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July 20, 2012
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  • Verizon sees strong sales of iPhone in Q2
    Verizon Wireless said it sold 2.7 million iPhones in the second quarter -- 17% more than a year earlier -- compared with 2.5 million Android devices, and Chief Financial Officer Fran Shammo offered a vague hint Thursday that the next iteration of the iPhone could ship in the fourth quarter. Speaking after the carrier released second-quarter earnings, Shammo also said that customers seem to like Verizon's new shared-data plan. "Early feedback has been great. The customer adoption has been tracking with expectations," he said. GigaOm (7/19), CNET (7/19), CNET (7/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Isis trials may begin next month
    The carrier-backed Isis mobile-payment venture is expected to launch trials in August, according to an Internet report, which also said the time frame is flexible. Isis, which is backed by Verizon Wireless, AT&T and T-Mobile USA, has said only that its service, which is slated to debut in Salt Lake City and in Austin, Texas, would be up and running this summer. CNET (7/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • U.S. Cellular eyes more 700 MHz spectrum licenses
    U.S. Cellular wants to purchase additional spectrum licenses in the 700 MHz block, according to the regional carrier's regulatory filing, which says the deal with Actel would cover 35 Cellular Market Areas in eight states. The move would follow a recent licensing purchase from CenturyLink. U.S. Cellular also launched a marketing campaign this week with TV spots that promise consumers a "Better" relationship with their carrier. TeleGeography Research (7/19), MediaPost Communications/Marketing Daily (7/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Lowe's to start smart-home service via wireless devices
    Lowe's stores will start selling a cloud-based smart-home system next month that will allow consumers to use wireless devices or computers to monitor security and energy settings inside their houses via a partnership with British technology company AlertMe. The retailer will sell two kits for $179 apiece -- or $299 combined -- along with a $10 monthly subscription service that offers greater customization and remote features. CNET/Master News blog (7/19), GigaOm (7/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Sprint will market driver-tracking service to insurers
    Sprint Nextel has created an Integrated Insurance Solutions unit that will track the behavior of drivers so insurance companies can provide usage-based programs to customers, the carrier said Thursday. A diagnostic sensor placed in the car lets insurers monitor the speed, braking and location of drivers. Reuters (7/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Report: Ads on iPhones are most lucrative for advertisers
    Devices that run on Apple's iOS platform provide the best bang for the buck for mobile advertisers, according to a report from Opera Software, which cites their user-friendliness and size as factors in generating the most ad traffic. CNET (7/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • FCC: White space licensing could be 2 years away
    The Federal Communications Commission cited technological issues Thursday in predicting that it will be a couple of years before mobile devices are licensed to exploit so-called "white spaces," the unused frequencies from broadcast digital TV spectrum. Broadcasters have expressed concerns about interference with their signals. FCC officials also said that a presidential advisory commission would probably endorse studying whether sharing government-controlled spectrum would help carriers ease wireless traffic jams. Multichannel News (7/19), (7/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Consumer Code for Wireless Service
    The Consumer Code for Wireless Service is the industry's voluntary commitment to protecting and informing consumers regarding their mobile service. Wireless providers covering almost 97% of U.S. wireless subscribers are signatories to the code and have agreed to adhere to its 11 points, including the disclosure of rates, a trial period for new service and service maps. The code's 11th point was added in October and calls for providers to send postpaid customers free usage alerts to help them avoid unexpected overage charges for voice, data, message or international usage. Learn more about the Consumer Code for Wireless Service. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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