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T-Mobile USA takes on “ridiculous” bank fees with mobile money service

T-Mobile USA has launched a mobile money service in a bid to convince subscribers to use the operator for their personal finance needs

T-Mobile USA has launched a mobile money service that claims to do away with charges levied on US bank customers for accessing their funds.

SK Telecom develops LTE-A tri-band carrier aggregation technology

SK Telecom said it has successfully developed LTE-Advanced tri-band carrier aggregation technology

LTE pioneer SK Telecom said it has successfully developed LTE-Advanced tri-band carrier aggregation technology. The technology is likely to be used to ease congestion in networks in built up areas in South Korea.

Verizon powers cloud TV offering with Intel Media purchase

Verizon is buying Intel Media

Verizon Communications on Tuesday agreed to acquire Intel Media, a business division dedicated to the development of Cloud TV products and services. The US carrier will incorporate the Intel-developed technologies into its next-generation video services through the Verizon FiOS fibre optic network and over the top to any device, including via LTE.

Slim raises stake in Telekom Austria

Carlos Slim's América Móvil has increased its stake in America Movil

Latin American operator group America Movil has increased its stake in European operator group Telekom Austria. The LatAm group, controlled by billionaire Carlos Slim, has agreed to acquire 13.9 million shares in Telekom Austria, through Carso Telecom, a holding company owned by America Movil. The shares equate to a 3.14 per cent stake in the European group.

Apple ordered to pay $32.5m for unauthorised in-app purchases

Apple has agreed to pay $32.5m in refunds to consumers in order to settle a complaint made by the US Fair Trade Commission

Device maker Apple has agreed to pay $32.5m in refunds to consumers in order to settle a complaint made by the US Fair Trade Commission (FTC). The firm will refund parents who claim the App Store processed sales of in-app purchases made by children without gaining their consent.

AT&T launches payment services for businesses

AT&T has launched two solutions to allow businesses to process payments using a mobile device

US operator AT&T has launched two solutions to allow businesses to process payments using a mobile device. The operator teamed up with payment processing services provider Vantiv to develop the solutions, which it says offer a highly secure and swift method to process transactions.

Wind 700MHz auction bid scuppered by internal dispute

Canadian operator Wind Mobile has pulled out of the country’s 700MHz spectrum auction

Canadian operator Wind Mobile has pulled out of the country’s 700MHz spectrum auction, due to a lack of internal support by key shareholder Vimpelcom.

Nextel taps Telefonica for LatAm coverage

The move allows Nextel to expand its coverage

Spanish carrier Telefónica has been contracted by Nextel branded NII Holdings to supply nationwide 3G coverage for voice and data services in Brazil and Mexico, expanding Nextel’s existing coverage.

AT&T, Dr Dre deliver curated music service

The service is Dre's second crack at the mobile space

US carrier AT&T has collaborated with rapper-owned music and entertainment firm, Dr Dre’s Beats Music, to deliver an over the top music offering targeted at families.

AT&T launches sponsored data scheme; draws government attention

AT&T has launched an initiative to allow businesses to cover the cost of data for content that they provide

US operator AT&T has launched an initiative that allows businesses to cover the transmission cost of content they provide to consumers. The Sponsored Data service will enable customers to view sponsored content and use apps over AT&T’s HSPA+ and LTE networks without that data usage coming out of their monthly wireless data plan.

AT&T, T-Mobile offer to pay off switching subscribers

AT&T and T-Mobile have entered a war over customers with each offering to pay the costs for customers to switch to their network

US operators AT&T and T-Mobile have entered into a war of incentives, with each offering to pay the termination fees for customers willing to switch networks.

T-Mobile USA buys 700MHz A Block from Verizon

Mobile USA has agreed to acquire 700 MHz A Block spectrum licenses from rival Verizon.

The US arm of operator group Deutsche Telekom, T-Mobile USA is to acquire spectrum licenses for the 700MHz A Block from Verizon Wireless.

Huawei appoints VP sales for US business

Bill Gerski has been appointed VP of Sales for Huawei USA

Chinese infrastructure vendor Huawei has appointed a VP of sales for its US business as it looks to grow revenue in a difficult market. Bill Gerski joins the vendor with 40 years of experience through executive marketing and sales positions at Dish Network, Golden Sky Systems, Sirius Satellite Radio, Time Warner, Viacom, Bell Atlantic and the National Rural Telecommunications Co-op.

Alcatel-Lucent sells off US subsidiary

Alcatel-Lucent has sold off US subsidiary LGS Innovations

Infrastructure vendor Alcatel-Lucent has sold off US subsidiary LGS Innovations. The business will be sold to an investor group led by private equity investment firm Madison Dearborn Partners and also includes CoVant, a firm that acquires “federal technology” firms.

AT&T signs LTE roaming agreement with EE

AT&T has signed an LTE roaming agreement in the UK with EE

US operator AT&T has signed an LTE roaming agreement in the UK with EE. The agreement was announced just days after the US firm inked a similar deal in Canada with Rogers Communications.

Antel brings mobile connectivity to Antarctica

Antel has deployed GSM connectivity in Antarctica

Uruguayan operator Antel has deployed GSM connectivity in Antarctica. The operator teamed up with Ericsson to provide mobile telephony at the Artigas Base scientific research station in the South Shetlands, Antarctica.

Verizon plans to acquire CDN provider

Verizon has announced plans to acquire content delivery network provider EdgeCast

US operator Verizon has announced plans to acquire content delivery network provider EdgeCast. The boards of directors of both firms have approved the acquisition and hope to finalise the deal early 2014. The value of the deal was not disclosed.

Tech firms seek government surveillance reform

Microsoft, Apple, Twitter and Google are among eight cloud firms calling for widespread reforms in US intelligence gathering techniques

Google, Microsoft and Facebook are among eight leading cloud and tech firms calling for sweeping reform in how US intelligence agencies gather data in bulk and restrict the ability of service providers to inform their customers on the extent and nature of government requests for such data, according to an open letter published by the group today.

AT&T offers LTE roaming in Canada

AT&T said that its agreement with the Canadian operator makes it the first US operator to offer international LTE roaming

US operator AT&T has announced a partnership to enable LTE data roaming service in Canada using Rogers Communications’ network. AT&T said that its agreement with the Canadian operator makes it the first US operator to offer international LTE roaming.

Square acquires photo sharing app developer Viewfinder

Square has announced that it has acquired photo sharing app developer Viewfinder

Mobile payment solutions provider Square has announced that it has acquired photo sharing app developer Viewfinder. The firm said that the Viewfinder team’s expertise in building mobile applications will help it to make commerce easy for everyone.

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