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Verizon Wireless plans to launch Wi-Fi calling in mid-2015

Verizon Wireless plans to introduce Wi-Fi calling in the middle of next year but does not see an urgent need for it, according to Verizon Communications CFO Fran Shammo.

Apple, Samsung face new obstacles in China after carriers move to slash device subsidies

Apple, Samsung Electronics and other makers of high-end smartphones could face steeper hurdles in the Chinese market after operators there said they will cut the amount of money they pay to OEMs to subsidize smartphones. According to  Bloomberg, the payment cuts could amount to around $3.9 billion.

What the popularity of handset financing plans means for the iPhone 6

Since the iPhone was first released seven years ago, the vast majority of American iPhone shoppers have purchased their device for around $200 with a two-year service contract. But this year, things could be much different.

Report: Device financing boosts sales of high-end iPhone 5s

An uptick in U.S. wireless customers using device financing plans has led to an increase in sales of the  more expensive Apple iPhone 5s among customers who activated iPhones, according to a new report from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners.

Analysts: AT&T comfortable with spectrum position for 2-3 years

AT&T's management thinks the carrier has enough runway with its wireless spectrum portfolio to last for the next two to three years, but the carrier fully intends to compete in upcoming spectrum auctions to augment its capacity, according to financial analysts.

Report: Smartphone upgrade plan enrollment hits 31% in U.S.

Enrollment in smartphone upgrade plans among U.S. consumers has more than quadrupled since September 2013, going from 7 to 31 percent by the end of the first quarter of 2014, according to a new report from the NPD Group. The report is yet another data point indicating a major shift in how Americans pay for their cell phones.

AT&T expects 800,000 postpaid subscriber adds in Q2, 3.2M Next additions

AT&T Mobility forecasted sharply higher postpaid subscriber additions for the second quarter than it had in the year-ago period, and also said it expects more customers than ever before to buy smartphones via its Next handset upgrade program.

Verizon tweaks Edge handset upgrade program, as analysts predict installment plans to boom

Verizon Wireless made changes to its Edge handset upgrade program that require customers to pay off 60 percent of a device's costs before upgrading, up from 50 percent before. The changes come as analysts are predicting that more devices will be financed in the U.S. in 2014 than previously expected.

NTelos promises forthcoming device financing plan will be 'competitively priced'

Sprint wholesale partner nTelos Wireless felt that it needed to follow larger carriers by offering a device installment plan, but the company intends to make its offering compelling in terms of price and value, according to an nTelos executive.

nTelos Wireless to launch device installment plan this summer, but impact still unclear

Sprint wholesale partner nTelos Wireless plans to launch an equipment installment plan later this summer similar to offerings from larger carriers, but the financial and competitive impact of the launch is still not clear.