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February 20, 2013
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  • Sprint's Hesse on hunt for more wireless spectrum
    Sprint Nextel CEO Dan Hesse said his company needs to find more capacity to keep up with larger rivals who have been busy snapping up scarce wireless spectrum. In an interview, Hesse said Sprint -- fueled by the prospect of a cash infusion from its Softbank merger -- is looking for deals through either the private or public sector. Bloomberg Businessweek (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Company News 
  • GoSmart is T-Mobile's new low-cost, prepaid service
    T-Mobile USA will be looking to appeal to the budget-minded with its nationwide prepaid GoSmart Mobile service unveiled on Tuesday. Monthly plans will range from $30 for unlimited voice and texts to $45 for 5 gigabytes of data over T-Mobile's 3G HSPA network. Tests in nine markets over two months proved very successful, according to GoSmart Senior Vice President Doug Chartier. Reuters (2/19), GigaOm (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • HTC pins turnaround on $200 One smartphone, due out in March
    HTC on Tuesday introduced its One flagship smartphone, an Android 4.1 handset equipped with a sharper camera as well as a new version of its HTC Sense interface that reminded some analysts of Windows Phone 8 with its series of home-screen tiles. Priced at $200 and set to debut in mid-March through AT&T, Sprint Nextel and T-Mobile USA, the 4.7-inch One runs on a 1.7 GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor and features Gorilla Glass. Best Buy will be HTC's main retail partner for the phone. All Things D (2/19), VentureBeat (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • AT&T offers U.S. travelers thousands of free U.K. hot spots
    AT&T has joined with The Cloud, a British hot spot provider, to give subscribers up to 1 gigabyte of free Wi-Fi service at more than 16,000 places when they visit Blighty. Users can access the hot spots by downloading AT&T's International application from either Google Play or Apple's App Store. (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Mobile In Industry 
  • Samsung broadens enterprise suite with UC tech from Genband
    Samsung Electronics is partnering with Genband to expand the unified communications component of its Samsung for Enterprise, or SAFE, initiative. Under the agreement, Samsung will integrate Genband's Experius UC software into its mobile devices, starting with the Galaxy Tab. GigaOm (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Nvidia invades smartphone market with Tegra 4i processor
    Nvidia on Tuesday unveiled the Tegra 4i in hopes of extending its success in the tablet market to smartphones. The chipmaker demonstrated its software-defined radio technology for bridging 3G and Long-Term Evolution wireless networks. "Everyone has always felt an SDR would be the holy grail," said Senior VP Phil Carmack, adding that the Tegra 4i is faster and takes up half the space of rival Qualcomm's circuitry. The Wall Street Journal/Digits blog (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • ARM extends reach to cell base stations with LSI's help
    ARM Holdings has joined with LSI Logic to move beyond its traditional cellphone market into designing cores for cellular base stations. In licensing its technology, ARM's design will be at the center of LSI's new Axxia 5500 line that will compete with chips from Altera, Broadcom and Xilinx, among others. LSI said it tapped ARM because of its processors' power-saving properties. The Wall Street Journal/Digits blog (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Brits announce 4G auction winners, raise less than hoped
    An auction of 4G licenses in the United Kingdom raised $3.61 billion for the country's coffers, far less than the $5 billion the Conservative government projected. Winning licenses in the bidding were Everything Everywhere, Hutchison 3G UK, BT subsidiary Niche Spectrum Ventures, Telefonica (O2) and Vodafone. Operators are upgrading from 3G networks in a market that has lagged other countries in parceling out 4G licenses. The Wall Street Journal (2/20), Advanced Television (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  CTIA News 
  • Have you received an AMBER Alert?
    As part of the Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) program, millions of cellphone users across the country receive free, automatic notifications about abducted children in their area. The WEA AMBER Alerts use the latest technology to send messages to wireless customers with WEA-capable devices in the area where a child has been abducted, even if the wireless customer isn't from the area. Learn more about the WEA AMBER Alert program. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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