T-Mobile USA offers no-contract unlimited 4G for $70 a month

T-Mobile USA has launched a $70-a-month no-contract offer that promises an “unlimited nationwide 4G data” service to customers.

Unveiled at this week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the deal follows T-Mobile’s announcement last month that it would stop subsidising smartphones in 2013.

Under new arrangements, customers will be required to pay substantial upfront fees for their devices, but will benefit from much lower monthly tariffs.

AT&T sells record 10 million smartphones in fourth quarter


AT&T Inc sold more than 10 million smartphones in the fourth quarter, a record, the company said on Tuesday.

The total topped the previous record of 9.4 million sold in the same quarter in 2011.

The latest results suggested AT&T (Dallas, USA) smartphone sales for all of 2012 will be about 26.7 million units, slightly ahead of its previous forecast of 26 million.

On Monday, AT&T rival Verizon Wireless (New York, USA) said it had its strongest fourth quarter ever, with an increase in subscribers and a rise in sales of Apple Inc's iPhone 5 and other devices.

Dish chairman says mobile plans to take time to coalesce


Dish Network Chairman Charlie Ergen said on Monday it could take months to finalize his plans to enter the wireless industry because of regulatory and technology complications, but his company has no intention of selling spectrum it spent billions acquiring.

The cable service provider received regulatory approval to use its spectrum for wireless services in December. But Dish (Meridian, USA) has still not made clear whether it will build a wireless network on its own, or offer a service in partnership with other companies.

Cars, homes smarten up at Vegas tech extravaganza


At the world's largest technology conference that kicks off on Monday, the most intriguing innovations showcased may be gadgets and technology that turn everyday items into connected, smarter machines.

This year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas promises a new generation of "smart" gadgets, some controlled by voice and gestures, and technology advancements in cars, some of which already let you dictate emails or check real-time gas prices.

AT&T to launch home monitoring service in March


AT&T Inc plans to kick off its Digital Life home monitoring service in eight U.S. markets in March, part of its efforts to expand wireless services beyond phones.

The No. 2 U.S. mobile service provider will offer subscriptions with protection from burglars to water leaks, and services including remote energy conservation for what it hopes will become a $1 billion business.

Verizon CEO touts wireless beyond the phone


Verizon Communications can generate hundreds of millions of dollars of revenue in coming years from wireless services beyond the mobile phone, in areas ranging from healthcare and automobiles to energy management, the company's top executive said on Monday.

The No. 1 U.S. mobile carrier joins other companies expected to debate and demonstrate the benefits of connecting devices - like cars - to the Internet at this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Operators like Verizon (New York, USA) consider this an important new business.

Qualcomm and AT&T unveil "Internet of Everything" platform

Chipmaker Qualcomm and mobile network operator AT&T have teamed up on an M2M development platform they say will be available to developers in the second quarter of 2013.

Based on Qualcomm’s QSC6270-Turbo chipset, the “Internet of Everything (IoE)” platform – as it is described by Qualcomm (San Diego, USA) – is intended to accelerate the development of a wide range of applications and devices for use on “the AT&T (Dallas, USA) mobile internet”.

ESCO swoop for smart-grid specialist Metrum

Utility solutions company ESCO Technologies has acquired smart-grid specialist Metrum Technologies for an undisclosed sum.

ESCO (St Louis, USA) says that Metrum (Waco, USA) – along with its research and development centre in Dallas – will become a part of Aclara Technologies, a member of ESCO’s Utility Solutions Group.

Besides offering wireless communications products to electric utility customers, Metrum also provides hosted software systems and network operation centre services.

It currently serves about 350 utilities across the US.

Clearwire investor seeks to block sale to Sprint


A large Clearwire Corp shareholder on Friday stepped up its campaign against the planned sale of the wireless service provider to its majority owner, Sprint Nextel Corp, saying it plans to ask the U.S. telecoms regulator to block the deal.

Crest Financial's general counsel also said on a call with reporters that it will ask the U.S. Federal Communications Commission to block Sprint's plan to sell 70 percent of itself to Softbank Corp (Tokyo, Japan) of Japan for $20 billion.

The 451 Group acquires Yankee Group from Alta

Market-research company The 451 Group has bought rival Yankee Group, which focuses on the mobile communications industry, for an undisclosed sum from private-equity firm Alta Communications.

Following the acquisition, Yankee Group (Boston, USA) will operate as an independent division within The 451 Group (New York, USA), which had more than 200 employees prior to the takeover.

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