Apple this week unveiled Product RED versions of its iPhone 8 and 8 Plus in support of its charitable efforts to combat AIDS in Africa. New to the product line are red-colored glass as part of the rear design, as well as black bezels. All major carriers will start selling the phone on Friday.
Passage of a federal spending bill will allow the government to fund more rural broadband projects, said Steve Censky, US deputy secretary of agriculture. Competitive Carriers Association President Steven Berry called for innovative approaches to solve rural broadband issues.
Flat Wireless will stop operating its small-market wireless network in favor of becoming a Boost Mobile dealer. CEO Kevin Beierschmitt cited difficult competition in the prepaid space for its ClearTalk brand across its California, Texas and Arizona footprint.
Best Buy, Sears and Delta have told customers that some of their information may have been compromised in a data breach that happened between Sept. 27 and Oct. 12, 2017. The breach was reported to the companies by 7.ai, which provides online and mobile chat services.
Staymobile has named former SF Cellular CEO Robert Lennox as its executive vice president of operations -- a newly created role -- to help meet growth demands of the wireless device repair company. In addition, Armando Alvarez was selected to become executive vice president of retail sales and marketing.
The Federal Communications Commission will let stand Verizon Wireless' application to transfer millimeter wave licenses from Straight Path Communications to the wireless company. Competitive Carriers Association had argued that the deal would shut smaller carriers out of 5G markets.
The state of Mississippi, which awarded C Spire a $120 million contract to provide voice and wireline services, is now reconsidering the deal after AT&T protested even though the regional carrier submitted the low bid by $30 million, C Spire CEO Hu Meena said.
Rural wireless carriers can best compete against their larger rivals by adopting a catalog of solutions, including investing greater capital resources in the technologies of tomorrow, Ericsson Vice President Amy McCune said at Competitive Carriers Association's Mobile Carriers Show last week.
Tower climbers are in short supply, says Todd Schlekeway of the National Association of Tower Erectors. "It is a challenge finding workers, and retaining workers," he says, adding that NATE has mounted a major initiative to recruit climbers.