Should allow AT&T to make significant LTE expansions
AT&T has bought $1.9 billion in 700 MHz B spectrum from Verizon Wireless, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing. AT&T says that the licenses should cover over 42 million people in 18 states: California, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Louisiana, Montana, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington and Wyoming. As a part of the deal, it will also get AWS (Advanced Wireless Services) spectrum in five of those markets.
Total 4G cities to total 116 after additions
Verizon is reportedly preparing to launch its 4G network in at least 11 new cities by August 18, continuing the company's trend of monthly LTE rollouts across the country. New cities are expected to include Council Bluffs, Iowa; Ithaca, Syracuse and Albany, New York; Fort Collins, Colorado; Provo/Orem, Utah; Salinas/Monterey and Bakersfield, California; Omaha, Nebraska; and Altoona and Johnstown, Pennsylvania. Expansion of 4G coverage is also expected in Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio and Rockland County, New York.
Glass facades proving inherent vulnerability
Apple's Crocker Park retail store in Westlake, Ohio was hit by a smash-and-grab robbery on Friday morning, reports say. Surveillance video obtained by police shows three people smashing the front doors at about 4:30AM, which set off an alarm. The suspects were already gone in a minute however, having managed to take 24 notebooks and a lone iPod.
Early outlet still using old designs
Apple's Easton Town Center store in Columbus, Ohio will temporarily close next week, a report says. During the downtime construction workers will replace the ceiling and floors of the shop, and also install a rolldown security screen for the front doors. Apple Stores have becoming a growing target for thieves, to the point that early April saw one suspect killed in a botched robbery attempt. The company's insistence on glass facades can make its outlets an easier target than some alternatives.
Well below normal retail price
At least some TJ Maxx outlets are now selling iPads, accounts say. Although a number of stores across the US have denied carrying any, some in Ohio, New Jersey and New York are claiming to have stock. One in Vernon, New York is said to be selling units for as little as $400, just shy of $100 below the standard price for a 16GB Wi-Fi model.
Mishawaka store just second in Indiana
Apple has announced plans to open two US Apple Stores on Saturday. One is located in Akron, Ohio, inside the Summit Mall at 3265 West Market Street. The outlet will be Akron's first, and have regular hours of 10AM to 9PM Monday through Saturday, and Sunday times running between 11AM and 6PM. No workshops have been scheduled so far.
Lexington outlet a first
Apple has announced the upcoming opening of two more US retail outlets, scheduled for this Saturday. The first of these will take place in Lexington, Kentucky, giving the city its very first Apple Store. The outlet is based in the Fayette Mall, at 3401 Nicholasville Road; unusually, Apple has not yet posted hours beyond the grand opening, which will run from 10AM to 9PM.
Backup data makes it onto wrong computer
"Several" workers at the Legacy Village Apple Store in Lyndhurst, Ohio have been fired following an accidental privacy violation, according to a report. Sources note that when a computer is brought in for service by Apple, a standard procedure is used to backup and restore a customer's data; this normally ensures that once a restore is complete, all of the backup data is deleted, preventing leaks of sensitive information. The firings are connected to photos, finances and videos from one customer somehow ending up on another person's Mac.