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MetroPCS Revives $40 LTE Plan

February 3, 2012 1:37 pm | by Maisie Ramsay | News | Comments

The company brings back a popular plan that was suspended when the company stopped selling a specific handset.

Japanese Entrepreneurs Aim for Silicon Valley

February 3, 2012 1:34 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

For an emerging generation of Japanese innovators, the dream isn't a job for life at a big company. They have new ambitions, and they're determined to go places.

Comcast, Verizon's joint marketing effort docks in Bay Area

February 2, 2012 2:25 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Amid increasing congressional scrutiny over their spectrum and reselling deal, Comcast and Verizon Wireless are now cross-promoting each other's products in San Francisco.

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U.S. Cellular plans March LTE launch

February 2, 2012 2:17 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

U.S. Cellular will light up its LTE network in six states, covering about a quarter of its customers in Iowa, Wisconsin, Maine, North Carolina, Texas and Oklahoma.

U.S. digital textbook proposal puts a premium on broadband

February 2, 2012 2:16 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Department of Education and the FCC propose to phase out physical textbooks for electronic versions that can be easily revised and updated.

FCC OKs Lifeline reforms

February 1, 2012 2:17 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The FCC passed broad reforms of its Lifeline program at its open meeting, paving the way to overhaul a program that provides subsidized telephone service to low-income families.

Report: Service providers tap into home automation to reduce churn

February 1, 2012 2:15 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Home automation is a burgeoning sector for service providers because it provides incremental revenues and reduces customer churn, according to a report by Infonetics Research.

Amdocs launches M2M, Connected Home services

February 1, 2012 2:13 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Amdocs is launching two new programs that enable service providers to quickly enter the connected devices market – one focused on machine-to-machine (M2M) services and the other on connected devices in home and office.

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Sprint gives LightSquared until mid-March for FCC clearance

February 1, 2012 2:11 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Sprint has agreed to give LightSquared until mid-March to resolve GPS interference problems that have delayed the launch of its LTE network.

Videotron added 540 new customer service reps last year

February 1, 2012 2:10 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

In order to keep up with a growing customer base, Videotron said it added 540 new customer service employees across Québec last year.

Telefónica de Argentina switches to Comptel

February 1, 2012 2:07 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Telefónica de Argentina recently selected Comptel Convergent Mediation to help manage more than 90 million daily transactions from its 23 million subscribers.

Sony's Hirai to replace Stringer as CEO in April

February 1, 2012 2:04 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Sony announced that Kazuo Hirai, who leads the company's core consumer products business, will replace Howard Stringer as CEO and president, effective April 1, as the electronics and entertainment company desperately tries to engineer a turnaround.

Super Bowl advertisers go after "second screens"

February 1, 2012 2:03 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

About two-thirds of smartphone and tablet owners use their gadgets to do things like text or post on Twitter while watching TV, according to research firm Nielsen. So for the game, companies from Coke to Chevy are trying to reach fans on all of the "second screens" they have.

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2012 International CES Roundup

February 1, 2012 3:29 am | by Mike Robuck, Senior Editor | Articles | Comments

Here’s a look at a few trends that are either incubating or fully hatched ...

Cable Could Prosper with Messaging Services

February 1, 2012 3:14 am | by Josh Wigginton, Senior Product Manager for Messaging and Billing at Interop Technologies | Articles | Comments

Never before have consumers had so many communication options. Voice, email, short message service (SMS), multimedia message service (MMS), instant messaging and social networking are nearly ubiquitous.

Real-time services make their debut

February 1, 2012 3:04 am | by Chad Dunavant, Vice President of Product Management at CSG International | Articles | Comments

Consumers can’t get enough of high-speed data, voice and the ever-growing inventory of video content available in the marketplace today.

UP Front - February 2012 - Latest Industry News and Insights

February 1, 2012 2:30 am | Articles | Comments

Numbers and Letters: HTML5, 3-D TV, RF4CE

In Perspective - (Can’t get no) Satisfaction

February 1, 2012 2:20 am | by Brian Santo, Editor-in-Chief | Articles | Comments

Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cox Communications and Bright House Networks plan to sell their spectrum to Verizon Wireless. If that goes through ...

Open Mic - Who owns the home network?

February 1, 2012 1:51 am | by Benoit Joly, Senior Vice President of Operational Marketing at Technicolor | Articles | Comments

If there’s one safe bet in telecom, it’s that the percentage of households worldwide with connected consumer electronics (CE) devices will continue to grow at a healthy clip.

Comcast among latest round of investors for SnagFilms

January 30, 2012 1:24 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Following up on a $10 million round of investment last year, SnagFilms has raised another $7 million in funds from its investors, which included Comcast Interactive Capital.

LightSquared GPS argument up for public comment

January 30, 2012 1:17 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

LightSquared has been fighting for FCC approval of its plans to deploy a hybrid satellite-terrestrial LTE network despite charges of interference with GPS systems.

Alliance: Super Wi-Fi an 'Inaccurate Moniker'

January 30, 2012 1:15 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Wilmington, N.C., is first city to host services in white spaces – previously unused spectrum that lies between television channels.

Motorola Mobility posts Q4 loss

January 27, 2012 3:04 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

For the full year, however, STB shipments were up 6 percent compared with 2010, but the operation was barely mentioned during the company's conference call with analysts.

In original Internet shows, hints of coming change

January 27, 2012 2:53 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

After years of experimenting, the top video destinations on the Web are suddenly flush with original programming: documentaries, reality shows and scripted series.

Samsung's Q4 profit rises 17% on smartphone sales

January 27, 2012 2:51 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics reported a 17 percent jump in fourth-quarter profit on the strength of smartphone sales, even as the company battled claims it had copied Apple's iPhone.

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