Apple may hold iPad event Oct. 16; Sprint's Virgin Mobile tweaks pricing

Quick news from around the Web.

> Sprint's Virgin Mobile tweaked its pricing options and added a $20 per month option. Article

> AT&T Mobility said it will sell the Motorola Moto G LTE started Oct. 10 for $179.99 with no annual commitment. Post. AT&T also said it will sell the AT&T Velocity mobile hotspot for $169.99 with no annual commitment (post) and the Samsung Rugby 4 push to talk phone for $269.99 at no annual commitment. Post

> AT&T Mobility retailer Spring Mobile, a wholly owned subsidiary of GameStop, announced it acquired 53 retail store locations from Product Center. Release

> Apple will reportedly hold an event Oct. 16 to announce new iPads. Article

> Apple could have recorded up to 2 million iPhone 6 pre-orders in the first six hours of the gadgets' availability in China. Article

> Netflix updated its mobile Android app. Article

> Square closed a new round of investments that values the company at around $6 billion. Article

> U.S. Cellular is offering the new Moto X Android smartphone for $99.99 with a two-year contract. Article

> Sprint is offering free calls to Mexico through next year. Article

Wireless Tech News

> The FCC's proposal to add 22 MHz to support Wi-Fi would provide a significant economic boost for consumers, generating $11 billion in gross domestic product (GDP) per year and creating nearly 90,000 jobs, according to the American Consumer Institute Center for Citizen Research (ACI). Article

> The FBI is keeping under wraps the use of a device that lets police officers zero in on the location of cell phones--and thereby persons of interest or suspects, according to a document released through a Freedom of Information Act request. Article

> The Open Interconnect Consortium (OIC), whose founding members include Intel, Cisco Systems and Samsung, said it added 27 new members, bringing its total to 32. Article

Telecom News

> Alaskan telecom provider GCI plans to offer 1 Gbps Internet to Fairbanks customers by 2016, making Fairbanks the third community in Alaska where GCI has promised to deliver faster Internet speeds. GCI previously announced plans for 1 Gbps service in Juneau and Anchorage. Article

> Dark fiber and small cells represent the next stage of the wireless backhaul land grab. Editor's Corner

Cable News

> After getting "creamed" in negotiations with content suppliers, Sony will offer its new OTT-based pay-TV service at a consumer price of about $80 a month. Article

European Wireless News

> The head of Vodafone Netherlands said the country is in desperate need of a third provider of converged services, as the company launched a DSL-based service that enables it to offer fixed Internet, phone and TV services on a nationwide basis. Article

> Orange became the second operator in Europe to sign a direct connectivity supply deal with electric car maker Tesla, with an agreement covering wireless services in France. Article

And finally… The iPhone 6 is reportedly ripping out some users' hair. Article

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