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FirstNews Briefs: Alcatel-Lucent, Pioneer Cellular, T-Mobile, Sony

August 12, 2014 9:47 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Alcatel-Lucent is to deploy a complete 4G LTE overlay network in the Midwestern U.S. states of Oklahoma and Kansas to enable Pioneer Cellular, an affiliate of Pioneer Telephone Cooperative, to offer ultra-broadband mobile access to its customers.

Sony Posts $261M Profit Amid Restructuring

July 31, 2014 10:11 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The Japanese electronics and entertainment conglomerate, which has been trying to reshape its...

Review: Sony Xperia Z1S: Great Smartphone, Phenomenal Dinosaur Camera

February 13, 2014 10:51 am | by Ben Munson | Articles | Comments

Sony has built a handsome, if somewhat smudge-prone, smartphone in the Xperia Z1S. ...

Sony Xperia, LG G Flex Smarpthones Manage Niche Appeal

January 13, 2014 3:58 pm | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

One of the reasons Android phones have become popular is the choice they offer: Want a big...

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Review: Sony's Smartwatch Good, but Not Essential

November 15, 2013 9:37 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Sony's new SmartWatch 2 doesn't get as much attention — and doesn't do as much — as Samsung's Galaxy Gear computerized wristwatch. But for the things it does, Sony's version performs better. The SmartWatch 2 is also 33 percent cheaper, at about $200, and works with a variety of Android phones, not just Sony's. Samsung's Galaxy Gear sells for $300 and is compatible only with a handful of high-end Samsung phones.

Smartwatches Abound. But Who Really Wants One?

October 30, 2013 9:46 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Computerized wristwatches that display message alerts and weather updates are abound this holiday season: Consumer electronics companies are trying to persuade you to add these smartwatches to your shopping lists. Samsung and Sony have devices out, and Qualcomm has one coming before the holidays. Apple is believed to be making one, and a new report says Google is developing one, too.

Sony Teases Sept. 4 Unveiling of New Xperia Smartphone

August 27, 2013 10:32 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Sony today released a short ad hinting that a refresh for its Xperia smartphone is coming Sept. 4. “The best of Sony is about to get even better” flashes across the screen after a device looking similar to the Xperia Z floats in space before splashing into water.


Amazon, Sony Ask FCC to Waive E-Readers From Handicap Accessibility Rules

August 8, 2013 10:55 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

A coalition consisting of Amazon, Sony and Kobo has petitioned the FCC to waive e-readers from its rules governing access to advanced communications services (ACS) and equipment by people with disabilities. The coalition argues that although e-readers can be used for ACS, they are primarily designed for reading and should therefore be exempt from the law.

Review: Water Resistance Stands Out in Sony Phone

July 11, 2013 10:04 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Think of a leading phone maker. Apple and Samsung might come to mind — maybe even HTC, maker of the well-received One. But you're probably not thinking Sony, a company better known for its TVs, cameras and video game machines. With the new Xperia Z, Sony shows it can play in the smartphone big leagues.

Sony’s Xperia ZL Comes to U.S. Without Carrier Support

March 25, 2013 11:16 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Sony’s new Xperia ZL smartphone is now available for pre-sale via the company’s web store and will make its way to other online retailers soon. In a press release, Sony announced the unlocked phone will cost a $719 or $759 for the LTE version, a big price tag but one that won’t come with a carrier contract.

First News Briefs for January 3, 2013

January 3, 2013 9:43 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

InterDigital, Inc. and Sony Corporation of America today announced the launch of a joint venture to combine Sony’s consumer electronics experience with InterDigital’s wireless machine-to-machine and bandwidth management research. The joint venture, called Convida Wireless, will focus on driving new research in the field of M2M.

Sprint Gets $1B Loan for Ericsson Network Gear

May 29, 2012 7:16 am | by Maisie Ramsay | News | Comments

Sprint has landed a $1 billion credit facility that will provide extra cash for its network upgrade project.


Sony Ericsson Slides to $266 M Loss in Q4

January 19, 2012 6:58 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Sony Ericsson reported a loss of $266 million in the fourth quarter, its last one as a joint venture before Sony takes over.

Sony Ericsson Makes Unlocked Phone Push in U.S.

November 14, 2011 7:09 am | by Maisie Ramsay | News | Comments

Sony Ericsson will begin selling unlocked smartphones in the United States later this month through a deal with Ingram Micro...

Sony Ericsson Profits Down in 3rd Quarter

October 14, 2011 8:12 am | by Karl Ritter, Associated Press | News | Comments

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Mobile phone maker Sony Ericsson posted a break-even third quarter Friday...

Sony Ericsson Blames Quake for Sales Slump

July 15, 2011 8:26 am | by Maisie Ramsay | News | Comments

Handset maker Sony Ericsson said component shortages caused by the devastating March 11 earthquake in Japan were to blame for a marked decline in its second-quarter sales.

PS Vita Scheduled for AT & T Later This Year

June 7, 2011 8:07 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) yesterday announced the PlayStation Vita, the company's next-generation portable entertainment system.


VZW Announces Xperia Play Availability

May 17, 2011 8:22 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Verizon Wireless customers will soon be getting their gaming fix with the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play...

Sony Ericsson, Clearwire Settle Logo Suit

May 16, 2011 8:07 am | by Maisie Ramsay | News | Comments

Sony Ericsson has dropped its trademark lawsuit over Clearwire's logo after filing a complaint over the emblem in January.

Sony Unveils S1, S2 Tablet Entries

April 26, 2011 8:16 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Electronics giant Sony today announced a pair of new tablet devices that will come running Android 3.0 (Honeycomb)...

Sony Ericsson Earnings Slump on Slide in Profits, Phone Shipments

April 19, 2011 8:21 am | by Maisie Ramsay | News | Comments

Sony Ericsson's profits fell by almost half in the first quarter as declining feature phone shipments bit into revenue...

Sony Ericsson Voices Supply Concerns

March 18, 2011 8:02 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Sony Ericsson today issued a statement that confirmed its business and supply chain would be affected by the catastrophic earthquake in Japan.

Sony Ericsson Brings Its Game to MWC

February 13, 2011 10:27 am | by Monica Alleven | News | Comments

Sony Ericsson takes the wraps off the PlayStation phone.

Sony Ericsson Pitches Xperia Play

February 7, 2011 7:15 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Sony Ericsson has confirmed the existence and impending announcement of the Xperia Play, a device that looks like a cross between a portable gaming unit like Sony's PSP and a smartphone.

Sony Ads 3G to New Portable Gaming Unit

January 28, 2011 7:02 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Sony announced its next-generation portable entertainment system (codename: NGP) – and it will come in both 3G and Wi-Fi models when it debuts later this year.

Sony to Release New PlayStation Portable This Year

January 27, 2011 6:54 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Sony said the successor to its PlayStation Portable machine will go on sale late this year, offering the quality of a home console in an on-the-go machine...

Shipments, Sales Down at Sony Ericsson

January 20, 2011 6:58 am | by Maisie Ramsay | News | Comments

Sony Ericsson posted lukewarm financial results today, managing to eke out a profit despite declines in both revenue and handset shipments.

Sony Ericsson Sues Clearwire over Logos

January 18, 2011 6:56 am | by Maisie Ramsay | News | Comments

Handset maker Sony Ericsson is suing Clearwire for trademark infringement over the WiMAX operator's "confusingly similar" logos.

Sony Launches Reader Daily Edition

November 8, 2010 7:29 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Sony today announced availability of the wireless Reader Daily Edition, a new eReader that comes equipped with Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity...

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