FreedomPop is broadening the scope of its all-IP voice and messaging beta program, allowing customers to activate Sprint Android phones on its network. As with its other services, customers can sign up for a free plan. Read more »
Though eBay is buying Braintree to make PayPal more relevant in mobile, PayPal is showing it has plenty of game in the new smartphone-driven economy. The deal makes PayPal an Uber payment option on two continents. Read more »
Tablets prices have gone down, but adding cellular to your slate will still cost you a big premium. Thanks to some savvy radio choices, though, Verizon has kept the Ellipsis’s price low without sacrificing connectivity. Read more »
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler says his pressure tactics on the mobile industry over phone unlocking was not an isolated incident. He’d rather set policy through industry consent, but he says he’s not afraid to regulate. Read more »
TapTap-creator Woodenshark is one of several startups aiming to turn the connected wristband from a mere recorder of activity into a device that can communicate and control other apps through gesture and touch. Read more »
Despite the mobile industry’s focus on mobile data, voice has long been the primary revenue driver for carriers. That’s set to change this quarter. Read more »
Google is removing the velvet ropes from its white spaces database in the U.S. Any device maker can now search their locales for unused TV frequencies and stake a claim on those airwaves. Read more »
Coin isn’t trying to replace the physical wallet with a digital one. Instead it’s trying to reduce all of the credit, debit, gift and loyalty cards that clutter up our wallets to a single piece of plastic. Read more »
Three laps around around the world will mean the balloons need to stay aloft for 100 days. According to Google materials engineers, that’s a much more difficult task than you might think. Read more »
Square is leveling the playing field for merchants who take their credit cards over the phone rather than swipe them with Reader. Instead of waiting a month to get paid, they’ll only wait 1-2 days. Read more »
Sprint’s no longer interested in bidding on a block of airwaves that would double the capacity of its LTE network. Instead its looking for greener pastures in which to build its future 4G bandwidth. Read more »
After testing the connected collar tag on my two dogs, I’m convinced Whistle has created something special. Whistle provides useful and engrossing data on a dog’s daily activity, and it’s only going to get better. Read more »
Seattle is asking its police department if it could use a new municipal Wi-Fi network to track its citizens. The short answer is yes, but the information it could collect is information we’re freely sharing. Read more »
Smartphones will expand rapidly into the developing world, according to Ericsson, not only because devices will become cheaper. Cheaper data plan options and the economic benefits of mobile internet connectivity will help drive their proliferation. Read more »
Boingo’s acquisition of military base ISP Endeka appears to paying dividends. Boingo revealed this week that it has won contracts with the U.S. Marines Corps, Army and Air Force to install IPTV and broadband access networks on their posts and bases in the U.S. and some overseas installations, using a combination of fiber and point-to-point wireless technology. Soldiers and officers who subscribe to the on-base services will also get free access to Boingo’s global Wi-Fi hotspot network.
Though not exactly subtle, Phone Halo’s new Glasses TrackR could be a godsend for people constantly leaving their glasses in cabs, cafes and airplanes. Using Bluetooth it alerts you when you depart without your eyewear. Read more »
Gogo will release an app next year that will route phone calls and texts over its inflight Wi-Fi networks, even when planes are above clouds. Calls on domestic flights, however, will probably still be prohibited. Read more »
AT&T is tapping into spectrum formerly reserved for voice and 3G data services to put more oomph into its LTE network. It won’t make its 4G service faster, but it will certainly make it better. Read more »
Mavenir Systems makes telecom infrastructure, which isn’t quite as sexy as social media, but nonetheless Mavenir went public the same day as Twitter, raising $55 million to fund its VoLTE technology. Read more »
Lookout’s mobile threat-protection app has now landed on the Android phones of three of the four major U.S. carriers. Read more »
AT&T’s LTE network is now in in 461 markets, 39 shy of Verizon’s. It probably won’t finish the year matching Verizon’s network footprint, but it will get close. Read more »
In the past it was difficult for companies to leave the confines of their chosen medium, but not now. Behance co-founder Scott Belsky believes companies should be constrained by their missions, not the media they work in. Read more »
Cisco Systems and high-capacity wireless chipmaker Wilocity revealed on Wednesday they have started working together to develop 60 GHz enterprise networking products that could support massive transmission speeds of 5 Gbps. The new technology is based on the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) 802.11ad standard for ultra-fast in-building networks and will eventually be certified by the Wi-Fi Alliance under the name WiGig. Cisco Enterprise Networking Group CTO Bob Friday said that Cisco has made a minor strategic investment in Wilocity, but the companies are not revealing the amount.
Just as you would share a Glympse with friends of your location on the highway, you will soon be to share a Glympse of your flight’s position in the sky. Read more »
Karma is building a community of mobile broadband users who share their connections without sharing their data. It’s attracted 50,000 users so far, a number it hopes to boost as it moves to Sprint’s LTE network. Read more »
LA is putting out an ambitious proposal to build a city-wide gigabit fiber network — perhaps too ambitious. It would require the network provider to not only absorb all costs but deliver a free baseline service. Read more »
Creating hardware not only means raising more funding than a typical app startup, but hiring manufacturing experts and building up infrastructure, according Nest founder Tony Fadell. Read more »
Jack Dorsey may not have known much about being a merchant when he founded Square, but he did know a lot about being a buyer. According to Dorsey, that was the perspective Square used to design Reader. Read more »
T-Mobile’s big growth third quarter was driven in part by 344,000 new MVNO connections. Those virtual subscribers are becoming and increasing chunk of T-Mobile’s business as it begins welcome more virtual operators to its network. Read more »
Eight months after bringing its first LTE tower online, T-Mobile has managed to amp up its 4G service with new spectrum. But it’s biggest upgrade will come in 2014, when it plans to double capacity again. Read more »
SpiderCloud has already established an early lead in indoor mobile networking. Now it’s hoping to extend that lead in the age of 4G networking with a small cell that can support multiple wireless technologies. Read more »
Unlike the first installment of this series, Globalstar’s sequel may have a happy ending. Globalstar’s low-power Wi-Fi plans don’t have the interference problems of LightSquared’s LTE network. The FCC also let Dish repurpose its spectrum. Read more »
If you were looking for a signal showing how cozy new Federal Communications Chairman Tom Wheeler would be with the cable and telecom industries he used to lobby for, then Wheeler just broadcast a big one. He’s hired Public Knowledge President, CEO and founder Gigi Sohn as special counsel for external affairs on his staff. For 12 years Sohn has railed against the communications industries’ more anti-consumer actions, and while Sohn’s appointment doesn’t guarantee Wheeler will take a hard line against his former employers, it does shows he will listen to opposing perspectives as he kicks off what is sure to be a controversial tenure.
Square’s hardware lead details how Stand will be the centerpiece of a redesigned sales counter experience as it begins to work with more peripheral makers. Read more »
Leap Wireless shareholders on Thursday signed off on AT&T’s planned buyout of the carrier, its 5 million Cricket Communications subscribers and, most importantly, its spectrum. The vote wasn’t even close with 99 percent shares voted in favor of the $1.2 billon cash deal, though their approval was pretty much a given. The acquisition now faces its biggest challenges: regulatory reviews before the Federal Communications Commission (with newly installed chairman Tom Wheeler at the helm) and the U.S. Justice Department.
The Nexus 5 is the second phone we’ve seen that incorporates envelope tracking technology, which has nothing to do with mail delivery. The technology greatly reduces the power needed to transmit an LTE signal. Read more »
Though the Wall Street Journal earlier today reported that AT&T’s European ambitions have been jeopardized by its involvement in the NSA-spying scandal, Bloomberg now has it that Ma Bell is still preparing to make a takeover bid for U.K.-based multinational carrier Vodafone. AT&T’s M&A folks are determining how the deal would be structured and which international properties it would keep and which it would sell off, according to Bloomberg’s unnamed sources. Apparently, AT&T is also looking at the U.K.’s Everything Everywhere as a fallback.
While Square is known for its hardware, it’s starting to build up an e-commerce business. A fifth of the 500,000 merchants listed on Square’s new internet marketplace are using Square solely for online sales and marketing. Read more »
Sprint has finally tapped into the spectrum treasure trove that has sat dormant for so long in Clearwire. It’s new LTE network is fast, but more importantly it has enormous amounts of pent-up capacity. Read more »
Wheeler not only has to manage an enormously complex spectrum auction next year, he faces two huge policy debates: the battle over net neutrality and the ramifications of the telecom industry’s transition to IP. Read more »