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Aio Wireless Takes a Page from Sprint's 'Framily' Plans

Today, 11:58 AM

Aio Wireless, which is owned and operated by AT&T, today announced new service plans that offer increasing discounts for adding lines to a single account. The Group Save plans are available today to accounts with two to five lines of service. According to Aio Wireless, a two-line account will pay full price for the first line and then receive a $10 discount on the second line. A three-line account will receive a $10 discount for the second line and a $20 discount for the third line. Four- and five line accounts will receive a $10 discount on the first line, a $20 discount on the second line, and a $30 discount on the fourth (and fifth) lines. The idea is similar to that of Sprint's Framily Plans, which offer increasing per-line discounts the more lines are added to a single account. AT&T is in the process of acquiring prepaid provider Cricket Wireless. The Aio Wireless brand will eventually be retired in favor of Cricket Wireless.


AT&T Says BlackBerry 10.2.1 Available to Q10, Z10

Today, 9:31 AM

AT&T today said owners of the BlackBerry Q10 and Z10 smartphones can download and install BlackBerry OS 10.2.1. This update adds a wide range of new features to the Q10 and Z10 handsets. Some include: a customizable pinch gesture for filtering BlackBerry Hub content; the ability to access BBM from within any app; improved sound for BBM voice/video chats; more lock screen notifications; picture password; and improved battery life monitoring. AT&T says the free update can be installed manually via Wi-Fi.


AT&T Offers Taste of KitKat to Galaxy S4 Active

Today, 9:04 AM

AT&T today announced the availability of the Android 4.4 KitKat operating system for the Samsung Galaxy S4. The update is being rolled out gradually, but owners can manually download using the system settings. The update is free.


Phone Makers, Carriers to Add Anti-Theft Tools to Phones

Yesterday, 3:44 PM   updated Yesterday, 3:49 PM

The CTIA Wireless Association today said a number of handset makers and wireless network operators have agreed to a basic framework that will eventually provide consumers with better anti-theft tools for their smartphones. The Smartphone Anti-Theft Voluntary Commitment is meant to deter theft while also giving phone makers and carriers room to innovate. All the companies agreed to implement a baseline anti-theft tool preloaded on (or downloadable to) all wireless smartphones manufactured after July 2015. This tool will let consumers: remotely wipe their data; render the smartphone inoperable to unauthorized users; prevent reactivation without owner's consent; and reverse the inoperability of the device as well as restore the data to the device in the event it is found by the owner. Consumers will also be free to use whatever third-party anti-theft tools they wish in addition to those provided by the phone maker. All signatories will make the baseline anti-theft tool available with all its core features. The initial batch of companies signing the commitment include: Apple; Asurion; AT&T; Google; HTC America; Huawei; Motorola; Microsoft; Nokia; Samsung; Sprint; T-Mobile; U.S. Cellular; and Verizon Wireless. Some of those who haven't signed include Kyocera, LG, Sony, ZTE. A number of lawmakers lauded the commitment, which arrives several months after Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler mandated that wireless companies come up with such a solution or face regulatory intervention.


T-Mobile Kills Overage Charges, Challenges Others to Follow

Monday, 8:29 AM

T-Mobile today announced that it will abolish the practice of charging overage fees beginning in May. The change will apply to all T-Mobile customers, no matter what plan they subscribe to. Overage fees are generally charged when a customer surpasses their monthly limit for voice minutes, messaging, or data use. Further, T-Mobile CEO John Legere challenged AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon to do the same thing. "Charging overage fees is a greedy, predatory practice that needs to go," said Legere. "Today I'm laying down a challenge to AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint to join T-Mobile in ending these outrageous overage penalties for all consumers – because it's the right thing to do." Legere kicked off a Change.org petition and is asking consumers to sign it in order to force change at T-Mobile's competitors.


Isis Mobile Wallet App Updated with Local Offers

Saturday, 7:40 AM

Isis recently issued an update to its Android mobile wallet application and added several new features. Isis now works better with location data and can help the owner find offers and stores near them that accept Isis. The app also works more closely with the credit card issuer, which can notify users of special offers available only to them. The app has a new icon, as well. Isis Mobile Wallet is free to download from the Google Play Store, but requires a major credit card from select issuers to use for tap-and-go payments at participating retailers. Isis is a joint venture backed by AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless.


AT&T, Sprint, Verizon Nix Download Booster from GS5

Apr 10, 2014, 10:48 AM

Samsung's Download Booster, a feature of the Galaxy S5 meant to improve file download speeds, has been removed from the device by AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon Wireless. The companies did not provide a reason for cutting the app. T-Mobile will be the only major U.S. carrier to support the feature. Download Booster splits file downloads between Wi-Fi and LTE in order to create faster speeds. AnandTech reports that Download Booster only works with files from apps such as the Google Play Store, YouTube, Facebook, and the browser that are larger than 30MB. Download Booster's usefulness will vary depending on local network connections.


HTC One Reaches Most Carrier Stores Today

Apr 10, 2014, 9:48 AM

HTC said the One (M8) should be available in carrier retail stores (AT&T, Sprint, etc.) around the country beginning today. It was previously only at Verizon stores.

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AT&T and Transit Wireless Eye 242 More NYC Subway Stops

Apr 9, 2014, 8:03 AM

AT&T and Transit Wireless today announced plans to expand their current project, which is bringing wireless service to New York City's subway stations. Transit and its partners have already lit up service at 30 stations, mostly in midtown Manhattan, with several sprinkled throughout the Chelsea neighborhood, as well. Transit is already working on Phase Two of its project, which will add cell service to 29 underground stations in the borough of Queens and 11 more in Manhattan by the end of summer. AT&T and Transit said they will eventually offer service in an additional 242 stations around the city, though they didn't provide a timeframe for the expansion or details on exactly which stations. Transit also partners with Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon, but they haven't yet announced plans to offer expanded coverage.


Hands-On: Nokia Lumia 630/635

Apr 2, 2014, 7:46 PM

Here are our first impressions of the Nokia Lumia 630 and 635. This entry-level Windows Phone replaces the 520 and offers a lot of smartphone for the buck. It runs Windows Phone 8.1 and adds support for LTE 4G networks, including those run by AT&T and T-Mobile.

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Verizon Matches Cost of AT&T's 10GB Shared Plan

Apr 2, 2014, 2:35 PM

Verizon Wireless has quietly lowered the price it charges More Everything smartphone customers with a 10GB (or higher) bucket. In effect, the price has been dropped to $160 per month for four smartphones using a 10GB data allotment. The price now matches exactly that charged by AT&T for the same number of lines and same amount of data. AT&T reconfigured its Mobile Share plans in February and has been advertising them heavily.


AT&T, T-Mobile, MetroPCS to Sell Nokia Lumia 635

Apr 2, 2014, 2:28 PM

AT&T, T-Mobile, and MetroPCS all indicated today that they will sell the Nokia Lumia 635 smartphone once it becomes available later this year. The phone features a 4.5-inch screen, quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor, 5-megapixel camera, LTE 4G, and Windows Phone 8.1


AT&T's Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Earns KitKat Update

Mar 27, 2014, 10:30 AM

AT&T today made Android 4.4 KitKat available to its variant of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. In addition to the operating system upgrade, the update makes tweaks to the user interface, lets users set the default messaging app, improves GPS performance, adds wireless printing, and makes it easier to access the camera from the lock screen. The update is free to download and install.


Sprint to Support 700MHz Band 12 In Its Phones

Mar 27, 2014, 7:29 AM

Sprint plans to add support for 700MHz Band 12 in some of its devices beginning next year. Sprint does not own any 700MHz spectrum, but hopes to use the 700MHz capabilities to forge better roaming agreements with small, regional carriers. It is part of Sprint's larger plan to expand the reach of its network through partnerships with competitors, such as the Competitive Carrier Association's Data Access Hub. Some of the carriers that support 700MHz Band 12 include U.S. Cellular and C Spire Wireless. Additionally, AT&T has agreed to support 700MHz Band 12 thanks to the FCC's interoperability agreement. Separately, Sprint has forged a partnership with NetAmerica and will together launch a project called the Smart Market Alliance for Rural Transformation. The partnership will operate similar to Verizon Wireless's LTE Rural America program in that Sprint will license its unused 800MHz and 1900MHz spectrum to NetAmerica members that want to build LTE networks of their own. Companies that choose this path will also have the option of using Sprint's core network. Regional carriers that build LTE using Sprint's spectrum will be able to provide their own customers with roaming on Sprint's network, and vice versa. The program helps Sprint as much as it does smaller carriers, as Sprint doesn't offer coverage in many rural areas.


FCC Undecided On Incentive Auction Caps

Mar 27, 2014, 7:08 AM

The Federal Communications Commission has yet to make a decision on how it will handle spectrum caps for the upcoming reverse auction for 600MHz airwaves. Small, regional carriers have been lobbying the FCC to put limits on the amount of spectrum larger carriers - namely AT&T and Verizon - can acquire in the auction. AT&T and Verizon already control massive amounts of low-band spectrum with their 700MHz holdings. Low-band spectrum is valued more highly due to its propagation characteristics. AT&T and Verizon argue that any caps would be unfair and harm the auction's ability to earn money for the federal government. "The FCC retains its authority to design these auctions in a way that promotes competition including ensuring licenses are available only to certain kinds of carriers and a cap on how much spectrum you can acquire. All those things are being considered," said the FCC's Roger Sherman. The FCC is hoping that television stations will agree to give up their 600MHz spectrum, which the FCC will in turn sell to the wireless network operators. The proceeds from the auction will repay the television stations and help fund a public safety network. The auction is expected to take place by the middle of 2015.


Sprint, T-Mobile, Rural Carriers Prepping 'Data Hub'

Mar 26, 2014, 2:07 PM

The Competitive Carrier Association is expected to announce what it calls the Data Access Hub at an event later this week. The Hub is a collection of roaming agreements between small, rural carriers and larger ones, such as Sprint and T-Mobile. The purpose of the Hub is to give Sprint and T-Mobile access to the rural networks of regional carriers, and give those regional carriers access to Sprint and T-Mobile's metropolitan LTE 4G networks. With expanded coverage, Sprint and T-Mobile will be better able to compete with AT&T and Verizon Wireless. "The hub is all about providing coverage," said CCA president Steve Berry to CNET. "It would take billions of dollars and several years to build the kind of coverage AT&T and Verizon have today. That's why this concept of the hub is so empowering to smaller players and bigger operators like Sprint and T-Mobile. It gives them choices and incentives to invest in the networks they already operate." Carriers need only sign a single agreement with the Hub, and they'll be granted roaming access to all the other carriers that participate in the Hub. The Hub will include all current wireless technologies, including 2G, 3G, and LTE 4G. Berry said devices that can support nearly all U.S. LTE bands are on the way and, together with VoLTE, will give Hub members' customers a much better experience as they move around the country. More details will be revealed on Thursday.


AT&T Rolling Out KitKat for HTC One mini

Mar 26, 2014, 12:28 PM

AT&T today said the Android 4.4 KitKat update is now available for the HTC One mini. The update can be downloaded and installed via Wi-Fi. In addition to the system update, the revised operating system adds Sense 5.5. Some of the improvements include: new user interface for the email app; lock screen access to the camera application; immersive viewing mode for media such as books, videos, and games; new clock interface; and more options for BlinkFeed. Android 4.4 KitKat with Sense 5.5 is free to download an install.


AT&T Seeks to Buy More 700MHz and AWS Spectrum

Mar 20, 2014, 4:27 PM

AT&T has filed preliminary paperwork with the Federal Communications Commission seeking to transfer spectrum licenses and other assets from several small companies to itself. The companies include NTCH with its affiliate WGH Communications and Milkyway Broadband (both 700MHz), and Paul Bunyon Rural Telephone Company (AWS). Specifically, NTCH/WGH would transfer to AT&T 12MHz of Lower 700MHz B Block spectrum in 18 counties in six Cellular Market Areas (CMAs) across parts of Georgia, Florida, Maryland, Nevada, New Mexico, and Texas. Milkway would transfer to AT&T 12MHz of Lower 700MHz C Block spectrum in 71 counties in 15 CMAs across parts of Florida, Georgia, New Jersey, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, and Virginia. Last, Paul Bunyon would transfer to AT&T 20MHz of AWS-1 A Block spectrum in nine counties in three CMAs in parts of Minnesota and North Dakota. AT&T said the spectrum transfers will allow it to increase the coverage and performance of its LTE 4G network. The FCC has accepted the initial applications.


AT&T Reveals Samsung Galaxy S5 Launch Details

Mar 20, 2014, 11:14 AM

AT&T today announced when the Galaxy S5 will go on sale and how much it will cost. Preorders for the device begin Friday, March 21. The GS5 will cost $199.99 with a new contract or $25 per month with an AT&T Next plan. The full retail price for the phone will be $649.99. AT&T says the phone will begin shipping in early April. AT&T also announced the availability of the Samsung Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo, and Gear Fit wearable devices. The Gear 2 will cost $299, the Gear 2 Neo will cost $199, and the Gear Fit will cost $199. Preorders start March 21 and they will ship in early April. AT&T is offering a $50 discount off the price of a Gear 2 or Gear 2 Neo when purchased together with the Galaxy S5.


AT&T Moto X 4.4.2 System Update Now Available

Mar 19, 2014, 7:47 AM

Motorola and AT&T have begun pushing Android 4.4.2 KitKat to the Moto X. The minor system update adds the ability to print documents/images via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, or internet printers; improves battery life; resolves a bug that led to email sync delays; and fixes a bug that caused data connectivity to fail outside the U.S. The update can be installed over the air.


LG G Pro 2 Sales Kick Off Across Asia, U.S. Launch Unknown

Mar 18, 2014, 6:59 AM

LG today officially launched the G Pro 2 smartphone in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Philippine, Vietnam, Indonesia, and other countries. The phone, which was announced at Mobile World Congress last month, includes a 5.9-inch full HD screen, quad-core processor, 13-megapixel camera, and LG's Knock Code unlocking feature. U.S. carriers haven't yet announced plans to sell the device, though last year's G Pro was sold by AT&T.


Aio Wireless Brand to Be Abandoned in Favor of Cricket

Mar 13, 2014, 8:02 PM

With its acquisition of Leap Wireless now closed, AT&T was quick to provide some guidance to both Cricket Wireless and Aio Wireless customers on how the transition will unfold. To start, Cricket Wireless customers don't need to do anything right now. They can continue to use their existing device, number, and rate plan. AT&T will integrate Cricket's operations and network into its own. Cricket customers will be able to select a new device and plan once Cricket's back end is added to AT&T's. These new Cricket devices will run on AT&T's LTE 4G network, however, and not Cricket's existing CDMA network. AT&T said this integration will take several weeks to complete before the new devices and plans will be available. Customers of AT&T's existing prepaid brand, Aio Wireless, will notice only some minor changes. AT&T said Aio customers will be able to use the same devices and plans they've been using, but the Aio Wireless brand will be folded in favor of the Cricket brand. In a prepared statement, AT&T said, "The new Cricket is taking the very best from each brand and focusing on providing customers with simple, affordable no-annual-contract wireless that's easy every step of the way." More information will become available in the weeks ahead.


AT&T Closes Acquisition of Leap Wireless

Mar 13, 2014, 7:50 PM

AT&T today announced that it has closed its proposed acquisition of Leap Wireless. The transaction was just approved by the Federal Communications Commission this afternoon, though AT&T and Leap's boards had already approved the deal months ago. According to AT&T, Cricket will be integrated with AT&T's existing operations over the coming weeks to create "the new Cricket." AT&T is promising to shake up the no-contract market with low-cost plans, strong devices, and an expanded network. The new Cricket will take advantage of AT&T's LTE 4G network rather than Cricket's CDMA network. AT&T expects Cricket's 4.6 million customers to fully migrate to its devices and network within 18 months. In addition to acquiring Cricket's customers, AT&T landed PCS and AWS spectrum licenses that it calls "largely complementary" to its existing holdings. Some of the Cricket spectrum covers approximately 41 million people and is completely unused. AT&T will begin using this spectrum for LTE as soon as possible to provide additional capacity to its 4G network. AT&T said the deal's closing will impact its first-quarter financials. It will detail how much when it reports first-quarter earnings in April.


Straight Talk Now Selling Nano SIM Cards

Mar 13, 2014, 4:03 PM

Straight Talk, an MVNO that runs a bring-your-own-device service, is now offering nano SIM cards. Nano SIMs are the smallest SIM cards available, and fit devices such as the iPhone 5/5s/5c, Moto X, and select Droids. The nano SIM cards cost $6.99. Customers can buy the SIM cards directly from Straight Talk and use them in unlocked GSM handsets. Service plans for smartphones start at $45 per month and include unlimited voice minutes and messaging, and 2.5GB of high-speed data. Straight Talk's service runs on the networks of both AT&T and T-Mobile around the U.S.


FCC Approves AT&T's Purchase of Cricket with Conditions

Mar 13, 2014, 3:22 PM

The Federal Communications Commission today approved AT&T's proposed purchase of Leap Wireless and its assets, including Cricket Wireless. The acquisition includes 4.6 million customers, as well as spectrum, network equipment, and other assets, all of which will be transferred from Leap to AT&T. However, based on the FCC's analysis of the proposal, AT&T has to agree to a handful of conditions. First, AT&T has to divest some spectrum in select markets in southern Texas. Second, AT&T has to deploy LTE on Leap's unused spectrum within three to 12 months after the deal closes. Third, AT&T has to deploy LTE in six Texas markets within 18 months. Fourth, AT&T has to offer certain low-cost rate plans. Fifth, AT&T has to offer a device trade-in program for both smartphones and feature phones. Further, AT&T has to maintain Cricket's current CDMA-based roaming agreements for as long as it continues to operate the CDMA network. Last, AT&T has to divest ownership that Leap has in a competitive wireless telecommunications provider (if Leap doesn't divest them before the deal closes). As long as AT&T does all these things, the FCC believes the proposal will have minimal impact on the competitive nature of the market and will be a net benefit to customers who will eventually gain access to AT&T's LTE 4G network. Neither AT&T nor Cricket has said exactly when they expect the deal to close.


SoftBank CEO Critical of U.S. Wireless Market

Mar 11, 2014, 4:49 PM

SoftBank CEO and Sprint Chairman Masayoshi Son spoke to lawmakers today about the state of the U.S. wireless market. According to Son, the networks aren't fast enough and consumers are paying too much for them. "American consumers use less data traffic, but pay more. Is that a good situation?" posed Son. Son pitched the idea of entering the home broadband market as an alternative for consumers to companies such as Comcast, Time Warner, AT&T, and Verizon. "We need an alternative. I would like to volunteer, we would like to be the alternative," said Son. "We got the technology, we have to deploy many cells, it requires a lot of capital expenditure, it requires a lot of scale. We are bringing new technology to the States. Speed matters, with better speed we can bring next-generation applications and content." Son hopes his remarks help change the minds of those who might otherwise shoot down Sprint's possible acquisition of T-Mobile.


SoftBank on T-Mobile: 'We Have to Give It a Shot'

Mar 11, 2014, 7:24 AM

SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son is convinced the only way Sprint and T-Mobile can compete against AT&T and Verizon is for the two smaller carriers to merge. Speaking on television with Charlie Rose, Son indicated that even though U.S. regulators have warned such a deal would face stiff opposition, Sprint is going to pursue T-Mobile anyway. "We would like to make the deal happen, but there are steps and details that we have to work out," said Son. "We have to give it a shot." AT&T and Verizon together control two-thirds of the U.S. wireless market. Even combined, Sprint and T-Mobile would be smaller than AT&T and Verizon Wireless by tens of millions of customers. Son said if the deal goes through, he'll launch a price war against the two larger carriers in order to break up the duopoly. Son and his team are actively engaging people in the wireless industry as well as in the government in order to convince them the deal has merit. Only after Son feels he has swayed their opinions will the company make an official bid for T-Mobile.


AT&T Drops Mobile Share Value Plan Cost for 1 or 2 Lines

Mar 8, 2014, 2:00 PM

AT&T today announced changes to its Mobile Share Value Plans, which are available to one or two lines. Under the old plan, a single 2GB Mobile Share Value line cost $80 per month ($55 for 2GB bucket plus $25 device access charge). Beginning March 9, the 2GB Mobile Share Value Plan drops to $65 per month ($40 for 2GB bucket plus $25 device access charge) - a savings of $15 per month. Under the new pricing, two lines will cost a total of $90 per month ($40 for 2GB bucket plus $25 access charge for each device). The Mobile Share Value plans include unlimited voice minutes and unlimited national and international messaging. AT&T said that both new and existing customers will be able to take advantage of these new rates, no matter what method used to purchase their device (contract, AT&T Next, etc.). Last, all Mobile Share Value customers can sign up to receive 50GB of free cloud storage using AT&T Locker. AT&T recommends that customers needing three or more lines use its Mobile Share Family Plans, which offer three lines 10GB of data and unlimited voice/messaging for $145.

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AT&T Debuts Entry-Level LG A380

Mar 7, 2014, 1:48 PM

AT&T recently added the LG A380 to its roster of entry-level flip phones. The A380's features suggest that its target market could be seniors, as it includes an enhanced audio mode to make phone calls louder, and a text-to-speech engine that reads text messages aloud. The A380 also includes a 2.4-inch display, 1.3-megapixel camera, Bluetooth, speakerphone, and support for microSD cards. The A380 costs $20 with a contract or $190 without a contract.


AT&T Quietly Lights Up Carrier Aggregation in Chicago

Mar 6, 2014, 3:10 PM   updated Mar 7, 2014, 10:32 AM

AT&T has improved its LTE network in Chicago and several other markets by using an LTE-Advanced technique called Carrier Aggregation. GigaOm confirmed the soft launch with AT&T SVP of Network Technologies Kris Rinne. With Carrier Aggregation, AT&T has combined the channels of its existing spectrum to double the capacity. AT&T is running LTE in both the 700MHz and AWS bands in Chicago. By aggregating the channels together, AT&T can deliver theoretical peak download speeds of 110Mbps to devices with the proper radio support. At the moment, AT&T is selling only one device with Carrier Aggregation, the Unite mobile hotspot. The Samsung Galaxy S5 is expected to be the first smartphone to support Carrier Aggregation in the U.S. AT&T did not name the other two markets that have access to Carrier Aggregation, but said that more markets on are on the way. Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless are all in various stages of deploying Carrier Aggregation in their own LTE networks.


AT&T Says It Will Be 'Disruptive' With Cricket

Mar 6, 2014, 1:05 PM

AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson today said the company expects to close its acquisition of Leap Wireless by the end of the month, and that it will use the pre-paid carrier's brand to shake things up. "We're going to be fairly aggressive [there]," said Stephenson, to "see if we can be a little disruptive down at that end of the market." Stephenson made the remarks at the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media & Telecom Conference. He explained that though Cricket has a strong brand, potential customers often avoid it due to its limited network coverage. Once AT&T acquires Cricket, that story will change. "All of a sudden overnight, Cricket is going to have nationwide coverage," he said. AT&T didn't announce any specific plans regarding Cricket. Stephenson also noted that the AT&T Next program, which lets customers pay for their devices over time, has become very popular. By the end of December, 20% of new device sales were being financed through AT&T Next rather than subsidized with a standard two-year contract.


Isis Promo Suggests New Yorkers Use It to Pay Cab Fare

Mar 5, 2014, 1:11 PM   updated Mar 5, 2014, 1:20 PM

Isis today announced another promotion with the goal of coaxing smartphone owners into using its tap-and-go mobile payment service. The promotion will give American Express card holders who've registered their card with Isis a statement credit when they use Isis to pay for a ride in a medallioned New York City yellow cab. Isis will credit users back for 50% of the fare up to a maximum of $100. Isis is a joint venture backed by AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless. About two dozen different Android devices are compatible with the system, which requires a secure SIM card, NFC, a credit card from a participating financial firm, and the Isis mobile application. The iPhone requires a separate case, which costs $70, to use Isis. It is free to sign up for Isis.


RadioShack to Shutter As Many As 1,100 Stores

Mar 4, 2014, 8:17 AM

RadioShack reported its fourth quarter earnings today, and revealed that it plans to close twice as many stores as initially forecast. The company said slow foot traffic, heavy promotions, and weak smartphone sales during the holiday season led to a quarterly loss of $191.4 million. The company had warned it would close about 500 stores to cut costs, but has now doubled that number to 1,100. The closures will leave RadioShack with about 4,000 stores still open in the U.S. RadioShack is in the process of updating both its image and its sales strategy with a focus on electronic entertainment devices. It sells devices from AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon Wireless.


AT&T Cops to VoLTE Delay

Feb 28, 2014, 8:32 AM

AT&T this week admitted that its planned late 2013 launch of VoLTE has been delayed. "We're in the final stages of optimization," said Kris Rinne, AT&T's SVP of network technologies in an interview with Fierce Wireless. But added, "It's not quite ready." VoLTE passes voice calls over LTE networks as data rather than through the traditional circuit-switched method used by most cell phones. Verizon Wireless has also delayed plans to launch VoLTE. It initially hoped to launch the service by late 2013, but in December pushed the launch back to mid 2014.


AT&T Spreads LTE to a Handful of Small Markets

Feb 26, 2014, 10:47 AM

AT&T today lit up LTE 4G in a batch of smaller cities and towns around the country. The new markets include Anderson, Ind.; Deridder, La.; Midland, Mich.; Lebanon, Mo; Claremont, N.H.; Lumberton, N.C.; Bismark, N.D.; Bellefontaine and Defiance, Ohio; Greenwood and Seneca, S.C.; and Gainesville, Texas. AT&T customers with LTE-capable devices in these markets should experience improved mobile broadband performance.


Pantech Hopes Debt Restructuring Gives It More Time

Feb 26, 2014, 6:32 AM

Pantech has reached out to its creditors in hopes that they'll allow the ailing firm to restructure its debt. At the moment, Pantech owes creditors more than the entire market capitalization of the company. "Through this [debt] workout, we expect to improve Pantech's financial status and secure a stable flow of liquidity," said Pantech. Pantech's creditors haven't yet agreed to the proposition. Pantech announced reorganization plans last September. It furloughed hundreds of employees, and is no longer selling phones outside of its home market. The last device Pantech brought to the U.S. was the Breeze IV for AT&T.


AT&T Makes It Less Costly to Call and Message Other Countries

Feb 25, 2014, 5:42 AM

AT&T today tweaked its calling and messaging rates for reaching out from the U.S. to people in other countries. Beginning February 28, all Mobile Share and Mobile Share Value customers will be able to send unlimited international text messages for free. This feature will be applied automatically. Additionally, AT&T announced the World Connect Value plan, which lets AT&T customers call any number in more than 35 countries for 1¢ per minute. The World Connect Value plan is available to all AT&T customers for a base charge of $5 per month.


AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile Hop On Galaxy S5 Express

Feb 24, 2014, 2:45 PM

AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile each today affirmed that it will off the Samsung Galaxy S5 when it goes on sale in April. Exact sales dates and pricing were not shared by the carriers.

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AT&T Expands LTE Roaming By Another 13 Countries

Feb 24, 2014, 3:50 AM

AT&T today announced that customers with LTE 4G handsets will soon be able to roam onto the LTE networks operated by various carriers in 13 new countries. The total number of LTE roaming markets is now 15. The new countries include Spain, South Korea, France, Japan, Australia, Switzerland, Malaysia, the Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Guam, Hong Kong, and Antigua/Barbuda. AT&T is the only U.S. carrier that has announced LTE roaming deals to date.


Transit Wireless Enters Phase 2 of NYC Subway Project

Feb 19, 2014, 10:33 AM   updated Feb 19, 2014, 11:00 AM

Transit Wireless today announced that it has begun Phase Two of its project to bring cellular and Wi-Fi wireless service to New York City's subway stations. The first step of Phase Two is to light up service at 11 more midtown Manhattan stations, including those at Grand Central Terminal, 34th St. Herald Square, and Bryant Park. The bulk of Phase Two, however, targets 29 stations in Queens. Transit Wireless is building a hub in Queens to help manage the infrastructure from AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless. The Queens build out begins in March and should be complete by June. Transit Wireless has not said if or when it will offer subway station service in the boroughs of the Bronx or Brooklyn.


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