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October 18, 2012
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  • Carriers start alerting subs who approach usage limits
    Wireless carriers have begun informing subscribers about impending overage charges, CTIA-The Wireless Association® and the Federal Communications Commission said Wednesday as the industry began to implement its 2011 promise to take that step. Carriers will deliver the alerts when subscribers near their limits in two of four areas, adding they will expand to all four areas -- data, voice, text and international roaming -- by April. Said CTIA CEO Steve Largent, "U.S. wireless providers have a strong history of competing against one another on a variety of user-friendly tools so consumers may understand and track their usage. Today‚Äôs announcement is another demonstration of this exemplary history of customer service." The Hill/Hillicon Valley blog (10/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Company News 
  • Sprint moves to control Clearwire board
    Sprint Nextel reportedly has grabbed majority control over Clearwire's board of directors with the purchase of Eagle River Holdings' 4.5% stake in the company in a deal that would enable Sprint to dominate the wireless broadband provider without having to acquire it. Softbank, which wants to acquire 70% of Sprint, likely wanted to nail down control over Clearwire's valuable spectrum assets. Also at Sprint, Fitch Ratings indicated that it might upgrade the carrier from its current B-plus status as a result of the Softbank deal. Bloomberg (10/17), Total Telecom Magazine (U.K.)/Dow Jones Newswires (10/17), The Wall Street Journal (10/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Verizon outpaces estimates on iPhone data, contract sales
    Verizon Communications' third-quarter profits soared past analysts' predictions today as the growing number of iPhone customers ran up data charges and Verizon Wireless added 1.5 million contract subscribers -- its best total in four years. Sales of smartphones totaled 6.8 million, 79% of postpaid totals, as the company activated 4.5 million 4G devices. Long-Term Evolution use accounted for 35% of the carrier's data traffic. Churn fell from a year ago, and the average subscriber bill rose by 6.5%. Bloomberg Businessweek (10/18), The Verge (10/18), All Things D (10/18), Reuters (10/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Nokia reports Q3 Lumia sales plunge but sees brighter days
    Nokia reported mixed third-quarter results today, saying it sold 2.9 million of its Lumia smartphones, a 28% decline from the previous period as its overall North American cellphone unit sales fell by 50%, to 300,000. The company reported its sixth consecutive quarterly loss, but revenues did outpace analysts' estimates. Nokia's shares actually rose after the phone-maker predicted smaller losses following a massive cost-cutting effort. Bloomberg (10/18), The Verge (10/18), The Wall Street Journal (10/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Apple may be forced to reveal sensitive financial data
    A U.S. Appeals Court will decide whether to uphold a district court judge's ruling Wednesday demanding that Apple reveal a broad range of financial data about specific devices. Apple, which considers the information trade secrets, used the data to hit up Samsung Electronics for damages above the $1.05 billion a jury approved in their recent patent trial. Apple lost another patent-related ruling today when a British court declined to overturn an earlier verdict that cleared Samsung of patent violations related to its tablet devices. The decision will apply throughout Europe. News Service (10/17), Reuters (10/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Mobile Marketing 
  • Isis mobile wallet to start Monday in 2 cities
    The Isis mobile-payment service backed by carriers will begin trials in Salt Lake City and Austin, Texas, on Monday after a one-month delay. AT&T, Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile USA have invested in the service that will let consumers pay for products simply by touching their smartphones to in-store terminals. Isis said the service should to available on as many as 20 types of smartphones by year's end. MediaPost Communications/MoBlog (10/17), The Wall Street Journal (10/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Federal probe reportedly reveals no spying activity by Chinese telecom
    A Reuters report states that an investigation into potential spying by telecom Huawei has revealed no clear evidence. The 18-month security risk review by the Obama administration did, however, reveal weaknesses in U.S. cybersecurity defenses that could be exploited. "The White House has not conducted any classified inquiry that resulted in clearing any telecom equipment supplier," White House National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said. Reuters (10/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Public Policy 
  • AT&T wins FCC nod for deploying 2.3 GHz spectrum
    The Federal Communications Commission signed off Wednesday on allowing AT&T to deploy 30 MHz of mostly unused spectrum for wireless and fixed-line bandwidth following an agreement the carrier reached with satellite radio provider Sirius XM over potential interference issues in the 2.3 GHz band. AT&T will deliver 4G service once the carrier finishes acquiring the licenses for using the Wireless Communications Spectrum (WCS) band. Broadcasting & Cable (10/17), The Hill/Hillicon Valley blog (10/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  CTIA News 
  • "Today's Mobile Cybersecurity: Protected, Secured and Unified" White Paper
    At MobileCON, CTIA released its white paper that explains how the wireless industry works together throughout the ecosystem to protect its infrastructure and consumers from cyberthreats. The paper also explains what policymakers can do to help the industry on cybersecurity and highlights the challenges and barriers that complicate the issue. The white paper was developed by CTIA's Cybersecurity Working Group (CSWG), which is composed of senior representatives from companies throughout the wireless industry. Download the white paper now (PDF). LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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