Research suggests that some small-business owners may be overlooking the impact that cybersecurity breaches can have on their companies. However, many cyberattacks are aimed at small businesses, which "often possess richer data sets than average consumers, but generally lack the protections most larger businesses have in place," said Todd Colvin of Paychex.
Extending coverage to underserved areas continues to top Competitive Carriers Association's priority list as the group marks its 25th anniversary at CCA's Annual Convention this week in Fort Worth, Texas. In an interview, CCA President and CEO Steven Berry outlined the main items on the group's agenda, including coverage under the federal government's Mobility Fund Phase II and ensuring quick access to 600 MHz spectrum won in the incentive spectrum auction.
Competitive Carriers Association members will be able to allow customers who subscribe to Sling TV to bundle their streaming video and wireless phone bills in a single statement under a new deal between CCA and Sling TV. CCA President and CEO Steven Berry said the agreement will help smaller carriers be more competitive.
Gadget Genie has been providing smartphone repairs, data recovery and other services since opening in Federal Way, Wash., earlier this year. The shop does not charge customers if it is unable to fix their devices.
T-Mobile US and Sprint did not address their possible impending merger when they released earnings reports this week, although Reuters reported that the sides were getting closer to an agreement. T-Mobile reported a gain of 817,000 postpaid subscribers in the third quarter, while Sprint netted 279,000 postpaid customers as part of an overall gain of 378,000 subscribers.
Sprint and T-Mobile will offer $350 and $300 discounts, respectively -- with conditions -- on the new iPhone X, which is up for online preorder Friday ahead of its launch date, Nov. 3. U.S. Cellular will take a different tack in its promotion: a $60 monthly unlimited data plan or $40 for four lines.
Wireless carrier executives from CSpire and Nex-Tech agreed Wednesday that their networks are being taxed as much by the spiraling demand for wireless data as are larger operators. Speaking at a panel at CCA's Annual Convention, Nex-Tech's Nathan Sutter said the data revolution has shifted peak traffic hours from 5 p.m. to far past 7 p.m.
Google and uBreakiFix have teamed to provide Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL owners with same-day repair services on a walk-in basis. Technicians at uBreakiFix stores will be prepared to address cracked screens, water damage and other hardware or software-related issues for the Google smartphones, just as the repair shop has done for the first-generation Pixel models.
Wireless repair company Puls Technologies has expanded its offerings to include TV installation services in 15 US markets. Puls, previously known as CellSavers, operates in more than 40 local markets.
Prospect, Conn., wireless repair business iDoctor offers mobile repair services for clients' convenience. The company also provides its warrantied repair services from a kiosk in the Waterbury, Conn., mall. AB Newswire/News Release (10/16)