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Nokia Sheds 300 IT Jobs, Transfers 820 Workers

January 17, 2013 9:44 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Struggling Nokia Corp. is downsizing by more than 1,000 jobs, part of a wide-ranging plan to cut costs and streamline operations. The Finnish firm says it will lay off 300 workers in its IT sector and transfer "some activities and up to 820 employees to strategic partners," India-based HCL Technologies and TATA Consultancy...

AT&T Expands FaceTime Over Cellular to Tiered Data Plans, iPhone 4S

January 16, 2013 4:43 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

AT&T has opened up FaceTime over a cellular connection to nearly all iPhone users, including those on tiered data plans. Mark Collins, senior vice president of data and voice products for AT&T, said in a blog post that the move is the "result of ongoing testing," as to the effect...

Investors Cheer RadioShack Split with Target Mobile

January 15, 2013 10:04 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

RadioShack and Target have chosen to part ways, dissolving Radio Shack's hand in Target's mobile phone vending operation. According to statement from RadioShack today, the company is shutting down its Target Mobile stores, which are currenrly present in 1,500 Target stores...

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Facebook Announcement Stirs More Handset Speculation

January 14, 2013 11:33 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Speculation is running rampant around the Facebook media event scheduled for tomorrow. The hubbub around a possible big announcement has even sent the company's struggling stock up above $30 per share. Perhaps the biggest surprise possible tomorrow would...

Microsoft May Have Exited Gadget Show Prematurely

January 14, 2013 10:58 am | by Michael Liedtke, Ryan Nakashima, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

Microsoft may have relinquished its starring role in America's gaudiest gadget show a year too early. After 13 straight years in the spotlight, Microsoft's decision to scale back its presence at this week's International CES deprived the software maker of a prime opportunity...

Samsung Sells 100 Million Galaxy S Smartphones

January 14, 2013 10:37 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co. said Monday that global sales of its Galaxy S smartphones surpassed 100 million units since the first model in the series was released less than three years ago. Samsung said it has sold more than 25 million Galaxy S smartphones...

Nokia Stock Soars on Revised Guidance, Lumia Sales

January 10, 2013 10:19 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Shares of Nokia soared over 20 percent in premarket trading today on revised fourth quarter guidance that estimates the company's mobile devices business has exceeded expectations and achieved underlying profitability. According to a press release, Nokia's Devices...

AT&T Sold Over 10 Million Smartphones in Q4

January 8, 2013 4:23 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

AT&T said Tuesday that it had sold more than 10 million smartphones in the fourth quarter of 2012, topping its previous record quarter of 9.4 million, set in the fourth quarter of 2011. This included best-ever quarterly sales of Android and Apple smartphones...

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Samsung Sees Record-High 4Q Profit

January 8, 2013 10:06 am | by Youkyung Lee,AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co., the world's largest technology company by revenue, expects record earnings for the fourth quarter of 2012 as shoppers continued to snap up its smartphones and tablets. The company said Tuesday its operating profit for the October-December quarter...

Report: Windows Phones Will Own Nine Percent Market Share by 2017

December 20, 2012 10:10 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

A recent report from Analysys Mason predicts the numbers of Windows Phone units shipped will jump from 11 million in 2011 to 136 million in 2017, effectively giving the OS a nine percent market share. The report also predicts that Android will grow to 58 percent market share by the end of 2013...

Report: Global LTE Smartphone Shipments to Hit 275M in 2013

December 19, 2012 10:20 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

LTE has arrived. According to new research from Strategy Analytics, global LTE smartphone shipments will grow threefold to reach 275 million units in 2013. Companies leading the growth spurt will include Apple, Samsung, LG and others...

Yota Smartphone Aims to Differentiate in Useful Way

December 18, 2012 3:24 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

It's not everyday an OEM decides it's a good idea to enter the high-end smartphone market. We've already seen the likes of Dell and HP bow out, and the well-established Microsoft and Nokia are no strangers to the challenging market. So why, exactly has the relatively small...

Review: Droid DNA by HTC

December 18, 2012 10:33 am | by Ben Munson | Articles | Comments

Once you get your hands on the new HTC Droid DNA, Verizon’s new flagship Android phone, you’ll fall in love with this sleek beast’s flat-out gorgeous five-inch, 1080p display and the breathtaking 1.5 GHz quad-core processor it has rumbling under the hood. You’ll spend more time than you thought possible polishing the screen.

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Judge Denies Apple Request to Ban Samsung Phones

December 18, 2012 9:22 am | by Paul Elias, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge late Monday rejected Apple Inc.'s demands that its chief rival in the more than $100 billion global smartphone market cease selling models a jury recently found illegally used Apple technology. The immediate impact of the ruling means that Samsung can continue to sell three of the older-generation smartphones still on U.S. shelves.

RIM Launches BB 10 Beta for Enterprise, Government

December 17, 2012 10:19 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Research In Motion (RIM) today announced the BlackBerry 10 Technical Preview program, an initiative designed to allow certain enterprise and government customers the opportunity to begin beta testing with BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10...

Huawei Will Open R&D Center in Finland

December 10, 2012 4:14 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Huawei Monday announced a move to set up shop on Nokia's home turf. The Chinese company says it will invest $90 million over a five-year period to establish a research and development (R&D) center in Helsinki, Finland. Huawei said the move will add to its existing R&D deployments, which include over 70,000 employees worldwide.

Growth in Smart Connected Devices Expected to Continue

December 10, 2012 10:49 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The global connected device market continues to grow, according to the latest number from IDC reseach. According to the report, shipments of PCs, tablets, and smartphones as a collective grew 27 percent annualy in the third quarter of 2012, hitting a record 303.6 million shipments valued at $140.4 billion dollars. 

Report: Dish to Sell Mobile Phones at Blockbuster Stores

December 6, 2012 10:57 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Dish Network will start selling mobile phones from Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile in its Blockbuster video rental stores, according to a report from Bloomberg that cites people with "knowledge of the matter." The plan is an extension of Dish's current mobile phone sales through Blockbuster's website.  

De la Vega: Record Q4 Device Sales

December 5, 2012 10:08 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

AT&T is moving more devices than expected in the fourth quarter, according to comments from Ralph de la Vega, president and CEO of AT&T Mobility. Speaking this morning at the UBS Investor conference, De la Vega said AT&T is headed for record fourth quarter smartphone sales. AT&T has already sold 6.4 million smartphones in the first two months, with December sales still to be recorded.

AT&T to Offer Personalized "Video Bills" to Wireless Customers

December 4, 2012 3:13 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Going it alone  against a long, winding wireless bill can be scary and confusing. It’s an affliction AT&T will look to alleviate as it rolls out “video bills,” personalized online videos explaining account statements with soothing voiceover, graphics and music.

Phone Dream: Behind the Scenes with Sprint

December 3, 2012 4:27 pm | Videos | Comments

Take a close look at how Sprint made its latest big-budget commercial, which actually posits that phones have an active dream life. While actually dream when we're skeptical on the nocturnal lives of smarpthones, it's an interesting process Sprint went through to suggest that to prospective customers. 

Verizon Hosts a Google+ Hangout for the Droid DNA Unboxing

December 3, 2012 4:13 pm | Videos | Comments

Verizon takes time out with a Google+ Hangout to feature an unboxing of the Droid DNA. With a customer support representative online to help with any questions, this video offers everything you need to know about this top-of-the-line Android smartphone. 

First News Briefs for December 3, 2012

December 3, 2012 10:29 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Companies in today's news briefs: Alcatel-Lucent, Askey Computer Corporation, Ceragon Networks, Retarus, Apple. Alcatel-Lucent said today that it will license product software to the Taiwan-based manufacturer of broadband and wireless products, Askey Computer Corporation.

Galaxy S III Takes Smartphone Crown from Apple

November 8, 2012 6:08 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

As Apple’s share price plummets in the face of missed third quarter earnings, Samsung’s Galaxy S III smartphone is crowned the world’s best-selling smartphone ever.

Review: Tablet Apps Fill in Gap, Won't Replace PCs

October 11, 2012 6:10 am | by Bree Fowler, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Can tablets really substitute for a laptop when it comes to doing actual work?

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