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    by Published on 10-25-2011 09:20 AM
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    In the days after the iPhone launched on Sprint, a number of customers complained about extremely slow data speeds on Sprint's network. Sprint initially denied that there were any problems, but now a report from TheNextWeb suggests that is a problem with Sprint's iPhone data speeds:

    Now it seems that an internal email has been sent to Sprint representatives, informing them that Apple and Sprintare working together on a “confirmed nationwide issue” dealing with the slow data rates many users are experiencing. There was no information about what the cause of the issues are or what the expected resolution date might be.

    The email did contain a reference to a ‘Service Settings’ update, which sounds like it could be referring to the carrier settings file that contains access point info for the carriers.
    Mac Rumors | Forum discussion here
    by Published on 10-21-2011 03:28 PM
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    MetroPCS Communications Inc. (PCS) has emerged as the frontrunner to buy assets from AT&T Inc. (T) and T- Mobile USA Inc. as those companies seek to win government approval for their $39 billion merger, according to people familiar with the matter.

    Though the size of the deal isn’t yet definite, it would likely include subscribers and wireless spectrum, said the people, who couldn’t be identified because the talks aren’t yet public. The deal’s value is likely to be less than $4 billion, said one person.

    AT&T approached smaller rivals including Dallas-based MetroPCS, Leap Wireless International Inc. (LEAP) and Dish Network Corp. (DISH), people familiar with the matter said last month. MetroPCS, with more than $2 billion in cash and short-term investments, has a stronger balance sheet than Leap, though Leap is still in talks with AT&T, the people said.

    More here: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-1...-t-mobile.html
    by Published on 10-19-2011 09:12 PM
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    From the official Windows Phone Blog:

    Hello everyone. When we kicked off the global rollout of Windows Phone 7.5, I told you we planned to balance quality with speed. And for three weeks we’ve been watching quality while sending update notices to a growing fraction of phones.

    It’s gone well. So today we’re fully opening the spigot —slightly ahead of schedule—and making Mango available to nearly everyone in the current delivery pool (see Where’s My Phone Update? for the details).

    In addition, we’re now scheduling Mango updates for LG Optimus 7 phones on Telefonica in Spain.

    We’re excited most of our customers now have access to all the new features in Windows Phone 7.5. But we know there’s still work to do.

    For example, we're working with Orange in Europe to resolve a couple technical issues that are temporarily preventing us from delivering updates at full throttle to all its Windows Phone customers.

    Updates for a few phones are also still undergoing carrier tests. If this applies to you, I want you to know we’ve already prepared to expedite delivery of Windows Phone 7.5 to you once carrier testing is finished.
    Anxious for Mango? Get it sooner than expected? Talk about it here.
    by Published on 10-19-2011 12:07 PM
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    Regional provider C Spire Wireless (formerly Cellular South) to offer iPhone 4S.

    C Spire Wireless To Offer iPhone 4S

    Pre-Registration Begins Today; Device Will Launch in Coming Weeks

    RIDGELAND, MS. (Oct. 19, 2011) – C Spire Wireless announced today that it will launch iPhone 4S, the most amazing iPhone yet, in the U.S. in the coming weeks.

    For further information or to register interest, please visit www.cspire.com/iphone. For more information on iPhone 4S, please visit www.apple.com/iphone.
    C Spire. | Forum discussion here.
    by Published on 10-19-2011 12:42 AM
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    Talk about the Galaxy Nexus and Google's new Ice Cream Sandwich Android OS here.
    by Published on 10-18-2011 11:59 AM
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    Today Motorola and Verizon announced the Motorola DROID RAZR, the thinnest 4G LTE phone to date and runs Android 2.3.5 (Gingerbread), sports Kevlar and Gorilla Glass, a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, 1 GB RAM, 4.3-inch Super AMOLED screen, and front and rear facing cameras.

    The DROID RAZR will be available in November for $299.99 with a two-year agreement.

    Details at Motorola | Forum discussion here.
    by Published on 10-17-2011 10:51 AM
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    Most carriers have recently been scrambling to jump on the dual core processor bandwagon, and U.S.Cellular has joined in with the Motorola Electrify. After using this device for the past week I can say that it is solid in both form factor and performance. Overall it is an excellent addition to U.S.Cellular's lineup, and will hold up well in the increasingly competitive world of Android powered smartphones.


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    by Published on 10-17-2011 09:07 AM
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    Geeky vehicle spotters are already on the lookout for the Google Street View car. Now keep your eyes peeled for a white van with a bunch of things stuck to the back windows—the Verizon Wireless test car.

    At the CTIA Wireless trade show today, I got a tour of one of Verizon's test vans, the vehicles they use to monitor not only their own coverage but their competitors' networks, too.

    That means going to the stores to buy Sprint, AT&T, T-Mobile, and even Cricket and MetroPCS modems and phones – and paying a lot of overage fees as Verizon's test software pumps data through their competitors' networks day after day.

    "We pay what normal consumers pay," laughed Tom Badger, director of network system performance for Verizon's southern California region. "We're some of our competitors' best customers."

    More at: PC Mag Talk about it here.
    by Published on 10-14-2011 09:50 AM
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    They ain't goin' for it!

    Rick Kaplan, chief of the Federal Communication Commission’s Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, sent a letter to AT&T on Thursday asking the carrier to clarify just how the proposed merger with T-Mobile USA will add jobs in the United States. “Our review of the information currently in our record suggests that AT&T’s responses on this issue remain incomplete,” Kaplan said. The FCC is giving AT&T until October 31st to address fully “all plans, analyses and reports discussing the creation or loss of jobs” if the merger is approved. AT&T must also disclose how many T-Mobile USA jobs will be eliminated and show how the merger will affect employment inside and outside of the United States during the next five years. AT&T CEO Randall L. Stephenson argued earlier this year that the proposed merger would be a “net job grower” in the United States. On August 31st, AT&T promised to bring 5,000 jobs back to the United States if the merger is approved, which was the same day the U.S. government filed a lawsuit in opposition of the deal. Read [PDF]
    BGR. Forum discussion here.
    by Published on 10-12-2011 12:44 PM
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    The iOS 5 update is now available for download. Fire up iTunes and get it, then talk about it here.
    by Published on 10-11-2011 02:25 PM
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    The first video of Siri has hit the Internet. Take a look and see if Siri is really what you're expecting. Or more...

    by Published on 10-10-2011 09:11 AM
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    Apple has announced that pre-orders for the iPhone 4S have topped one million; the highest for any Apple product.

    iPhone 4S Pre-Orders Top One Million in First 24 Hours

    CUPERTINO, California—October 10, 2011—Apple® today announced pre-orders of its iPhone® 4S have topped one million in a single day, surpassing the previous single day pre-order record of 600,000 held by iPhone 4. iPhone 4S is the most amazing iPhone yet, packed with incredible new features including Apple’s dual-core A5 chip for blazing fast performance and stunning graphics; an all new camera with advanced optics; full 1080p HD resolution video recording; and Siri™, an intelligent assistant that helps you get things done just by asking.

    “We are blown away with the incredible customer response to iPhone 4S,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “The first day pre-orders for iPhone 4S have been the most for any new product that Apple has ever launched and we are thrilled that customers love iPhone 4S as much as we do.”

    iPhone 4S will be available at all 245 Apple retail stores in the US beginning at 8 a.m. local time on Friday, October 14. Every customer who buys an iPhone 4S at an Apple retail store will be offered free Personal Setup service, helping them customize their iPhone 4S by setting up email, showing them new apps from the App Store™ and more, so they’ll be up and running with their new iPhone before they leave the store.
    Do you have one on the way? Planning to get one? Talk about it here.

    More at Apple.
    by Published on 10-07-2011 11:38 AM
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    http://www.phonescoop.com/articles/article.php?a=9018

    Sprint announced today at an analyst conference in New York City that it will roll out a Long Term Evolution 4G network "aggressively" on its 1900MHz PCS spectrum and 1600MHz, which is owned by LightSquared. Sprint said its LTE network will launch in the first markets in mid 2012, with the first devices also appearing in mid 2012, too. The company laid out plans for its CDMA and iDEN network transitions, which will take place over the coming years. Sprint still plans to shut down the iDEN network by mid-2013.
    Some notes:

    123M LTE POPs covered by the end of 2012. 250M LTE POPs by the end of 2013. 270M POPs in 2014. WiMAX will be supported through 2012.
    by Published on 10-05-2011 03:51 PM
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    From All Things D:

    http://allthingsd.com/20111005/exclu...mod=googlenews

    Exclusive: Sprint Confirms It Will Offer Unlimited Data Plan for iPhone

    Sprint will indeed offer unlimited data plans when it starts taking iPhone orders later this week, AllThingsD has confirmed.
    “We will be offering the benefit of our unlimited plans that start at just $69.99,” said spokeswoman Michelle Leff Mermelstein. Sprint’s $69.99 plan includes unlimited data and 450 voice minutes as well as unlimited mobile-to-mobile calling. Unlimited calling and data costs $99 a month.
    Sprint is counting on unlimited pricing to help it stand out from AT&T and Verizon — which will also carry the very same iPhone 4S. Sprint and Verizon will also have the iPhone 4, while only AT&T will have the older iPhone 3GS to offer for free with a new contract.
    Both AT&T and Verizon offered unlimited data plans for the iPhone in the past, but have since shifted to tiered pricing for new customers.
    As for whether Sprint will be able to handle all of that traffic, Mermelstein said. “We have every confidence in the ability of our 3G network to handle the influx of devices we expect to get. It certainly hasn’t been an issue to date.”
    Although a mention of the iPhone still has yet to appear on Sprint’s home page, the carrier is indeed very excited about the ability to finally offer Apple’s smartphone. The company appears to be just making sure all of its proverbial ducks are in a row before shifting into iPhone overdrive.
    by Published on 10-05-2011 11:14 AM
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    To pressure the telecommunications giant to ease off demands for concessions from workers in its deteriorating landline division, the employees will ask customers not to buy the next iPhone.

    A day before Apple is scheduled to unveil its iPhone 5, two major labor unions announced a nationwide campaign to encourage Verizon Wireless customers not to upgrade to the new device until Verizon and Verizon Wireless agree on a contract with 45,000 workers.

    Several national advocacy groups are joining the “iWont” initiative, including MoveOn.org, which will spread the word to millions of members. In addition to the online outreach, union members and supporters will leaflet Apple and Verizon Wireless outlets across the country to ask customers to delay their iPhone 5 purchases. ...
    by Published on 10-04-2011 10:30 AM
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    New T-Mobile.com/Walmart plan to compete directly with Virgin Mobile's $35 plan:

    http://www.tmonews.com/2011/10/t-mob...-october-16th/


    Who thinks this plan will take customers away from T-Mobile postpaid plans?
    by Published on 10-03-2011 04:27 PM
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    New details, not previously reported, give a rare look at Apple's closely guarded dealings with carriers, and reveal just how high the stakes are for Sprint.

    Mr. Hesse told the board the carrier would have to agree to purchase at least 30.5 million iPhones over the next four years—a commitment of $20 billion at current rates—whether or not it could find people to buy them, according to people familiar with the matter. In order to keep the price people pay for the phone low and competitive with rivals, Sprint would be subsidizing the cost of each phone to the tune of about $500, which would take a long time to recoup even at the high monthly fees iPhone users pay.

    Directors debated what they had just heard. Some worried the payoff would be too long in coming. One member questioned whether the multiyear deal might outlast the iPhone's popularity. To sell that many iPhones, Sprint would have to double its rolls of contract customers, convert all of them to the Apple device or a combination of the two.

    "This is a bet-the-company kind of thing,'' said a person familiar with Sprint's decision-making. The projected hit to the company's operating income is "staggering," the person said.

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    Read more: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000...#ixzz1ZkLoXQFn

    Wow, I hope it's worth it! If they fail, they might as well shutter the company up.
    by Published on 10-01-2011 08:57 PM
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    http://www.chieftain.com/business/lo...cc4c03286.html

    AT&T promises no job layoffs at sites such as its 500-worker call center in Pueblo if its bid to buy rival T-Mobile is successful, the company's Colorado president says.

    Bill Soards, who visited Pueblo this week, said the merger also would allow AT&T to move quickly on adding upgraded broadband services — including 4G service — in Southern Colorado and other under-served areas, taking advantage of wireless spectrum T-Mobile now owns.

    AT&T recently committed to make billions of dollars of major infrastructure upgrades across the country if the sale goes through, he said. The system upgrades would generate an estimated 60,000 to 90,000 jobs in the U.S. in coming years, he said. ...
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