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March 27, 2013
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  • Galaxy S4 has first U.S. launch date: May 1 on T-Mobile
    T-Mobile USA's disclosure on Tuesday that it will introduce Samsung Electronics' new Galaxy S4 on May 1 offered the first indication on when the smartphone will come to the U.S. The telecom did not disclose any pricing details for Samsung's flagship device. Samsung's Galaxy S III phones will not be compatible with T-Mobile's new Long-Term Evolution network that began rolling out Tuesday in seven markets. The phone lacks a compatible LTE radio, a T-Mobile executive said. Network World/IDG News Service (3/26), The Wall Street Journal/Digits blog (3/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
The Need for Diameter Signaling Management in LTE
As LTE networks roll out worldwide, discussions are going on about the need to manage signaling—in particular, Diameter signaling. Some controversy exists over the methods to manage and control Diameter signaling in the most effective way. This article describes the reasons that support deploying Diameter signaling management solutions in an LTE network. Click here to learn more.

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  • Apple's iPhone coming to T-Mobile next month
    April 12 is shaping up as a big day for T-Mobile USA, as it becomes the final major carrier to sell the iPhone, while MetroPCS shareholders will vote on their merger with the telecom. Going forward, T-Mobile will charge a $99 upfront fee and $20 a month for two years under its new no-contract policy in which the carrier will no longer subsidize the cost of phones, the company announced Tuesday as part of its "Uncarrier" event. The carrier also introduced its Long-Term Evolution network to its first seven cities. The Wall Street Journal/Dow Jones Newswires (3/26), All Things D (3/26), GigaOm (3/26), Reuters (3/26), PC Magazine (3/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Report: U.S. carriers taking close look at Canada's Wind Mobile
    Canada's Wind Mobile is attracting the interest of major U.S. wireless carriers, according to an Internet report, which cites changes to the country's foreign ownership rules as the catalyst for telecoms to examine the company. New rules allow foreign companies to take an interest in Canadian firms that hold a market share of 10% or less and reports surfaced last week that Wind's parent company, the Amsterdam-based VimpelCom, wants to sell the unit. (Canada) (3/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CTIA 2013 adds some glamour with Jennifer Lopez keynote
    CTIA-The Wireless Association® added a little bit of glitz to its CTIA 2013 show by scheduling Jennifer Lopez to address the conference on May 22 as part of a segment about marketing to the fast-growing Latino demographic. The Las Vegas show will run from May 21-23. The second day will also feature a keynote from Harri Koponen, the chief operating officer for Rovio, the firm best known for its "Angry Birds" application. Wireless Week (3/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Selling your business? Here are 7 things you should do now.
If you're considering selling your business, you should be doing everything you can to get the best possible price. In just 7 simple steps you can improve your chances of attracting buyers and getting big bucks for your business. Read the article and learn the 7 steps.

  Mobile In Industry 
  • Android devices begin to find footing in factories
    Factory floors are no longer the exclusive province of Apple's iPad tablets, according to GE Intelligent Platforms, which provides companies with industrial solutions. GE says that Android-based devices began making inroads in late 2012 and now account for about 20% of the factory tablet market. "When you're talking deploying hundreds of these things, the iPad gets expensive," said Kyle Wiens, whose iFixit website offers repair manuals. (3/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Combating Identity Theft in a Mobile, Social World
Mobile connectivity threats extend from consumers to the business environment. But who is really responsible for securing sensitive information? Smart business leaders are becoming proactive on the matter. Learn how to get protected in this white paper. Download the white paper now.

  • PlayPhone gaming portal to be preloaded on Verizon's Android phones
    Verizon Wireless will take a page from Apple's Game Center playbook by preloading PlayPhone's "Games Portal" onto Android devices on its network in the second quarter. Developers will need to submit their games independently to the storefront, which will be unrelated to Google Play. PlayPhone cited Verizon's distribution network, "marketing muscle" and in-application carrier billing as the main reasons for the move. The Verge (3/26), VentureBeat (3/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • AT&T gets behind Powermat's PMA wireless charging standard
    AT&T is lending its clout to urge cellphone makers to get behind the Power Matters Alliance standard for wireless charging, according to a published report that says Powermat Technologies and Procter & Gamble are leading the PMA charge. In a statement, AT&T confirmed that it has asked most of its hardware partners to support the Powermat standard by 2014. PMA's primary competition includes the Wireless Power Consortium-backed Qi standard that most smartphones now use. CNET (3/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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How to Achieve IT Agility: A Survival Guide for IT Decision Makers
When business teams add new apps and services to already-strained networks, IT departments are accountable for making everything work. Is your team ready for this challenge? Read this eGuide to learn how IT teams are automating their networks, why they're utilizing Ethernet fabrics and SDN, and what success looks like as they regain network control and business relevance.

  Trends & Research 
  • Hesse: Sprint surprised by consumer apathy on buying green
    Sprint Nextel CEO Dan Hesse said the carrier has been disappointed by an apparent lack of consumer interest in the company's drive toward making its phones more eco-friendly. Sprint has been pleasantly surprised by its ability to develop green devices -- those made largely from recycled and biodegradable materials -- in an energy-efficient manner, he noted. "Green devices sell well because they're good devices, but they don't seem to sell because they're green. Consumers are not yet asking for green," Hesse said. (3/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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