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October 1, 2012
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  • T-Mobile nets $2.4 billion from leasing cell towers
    T-Mobile USA will reap $2.4 billion from a deal to allow Crown Castle International to operate the carrier's 7,200 cell towers in a leasing agreement that expands Crown's tower total to more than 37,000. T-Mobile will earmark the funds to acquire 4G spectrum and upgrade its Long-Term Evolution network. CNET (9/28), Bloomberg (9/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Company News 
  • FreedomPop goes live with free 4G data plan
    FreedomPop comes out of beta today with its WiMAX-powered prepaid 4G data-only service that seeks to undercut the major carriers by offering 500 megabytes for free and additional downloads from $10 to $35 a month. Subscribers can also acquire additional free data through social network or promotional deals. FreedomPop, which rides on Clearwire's network, which reaches 136 million people in the U.S. GigaOm (9/30), The Wall Street Journal (10/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Cook issues mea culpa as Google tries to exploit map flap
    Apple CEO Tim Cook took the unusual step of apologizing for errors and gaps in the iPhone's new mapping service, which was used instead of Google Maps. Cook also went one step further on Friday: He advised users to search the App Store for alternative mapping software. Google has pounced on Apple's misfortune by posting a blog promoting its software. Startup Waze said it has enjoyed a 60% boost in downloads since Apple supplanted Google Maps. Reuters (9/28), The Wall Street Journal (9/28), The Wall Street Journal/Digits blog (9/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Microsoft's Surface woes: Lack of retail, Intel delays
    Microsoft's Windows 8-backed Surface tablet may experience growing pains, according to published reports that indicate without its own retail outlets, Microsoft lacks a far-reaching distribution network. Also, Windows 8 tablets powered by Intel's "Clover Trail" processor reportedly face delays because of battery-related software issues. Bloomberg (10/1), The Wall Street Journal (9/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Nokia maps Oracle strategy, cuts European Lumia prices
    Nokia will cut a deal with Oracle giving the database giant's customers access to the cellphone maker's mapping and location service software, according to a published report. The companies are expected to release details of the transaction today. Nokia is trying to exploit assets it acquired with the purchase of Navteq in 2007 for $8.1 billion. Nokia also moved to cut prices on its Lumia 800 and 900 smartphones in Europe by up to 15% ahead of the planned introduction of newer models in November. Reuters (9/28), ZDNet (10/1), The Wall Street Journal (9/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Despite fix, some Android phones might remain at risk to flaw
    A security research scientist reported Friday that he had informed Google three months ago of a hole in its Android operating system that could have disabled or erased much of users' data -- the company never made the flaw public but did issue a software patch to correct the problem. The same leak -- which was said to be especially prevalent on Samsung smartphones -- could also dismantle SIM cards, the researcher said. It was unclear how many users remain at risk from the leak. USA TODAY/The Associated Press (9/29), PCWorld/IDG News Service (9/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Public Policy 
  • FCC lays out rules for broadcast incentive auction
    Federal regulators on Friday started the ball rolling as part of a process expected to culminate in 2014 with the voluntary auction of broadcaster-owned spectrum that carriers would repurpose for wireless networks. "This is a big deal. The world is watching," said Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski as the agency began its rule-making process on the matter. The FCC also agreed to study whether it should tighten rules regulating the amount of spectrum a carrier could control in each market. Network World/IDG News Service (9/28), CNET/Politics and Law blog (9/28), Broadcasting & Cable (9/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Wireless industry PSA and tips on emergency preparedness
    CTIA developed a 30-second TV PSA to remind consumers about the valuable services their wireless devices can provide them in the event of an emergency, such as hurricanes, tornadoes or floods. Wireless devices are important tools that help us communicate with our friends and family, but also emergency responders. Among the safety tips CTIA offers, it strongly recommends using text messages to communicate when networks are challenged by man-made or natural disasters and the resulting massive volume of wireless traffic. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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