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Rumor Mill: Apple to charge carriers $100 more for iPhone 6

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 12:21

Apple is contemplating charging $100 extra for the iPhone 6, according to a  financial analyst.


NPD: 66% of U.S. mobile broadband connections by end of 2015 will be tablets

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 12:02

Tablets are expected to make up a large majority of all mobile broadband connections in the U.S. over the next two years, according to a new report from the NPD Group.


Analysts: LTE, Chinese growth to drive smartphones to 1.24B sales in 2014

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 11:50

Strong growth in LTE smartphones, including TD-LTE phones sold in China, will lead to smartphone sales of 1.24 billion in 2014, according to a forecast from analysts at CCS Insight. However, CCS predicts smartphone growth will slow in the years ahead, largely due to saturation in mature markets.


Growth hacking or app spam? How developers will need to rethink SMS

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 11:40

"You have to see this!" was one of the messages sent out last year by Glide, the video messaging app that quickly climbed to the top of the app store charts.


Samsung points to marketing, not copying, as reason for smartphone turnaround

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 11:15

Samsung Electronics called witnesses in its patent-infringement trial against Apple who testified that it was an intensive and significant shift in marketing and hardware innovation that helped Samsung become the world's largest smartphone maker. The witnesses were seeking to rebut claims by Apple's lawyers that it was only through copying Apple's innovations that Samsung was able to secure its strong place in the market.


Report: FCC's planned incentive auction rules would set aside spectrum for smaller carriers

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 10:47

The FCC is contemplating a plan that would reserve for smaller carriers a chunk of the spectrum to be auctioned in next year's planned incentive auctions of 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum, according to a Re/code report.


Jarich: Survey says… Your technology survey may not be meaningful

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 10:19

It seems like operator surveys have become super-popular in the mobile telecom space during the last year or so. Analyst shops launch them. Vendors launch them. Media outlets quote them. People just seem to love them. With these types of questions out there, it just makes sense to get input from people who are actually shaping the market. This input, after all, should tell us what the future will look like!


Ruckus unveils cloud-based Wi-Fi management

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 01:10

Ruckus Wireless' new Smart Wi-Fi Access Management Service (SAMS) shifts local network infrastructure--such as WLAN controllers, authentication servers, captive portals, advertising engines and content filtering--into the cloud, a move the company claims will enable businesses to more quickly and easily roll out public Wi-Fi hotspots.


Ericsson's strategy chief and M&A guru Doug Gilstrap to leave company

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 12:37

Ericsson said Doug Gilstrap, the vendor's global head of strategy, will resign from his role as of Aug. 1. Gilstrap, one of CEO Hans Vestberg's top lieutenants, has been with the company since August 2009.


Microsoft's Windows Phone 8.1 nets positive reviews

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 12:26

Microsoft is in the process of rolling out its latest smartphone operating system, Windows Phone 8.1, and reviewers have been almost universally positive of the latest version of the platform. Importantly, Windows Phone 8.1 stands up well against its larger rivals, Apple's iOS and Google's Android, according to the reviews.


Verizon cuts pricing for 'More Everything' subs who bring their own phone

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 12:19

Verizon Wireless said customers who are on month-to-month contracts or who bring their own phones can now get discounts on their service pricing by moving to the carrier's "More Everything" shared data plans.


Google's Android did not have touchscreen support - until after the iPhone launched

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 12:00

Google's Android platform has grown into the world's most popular smartphone operating system, but before Apple introduced the iPhone in 2007 it did not support touchscreen inputs, according to court documents.


Report: Amazon to release 3D smartphone in second half of 2014

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 11:32

The Amazon smartphone rumor mill is churning once again, with the Wall Street Journal reporting that the online retailer will release a smartphone in the second half of 2014.


T-Mobile to drop domestic overages for all plans, calls on AT&T, Verizon and Sprint to follow suit

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 11:07

T-Mobile US will drop its overage fees for all of its domestic plans and is launching a petition to get Verizon Wireless, AT&T Mobility and Sprint to do the same thing.


Orange secures 2 operators for new Orange Alliance programme

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 07:23

Orange has unveiled a new international partnership programme called Orange Alliance that the French operator said will help spread its services and products to markets where it does not have a foothold.


Apple smart devices protected from 'Heartbleed' bug

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 07:15

Apple said users of smart devices running its iOS software face no risk from a flaw in the OpenSSL web security standard, despite BlackBerry working up a fix for its messenger service for iOS and Android devices.


IDC: Global wearables shipments to reach almost 112 million in 2018

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 06:36

Shipment volumes of wearable technology are expected to exceed 19 million units in 2014, more than tripling last year's sales.


Report: Sawiris ready to invest up to $2B in Telecom Italia

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 06:20

Egyptian billionaire Naguib Sawiris said he is prepared to invest between $1 billion (€1.38 billion) and $2 billion in Telecom Italia if Telefónica withdrew from the company, and said the Italian company needed funds for future investments.


Vodacom, MTN, boost mobile subs with Nashua Mobile deal

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 05:38

South African operators Vodacom and MTN agreed to acquire mobile subscribers from Nashua Mobile for a reported 2.26 billion rand (€155 million/$214 million), as the reseller prepares to exit the local mobile market.


Vivendi rebuts claims by Martin Bouygues of 'anomalies' in SFR process

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 04:17

Vivendi said over the weekend that comments made in an interview with Le Figaro by Martin Bouygues about the process to select a buyer for SFR represented a "one-sided" version of the events and refused to enter into a debate with the CEO of the Bouygues Group.