Comverse sells business-support systems assets to Amdocs for $272M; FCC fines AT&T over Lifeline

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> Samsung's Tizen store is now available globally. Article

> H2O said it will offer an LTE version of its Bolt device since Sprint is shutting down its WiMAX network. Article

> T-Mobile US MVNO Ultra Mobile is introducing two new pricing plans: One for $34 per month with 2 GB of high-speed data and 1,000 minutes, and one for $44 per month with 2.5 GB of high-speed data and unlimited calling. Release

> UVA Mobile said it will offer a contract-free, two-line share plan powered by T-Mobile's network. Release

> IDC said smartphone vendors worldwide shipped a total of 336.5 million smartphones in the first quarter, up 16.7 percent from the first quarter of last year but down 10.9 percent from the fourth quarter. Release

> T-Mobile's CEO denied the company is throttling its unlimited customers. Article

> The FCC levied fines against AT&T and SNET over violations of the Lifeline program. Article

> According to the Wall Street Journal, a faulty Taptic engine is slowing the rollout of the Apple Watch. Article

> Mosaik Solutions announced its new NetworkValidator, which the company said "enables customers to determine wireless network availability at hundreds or thousands of locations in minutes." Release

> Comverse is selling its business-support systems assets to Amdocs for $272 million. Article

> According to Strategy Analytics, Apple's iPhone commanded 12 percent of the smartphone market in China in the first quarter. Release

Wireless Tech News

> The Competitive Carriers Association (CCA) wants the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) to adopt technical requirements for the National Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN) that maximize interoperability of the network. Article

> Broadcom announced a new portfolio of Wi-Fi Wave 2 solutions for enterprise wireless access points (APs). The expanded portfolio targets various segments of the enterprise and cloud WLAN markets, including campus, education, hospitality, healthcare and public venues. Article

Telecom News

> While Calix reported that first-quarter 2015 revenue was $91 million, up 6.1 percent from $85.8 million for the first quarter of 2014, it said that slow budgets from its largest service provider customers could have an impact on second-quarter revenues. Article

Cable News

> Driven by what it says are improvements in products and customer service, Time Warner Cable added 30,000 video subscribers in the first quarter, the first quarterly addition of TV subscribers for the MSO since first quarter 2009. Article

> Following an active start to 2015, during which Arris entered a $135 million co-venture with Charter Communications to purchase cloud-based video software company ActiveVideo, then put down a whopping $2.1 billion to buy competitor Pace LLC, company president and CEO Bob Stanzione put the acquisitions in context for investors. Article

And finally… An iPad "test model" was stolen during a robbery. Article

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