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Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile say customers are protected from Heartbleed bug

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 12:10

Now that the dust has settled, the nation's Tier 1 wireless carriers say their subscribers are largely protected against the Heartbleed Internet security bug, which was first disclosed last week. The bug affected open-source OpenSSL cryptography, which is used by millions of web servers around the world. The bug's disclosure prompted millions of people to change their passwords for fear that malicious hackers could use the Heartbleed bug to access their personal information.


AT&T's Aio launches 'Group Save' plans, taking a page from Sprint's 'Framily'

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 11:55

AT&T Mobility's Aio Wireless prepaid brand is launching a new group plan that offers customers increasing discounts as they continue adding lines to a single account. The plans are similar to Sprint's "Framily" plans, which Sprint has been selling since January.


Report: Verizon outpaces rivals in Q1 with phone activations

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 11:34

Verizon Wireless took the largest share of phone subscriber activations in the first quarter, according to a survey released by research firm Consumer Intelligence Research Partners.


Good Friday holiday

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 07:51

Ericsson, NSN and NYU Wireless ramp up 5G efforts

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 02:41

Ericsson has become the ninth major international technology firm to join NYU Wireless as an affiliate sponsor, giving added momentum to the research center's efforts one week before the start of its inaugural Brooklyn 5G Summit, which is being jointly organized with Nokia Solutions and Networks.


Google and Facebook conjuring up drone magic, but the public has concerns

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 21:17

Google's acqusition of drone maker Titan Aerospace, which followed Facebook's newly announced initiative with drone maker Ascenta, reflects tech magicians' visions for new ways of enabling Internet connectivity. But John Q. Public is less than enthusiastic about unmanned aerial vehicles, perhaps because drones can also serve as flying broomsticks for the wicked witches of surveillance.


Time Warner announces massive Hotspot 2.0 deployment

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 18:27

Time Warner Cable confirmed its rollout out of "TWCWiFi-Passpoint," a national Wi-Fi network that includes Hotspot 2.0 technology on most of its public access points as well as upgraded encryption.


Google's advertising prices take a hit in Q1 amid shift to mobile

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 17:31

Google reported first-quarter revenue that missed analysts' expectations, as the company's core advertising business continues to grapple with a decline in how much advertisers pay per click amid a shift in computing from desktop PCs to smartphones and tablets.


Ranking the wireless industry's 10 highest-paid CEOs

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 16:23

"Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who's the highest-paid CEO of them all?" In the wireless world, the answer to that question is Sprint CEO Dan Hesse.


AT&T warns it might skip 600 MHz incentive auction due to FCC's proposed restrictions

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 15:30

AT&T warned that it would have to "reevaluate" whether it would participate in the FCC's planned incentive auctions of 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum if the FCC places restrictions on how much spectrum it could purchase.


Q1 earnings season kicks off

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 12:22

The first-quarter earnings season is already underway, and FierceWireless will be covering all of the reports on profit, revenue and industry trends from across the wireless market. Special report


Google wants first Project Ara smartphone to go on sale in January 2015

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 12:16

Google aims to have the first smartphone designed as part of its Project Ara modular smartphone program on sale in January 2015. The so-called "gray phone" will cost around $50 to make and will be an entry-level phone, with prices determined by commerce partners.


Intel's mobile group lost $929M in Q1 on revenue of just $156M

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 11:57

Intel reported overall first-quarter results that slightly beat analysts' expectation, but the company also laid bare its current financial weakness in the mobile market. Intel CEO Brian Krzanich and other executives said the company has a solid roadmap and path to profitability, but that it will take time to make money from chips it puts into smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices.


Samsung to release high-end Tizen phone

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 11:24

Samsung Electronics plans to release at least two Tizen-based smartphones in the months ahead, even though it is banking heavily on strong sales from its flagship Android Galaxy S5 smartphone, according to a Samsung executive.


Carriers, along with Apple, Samsung, Nokia and others, join forces on anti-theft measures

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 10:48

The nation's largest wireless carriers and device makers banded together to support voluntary anti-theft measures for smartphones released starting next year. The action comes amid mounting efforts by state lawmaker to mandate so-called "kill switches" in smartphones and tablets that would render the devices useless if stolen.


Sprint CEO Hesse's compensation balloons from $11M in 2012 to $49M in 2013

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 10:13

In 2013 Sprint CEO Dan Hesse had probably his busiest year at the helm of the carrier since he came on board in late 2007, and the company handsomely rewarded him for his efforts. Hesse scored a total compensation package of $49 million in 2013, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. That figure is far above Hesse's 2012 compensation and made him easily the highest-paid executive in the wireless industry last year.


The 10 highest paid CEOs in wireless in 2013

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 09:44

Check out the 10 highest-paid CEOs in wireless for 2013. The data comes from filings made with the Securities and Exchange Commission.


Israel's Cellcom picks NSN for LTE, plans deployment by end of 2014

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 06:40

Cellcom Israel has picked Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN) as the supplier of its LTE and LTE Advanced network and said it expects to achieve a wide deployment of the network by the end of the year.


ABI: Consumer wearables to drive big data adoption in healthcare

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 06:04

As consumers continue to use wearable devices to track their levels of activity, there is growing impetus to also make use of the data to inform health management and healthcare provision.


German operators sharpen tools in battle for the mobile data generation

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 05:43

As Germany's operators await the outcome of the European Commission's probe into the planned merger between Telefónica Deutschland and KPN-owned E-Plus, they have been stepping up their efforts to win the hearts and minds of a generation of German subscribers for whom mobile data is now becoming king.