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February 8, 2013
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  • T-Mobile vows to sell Z10 before other U.S. carriers
    T-Mobile USA issued an upbeat assessment on Thursday about its testing for BlackBerry's new Z10 smartphone and said it hopes to become the first U.S. carrier to offer the handset by mid-March. "The device is more stable than we anticipated. If we are able to speed up the launch date, we will do that," said T-Mobile's Frank Sickinger. Also, BlackBerry said it will not launch BlackBerry 10-based smartphones in Japan, given the company does not view the country as a major market for its products. BlackBerry also named two new board members -- Richard Lynch, a former Verizon Wireless executive, and Bert Nordberg, who used to run Sony Ericsson. Bloomberg (2/7), CNET (2/7), Reuters (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Hesse: Sprint will keep unlimited data plans
    Sprint Nextel will retain its unlimited data packages, at least for the foreseeable future, CEO Dan Hesse told analysts Thursday after the carrier reported earnings. Hesse also updated the telecom's "Network Vision" rebuilding efforts, describing a mixed bag of results. "We are behind our original objectives with Network Vision," he conceded, citing the effects of vendor delays and Hurricane Sandy. But executives said Sprint appears to be ahead of schedule in deploying Long-Term Evolution service on its iDEN network's 800 MHz range as the carrier moves its Nextel customers off the spectrum. Light Reading (2/7), News Service (2/7), CNET (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • FreedomPop rakes in $4.3 million, enables 4G data sharing
    Freedom Pop, the Sprint Nextel-based mobile virtual network operator, has a raised another $4.3 million and on Thursday expanded its 4-month-old 4G data service by following through on plans to allow users to share or trade their data allocations with friends, not just those within a household unit. The MVNO said the new funding will subsidize the remainder of FreedomPop's beta trials until its planned nationwide launch in late 2014. GigaOm (2/7), (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Mobile Apps 
  • EA's mobile division will help Samsung offer more games
    To help Samsung Electronics attract more independent developers to create games for its mobile devices, the mobile division of Electronic Arts, Chillingo, will give developers all revenue from any new game in the Samsung app store for six months, this blog post notes. The program kicks off on March 4. Electronista (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Smartphones could see through things with T-ray chips
    A California Institute of Technology professor has developed T-ray chips that use terahertz waves to look through plastic, wood and other materials, a development that might enable smartphones to help detect security threats in packages or skin cancer in human tissue, among other possibilities. The technology does come with some privacy issues, however. Bloomberg Businessweek (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Firm offers wireless chip for M2M applications
    Redpine Signals has introduced a chip that supports machine-to-machine applications, the so-called "Internet of Things," the company said. Redpine said its self-contained RS9113 M2MCombo chip will unite dual-band 802.11n Wi-Fi, dual-mode Bluetooth 4.0 and ZigBee wireless connectivity, which will purportedly prevent the different technologies from interfering with one another. Techworld (U.K.) (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends & Research 
  • Report: Carriers missing out on mobile hot spot revenues
    Wireless carriers can hone in on an untapped profit center by attending to their customers' increased demand for mobile hot spots, according to a report commissioned by Smith Micro Software, a mobile solutions provider. A survey showed that while hot spot usage is on the rise, consumers still have qualms about them. "Over 90% of tablets sold in the U.S. are Wi-Fi only, so leveraging a smartphone’s hot spot feature to monetize these devices is a great opportunity for carriers," Smith Micro Vice President Sunil Marolia said. (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Public Policy 
  • New England blizzard threat offers test of wireless alert system
    What is becoming known as the Blizzard of 2013 in the Northeast is providing a major test for the Federal Communications Commission's new wireless alert system, which local authorities are using to send text-like messages to people in the threatened regions. The system updates the old emergency broadcast system by sending short alerts, along with a sharp warning tone designed to set them apart from normal text messages. All Things D (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  CTIA News 
  • Largent: Wireless fuels economy
    During one of the most challenging economic times, the U.S. wireless industry added jobs, boosted investments and created new products and services. Yet the industry's economic boost is in danger if we do not get more spectrum, the quiet engine that fuels our industry and its innovations. President and CEO Steve Largent wrote an op-ed in Politico that provides the historical evidence that shows the vital role the wireless industry has played in the U.S. economy. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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