Marriott International has selected AT&T as a preferred network and advanced services provider, the hotel company announced Tuesday. The three-year, $150 million deal provides network architecture that will facilitate the move of Marriott’s applications to the cloud in the next three to five years. The deal also uses AT&T’s 4G LTE cellular network to provide wireless backup solutions for Marriott’s critical business applications.
Pure TalkUSA, a provider of no-contract mobile phone service, announced that its products and services are now available in more than 1,600 Sears and Kmart retail stores across America. Sears and Kmart customers can purchase new feature phones, flexible calling plans or a universal SIM card for their existing compatible phones. Pure TalkUSA utilizes a 4G enabled network that covers more than 97% of Americans and operates its own customer service center that is 100% based in the U.S.
iPass, which recently unveiled a partnership with Devicescape to expand its Wi-Fi network to 40 million hotspots, posted second quarter earnings of $15.6 million, down from $16.6 million in the first quarter and $17.8 million in the second quarter of 2014. According to CFO David Vickery, though the number of average Wi-Fi users remained flat quarter-over-quarter at 83,000, the number of average monthly active platform users grew by 2 percent to 829,000 for the second quarter.
Cybera, through its membership in the Verizon Partner Program, has worked with Verizon to enhance Cybera’s Security as a Service solution. Verizon recently certified Cybera’s solution, Cybera ONE, to run on its 4G LTE network after performing rigorous testing. With embedded 4G LTE wireless service, the Cybera ONE solution will offer better processing power and reliability while reducing network complexity. By leveraging multiple network components, including Cybera’s secure cloud and an on-premise device embedded with 4G LTE network connectivity, the Cybera ONE solution offers an opportunity for enterprises to optimize their networks.
A Peel survey of 2,140 Android smartphone users worldwide has found that remote control capabilities (58 percent) were rated ahead of mobile payment capabilities (19 percent), fingerprint sensors (13 percent) and heart rate monitors (10 percent) as the feature they would be “most likely to use.”
According to the study, U.S. users in particular narrowly ranked controlling their TV (29 percent), ahead of fingerprint sensors (27 percent), mobile payment capabilities (26 percent) and heart rate monitors (17 percent).