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AT&T Grows Margins Despite Record 1Q Smarpthone Sales

April 23, 2013 5:52 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

AT&T Mobility managed to grow its margins even as it reported a first-quarter record of 6 million smartphone sales. On $16.6 billion in total wireless revenues, $5.1 billion of which was from mobile data, AT&T Mobility managed wireless operating income margins of 28 percent...

Ahead of the Bell: Analysts See iPhone Sales Down

April 23, 2013 9:34 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple Inc. is set to report fiscal second-quarter results after the market close Tuesday, and analysts expect to see the first quarter ever in which iPhone sales declined. The launch of the first iPhone in 2007 set off a boom in smartphone sales...

Cricket Rolls Out New Family, iPhone Plans

April 22, 2013 10:44 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Prepaid carrier Cricket today annoucned a new family plan discount, as well as a revamp of plans for the iPhone. As part of the family plan discount, consumers will essentially get $10 off the $50 smartphone plan when they activate 2 lines. The $50 smarpthone plan includes 1GB of data...

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Google Posts $14B in 1Q Revenue, Struggles with Mobile

April 19, 2013 10:35 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Google's first quarter revenue was up 31 percent annually to $14 billion, while net income reached $3.9 billion, but the company is still trying to sort out how best to capitalize on mobile. Shares of Google were up nearly 3 percent immediately following Thursday's earnings call. That trend continued...

Verizon Reports Strong 1Q, Looks to Maintain Record Margins

April 18, 2013 10:13 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Verizon today reported a strong first quarter that was once again driven by wireless, with 677,000 retail postpaid net additions, up 35 percent annually. Margins were especially impressive. The company reported 32.9 percent operating income margin and 50.4 percent segment EBITDA margin...

Sprint, T-Mo Customers Will Get First Shot at Galaxy S4

April 17, 2013 10:41 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Both Sprint and T-Mobile today announced that they'll be the first of the major U.S. carriers to get the Samsung Galaxy S4.T-Mobile's version of the S4 will be available online and in stores beginning April 24 for $149.99 down and no contract, but with monthly device payments...

Google’s Schmidt: More Than 750M Android Phones in Use Globally

April 17, 2013 10:06 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Google chairman Eric Schmidt estimated the global number for Android phones in use today at around 750 million. He added that Google sees 1.5 million sales or activations worldwide of Android phones every day. Speaking at the D: Dive Into Mobile event, Schmidt estimated that Android phones in use worldwide would top one billion later this year and pass two billion by 2014.

Verizon to Extend Phone-Upgrade Waiting Period

April 15, 2013 9:03 am | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Verizon Wireless, the country's largest cellphone carrier, on Friday said that it is extending the time it takes to earn a subsidized phone upgrade from 20 months on contract to 24 months. The move will save Verizon money, since it subsidizes each new smartphone...

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Review: Home Shields You from Non-Facebook Tasks

April 12, 2013 10:06 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

When I got my first smartphone in 2010, I checked Facebook obsessively. But over time, the novelty wore off and opening Facebook's app to check photos, links and posts from friends turned into a chore. In a sense, I'm the ideal target for Facebook's new Home app...

BlackBerry Seeks SEC Review of “False” Return Rate Claims

April 12, 2013 10:05 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

BlackBerry is requesting a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and an Ontario Securities Commission review of what it calls “false and misleading” reports about the return rate of BlackBerry’s new Z10 smartphone.

PC Shipments Drop 14 Percent Annually as Consumers Prefer Tablets, Smartphones

April 11, 2013 9:23 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Consumer preference for tablets and smartphones sent first quarter global PC shipments down 14 percent to 76.3 million units, according to new numbers from IDC. IDC said the extent of the annual contraction marked the worst quarter since IDC began tracking the PC market quarterly in 1994...

Orders of Keyboard BlackBerry Start in Canada

April 10, 2013 9:21 am | by Rob Gillies, Associated Press | News | Comments

The maker of the BlackBerry phone said Tuesday that a modern smartphone with a physical keyboard will be available in Canada in the coming weeks as major wireless companies started taking advance orders. Details on when the BlackBerry Q10 will go on sale...

App-Enabled Accessories Abound at the Apple Store

April 9, 2013 9:37 am | by Andrew Berg | Articles | Comments

There's a special section over at Apple's online store devoted entirely to “app-enabled accessories.” These items include extravagances like a Wi-Fi enabled scale that shoots its data straight to the iPhone, or a flying drone  that can be controlled right from your very own iOS device...

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Review: HTC One Impresses but Software Disappoints

April 9, 2013 8:56 am | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Ready for the battle of the phones? This year's crop of high-end smartphones is starting to emerge, like bear cubs crawling out of their burrows, sniffing the spring air. First out is the HTC One, a handsome, powerful animal that should do well this year...

HTC Reports Dismal 1Q Profits

April 8, 2013 9:59 am | by By Andrew Berg | News | Comments

HTC today posted preliminary financials for the first quarter of 2013 that show the effects of delays in the launch of its flagship HTC One smartphone. The company today said unaudited net profit was $2.85 million for the...

Comscore: Apple Growing U.S. Market Share, Google Shrinking

April 5, 2013 9:53 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Comscore’s latest three-month study of U.S. smartphone market shows Apple’s iPhone and iOS platform both growing their shares. From the end of November through the end of February, Apple upped its share among OEMs to 38.9 percent from 35 and iOS boosted its share among smartphone operating systems to 38.9 percent from 35.

Samsung's Operating Profit Up 53 Percent in 1Q

April 5, 2013 9:11 am | by YoukYung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co. said its operating profit last quarter rose 53 percent over a year earlier, outpacing expectations for what's normally a slow time for consumer electronics sales. The South Korean firm on Friday estimated its first quarter...

Report: Android Market Gains Tied to Sprint's Samsung Sales

April 4, 2013 11:13 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Android continues grabbing more market share, snagging 51.2 percent of smartphone sales in the United States during the three-month period that ended in February, according to a report from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech. Apple's iOS took second place...

Report: Apple to Release Updated Phone This Summer

April 3, 2013 9:02 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple is set for a possible summer launch of the next iPhone, rather than a fall launch like the last two models, according to a report Tuesday in The Wall Street Journal. Apple Inc. is also working on a cheaper iPhone model that could win...

Apple Apologizes in China After Service Criticism

April 2, 2013 9:41 am | by Christopher Bodeen, Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple apologized to Chinese consumers after government media attacked its repair policies for two weeks in a campaign that reeked of economic nationalism. A statement Apple posted in Chinese on its website Monday said the complaints had...

Apple Patents iPhone with Wraparound Display

April 1, 2013 9:41 am | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple is seeking a patent for an iPhone that has a display that wraps around the edges of the device, expanding the viewable area and eliminating all physical buttons. The patent application reveals that Apple has put some thought into a device that takes advantage...

Galaxy S 4 Available for Pre-order April 16 from AT&T, U.S. Cellular

March 29, 2013 1:02 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Both AT&T and U.S. Cellular have confirmed April 16 as the date when they’ll start accepting pre-orders for Samsung’s new flagship smartphone. AT&T has set the price at $249 with a two-year contract while U.S. Cellular has yet to reveal pricing details. Neither carrier has set a release date.

Featurephone Upgrades Hold the Key to Smartphone Growth in the US in 2013

March 28, 2013 9:25 am | by Mary-Ann Parlato, Global Insight Director, Kantar Worldpanel ComTech | Articles | Comments

With many products sharing the same OS platform, and with OS loyalty high among existing smartphone users, marketers in the U.S. will need to focus on growth drivers other than OS affiliation if they hope to come out on top in 2013. Chief among these considerations...

BlackBerry CEO Says iPhone Is Outdated

March 22, 2013 9:01 am | by Rob Gillies, Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple's iPhone is outdated, according to the chief executive of BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion Ltd. Thorsten Heins made the comment Thursday on the eve of the much-delayed launch of the new touchscreen BlackBerry in the United States. AT&T begins selling the Z10...

Report: DOD Writes Order for 600K iOS Devices

March 21, 2013 10:07 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

In yet another blow to BlackBerry's core customer base, the Department of Defense (DOD) may be readying an order of 600,000 iOS devices. According to a report from Electronista, the DOD has finished extensive testing of BlackBerry's new...

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