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

    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 to activate Virgin’s services in Apple’s stores. To kick off this change, Virgin introduced a limited time promotion that will see it giving away a year’s worth of unlimited… Read More

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

    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 company that specialises in building software-based data communications solutions for mobile carriers. Nokia’s offer is to pay €3.04 in cash, valuing Comptel at €347 million ($370… Read More

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

    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-based services that any developer could easily customize and use in whatever app or site she or he chose. Today, the company is unveiling its next step in its bid to take on more telecoms… Read More

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

    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 those carriers: ItsOn, a cloud-based platform founded by ex-Qualcomm, Nokia and Yahoo execs that helps carriers configure, market and sell mobile services on the fly, has raised a further $12.5… Read More

  • Apple Denies Making Plans To Be A Wireless Carrier

    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. You’d be paying Apple for your calls, texts and data. Fancy. Its not the first time that Apple nerds have thought this was happening, given the MVNO patents that surfaced back in… Read More

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

    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 announcing that it has raised $130 million. It plans to use the extra funds to expand that network across more cities in that footprint, and to launch new services for residential and business… Read More

  • Lessons Learned On App Design For Fast-Growth Markets Crunch Network

    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 truth of the matter is apps that are wildly successful in the U.S., Europe and Japan often fail to gain substantial traction in areas like India, South America and the Middle East; these… Read More

  • The End Of Subsidized Phones Could Be Near

    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 very expensive phone for at most a few hundred dollars and, as an incentive to hang around, upgrade that phone every few years. These subsidies seemed as God-given as freedom of speech… Read More

  • AetherPal, Software That Lets Mobile Carriers Remotely Support Your Smartphone, Grabs $6M Series 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 mobile carriers remote access to your smartphone may initially give you pause. But for AetherPal, its purposes are not surveillance or data collection, but rather remote support. And it has now… Read More

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