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February 26, 2013
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  • Verizon expects overseas LTE roaming deals in 2013
    Verizon Wireless Chief Technology Officer Nicola Palmer predicted Monday that the carrier would begin to reach roaming deals with overseas carriers this year, which would allow subscribers to obtain 4G speeds while visiting other countries. Palmer said deals involving Long-Term Evolution service have faced delayed because carriers in many other countries are not as far along with 4G as U.S. telecoms. Reuters (2/25), CNET (2/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Rivals seek to stem Samsung's momentum
    Google and Samsung Electronics have successfully teamed up against Apple, but the South Korean company's climb to the top of the smartphone market has made Google executives anxious that Samsung could gain the upper hand in their partnership and perhaps erode the Internet firm's mobile-ad revenues. Samsung's success has left analysts and industry executives wondering whether its Android rivals can eat into its leading share of the smartphone and tablet markets. Separately, Google is wrestling with its options for the struggling Motorola Mobility division, with one executive saying that it was possible that Android and Motorola might combine to produce a "Nexus" device. The Wall Street Journal (2/25), The Wall Street Journal/Digits blog (2/25), The Wall Street Journal/Digits blog (2/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • BlackBerry launches Z10 in India, starts money-transfer pilot
    BlackBerry, which rolled out its Z10 smartphone in India this week, ahead of its yet-to-be-specified U.S. debut, has begun to test a money-transfer project with an Indonesian bank aimed at preventing its Messenger service from losing customers to competitors such as WhatsApp. The service would allow BlackBerry Messenger subscribers to send money to their contacts. Bloomberg Businessweek (2/25), Bloomberg (2/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • AT&T sees Euro demand for home-monitoring technology
    AT&T said it has found tremendous demand from European carriers for its Digital Life home-monitoring product and plans to license the connected-device service as part of its overall strategy to find new markets abroad. "We hoped two or three would be interested and actually a lot more than that were; it was unbelievable," said Glenn Lurie, the head of AT&T's emerging devices unit. Also at AT&T, CEO Randall Stephenson pressed governments to keep a hands-off approach as a combination of cloud-based services and 4G connectivity ushers in a "new era" of innovation in wireless services. Bloomberg (2/26), Bloomberg Businessweek (2/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • MetroPCS sets merger vote date, posts lower profits
    MetroPCS Communications continued to post revenue gains as it introduced 4G services but the costs involved in the expansion as well as a loss of 450,000 subscribers caused profits to fall by 65% from a year ago, the prepaid carrier reported. Shareholders plan to vote on the company's proposed merger with T-Mobile USA on March 28, and CEO Roger Linquist predicted the deal would close in early April. For the quarter, revenues grew by 3.7% as average revenue per user rose by 0.8% to $40.86. Reuters (2/25), The Wall Street Journal/Dow Jones Newswires (2/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Vodafone eyes quad-play bundles in competitive Euro market
    Vodafone wants to replicate telecoms in the U.S. that provide quad-play bundles of wireless, telephone, Internet and video services to customers. "I'd like to provide pan-European unified services," chief executive Vittorio Colao told reporters Monday, the same day he said the British carrier could expand its European operations without parting with its 45% stake in Verizon Wireless. Colao said Vodafone would offer some services through local partnerships. Colao's comments come in a backdrop where European carriers are competing with cable and pushing regulators for more freedom to merge within individual countries. Reuters (2/25), Bloomberg Businessweek (2/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Visa teams with Samsung to push NFC payments worldwide
    Visa and Samsung Electronics have paired to advance global mobile-wallet services using near-field communication technology. Visa will embed its payWave technology in Samsung devices and allow customers to more easily link their Samsung phones to their accounts with financial institutions. The plans, however, may hit a snag in the U.S. if they fail to persuade carriers to distribute phones equipped with the technology. PC Magazine (2/25), CNET (2/25), (2/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Carriers starting to make headway on VoLTE switch
    Wireless carriers will begin this year introducing new Voice-over Long-Term Evolution technology that will help them manage their data traffic by eliminating the method of delivering voice calls through a dedicated delivery system. Verizon Wireless and AT&T have expressed plans to begin sending calls via VoLTE technology this year, while Sprint Nextel and T-Mobile USA have yet to offer a time frame for their changeover. The Wall Street Journal/Dow Jones Newswires (2/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Trends & Research 
  • Ooyala: Video viewing via mobile devices gains in 2012
    The time spent viewing videos on tablet devices more than doubled last year and viewing on smartphones rose 87%, according to an Ooyala report. Even though mobile's share of total online viewing time made gains, it accounted for just 8.25% in the month of December. GigaOm (2/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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