European Union officials are looking into the handset contracts that Apple strikes with mobile operators for possible antitrust violations after several carriers complained that the deals are harmful to competition, according to a New York Times report.
China Telecom's top executive said the operator would prefer to build its next-generation network based on the FDD flavor of LTE rather than use TD-LTE.
FierceWireless teamed with NPD Connected Intelligence to publish the results of the firm's SmartMeter surveying software. NPD's SmartMeter software is installed on around 1,500 smartphones (participants are provided "incentives" to install the software on their phones). NPD for around a year has tracked cellular data usage on 1,000 Android phones, and several months ago added iPhones to its survey base. NPD in December increased its iPhone survey base to 500 devices, which NPD said is its full panel size.
T-Mobile USA will hold a media event in New York City where it will likely flesh out the details of its new "Un-carrier" business model, including its switch to Value plans without subsidies and the launch of its LTE network.
Just after rival Samsung Electronics announced its flagship Galaxy S4, Apple launched a new website to highlight what it considers to be the superior aspects of the iPhone 5 and its iOS platform.
China Mobile disclosed that it will invest $6.7 billion in rolling out TD-LTE this year, potentially setting up the operator to finally get an Apple iPhone that will work on its network.
As the end of the first quarter looms, it's worth taking a minute to see where the wireless carrier industry stands now and where it's headed. Here is a look at the main themes from the nation's top operators during their critical holiday quarter.
Apple's marketing chief, Phil Schiller, is going on the warpath, blasting Google's Android platform and touting the iPhone just ahead of rival Samsung Electronics' introduction of its Galaxy S IV Android smartphone. Schiller gave a series of interviews in an attempt to blunt the impact of the S IV, actions that analysts saw as a defensive crouch for Apple.
Apple Senior President of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller opened fire on archrival Google's Android mobile operating system, proclaiming "Android is often given as a free replacement for a feature phone and the experience isn't as good as [Apple's] iPhone" in an interview with The Wall Street Journal .
Samsung announced its new Galaxy S4 smartphone. The gadget features a wide range of top-flight features and functions including a Full HD Super AMOLED display, a 5-inch screen, a 13-megapixel camera, and support for a wide range of wireless networks including multiple LTE networks.