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Phoenix Open most tech-friendly event on PGA Tour

With a new and improved tournament mobile app and increased on-site Wi-Fi and cell coverage and capacity, the Waste Management Phoenix Open remains the most technology-friendly golf tournament on the PGA TOUR.

Improved technology at the 2015 Waste Management Phoenix Open includes:

• More than a dozen new Wi-Fi wireless access points have been added between the 18th green and 16th hole to improve capacity and reception. The entire golf course is now one giant hot spot with free Wi-Fi provided by Cox Business. The free, expanded Wi-Fi from Cox Business not only provides faster download speeds everywhere on the course, but also cuts through cellular network congestion in the area for fans who just want to download the tournament app, access the Internet, make phone calls or text message.

• Sprint has brought a high capacity Cell Site on Wheels (COW) to the tournament.  The COW will enhance Sprint’s wireless capacity and coverage for voice, data and text messaging. Simply put, more golf fans will be able to enjoy the tournament App and share their WM Phoenix Open experiences using Sprint cell phones. “Sprint has enhanced its network at TPC Scottsdale to give attendees more reliable access to the WM Phoenix Open Mobile App, sponsored by Kyocera,” said Kevin Kunkel, regional vice president of sales for Sprint. “Together, we are bringing more people closer to the game of golf and the Greatest Show on Grass.”
• The WM Phoenix Open Mobile App, sponsored by Kyocera, for Android and iOS smartphones and tablets is new and improved with a new “Get in the Q” sweepstakes for fans to be engaged in tournament action. Plus, detailed information on the tournament’s security procedures, including what is and what is not allowed into the TPC.

The free app, developed by Scottsdale-based AGN Sports, features:

• “Get in the Q” Sweepstakes – During tournament week, fans can play the Quicken Loans “Get in the Q” Sweepstakes through the Waste Management Phoenix Open App. If a PGA TOUR player hits their shot inside of seven feet on the 16th hole, winners will receive a one month mortgage payment courtesy of Quicken Loans. To register for the Quicken Loans “Get in the Q” Sweepstakes, fans can sign-up on-site at the tournament, or download the Waste Management Phoenix Open App via iTunes or through Google Play.

• PGA TOUR Leaderboard – So fans can see where their favorite players are in the standings

• Car Finder – Using GPS and navigation functionality, users arriving at the tournament can save the location of their cars and be guided back upon their departures.

• “Take Me There” Navigation – Users can search and select points of interest on the golf course, including tees, greens, concession stands, restrooms and merchandise areas and tap “Take Me There.” A yellow path will be superimposed on a virtual course map that takes the user to that point of interest from his/her current location on course.

• Links to Waste Management Phoenix Open social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram).

• TPC Scottsdale Stadium Course hole descriptions.

• Information on Waste Management, the Waste Management Phoenix Open, Kyocera, the Thunderbirds, Coors Light Birds Nest, local weather and more.

• Daily Event feature – information and schedules detailing each day’s activities during the tournament.

Advancements in technology support Waste Management’s “Zero Waste” initiatives by reducing the amount of information distributed by paper at the tournament (brochures, guides, programs, etc) and transferring it to mobile/digital form. Plus, 100 percent of the electricity to power the tournament has been purchased from renewable energy.

The Waste Management Phoenix Open will be played January 26 – February 1, 2015, at TPC Scottsdale. The tournament host The Thunderbirds have raised more than $93 million for charities, with more than $68 million generated since 2004. The 2015 edition will mark the 80th playing of the event, making it one of the five oldest events on the PGA TOUR (not including the major championships). For more information on the Waste Management Phoenix Open, visit wmphoenixopen.com.

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T-Mobile Tries to Help BlackBerry

T-Mobile has found itself in the news quite a bit lately. Over the past several quarters, the mobile service provider has ramped up efforts to encourage customers bound to contracts with competitors (AT&T, Sprint and Verizon) to switch over to T-Mobile by promoting a no-contracts business plan — something that is assuredly shaking up the industry.

In addition to offering contract-free mobile service, what else has T-Mobile been promising? To start, T-Mobile announced the JUMP! plan late last summer, which allows customers to upgrade their cell phones (including the iPhone and Samsung Galaxy) without waiting the typical two-year gap that other service providers require. For an extra $10 per month (which includes comprehensive phone insurance), JUMP! customers can trade in their phone for the newer iteration every six months. Without something like the JUMP! plan, it’s not unusual for a cell phone customer to skip a generation of their cell phone while waiting to become eligible for an upgrade.

In early 2014, T-Mobile announced that they promise to pay off new customers’ early termination fees charged by rivals AT&T, Sprint and Verizon. T-Mobile CEO John Legere called these early termination fees (ETFs) part of a “scam” and denounced the lack of transparency demonstrated by other cell phone service companies. Though T-Mobile’s promise could cost as much as $650 per line, the cell phone service provider has promised to eat the costs levied by their competitors.

Another enticing feature of T-Mobile is the massive rollout of its LTE network. Legere believes T-Mobile to be the fastest nationwide LTE network with faster average download speeds than Verizon, AT&T and Sprint networks.

These offers clearly worked: T-Mobile saw a boost in new cell phone service subscribers in late 2013/early 2014. They also earned high customer satisfaction marks in a J.D. Power survey, taking third place among the big carriers and being named the most improved.

Last month, while reports circulated that T-Mobile had yanked BlackBerry devices off of their store shelves, the company sent their current BlackBerry users an email blast containing a great offer. T-Mobile asked BlackBerry customers to upgrade not to BlackBerry handsets, but to the iPhone 5S for no money down.

In response to T-Mobile’s brazen move, BlackBerry customers contacted T-Mobile directly to express their disappointment, even Tweeting at T-Mobile’s CEO John Legere.
BlackBerry CEO John Chen crafted a blog post thanking BlackBerry customers who defended the phone maker and praising their loyalty. He also expressed confusion with “the behavior of our longtime business partner” and promised loyal customers on the T-Mobile network “an offer in the works designed especially for you.”

T-Mobile CEO John Legere acknowledged the feedback from BlackBerry fans and came back with a counter offer. He allowed BlackBerry customers to trade in old BlackBerry devices for new T-Mobile BlackBerry devices at a discounted price — or in some cases, for free.
BlackBerry users on T-Mobile who want to upgrade can receive $250 toward any BlackBerry phone, or $200 toward any other phone in T-Mobile’s stores. This was considered to be T-Mobile’s way of apologizing for the mix-up and the resulting backlash.

Even though T-Mobile tried to make it right with BlackBerry and with their customers, scores of customers decided they wanted another type of device instead of a BlackBerry. T-Mobile offers a myriad of BlackBerry devices such as the Q10, Curve and Z10, but the majority of customers opted for other devices on different platforms.

Some reports say that T-Mobile’s offer garnered 15 times the normal amount of BlackBerry trade-ins; however, 94 percent of those customers chose to upgrade to a non-BlackBerry device.

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Sprint Leases 12,394 SF at ViaWest Properties’ Chandler Midway

Cassidy Turley, a leading commercial real estate services provider in the U.S., announced that it completed a 12,394 square foot lease for Sprint at Chandler Midway, 5710 West Chandler Boulevard. Executive Vice Presidents Mark Stratz, Tyler Wilson and Scott Baumgarten with Cassidy Turley’s Office Group represented the landlord, locally based ViaWest Properties, while Dave Barrett with CBRE represented the tenant.

Sprint, one of the largest wireless and wireline carriers in the United States, will relocate its sales and training division to Chandler Midway from a building in the Sky Harbor Airport submarket.

“Chandler Midway is arguably the highest quality large block office project in the Southeast Valley,” Mr. Baumgarten said. “Securing Sprint as another strong tenant only confirms its place in the market.”

Built in 2007, Chandler Midway includes an 189,000 square foot office building and multiple office condominiums. The project is centrally located between Interstate 10, Loop 101 and the new Loop 202 Freeway, and is in close proximity to Chandler Regional Hospital. It is within 3 miles of 3 million square feet of retail amenities and 15 minutes from Sky Harbor International Airport.

Chandler Midway is 45% leased. The property has 55,908 square feet of contiguous space available, as well as a 5,066 square foot spec suite located on first floor. The office condos range in size from 1,000 to 5,054 square feet and are currently 80% sold out.