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December 7, 2012
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  • T-Mobile finally lands iPhone in deal with Apple
    T-Mobile USA will become the last of the four major carriers to offer the iPhone, and the company's CEO, John Legere, vowed to provide a "dramatically different" experience when it debuts next year, along with the iPad, although he declined to elaborate much further. "A certain number of people wouldn't come to our stores if we didn't have the iPhone. We worked very hard for a deal that made sense for us," he added. T-Mobile lost 1.03 million contract customers since the end of 2011. CNET (12/6), Bloomberg (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Company News 
  • Alcatel may put up key units to secure $1 billion in loans
    Badly in need of cash, Alcatel-Lucent may offer its fast-growing Internet routing business as collateral for borrowing up to $1.31 billion, according to a published report that says the telecom equipment maker hopes to buy time to complete a restructuring. Alcatel is also considering putting up its patent trove from Bell Labs. On the competitive side, the news isn't getting much better: China's ZTE plans to dip into a $20 billion facility from the China Development Bank to surpass Alcatel as one of the world's three-largest wireless vendors, according to a separate report. Bloomberg (12/6), The Wall Street Journal (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Family-oriented Kajeet signs 4G deal with Clearwire
    Kajeet has reached a wholesale agreement with wireless service provider Clearwire that will enable the mobile virtual network operator to offer WiMAX-based 4G service aimed at children, family and educators, the MVNO announced Thursday. The company declined to offer details, but a published report suggested Kajeet will sell 4G modems and hot spots. The company provides parental control and management software in the devices it sells. GigaOm (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Mobile Apps 
  • Calif. sues Delta over smartphone app's lack of privacy info
    Delta Air Lines is facing a civil suit from California's attorney general for failing to provide information about its privacy policy in its smartphone application, the first time an app maker has been sued for privacy-related reasons, according to a published report. The state contends that Delta violated a 2004 state law that mandates online services to "conspicuously post" its policy. The Wall Street Journal (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology 
  • Broadcom to sample LTE chips next year to catch up with Qualcomm
    In 2013, Broadcom intends to fill in a key element of its product portfolio by sampling chips made for Long-Term Evolution wireless handsets. "We need to be there. We're not there today," CEO Scott McGregor said. Rival Qualcomm already has LTE chips in its product line. Charter Equity Research analyst Ed Snyder said of Broadcom's LTE push, "This is an area they have most chance of growing." Reuters (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Apple, Samsung argue over $1 billion award in patent trial
    Apple and Samsung Electronics continued their wrangling before a federal judge on Thursday even as she pleaded with the rivals to find "global peace" in their ongoing patent wars. Judge Lucy Koh made her comments after lawyers for the companies argued over a jury's August decision to award Apple $1.05 billion for smartphone patent violations, a decision that Koh has the ability to amend. At one point, the judge seemed to sympathize with Samsung arguments that the award was too steep. Computerworld/IDG News Service (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Public Policy 
  • Coming by 2014: Major carriers to provide 911 texting service
    The four major U.S. carriers will establish a service by May 2014 that will let subscribers send text messages to 911 call centers, the Federal Communications Commission said Thursday in disclosing commitments made by Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint Nextel and T-Mobile USA. "Access to 911 must catch up with how consumers communicate in the 21st century -- and today, we are one step closer towards that vital goal," said FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski. Until the program gets started, the carriers will send bounce-back messages urging cellphone users to make a voice call. Reuters (12/7), The Wall Street Journal (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • FCC urges FAA to widen in-flight mobile device use
    Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski sent a letter Thursday to the Federal Aviation Administration encouraging it to expand the permitted use of electronic devices on flights. This past summer when the FAA launched a study group into the matter, it said it would not allow fliers to talk on phones during flights. The Hill/Hillicon Valley blog (12/6), CNET (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  CTIA News 
  • December WOW: Wireless Lifesaver: Florida girl keeps brother safe during burglary
    In this month's Wireless Lifesaver, we hear how Alexis Stannis of Pompano Beach, Fla., and home alone with her little brother, heard someone trying to break into her home through a window. She quickly grabbed her brother and her cellphone, locked her bedroom door, hid in the closet and called 911. The police came in time to arrest three teens, including one armed with a knife, who were then linked to another burglary in the neighborhood. Alexis' quick thinking and calm reaction protected her and her brother while providing justice for the three criminals. Watch this inspiring story now. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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