T-Mobile USA eyes growth from iPhone, marketing changes

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T-Mobile USA said on Tuesday that it will start selling Apple Inc's iPhone on April 12, making it the last of the big national U.S. operators to sell the popular smartphone.

The No. 4 U.S. mobile provider, which is seeking to merge with smaller rival MetroPCS Communications (Richardson, TX, USA), is hoping the device can help stem customer losses. The launch follows a marketing overhaul that eliminates device subsidies and two-year service contracts favored by its bigger rivals.

Integrated services fuel customer growth at Numerex

M2M specialist Numerex has announced that its customer base has surpassed the 2 million mark, with surging growth providing evidence of the current momentum in the M2M industry.

The company, which provides M2M services and technology for enterprise and government customers worldwide, says that it took several years to reach the 1 million mark but only two years to double its customer base from that level.

Visa has no plans for digital wallet fee at this point - exec

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Visa Inc has no plans to implement a "digital wallet" fee at this point, Jim McCarthy, global head of product at the payment network, said on Thursday.

The comment came amid concern Visa (Foster City, CA, USA) might follow MasterCard Inc's recent move to impose a new fee on operators of digital wallets, such as PayPal, owned by eBay Inc (San Jose, CA, USA).

Vodafone in talks on sale of Verizon Wireless stake: report

Speculation about a Vodafone withdrawal from the US is once again mounting after a report in the UK’s Sunday Times newspaper claimed the UK operator is preparing to sell its 45% stake in Verizon Wireless in a deal that could raise as much as $135 billion.

Without saying where it had obtained the information, the Sunday Times said Vodafone (Newbury, UK) was in discussions with joint venture partner Verizon Communications (New York City, NY, USA) and that a sale could happen by the summer.

FCC chief Genachowski to step down, touts expanded broadband

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Julius Genachowski said on Friday he will step down as chairman of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission in the coming weeks after four years on the job, and touted his record of working to expand broadband Internet service to Americans.

Cisco ordered to pay $70 million in civil fraud patent case

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Cisco Systems Inc must pay $70 million in damages to patent licenser XpertUniverse Inc for fraudulently obtaining technology developed by the New York company, a jury found on Friday, according to court filings.

The jury also found that Cisco (San Jose, CA, USA) violated two XpertUniverse (New York City, NY, USA) patents, and awarded an additional $34,000 in damages on those claims.

Cisco, the world's largest manufacturer of networking equipment, said it would appeal if the judge leaves the jury verdict intact.

Crest hires help in battle against Sprint takeover of Clearwire

Clearwire shareholder Crest Financial has hired proxy-solicitation firm D.F. King & Co. to help it fight the proposed takeover of Clearwire by majority owner Sprint.

Noting that it is the largest Clearwire (Bellevue, WA, USA) shareholder currently unaligned with Sprint (Overland Park, KS, USA), Crest (Dallas, TX, USA) has also demanded that Clearwire make available the company’s list of shareholders.

T-Mobile USA, MetroPCS fuel merger optimism with board appointments

T-Mobile USA and MetroPCS have announced that Timotheus Hoettges will chair the board of the combined company on completion of their merger.

Hoettges currently serves as chief financial officer of Deutsche Telekom (Bonn, Germany), T-Mobile USA’s parent company, but is set to take over from Rene Obermann as the German operator’s chief executive at the beginning of 2014.

Obermann is moving to Dutch cable company Ziggo (Utrecht, Netherlands), having expressed a desire to be more involved in “operational activities” than he has been as Deutsche Telekom’s boss.

Telecoms prevail in arguing against cybersecurity recommendations

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Large telecommunications companies and Internet providers succeeded in convincing an advisory panel that the U.S. government should not pursue enforcement of security measures meant to bolster their defenses against the growing threat of cyber attacks, according to a report released late on Monday.

EBay hit as "gloves come off" over PayPal digital wallet fee

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EBay Inc shares hit a new low for 2013 on Monday as concern mounted about the impact of a new "digital wallet" fee on the company's PayPal business.

MasterCard Inc (Purchase, NY, USA), one of the largest payment networks, said earlier this year that it plans a new fee for digital wallet operators like PayPal (San Jose, USA) starting in June.

The actual dollar amount PayPal ends up paying may not be that large, analysts say.

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