U.S. Supreme Court rules warrant needed for GPS tracking

On Monday, the United States Supreme Court passed down a unanimous ruling stating that police must obtain a search warrant in order to track a suspected criminal with GPS technology.  The court’s actions in this matter are extremely important because they could affect data privacy for much more than GPS systems, including cell phones and virtually any network device in the U.S.

Verizon Wireless to add only LTE phones

Verizon Wireless will only be adding LTE-capable smartphones to its list of devices moving forward, as the mobile operator builds support for its next generation network.


Verizon’s LTE network is currently the largest LTE network in the U.S., covering more than 200 million people in 190 markets. But since its launch in 2010 the network has experienced three major outages, all within the same month.  Verizon (New York) referred to these outages as “growing pains.”

AT&T increases data plan prices

AT&T on Wednesday announced increased data rates for smartphone and tablet customers that will go into effect next week. The mobile operator is scrambling for new ways to address the broadband crunch after dropping its $39 billion bid for T-Mobile USA, which would have increased its spectrum by 62%.

U.S. Govt halts GPS tests after interference, LightSquared cries foul

On Friday, a group of government agencies with portfolios in GPS and related technologies announced that it had halted testing of LightSquared’s proposed network after it found that “plans for its proposed mobile network would cause harmful interference to many GPS receivers.”

China Mobile, Clearwire sign agreement on TD-LTE interoperability testing plan

China Mobile, the world's largest mobile operator, and Clearwire Corporation, a provider of 4G wireless broadband services in the United States, on Tuesday announced, in conjunction with the Global TD-LTE Initiative (GTI), an agreement on common test specifications and joint interoperability testing (IOT) for TD-LTE devices in the global band configurations, including 2.3GHz to 2.7GHz.

Analysts say LightSquared approval is a long shot

Reuters

Telecom startup LightSquared is mounting a last-ditch effort to win U.S. regulatory approval for a new wireless network after being outmaneuvered by the GPS industry, which has cited numerous scenarios of interference problems that could interfere with planes and national security.

Toshiba to enter U.S. smart home energy market

Reuters

Japan's Toshiba Corp said on Monday it plans to enter the smart home energy market in the United States at the end of this year and generate $129.68 million in revenue by the fiscal year ending March 2016.

Vodafone could merge with Verizon Wireless, eyes Asia, South America

Reuters

Recently, there has been talk that a merger between Vodafone and Verizon Communications could be the most logical option for both telecom operators.  A recent report by analysts from Goldman Sachs Group  stated that if Verizon Communications were to get rid of their fixed-line unit, it would allow for its wireless and enterprise units to merge with that of Vodafone’s.  The report saw this as the most “attractive option” for Vodafone.

Deutsche Telekom seeks new strategy for T-Mobile USA

Reuters

Deutsche Telekom is overhauling its strategy for its U.S. wireless unit after AT&T last month dropped its planned $39 billion takeover of the unit, a person familiar with the strategy planning said on Monday.


"Telekom is planning to work out a new strategy for T-Mobile USA in the coming weeks," the person told Reuters, adding that no date had been set to unveil the plan but it would certainly not be before 2011 results are published on February 23.

Analysis: texting profits at risk as users look elsewhere

Reuters

Text-messaging has long been a big-time profit generator for U.S. mobile operators, but they now risk losing these profits as consumers find cheaper ways to communicate.  SMS (short message service) is currently generating an estimated 12% of service revenue for U.S. operators, but now many consumers are turning to low-cost alternatives like iMessenger, BlackBerry Messenger and Facebook's mobile messaging service.

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