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Tuesday, December 1...

WSJ: Samsung Replaces CEO of Mobile Division
Samsung announced that the head of its mobile division, J.K. Shin, as well as another co-chief executive officer would be stepping down from their roles leading its smartphone and mobile device businesses, The Wall Street Journal reported. Although it is a regular year-end occurrence for Samsung to reorganize its senior leadership, this particular move is likely due to the company's flagging smartphone sales over the past two years, a trend which is only recently showing signs of ending. Shin will be replaced by D.J. Koh, a former subordinate of his that served as head of mobile research during the development of Samsung's Tizen operating system and Samsung Pay, the company's mobile wallet platform. The Korean manufacturer's third co-CEO, vice chairman Kwon Oh-hyun, will retain his position as head of its semiconductor operation, which has continued to see growth as the mobile division has struggled.

AT&T Confirms $5 Price Hike to Grandfathered Unlimited Data Plan
AT&T has confirmed that it will be raising the price of its legacy unlimited data plan by $5 per month. The news was first reported by 9to5Mac, and has since been confirmed by a company spokesperson speaking to FierceWireless. This raises the total monthly cost of the subscription to $35. Despite the fact that the service was officially discontinued all the way back in 2010, an analyst from Jackdaw Research told Fierce that as many as 6 million customers may still be on the service plan, having retained it as a grandfathered account feature since its demise. It should be noted that this is a much more modest increase than the $20 per month that Verizon Wireless recently added to the cost of its own unlimited, grandfathered data plan.

Sprint Expands Open World Roaming to 4 Additional Countries
Sprint announced the expansion of its Open World international roaming policy with the addition of several new countries to the feature. The new additions to the global roaming plan are Peru, Guam, Northern Marianas, and Saipan. This bring the total number of nations covered by Open World up to 76, with plans to continue expanding the offering in the future. Currently, Open World customers automatically receive access to unlimited calling and texting, as well as 1GB of high-speed data in Mexico, Canada, and 14 Latin American countries, while access in the remaining countries covered by Open World includes unlimited texting, discounted per-minute calling rates, and high-speed data charged at $30 per GB.

... Michael Gariffo, Faulkner Information Services

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