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AT&T, the largest telephone company in the U.S., gave a heads up that it's planning to record a $10 billion charge in its fourth quarter financial results, including a $7.9 billion write-off related to changes in its pension and retiree benefit plans, and a $2.1 billion non-cash charge based on the determination that copper assets are no longer necessary as customers move away from older voice and data products. As an increasing number of customers shift their calling habits over to mobile phones and Internet-based calling services like Skype, the need for more copper... Read more...
Up to this point, T-Mobile's been the one shaking up the wireless industry with its "Un-carrier" initiatives that go against the grain. However, credit Virgin Mobile for being the first to launch no-contract data sharing plans in the U.S., though there's a small caveat -- they're exclusively available at Walmart locations. If you don't mind a trip to Wally World, then beginning tomorrow (January 17), you can access the new plans on four specific 4G LTE smartphones that come pre-loaded with the Virgin Mobile data sharing application. In addition, each multi-line... Read more...
Sprint this week reported some preliminary customer results for its third fiscal quarter of 2014, noting that it added 967,000 customers to the fold, including postpaid net additions of 30,000, prepaid net additions of 410,000, and wholesale net additions of 527,000. What's significant about these numbers is that it means Sprint was able to hold onto its position as the third largest wireless carrier in the U.S. That's bad news for T-Mobile, which has been pulling out all the stops as it attempts to catch up with surpass Sprint. And T-Mobile would have, if only Sprint posted a loss in subscribers... Read more...
T-Mobile has been aggressive in its campaign to woo customers away from the competition, which it's successfully been able to do through its so-called "Uncarrier" campaign. So far it's working like a charm -- the wireless carrier today announced some preliminary data for the fourth quarter of 2014, revealing that it added 2.1 million net customers to the fray in Q4 alone. For the full year, T-Mobile saw 8.3 million total net customer additions, making it the biggest year of net customer additions in the company's history. It's no coincidence that the record breaking performance comes at the same... Read more...
It's always a good idea to comb through your wireless phone bill each and every month to make sure you aren't being hit with any unauthorized charges, such as ringtones, screensavers, and other third-party items that you never agreed to purchase. It's a practice known as bill cramming, and it's something the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) takes very seriously. The FCC is so serious that it may slap Sprint with a hefty fine for allowing its customers to be charged for services they never wanted or requested. According to Reuters, FCC commissioners are currently reviewing the situation... Read more...
Verizon is putting its brave face on and remaining positive about future growth opportunities as it deals with increasingly aggressive competitors in the wireless space. Without feeding the media and analysts too much real data to chew on, Verizon spoke in vague terms, saying that it sees "strong momentum for wireless customer growth" heading into the fourth quarter of 2014, along with "very strong customer demand" for 4G devices on its More Everything shared data plans. According to Verizon, retail postpaid gross additions are higher both sequentially and year-over-year. In addition, new device... Read more...
Gogo raked in record revenue of $104 million for its fiscal third quarter of 2014, up 22 percent year-over-year, however the company has also been spending a great deal on expanding its in-flight Wi-Fi service to more airlines. As a result, Gogo ended up posting a $24.9 million loss for the quarter, or $0.29 per share, compared to a loss of $18.7 million, or $0.22 per share a year ago. Though the company couldn't manage to climb out of the red, Gogo President and CEO Michael Small was pleased with the performance as he keeps an eye towards long-term growth. In order to set the company up for that,... Read more...
When people think about Internet security, they still think of the various bugs, flaws, and malware that pervade the online world as a Windows problem. Macs have long enjoyed special status thanks to limited market share, while smartphones aren't generally considered to be an attack vector, no matter which OS you prefer. That's clearly changing -- a new report from Palo Alto Networks illustrates how a new Trojan they call WireLurker doesn't just infect iOS devices -- it relies on Mac OS X vulnerabilities to do so. WireLurker contains a bevy of firsts and achievements. It's the largest malware to... Read more...
Wireless carriers in the U.S. are doing everything they can to be seen as more than that. For some, that means opening up innovation centers. For others, it's offering home security solutions in addition to phones. And for AT&T, it means hawking tablets and even watches. Yes, watches. The carrier has just announced that it'll be the first operator in the United States to offer the LG G Watch R, but you can rest assured that it won't be the last watch you see in AT&T stores. The company has stated that the G Watch R will "join its growing wearable portfolio," hinting that more could be on... Read more...
While hardwired connections always trump wireless ones when it comes to longstanding reliability and sustained transfer rates, it's obvious that a wireless world is the one we're headed for. Samsung just so happens to recognize that, which is why it's trotting out a new development in the Wi-Fi space that could send files, photos, and whatever else from point to point at record speeds. The company has just announced a new 60GHz Wi-Fi technology, which represents a five-fold increase  from 866Mbps, or 108MB per second, the maximum speed possible with existing consumer electronics devices. With... Read more...
Being the hardcore enthusiasts that we are, it's easy to forget that not everyone lives on the cutting edge of technology or otherwise wants or needs high end components and peripherals designed for power users. So for those of who wouldn't dream of owning a mouse decked out with more buttons than you have fingers, meet Logitech's latest rodent, the M320. This little guy is a wireless mouse designed for comfort by way of its curved shape to "guide your hand to a natural position." It also sports an asymmetrical form, making it an ambidextrous rodent for both left- and right-handed users. "With... Read more...
A major pet peeve of mine while traveling is having to endure the ridiculous fees that hotels charge you to get online. A very capable home Internet connection might cost you about $60/mo, but many hotels see nothing wrong with charging you $15 per day - and even then, the performance you get from your connection could be measured in a couple of megabits (and not to mention be sporadic in reliability, to boot). Hotels could give out free Internet if they wanted to (and to be fair, many do), but it's one of those services that today, people need, and so it's a perfect way to bolster revenue. Even... Read more...
I've been a fan of WD's My Passport series of external hard drives for some time, but with some wireless drives having come and gone over the past couple of years, I could never help but wonder where on earth the WD option was. Well, that question has now been answered, with the just-announced and appropriately-named WD My Passport Wireless. WD's tagline for the Wireless is "Every device. One drive. No wires.", which does a great job of explaining what the drive is all about. Under the hood is a 500GB, 1TB, or 2TB hard drive, along with an 802.11n 2x2 Wi-Fi adapter. As with most wireless storage,... Read more...
Sprint chief Marcelo Claure promised to roll up his sleeves and come out swinging this week with "very disruptive" pricing plans that would shock and awe the wireless industry, and we now know what those are. Following the introduction of newly priced shared family plans earlier this week, Sprint today announced the Sprint $60 Unlimited Plan with no contract required. Short and simple, this gives Sprint subscribers unlimited talk, text, and data for $60 per month, which is $20 less than T-Mobile's $80 per month unlimited plan. That works out to a savings of $480 over two years against T-Mobile,... Read more...
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