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Posts tagged “Sprint”

Updated January 26

Sprint cutting jobs; Lenovo security bug; GSK investor pressure; Arista counter-sues Cisco

Bulldog In today's Bulldog wrapup of technology and life science news: Sprint is cutting jobs and closing six call centers; another security problem for Lenovo; investor pressure mounts for change at GSK; and Arista counter-sues Cisco.

January 11

Premium Lock New AT&T offer triggers question: Are unlimited data wireless plans coming back?

AT&T and DirecTV      AT&T is once again experimenting with offering unlimited data plans to smartphone customers while promoting its DirecTV service, signaling a potential reversal of industry trends toward data caps and charges for big video watchers.

January 1

Premium Lock As AT&T drops 2-year contracts, here's how providers ending phone discounts will help customers

AT&T                   AT&T will no longer offer discounted phones with two-year contracts starting Jan. 8. Before you rush out to beat the deadline, consider that you might be better off paying full price for the phone. That's because phone companies also reduce the monthly bill for voice, text and data services when you buy your own phone or bring a used one. The AP explains.

Updated December 1, 2015

Premium Lock Report ranks AT&T No. 1 in fierce Triangle wireless battle

AT&T                   Verizon is dominating wireless service ratings across the U.S., according to independent testing firm RootMetrics - but not in the Triangle. The firm's latest reports rank AT&T as No. 1 in Raleigh, Durham and at RDU International Airport. However, the battle is tight as all four major carriers are improving their service levels and speed.

Updated October 12, 2015

Premium Lock More than half of wireless operators plan WiFi hotspot ugrades

WBA By the end of next year, you should find it increasingly easy to make wireless calls over carrier-grade WiFi hotspots.More than half of wireless operators have plans to deploy carrier-grade WiFi and 80 percent also plan deployments of in the areas of Internet of things and machine to machine communication. So says the annual report on the state of the WiFi ecosystem by The Wireless Broadband Alliance.

October 8, 2015

Premium Lock Report names AT&T highest ranked wireless network in Durham

rootmetrics A new report from RootMetrics names AT&T the highest ranked local wireless network in Durham. Last August, AT&T shared the award with Verizon. Verizon was tops in Greensboro and Charlotte posted a three-way tie.

October 5, 2015

Premium Lock Gardner headlines Startup Grind event, CEO Forum features Arianna Huffington, Sprint layoffs likely

Bulldog In today's Bulldog Update of technology stories: life science industry fuels hot Triangle real estate market; Startup Grind to host David Garner of Cofounders Capital; NC CEO Forum set for November; Sprint layoffs likely.

October 5, 2015

Premium Lock AT&T wants WiFi callling, says rivals offering it without FCC approval

AT&T                   AT&T has asked the Federal Communications Commission to speed up approval of its waiver to offer WiFi calling on its network, saying T-Mobile and Sprint are already doing so without FCC approval.

August 28, 2015

Premium Lock 'Bold but reckless:' Sprint offers DirecTV customers free year of phone service

Sprint ​Sprint is offering DirecTV customers one free year of cellphoneservice in a bold move aimed at the satellite TV company's new owner, AT&T. An analyst calls the offer bold but reckless.

Updated August 18, 2015

Premium Lock Verizon, AT&T share No.1 in NC wireless service; Verizon wins nationally

Wireless coverage Competition for customers among the top four wireless providers remains intense - and close - with Verizon nosing past AT&T for the top spot nationally as calculated by independent testing firm RootMetrics. But in North Carolina, the two companies share the top spot. Meanwhile, Sprint is catching up.

Updated August 10, 2015

Premium Lock Raleigh ranks No. 10 in wireless service study; Durham 82nd, Fayetteville 45th

Wireless coverage survey A new survey from research firm Root Metrics shows Raleigh ranks No. 10 for overall wireless service among the nation's major metro areas. Durham, however, ranks well down the list at 82nd. Fayetteville comes in at No. 45 with Charlotte 32nd.

July 21, 2015

Premium Lock Tech giants keep spending big on lobbying in DC

Dollar sign      Money talks in Washington, D.C., and technology giants keep spreading around the cash as it lobbies for everything from tax breaks to more business. AT&T stepped up its lobbying, for example, as it continues to try to win approval for its DirecTV deal. But the communications giant has plenty of company when it comes to investing in D.C.

April 14, 2015

Premium Lock Nokia-Alcatel merger; Vzio's $600 4K TV; Apple Watch battery booster; China's IP crackdown; Sprint fined $15M

Bulldog In today's Bulldog wrapup of technology and science news: Nokia and Alcatel are in advanced talks about a merger; Vizio unveils a $600 4K TV; a battery booster for Apple Watch; China is cracking down on intellectual property violations; and Sprint pays a $15M fine.

April 13, 2015

Premium Lock Report: AT&T performance leads wireless providers in Raleigh

AT&T                   AT&T is the No. 1 wireless provider in the Raleigh metro area for the second consecutive time, based on independent testing by RootMetrics. Verizon is second. AT&T led in all tested categories but one. However, T-Mobile is rising fast.

April 2, 2015

Premium Lock Republic shares PC Mag wireless award but criticized for lack of phone choice

A Moto G      Raleigh-based Republic Wireless, which earned the top prepaid honor from Consumer Reports last November, is co-No. 1 in a new "Readers' Choice" survey from PC Mag. And the company is moving to address the one big complaint from customers: Lack of phone choice. Big carriers offer more phones but ranked much lower in the survey: T-Mobile No. 5, Verizon No.7, AT&T No. 12 and Sprint No. 13.

Updated March 23, 2015

Premium Lock RDU's wireless access plunges in latest report on performance

RDU's wireless service slips Travelers passing through Raleigh-Durham International Airport are not getting the fastest and most reliable wireless Internet and phone service as they get at other airports, according to a new report. RDU drops to No. 40 from No. 14 among 50 major airports.

Updated February 11, 2015

Premium Lock Verizon, AT&T top NC wireless performance; Sprint surging

AT&T has rallied to regain a share of first place with Verizon in overall wireless performance across North Carolina, according to the latest test data from RootMetrics. But the independent testing firm's data shows Sprint is gaining ground.

A tie for first in NC wireless performance A tie for first in NC wireless performance

February 4, 2015

Premium Lock Unlimited data on wireless plan? Read the fine print

Apple's bigger-than-ever iPhones launched a year ago      Just how limited is your unlimited plan? As a long-time buyer of these data plans, I'm well aware that unlimited doesn't really mean unlimited. Some carriers threaten to slow down speeds after heavy use or curb how much you can stray from their own networks. So how unlimited is your plan? Here's a look at the fine print of the four biggest carriers.

Updated November 21, 2014

Premium Lock Consumer Reports: Republic Wireless is top prepaid provider

Raleigh-based Republic Wireless is the top-rated provider of prepaid wireless services, says Consumer Reports in a new survey of cell-phone service providers.

A Moto X as sold by Raleigh-based Republic Wireless A Moto X as sold by Raleigh-based Republic Wireless

Updated November 19, 2014

Premium Lock AT&T topples Verizon in latest Raleigh wireless tests

A substantial boost in download speeds helps AT&T regain the top spot from Verizon in wireless service, according to independent testing firm RootMetrics. However, Verizon keeps its grip on the top spot at RDU International Airport.

AT&T tops RootMetrics score in Raleigh AT&T tops RootMetrics score in Raleigh

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