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Nearly one-third of consumers use phones more than 2 years, reports Cowen

Cowen expects users to continue to hold onto their phones longer as adoption of equipment installment plans ramps up The percentage of users holding onto their phones for more than two years continues to rise, according to fresh data from Cowen Equity Research. The firm polled more than 1,100 U.S. wireless users for its latest quarterly report and found that…

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$5,000 cell phone bill while traveling abroad: How to avoid this nightmare scenario

Best options for making free international calls from a smartphone But although Google’s online help does state that the Google Voice app’s calls “use minutes from your mobile phone plan,” its listings in Apple and Google’s app stores hide that detail below “more” buttons and at the end of some scrolling. To make Internet-only calls from a Google Voice number,…

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SMB Telecom Voice and Data Services Market in the US

Technavio analysts forecast the SMB telecom voice and data services market in the US to grow at a CAGR of over 6% during the forecast period, according to their latest report. The research study covers the present scenario and growth prospects of the SMB telecom voice and data services market in the US for 2017-2021. Technavio presents a detailed picture of the market by way of study,…

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5G-based FWA will account $1 Billion in service revenue by the end of 2019, market will growe at a CAGR of approximately 84%

Fixed Wireless Access has emerged as one of the most predominant use cases for early 5G network rollouts. Multiple mobile operators and service providers are initially seeking to capitalize on 5G as a fixed wireless alternative to deliver last-mile connectivity – at multi-hundred Megabit and Gigabit speeds – in areas with insufficient fiber holdings.   The very first standardized deployments of 5G-based FWA are…

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Verizon kicks 8,500 rural customers off network for using roaming data

Verizon is disconnecting another 8,500 rural customers from its wireless network, saying that roaming charges have made certain customer accounts unprofitable for the carrier. The 8,500 customers have 19,000 lines and live in 13 states (Alaska, Idaho, Iowa, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Utah, and Wisconsin), a Verizon Wireless spokesperson told Ars today. They received notices…

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For Sixth Consecutive Year, 8×8 Named a Leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Unified Communications as a Service, Worldwide

8×8, Inc. (NASDAQ:EGHT), the world’s first Communications Cloud provider, today announced it has been positioned by Gartner, Inc. as a Leader in the 2017 “Magic Quadrant for Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS), Worldwide” for the sixth consecutive year. The company believes this recognition is further proof of its commitment to providing midmarket and enterprise companies with a market leading, unified and open…

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US carriers to enter mobile authentication market

Mobile users are faced with the challenge of managing dozens of difficult-to-remember passwords for many applications. Even with the best user practices, hackers can social engineer passwords from users, leaving consumers and enterprises vulnerable to identity theft, bank fraud, fraudulent purchases and data theft. AT&T*, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon are joining forces and resources through the creation of the Mobile…

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Speedtest calls T-Mobile the fastest carrier nationwide

The average mobile download speeds in the USA increased by 19% for the past year, according to Ookla. The company behind speedtest.net (the site where you check your download/upload speeds) just released its U.S. Market Report for mobile broadband, and it reveals some pretty interesting statistics.  In said report, Ookla used a new “Speed Score” scoring system that supposedly measures…

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Enterprises (Hospitality, retail mostly..) struggle with payment card data security standards

Of ALL the payment card data breaches Verizon investigated, no organizations were found to be fully compliant at the time of breach, demonstrating lower compliance with 10 out of the 12 PCI DSS key requirements With cybercrime on the increase, payment card security is increasingly a focus for companies and consumers alike. The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS)…

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U.S. smartphone market jumped 14% in Q2, Counterpoint

The strong growth comes following the weak 2nd quarter of 2016, the slowest quarter of last year. Operators such as Verizon, T-Mobile, Tracfone and OEMs such as Samsung, ZTE drove most of the smartphone shipment growth during the quarter. According to the latest research from Counterpoint’s Market Monitor program, the US overall smartphone market saw a 14% YoY increase in smartphone shipments. The uptick was helped…

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