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March 26, 2013
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  • Apple's iPhone finally coming to T-Mobile
    T-Mobile USA will announce at today's "Uncarrier" event that it will finally get the iPhone, although it is unknown when the carrier will be able sell Apple's flagship smartphone. The iPad tablet is not part of the deal, and Apple declined to comment on the report. Industry observers say T-Mobile could promote the iPhone as the centerpiece of a new plan to eliminate contract plans on its smartphones. CNET (3/25), All Things D (3/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Company News 
  • MetroPCS makes T-Mobile plea, calls carrier lone bidder
    MetroPCS Communications continued to press shareholders to approve its merger with T-Mobile USA in a vote April 12. The company issued a statement on Monday that the prepaid carrier has not received any competing bids. "The proposed combination is the best alternative for MetroPCS to maximize stockholder value," the company asserted about the proposal that would give T-Mobile's parent firm Deutsche Telekom a 74% share in the new entity. The deal has received criticism from two of MetroPCS' largest investors. Bloomberg Businessweek (3/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • BlackBerry invades iPhone, Android screens to tout Z10
    BlackBerry will begin a campaign this week to promote its new Z10 smartphone via a "takeover" campaign in which its ads would fill the displays of iPhone and Android devices -- providing users tap on a BlackBerry link, said Chief Marketing Officer Frank Boulben. The link would convert into a simulation of the BlackBerry 10 operating system in an effort to show users what they could gain by switching phones. Meanwhile, it was revealed that longtime BlackBerry distributor Brightstar ordered 1 million Z10 phones earlier this month. Digital Trends (3/25), All Things D (3/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Wireless World 
  • Google puts "white spaces" to work in South African trial
    Google will launch its second trial to use "white space" technology to provide wireless service, this time to 10 schools in Cape Town, South Africa, according to the company and the Tertiary Education and Research Network of South Africa, one of several groups partnering with Google. The technology, which exploits unused broadcast frequencies and can travel long distances, is seen as especially appropriate in the area, which includes rural towns with almost no telecom infrastructure and urban areas with patchy connectivity. TechCrunch (3/25), (3/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Enterprises tighten controls over BYOD policies
    Companies are getting their house in order in dealing with employees who bring their own mobile devices to work, according to a report from analyst and research firm J.Gold Associates that said IT departments faced substantial problems -- including massive Android security breaches -- due to workers' bringing in a myriad array of devices. Gold noted that enterprises found "the current mostly wide-open, laissez-fare approach to BYOD is not sustainable longer term, and that more controls and better strategy are needed." ReadWrite (3/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Public Policy 
  • Senate votes down bid to end cellphone subsidies
    Senate Democrats on Monday turned back a nonbinding Republican proposal to end the federal "Lifeline" program for cellphone service as part of the Universal Service Fund in a chiefly party-line vote, with one exception. The vote, offered as an amendment to a budget resolution, would have offered a signal of Senate intent on the issue. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski said the agency has taken steps to correct abuses in the program extended to cellphones under President George W. Bush in 2005. The Hill/Hillicon Valley blog (3/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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