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  • FCC moves to open radar spectrum to commercial uses

    The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has voted to move forward on plans to have the U.S. military share wireless spectrum in the 3.5GHz band with commercial users.

    Written by Grant Gross12 Dec. 12 21:07
  • US mobile providers commit to emergency texting service

    The four largest mobile carriers in the U.S. -- AT&T, Verizon, Sprint Nextel and T-Mobile -- have agreed to accelerate the availability of emergency texting, or text-to-911.

    Written by Grant Gross07 Dec. 12 15:41
  • Sprint to charge users of Nextel network an extra $10 per month

    Showing that it's serious about quickly phasing out its venerable iDEN network and traditional push-to-talk service, Sprint Nextel now plans to charge all subscribers on that system an extra US$10 per month beginning Jan. 1.

    Written by Stephen Lawson29 Nov. 12 21:03
  • AT&T takes on Sprint in push-to-talk services

    AT&T announced general availability of its Enhanced Push-to-Talk service on Tuesday, taking on Sprint's Direct Connect Now app as the carriers vie to attract users of the fading Nextel network.

    Written by Stephen Lawson13 Nov. 12 20:08
  • Sprint to drop Nextel name after Softbank deal

    Nextel, an upstart mobile operator formed in the 1990s that attracted a loyal following in construction and other trades, looks set to disappear after Japan's Softbank buys 70 percent of Sprint Nextel.

    Written by Stephen Lawson06 Nov. 12 20:03
  • Mobile networks nearing normal coverage after Sandy

    Cellular coverage for some carriers approached normal levels in the northeastern U.S. a week after Hurricane Sandy made landfall, but some areas remained cut off from mobile service because of ongoing power and telecommunications outages.

    Written by Stephen Lawson06 Nov. 12 01:16
  • Japan's Softbank books record profit as Sprint deal unfolds

    Japan's Softbank, which announced a US$20 billion deal to acquire U.S. mobile operator Sprint Nextel earlier this month, said it booked a record operating profit in its fiscal first half.

    Written by Jay Alabaster31 Oct. 12 11:49
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