USRSS

Sprint to roll out WiMAX in 17 more markets

Sprint to roll out WiMAX in 17 more markets

US carrier and WiMAX pin up Sprint has announced plans to expand its wireless broadband operations into 17 new markets.

Samsung unveils handset made of corn

Green Giant the Reclaim is partly made of corn

Korean handset vendor Samsung introduced a cheap, eco-friendly, full featured mobile phone on Friday, made partly out of corn.

Sprint buys out Virgin’s US MVNO business

Sprint buys out Virgin’s US MVNO business

US mobile virtual network operator Virgin Mobile USA is to be acquired by network partner Sprint Nextel for around $483m.

Verizon, Qualcomm see future in machine to machine

The robots are coming, says Verizon

US mobile operator Verizon Wireless has teamed up with chip shop Qualcomm to form a joint venture focused on machine to machine (M2M) communications and ‘smart services’.

Verizon to cut 8,000 more jobs as profits slide

Verizon to cut 8,000 jobs in wireline

US carrier Verizon is to slash a further 8,000 positions in the face of falling profits and pressures in the fixed line market.

Sprint taps Ericsson in $5bn managed services deal

Sprint outsources network management to Ericsson

US carrier Sprint said Thursday it has tapped Swedish vendor Ericsson in a network management deal worth between $4.5bn and $5bn.

XG field testing WiMAX, LTE rival tech.

XG field testing WiMAX, LTE rival tech.

Secretive US startup XG Technology is still pitching its wares, claiming this week that it is field testing its obscure wireless broadband platform.

Comcast launches WiMAX service over Clearwire

Comcast launches WiMAX service

US cable carrier Comcast, one of the backers of WiMAX operation Clearwire, has announced plans to launch its own wireless broadband service under the High-Speed 2go brand.

T-Mobile USA investigating network hack claims

T-Mobile hacked?

Wireless operator T-Mobile USA is investigating claims that a hacker or hackers has gained access to the company’s network, including customer data, call logs, user info and confidential databases.

AT&T confirms LTE rollout for 2011, upgrades to HSPA

AT&T confirms LTE rollout for 2011

US carrier AT&T has announced plans to upgrade its 3G network with High Speed Packet Access (HSPA) 7.2, as it paves the way for a roll out of LTE in 2011.

Disney’s arrival won’t open the content floodgates for Hulu

Disney’s entrance last month into the Hulu fold marked another milestone in the young online-video service’s short history. The implications of the deal, which will see Disney TV shows and movies appear on Hulu for the first time, are serious and far-reaching. But the most obvious is that three of the four major US networks are now part of the service. If there were any lingering doubts that Hulu deserves its seat at the head table of US TV, they are now gone.

Palm Pre to land June 6

Palm Pre to land June 6

The Palm Pre, the secret weapon of US carrier Sprint Nextel and struggling handset vendor Palm is set to hit shelves on June 6.

Verizon offloads fixed line assets to Frontier

Verizon offloads fixed line assets to Frontier

US operator Verizon said Wednesday that it has struck a deal to offload its fixed line operations serving rural areas to local rival Frontier Communications.

T-Mobile USA unleashes 3G modem

T-Mo unleashes 3G modem

Now that T-Mobile USA has finally got reasonable coverage on its 3G network, the company is ready to push usage with the launch of its first 3G modem.

Sony Ericsson loses US chief

Sony Ericsson loses US chief

The head of Sony Ericsson’s North American operations, Najmi Jarwala, is to step down from his post at the end of March.

Clearwire trials WiMAX VoIP handsets

Clearwire trials VoIP

Clearwire says it is trialling mobile VoIP handsets in Portland, Oregon, where it launched commercial mobile WIMAX service in January 2009.

O2 gives iPhone away on 24 month contract

iPhone free on O2 24 month contract

In the UK, iPhone carrier O2 has made the gadget more affordable to cash strapped consumers by launching a 24 month contract option, which will allow customers to get the handset for free in return for signing two years of their life away to O2. On the 24 month tariff the 8GB iPhone 3G weighs in at £34.26 per month and the 16GB device costs £44.05 per month

3G a let-down in the US

The four major 3G operators in the US are failing to deliver the speeds that customers expect. These not altogether surprising findings come from analyst firm Gartner, which says that while most 3G providers in the US typically market speeds as high as 1.8Mbps, the actual speeds are generally between 300Kbps and 700bps. That is [...]

Verizon staff suspended for snooping on Obama

A handful of Verizon Wireless employees have been suspended for snooping on US president elect Barack Obama’s mobile phone records. Verizon’s president and CEO Lowell McAdam issued a public apology to Obama on Friday, after it emerged that “a number of” Verizon staff had accessed the president elect’s account. McAdam said the account in question [...]

Texas bets chips against integrated silicon

US chip shop Texas Instruments is looking to cut its cellular baseband operations, by flogging off its merchant market business, the company revealed this week. TI reported a 26 per cent drop in third quarter income, from $758m last year to $563m this year, while revenues dived 8 per cent year on year to $3.4bn. [...]

@telecoms