Derek Kessler

Derek Kessler is Special Projects Manager for Mobile Nations. He's been writing about tech since 2009, has far more phones than is considered humane, still carries a torch for Palm (but BlackBerry's alright, too), and got a Tesla because it was the biggest gadget he could find. You can follow him on Twitter at @derekakessler.

Articles by Derek Kessler

Sprint takes device security to a whole new level with latest comprehensive package

Sprint takes device security to a whole new level with latest comprehensive package

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Sprint has a new protection plan for both your phone and the data on it. Dubbed "Sprint Total Equipment Protection Plus", the plan costs $13-a-month-per-device and adds data security, automatic media backups, and personalized tech support on top of the existing damage, loss, and theft insurance that is part of the standard $11-a-month Total Equipment Protection package. The Sprint...

Verizon Wireless's Q1 2014 results see $21 billion in revenue and 539,000 postpaid subscribers

Verizon Wireless's Q1 2014 results see $21 billion in revenue and 539,000 postpaid subscribers

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Verizon's first quarter results are in, and mirroring rival AT&T, they saw some rather impressive growth. Verizon as a whole saw $30 billion in revenue, but even with their substantial non-cellular businesses, Verizon Wireless accounted for a whopping $20.9 billion of that income. That's an increase of nearly 7% from this quarter last year, though growth through their retail outlets...

Sprint plans for their BlackBerry smartphones to be SIM unlockable in February 2015

Sprint plans for their BlackBerry smartphones to be SIM unlockable in February 2015

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American carriers are making progress in being more open and customer-friendly — particularly T-Mobile — but Sprint is preparing to take a significant step forward by ensuring that the devices they sell to customers are able to be SIM unlocked. Eventually. In 2015. In an FAQ on Sprint's unlocking policy, the company states that they are "working to ensure that all devices developed and...

Verizon Wireless buying spectrum and assets from Cincinnati Bell for $210 million

Verizon Wireless buying spectrum and assets from Cincinnati Bell for $210 million

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Cincinnati Bell Wireless has entered into an agreement to sell its spectrum holdings and wireless infrastructure to Verizon Wireless. The deal, valued at $210 million will see Cincinnati Bell's customers transferred to Verizon "or other wireless providers" over the next 8-12 months, during which time the carrier will lease back that spectrum and those towers for "a nominal fee". With...

BlackBerry wins injunction against Typo, sales of BlackBerry-style keyboard for iPhone barred

BlackBerry wins injunction against Typo, sales of BlackBerry-style keyboard for iPhone barred

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It's a bitter setback for Typo and a victory for BlackBerry, but it's not all that surprising that BlackBerry was able to win an injunction on sales of the Typo keyboard for iPhone. Considering how much Typo looks like a BlackBerry keyboard and how much BlackBerry has vowed to fight back against their perceived infringement, a sales ban was all but a foregone conclusion at this point....

BlackBerry 10 the first mobile OS to receive "full operation capability" authorization for US Department of Defense networks

BlackBerry 10 the first mobile OS to receive "full operation capability" authorization for US Department of Defense networks

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The process for getting approval to operate new tech on the networks of the United States Department of Defense is arduous — national security and all that — but today BlackBerry announced that BlackBerry 10 is the first mobile operating system to have achieved Full Operational Capacity. This is the last step in the approval process, which is managed by the Defense Information Systems...