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Tier 1 wireless carriers Verizon Wireless, AT&T Mobility, Sprint Nextel and T-Mobile USA said that their networks are fully operational in the aftermath of Monday's explosions in downtown Boston near the Boston Marathon finish line despite reports by the Associated Press that said Boston Police had ordered a shutdown of cellular service throughout the city
AT&T Mobility is rolling out Google's Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean mobile operating system update to Samsung Electronics' Galaxy S II Skyrocket smartphone. Subscribers can upgrade their device by accessing the Samsung Kies software app from their PC.
BlackBerry's shares tumbled nearly 8 percent Thursday, the most in two weeks, as financial analysts questioned the strength of early sales of the Z10, the company's flagship smartphone running its new BlackBerry 10 platform.
AT&T and Boingo Wireless announced a reciprocal Wi-Fi roaming deal that will give AT&T subscribers access to Boingo's global network of Wi-Fi hotspots in major international airports. Additionally, Boingo customers traveling in the United States will get access to AT&T's Wi-Fi hotspot network throughout the country, including at airports, restaurants, sporting arenas and retail locations.
AT&T Mobility is working to acquire the spectrum and subscribers of Corr Wireless, a wireless carrier that provides 2G GSM service in rural parts of Northeastern Alabama. Cellular South, now C Spire Wireless, acquired Corr in 2010 but now appears to be selling the company's spectrum and customers--21,000 of them--to AT&T. Terms of the deal, which still requires FCC approval, were not disclosed.
Verizon Communications CEO Lowell McAdam said Verizon Wireless could easily drop wireless contracts in the wake of T-Mobile USA's decision to do so--if consumers start asking for it. His comments reiterate what other top industry executives have said: That they will be watching to see how the market reacts to T-Mobile's new model and will respond accordingly.
AT&T reaffirmed its plans to launch HD Voice service on its LTE network this year, but other Tier 1 carriers are not rushing to embrace the technology. Verizon Wireless, for example, will not push HD Voice through its Voice over LTE technology until late in 2013 or early 2014.
Aereo, which streams local TV broadcast signals online to smartphones, tablets and other IP-connected devices for a fee, could strike a partnership with AT&T Mobility, according to a Wall Street Journal report.
Google's Android mobile operating system led U.S. smartphone sales during the three-month period ending in February 2013, buoyed by gains made by partners Samsung Electronics and Sprint Nextel, research firm Kantar Worldpanel ComTech reports.