nokia, returned to Microsoft when the software giant completed its acquisition of Nokia's handset business in April 2014.