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Reuters – Isis, formed by Verizon Wireless, AT&T Inc and T-Mobile USA, is a mobile wallet service that allows consumers to make payments by waving their phone at a check-out terminal, instead of using a plastic card.
Starting on Monday (Oct 22) the company said the service was available in Austin, Texas, and Salt Lake City, Utah, with support for the service on nine different handset models.
The service will work on payment cards from American Express, Capital One as well as an Isis cash card. more> http://tinyurl.com/8pgbk32
Posted in Banking, Economy, Net, telecom
Tagged AmericanExpress, AT&T, Austin Texas, Capital, Internet, Isis, Payment, Salt Lake City, T-Mobile USA, United States, Verizon Wireless
Reuters – Deutsche Telekom (DTEGn.DE) and MetroPCS agreed to merge their operations in the United States, leading to an impairment charge of at least 7 billion euros ($9 billion) for Telekom in a move that might allow the company to exit the U.S. wireless market.
Deutsche Telekom will hold 74 percent and MetroPCS 26 percent in the combined entity. more> http://tinyurl.com/8qb99pd
Posted in Business, FCC, Net, telecom
Tagged Broadband, Business, Deutsche Telekom, Internet, MetroPCS, T-Mobile USA, United States, Wireless
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By Jasmin Melvin – Sprint Nextel Corp (S.N), DirecTV (DTV.O) and others asked U.S. communications regulators on Tuesday to suspend their 180-day clock for reviewing proposed multi-billion dollar airwaves deals between Verizon Wireless and several cable operators.
The Federal Communications Commission is on the 96th day of its review of Verizon Wireless’s plan to buy about $3.9 billion worth of wireless airwaves from cable companies including Comcast Corp (CMCSA.O) and Time Warner Cable Inc (TWC.N).
The cable operators would be allowed to resell Verizon’s mobile service as part of the deals. Verizon Wireless is a venture of Verizon Communications (VZ.N) and Vodafone Group Plc (VOD.L).
Verizon rivals Sprint, Deutsche Telekom AG‘s (DTEGn.DE) T-Mobile USA and MetroPCS Communications (PCS.N), have all complained to the FCC about the bigger company’s cable deal on concerns that it would give too much market power to the already dominant company. more> http://is.gd/n1dCHe
Posted in Business, Economy, FCC, Nature, telecom
Tagged DirecTV, Federal Communications Commission, Internet, Sprint Nextel, T-Mobile USA, Time Warner Cable, United States, Verizon Communications, Verizon Wireless, Wireless
By Josh Lowensohn – A man who became dissatisfied with AT&T throttling data speeds on his iPhone has won a case against the carrier in small claims court.
The Associated Press reports that iPhone owner Matt Spaccarelli, who filed a complaint against AT&T after it began slowing down his data speeds, was awarded $850 earlier today.
Spaccarelli made the claim that AT&T purposely slowed down data speeds, despite the fact that he was subscribed to an “unlimited data” plan. This slowdown came after he had used 1.5GB to 2GB of data inside of one billing cycle, he told the court. more> http://is.gd/MYE3rw
- iPhone user successfully sues AT&T over 3G throttling, Mikey Campbell, AppleInsider
- Unlimited data customer challenges AT&T’s throttling in court . . . and wins, Dwight Silverman, seattlepi.com
- California iPhone user wins $850 small claims case against AT&T in data throttling, Greg Risling and Peter Svenson, NewsOK.com
- AT&T unfairly cut iPhone user’s speed, judge rules, SFGate
- SoCal judge awards $850 to iPhone user who says AT&T slows his data speeds on unlimited plan, Associated Press/Washington Post
- AT&T Customer Wins $850 in Data-Throttling Case, Brian X. Chen, NYTimes.com
- AT&T Ordered to Pay Damages to iPhone User for Throttling Bandwidth, JD Journal
- Judge awards $850 to iPhone user in AT&T throttling case (dvorak.org)
- Throttled iPhone user awarded $850 in case against AT&T (intomobile.com)
- A Guy Sued AT&T For Throttling His Data Plan And Won $850 (T) (businessinsider.com)
- iPhone Data Plan Follies (hiltmon.com)
- If AT&T throttles you, are you entitled to $850? (9to5mac.com)
- iPhone user wins $850 in AT&T throttling case (msnbc.msn.com)
- California iPhone user wins $850 small claims case against AT&T in data throttling – NewsOK.com (rjmarmol.com)
- Judge Awards $850 To iPhone User Over Throttled Data Usage (losangeles.cbslocal.com)
- iPhone User Wins Throttling Suit Against AT&T (webpronews.com)
Posted in Broadband, Net, telecom
Tagged 4G, AT&T, Broadband, Class action, Internet, iPhone, Matt Spaccarelli, Small claims court, T-Mobile USA, Wireless
By Sinead Carew – AT&T Inc posted a $6.7 billion quarterly loss as it was weighed down by a hefty break-up fee for its failed T-Mobile USA merger and other big charges on top of costly subsidies for smartphones.
AT&T’s wireless service margin fell to 28.7 percent, based on earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization, from 43.7 percent in the third quarter and 37.6 percent a year earlier, missing already low analysts’ expectations. more> http://tinyurl.com/72zy3h4
- AT&T appoints chief strategy officer, Grant Gross, IDG News Service/Network World
- AT&T chief bashes FCC, pleads for more spectrum, Brad Reed, Network World
- Hey, AT&T, quit whining! Kent German, CNET
- AT&T still leans heavily on iPhone, sold 1 in 5 Apple smartphones worldwide (mercurynews.com)
- The Elephant in the Room Just Sat on AT&T’s Earnings (fool.com)
- AT&T: The iPhone Was Good, But Not Good Enough To Hold Off A Q4 Loss (paidcontent.org)
- AT&T Posts Q4 Loss Due To Hefty Charges (dfw.cbslocal.com)
- $6.7 billion loss for AT&T linked to failed deal with T-Mobile (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
Posted in Business, Net, telecom
Tagged Apple, AT&T, Broadband, Internet, iPhone, Randall L. Stephenson, Smartphone, T-Mobile, T-Mobile USA, Wireless