Virgin Mobile goes iPhone-only, offers a year of service for $1

In attempt to woo customers away from competitors, Virgin Mobile USA today announced a deal that will see it transitioning to become an iPhone-only carrier. The company is also partnering with Apple t

Nokia to buy Comptel for $370M as it pushes deeper into carrier software

Nokia, once the world’s biggest handset maker, really wants everyone to know that it’s a software company now. And today it made a big acquisition to that end: it is buying Comptel, a comp

Twilio ramps up mobile play with programmable SIMs for IoT and handsets with T-Mobile

Twilio stormed into the telecoms market several years ago with a set of services that turned core communications features once controlled by carriers, like text messages and phones numbers, into API-

ItsOn Raises $12.5M From Verizon, A16Z, More To Help Carriers Sell Tailored Data Services

Mobile carriers are looking for ways to catch some of the growth in smartphone usage beyond their basic role as network providers, and that trend is having a knock-on effect on startups that help tho

Apple Denies Making Plans To Be A Wireless Carrier

A fair amount of folks reported yesterday that Apple was testing its own MVNO (mobile virtual network operator), to become, in essence, a mobile carrier while borrowing components from other carriers.

Wave Broadband Raises $130M To Expand Its Gigabit Broadband Network On The West Coast

Wave Broadband — a broadband company that has built a gigabit fiber network with services from Washington down to California completely independent of the big carriers — is today announcin

Lessons Learned On App Design For Fast-Growth Markets

One of the typical mistakes developers make is thinking that because they’ve had success in one corner of the globe, they should be able to employ the same strategy to drive adoption elsewhere. The

The End Of Subsidized Phones Could Be Near

For almost a decade and a half, mobile customers - and Americans in particular - have enjoyed a certain economic perk: phone subsidies from the major carriers. This meant you could, on sign-up, get a

AetherPal, Software That Lets Mobile Carriers Remotely Support Your Smartphone, Grabs $6M Series A

In a world where consumers are just now beginning to understand how little privacy they have online and on their various connected devices, a company like AetherPal, whose pre-loaded software allows m

Carriers Increasingly Open To Working With Mobile Messaging Startups, Research Finds

Carriers haven't typically been friendly with startups, especially over-the-top messaging players that circumvent native phone comms -- viewing them as thieves of traditional voice and SMS revenues, a

Carrier-Backed Mobile Wallet Isis Ties Up With Chase, Amex, Ahead Of Nationwide Expansion

Carrier-backed mobile payments initiative <a target="_blank" href="">Isis</a> is gearing up support for its mobile wallet platform ahead of the nationwide launch later this y

Why Startups Are Beating Carriers (Or The Curious Case Of The Premium SMS Horoscope Service & The Lack Of Customer Consent)

Any startups out there seeking to build a business by setting out to confuse as many users as possible with overly complex pricing structures, while tricking those who can't afford the full-fat servic

Deutsche Telekom CEO René Obermann Is Getting Replaced By The CFO, Effective December 31, 2013

Deutsche Telekom CEO René Obermann will resign his position at the head of the company as of December 31, 2013, according to a release from the company spotted by GigaOM's David Meyer. The decision w

Report: Data Caps Help Carriers Rake In Huge Profits

In case you weren't quite certain why wireline and wireless carriers were capping your data, it's not about bandwidth. Instead, they are able to charge a premium for faster speeds and more data, there

Apple Vets Carriers For 4G Performance Before Allowing iPhone 5 To Be Sold As An LTE Device

Apple wants to ensure that customer experience with its iPhone 5 lives up to what the company is promising, and it will take strong measures to do so, including telling carriers when they can and can'

Japan’s Third Largest Carrier, Softbank, To Acquire Fourth Placed eAccess In Share Swap Worth $2.6BN

Japan's third largest carrier, Softbank, is to acquire fourth-placed carrier eAccess in a share swap deal valued at just under ¥200 billion ($2.6 billion), Reuters is reporting (original story at the

HTC Merge/Lexicon appears with Alltell branding

<img src="" />We've not heard a peep from the HTC Merge (formally Lexicon) in some time now, and it wa

Verizon axing low-end data plans, making $30 unlimited data plan 3G only

<img src="" />With user's appetites for data growing as smartphones become more prevalent, it kinds makes sense that 150MB

T-mobile Samsung Vibrant Froyo update begins today, T-mobile commits to 3-5 month Android update turn-around

<img src="" />There's nothing quite like an Android update to make your day just that much better, so you T-m

Canadians rejoice: the Nexus S is coming in March

<img src="" />According to Moblicity CEO, Dave Dobbin, everyone's favourite <a href="
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