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Worst of the Week: Come on Clearwire, one more season

All I can hope for is that Clearwire makes the right decision and says no to this offer. Not because it’s not a good offer (heck, offer me $2.1 billion and see what I will do), but because it would put to end what has become one of the most compelling (sad) soap operas (reality shows) going in the wireless space.

Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile USA tap Google's latest OS for tablets

The wireless industry has turned its hype amplifier to 11 for the Consumer Electronics Show with carriers announcing a bevy of new tablet devices they expect will change the world and, at least in the case of Verizon Wireless (VZ), a network that can...

Verizon Wireless set to alter mobile landscape with LTE launch

The domestic wireless industry is set for a change in the coming weeks as Verizon Wireless (VZ) throws its mighty weight behind the launch of its LTE network. (Sure, the launch won’t be the first domestic LTE launch, that distinction being held by MetroPCS...

The state of the industry is strong, despite this year’s travails, reports IDC: Wireless network infrastructure, mobile devices, M2M to be affected by downturn

Despite the disastrous ramifications the global economic crisis has had on other business sectors, a new report from research firm IDC predicts the global mobile industry will remain relatively unscathed - and could even benefit.The wireless industry has become the dominant driver of the...

2009 Wireless Forecast: Carriers: Task lists: Better networks, better devices and better customer service

With the economy in a recession, many Americans are trying to scale back spending. Wireless providers, however, may experience just the opposite reaction: Each carrier has a "hop to it" mantra, whether it is to upgrade the network, recruit more customers (or actively...

Clear as mud: Now that it’s launched, Clearwire has operational challenges to tackle: Wireless provider targets mobile Internet space

With just two markets launched, Clearwire Corp.'s mobile WiMAX service is already facing an identity crisis. Unveiled late last year in Baltimore by joint venture partner Sprint Nextel Corp. under the Xohm brand name, the service has since expanded to Portland, Ore., by Clearwire...

Worst of the Week: Palm’s Pre and Sweet nothing

Hello! And welcome to our Thursday column, Worst of the Week. There's a lot of nutty stuff that goes on in this industry, so this column is a chance for us at RCR Wireless to rant and rave about whatever rubs us the wrong...

Clearwire unveils cheaper mobile WiMAX plans in Portland: Clear modems, plans less expensive than those from Xohm

Clearwire Corp. launched mobile WiMAX service in Portland, Ore., with cheaper prices than previous WiMAX efforts.The "Clear" home Internet service plans start at $20 per month with on-the-go plans starting at $30 per month. The $20 per month home service includes network speeds up...

Independent Baltimore reseller seeing Xohm desktop modems sell

Editor's Note: In our monthly Retail Snapshot feature, RCR Wireless News talks to retail managers across the country to get a first-hand view of what's hot in wireless.As Sprint Nextel Corp. and Clearwire Corp. officially begin their joint WiMAX effort, an independent retailer in...

‘Sprint 4G’ on tap: CDMA/WiMAX modems to hit store shelves this year: Nation’s No. 3 carrier to be an MVNO of Clearwire

Goodbye Xohm, hello Sprint 4G.Just over a year after inventing a new word for its WiMAX plans, Sprint Nextel Corp. has decided on a name that is easier on the tongue, and eyes, for its next-generation network aspirations. Sprint Nextel will be serving up...

Clearwire goes official with mobile WiMAX, will use ‘Let’s Be Clear’ branding

With a $3.2 billion in investment from its new partners, Clearwire Corp officially closed on its joint venture with Sprint Nextel Corp. to offer WiMAX services under the Clearwire name.Mobile WiMAX services will from now on be branded as "Clear," ultimately replacing Sprint Nextel's...

Analyst Angle: More bytes for a buck: The fallacy of spectral efficiency improvements

Editor's Note: Welcome to our weekly feature, Analyst Angle. We've collected a group of the industry's leading analysts to give their outlook on the hot topics in the wireless industry.Conventional wisdom suggests that the spectral efficiency of a wireless technology has a meaningful impact...

Tech Wars 2.0

BOSTON-The battle for 4G is still not expected to hit the ground for several years, but the war over which technology will be used to serve consumers is well under way - and heated.During an opening session at the Mobile Internet World 2008 event,...

Tower industry expected to weather storm: New deployments, deep-pocketed customers to buffer segment

BY DAN MEYERHOLLYWOOD, Fla. - Despite thunderstorms on Wall Street, as well as outside the convention itself, participants at the PCIA's 2008 Wireless Infrastructure Show last week in Hollywood, Fla., were forecasting sunny skies for the market segment. While exuberance from the tower company...

Tower industry expected to weather storm: New deployments, deep-pocketed customers to buffer segment

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. - Despite thunderstorms on Wall Street, as well as outside the convention itself, participants at the PCIA's 2008 Wireless Infrastructure Show this week in Hollywood, Fla., were forecasting sunny skies for the market segment. While exuberance from the tower company executives would...

25 YEARS: Generational changes highlight evolution of wireless technology

Editor's Note: Welcome to our coverage of 25 years in wireless. RCR Wireless News is celebrating with a package of stories detailing the advances of the past three decades. For full coverage please visit RCRWireless.com/25years. The wireless industry's evolution from that first call placed 25...

So many pricing options, so little time

The amount of innovation currently under way in the wireless industry is almost breathtaking to behold.Just in the past month we got to witness the birth of a completely new user interface, introduced by what some have called the world's most powerful brand (Google);...

VIDEO: WiMAX World 2008, a recap

RCR Wireless News' Tracy Ford offers a look back at the big news during last week's WiMAX World trade show in Chicago. Though Sprint Nextel's Xohm stood as the main attraction, show attendees had plenty to talk about. ;...

Samsung snares Dallas WiMAX deployment: Scheduling change forces SN to replace NSN

Sprint Nextel Corp. switched mobile WiMAX vendors for its Dallas/Fort Worth Xohm network, bringing in existing inventory manufactured by Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.Because the Texas city became ready for equipment ahead of schedule, Sprint Nextel opted to replace Nokia Siemens Networks as the primary...

Two wireless broadband players, two different plans: TowerStream targets enterprises in big cities, DigitalBridge seeks consumers in rural markets

CHICAGO - Two companies have succeeded in utilizing pre-WiMAX technology to build successful businesses that target different customers in the United States. TowerStream and DigitalBridge Communications have carved out their own markets by being fixed pre-WiMAX service providers. TowerStream has targeted the enterprise sector...

Xohm exec details WiMAX pricing strategy, discusses usage rules

CHICAGO - Day two of WiMAX World 2008 brought Atish Gude, senior VP of mobile broadband operations for Sprint Nextel Corp.'s Xohm effort, to the stage to discuss the business of WiMAX. And for Xohm, freshly launched in Baltimore this week, Gude said the...

Clearwire CEO pushes WiMAX’s promise: In exclusive interview, Wolff promises lower prices for WiMAX kit

CHICAGO - Clearwire Corp. CEO Ben Wolff stepped onto the WiMAX World stage in front of a packed house Wednesday morning. As audience members squeezed to find chairs or stood along the back walls, Wolff made the business case for WiMAX, as well as...

A line in the sand: WiMAX and LTE face off: Demand to drive deployments

CHICAGO - As the wireless industry gears up for the new wave of technologically advanced networks, the market will determine where WiMAX and LTE will be deployed. As WiMAX World 2008 kicks off today in Chicago, the two next-generation networks received plenty of attention...

AT&T has a lot of ‘runway’ left with HSPA : Exec: LTE will fit in

CHICAGO - Even as AT&T Mobility Inc. touted its decision to deploy Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology for its fourth-generation network, the carrier is confident it can tweak its HSPA network to increase speeds gradually, without having to rush to build out a 4G...

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