Apple struck a long-sought deal with China Mobile for the world's largest carrier by subscribers to carry its iPhones, according to a Wall Street Journal report, which could give Apple a major boost in the world's biggest smartphone market.
AT&T is considering buying Verizon Wireless' lower 700 MHz A Block spectrum, according to a Wall Street Journal report. The result could be a bidding war between AT&T and T-Mobile US, which has reportedly also been interested in the airwaves.
The National Security Agency is tracking the location data and movements of hundreds of millions of mobile devices overseas and is also occasionally scooping up location data on U.S. citizens as part of a massive surveillance effort to track foreign intelligence targets, according to documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.
AT&T Mobility tweaked the pricing of its Mobile Share shared data plans for contract customers, and also introduced new "Mobile Share Value" shared data plans that are less expensive and are targeted at no-contract customers. The actions are likely a response to the success rival T-Mobile US has enjoyed this year since removing handset subsidy costs and two-year contracts from its pricing plans.
Dish Network has officially registered its intent to bid in the FCC's upcoming 1900 MHz PCS H Block spectrum auction--and it is likely to secure a significant amount of licenses since it is the only major company planning to participate in the auction. If Dish is successful in winning H Block licenses, the company would notably improve its already significant spectrum portfolio.
The Competitive Carriers Association urged the FCC to form a special wireless competition task force to explore several key issues it argues are interrelated, such as spectrum aggregation and spectrum auctions. The issues the CCA wants the task force to look at are ones the group, which represents the interests of small carriers, has argued for in the past, but the CCA now says the FCC needs to look how the issues are connected.
China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology issued licenses for the TD-LTE standard to the country's three carriers, China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom. The granting of the licenses could pave the way for Apple's iPhone 5s and 5c to fnally land on China Mobile.
Sprint said it will use technology from Mobolize, an endpoint web optimization startup, to offer enterprise customers ways to more effectively manage fixed and wireless bandwidth, and to access services while offline. Sprint said it will use the technology across its wireless, cloud and wireline offerings.
Two leading Republican lawmakers said Tuesday they want to start a multi-year effort to reform the Communications Acts of 1996 and update it for the age of broadband communications and next-generation wireless services.
H2O Wireless, an MVNO that is managed by Fort Lee, N.J.-based Locus Telecommunications and runs on AT&T Mobility's network, has revived an unlimited data offer that it had discontinued in 2011.