Rumor: Apple has disbanded its wireless router division, reassigned personnel to more profitable product groups

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Date: Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016, 05:37
Category: Hardware, Rumor, wireless

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As much as you love your AirPort router, it may be the last of its kind.

Apple has apparently disbanded its wireless router division, having moved personnel away from this to focus on products that generate more revenue.

Apple began shutting down the wireless router team over the past year, dispersing engineers to other product development groups, including the one handling the Apple TV, said sources who asked not to be named because the decision hasn’t been publicly announced.

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T-Mobile fined $48 million in wake of data throttling controversy on unlimited plans

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Date: Thursday, October 20th, 2016, 05:25
Category: Legal, News, wireless

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Well, this is sort of a mess.

Late Wednesday, the Federal Communications Commission announced that it has reached a $48 million settlement with T-Mobile, including a $7.5 million fine and $35.5 million in consumer benefits, following an investigation into whether the carrier adequately disclosed speed and data restrictions for its so-called “unlimited” data plan subscribers.

FCC investigators determined that ads and other disclosures from T-Mobile, and its prepaid brand MetroPCS, failed to adequately inform customers about its policy that de-prioritizes the top 3 percent of its heaviest data users during times of network contention or congestion, resulting in slower network speeds.

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Apple now selling SIM-free iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus units via U.S. online store

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Date: Friday, October 14th, 2016, 05:14
Category: iPhone, News, retail, wireless

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Following tradition, Apple is now offering a SIM-free version of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus handset via its online store in the United States.

The SIM-free option allows customers to buy an unlocked iPhone without choosing a carrier.

SIM-free versions of the iPhone 7 Plus in all capacities list shipping estimates of three to four weeks, with the exception of the Jet Black SIM-free iPhone 7 Plus, which lists a shipping estimate of six to eight weeks.

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AT&T stops selling Samsung Galaxy Note 7 after reports of fires caused by replacement units

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Date: Monday, October 10th, 2016, 05:54
Category: battery, Hardware, News, Samsung, wireless

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Even after the recalls and apologies, the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 battery debacle continues, even after supposedly safe replacement units were issued.

This time, wireless carrier AT&T announces that it is discontinuing all sales and exchanges of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones following a number of fires caused by supposedly “safe” phones that had been replaced under recall.

“Based on recent reports, we’re no longer exchanging new Note 7s at this time, pending further investigation of these reported incidents,” said an AT&T spokesperson. “We still encourage customers with a recalled Note 7 to visit an AT&T location to exchange that device for another Samsung smartphone or other smartphone of their choice.”

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Apple has yet to report iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus preorder numbers

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Date: Monday, September 12th, 2016, 05:13
Category: Finance, iPhone, News, wireless

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In what could be construed as a fairly prominent departure from years past, Apple apparently doesn’t plan to disclose first-weekend sales of its upcoming iPhone 7 handset.

Apple has disclosed the figures for its new iPhones the past eight years. Last year, for example, Apple said it sold 13 million iPhone 6s and 6s Plus phones in their first three days of availability, up 30% from initial sales of the iPhone 6 models the prior year.

Some analysts and investors have viewed the numbers as a gauge of enthusiasm for the new phones. Apple said the figures are less relevant than in the past.

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AT&T, Qualcomm to test expanding cellular networks via drone

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Date: Wednesday, September 7th, 2016, 05:53
Category: News, wireless

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This is a pretty neat idea.

Communications companies Qualcomm and AT&T today announced plans to start testing Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS, also known as drones) on cellular networks later this month. The goal is to analyze how drones can operate safely and more securely on commercial 4G LTE and future networks such as 5G.

The trials will take place at Qualcomm’s UAS Flight Center in San Diego, where engineers will work to mimic commercial, residential and uninhabited areas.

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Sprint, T-Mobile offer revamped data plans ahead of next-gen iPhone launch

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Date: Friday, August 19th, 2016, 05:00
Category: iPhone, News, wireless

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Say what you want about the open market, at least it spurs competition.

Following Wednesday’s announcement as to changes to its mobile plans, wireless carriers T-Mobile and Sprint have announced new “unlimited” plans of their own.

T-Mobile has replaced all its plans with a single one called T-Mobile One.

The Mobile One plan apparent offers the following:

It’s 100% unlimited and comes with unlimited talk and text and unlimited 4G LTE smartphone data – including unlimited standard definition video – all on America’s fastest 4G LTE network. And, it’s available at a great price: just $40 per line for a family of four.

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Rumor: Next-gen Apple Watch to feature GPS, other improvements, will be released this fall

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Date: Friday, August 19th, 2016, 05:40
Category: Apple Watch, Hardware, Rumor, Watch OS, Wearables, wireless

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The next-gen Apple Watch may still be somewhat dependent on the iPhone.

Sources have stated that Apple is planning to launch a next-gen Apple Watch this fall with integrated GPS and improvements to health tracking.

Apple shipped its first watch in April 2015, hoping for a new blockbuster product amid slowing iPhone sales, which contribute almost 60 percent of revenue. While the company shipped 1.6 million watches from April to June, that was less than half as many as during the same period in 2015, according to IDC.

Since its inception, wireless network carriers have been urging Apple to create an Apple Watch variant that can connect to data networks without the aid of the iPhone, thereby untethering it. Apple had been in talks this year with mobile phone carriers in the U.S. and Europe to add cellular connectivity to the watch, according to people familiar with the talks. A cellular chip would have theoretically allowed the product to download sports score alerts, e-mail and mapping information while out of an iPhone’s reach.

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AT&T introduces higher-end data plans, removes overages ahead of next-gen iPhone launch

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Date: Thursday, August 18th, 2016, 05:39
Category: iPhone, News, wireless

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Just ahead of the next-gen iPhone release, AT&T on Wednesday announced new data plans that finally eliminate overage fees for heavy users.

The new plans, which go into effect this Sunday, retail for $30 per month for 1 gigabyte, $40 for 3 gigabytes, $60 for 6 gigabytes, $80 for 10 gigabytes, $90 for 16 gigabytes, $110 for 25 gigabytes, and $135 for 30 gigabytes. The 25- and 30-gigabyte plans are significantly cheaper than before, having previously hit $175 and $225, but the bottom tier now has half the data of its old equivalent, and others have been replaced or removed, such as the $20/300-megabyte and $50/5-gigabyte options.

The new plans will have users’ speeds throttled once they hit their data cap. With previous plans, the company was charging $15 for an extra gigabyte after exceeding any rollover allotments.

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Google submits FCC filing, looks to expand wireless Fiber testing to 24 U.S. cities

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Date: Monday, August 15th, 2016, 05:18
Category: Google, News, wireless

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Speedy wireless broadband is coming your way via Google.

In a recent Federal Communications Commission filing, Google noted that it has been testing a new wireless-transmission technology using the 3.5-GHz band in Kansas City, but the heavily redacted FCC filing suggests that it wants to dramatically expand to testing “experimental transmitters” at up to 24 US locations, including Provo, Utah, Omaha, Nebraska, and Boulder, Colorado, for a period of 24 months.

Google is requesting authorization to operate between the 3.4 and 3.8 GHz band.

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