TracFone's Straight Talk service provided a few more details on its newly launched Apple iPhone service. The company said that it does not limit subscribers' data usage at a specific threshold; instead, it evaluates customers' data intake on a case-by-case basis and will throttle the speeds of those users who the company deems to be consuming too much data.
América Móvil's U.S. MVNO TracFone Wireless said its Straight Talk brand will start accepting customers who want to bring their GSM version of Apple's iPhone to its service. This new bring-your-own-device program will be offered in addition to TracFone's existing deal with Walmart, in which it sells CDMA versions of the iPhone 5 and iPhone 4.
AT&T Mobility announced it will expand access to Apple's FaceTime over cellular to customers on tiered data plans at no additional cost. Previously, the videochatting service was limited to AT&T's iOS users with an AT&T Mobile Share plan or LTE-capable devices.
Analysts and industry observers moved to counter reports that a cutback in Apple's orders for iPhone 5 components indicated a drop in demand for the device. The reports, first from Japan's Nikkei and then also from the Wall Street Journal , caused Apple's stock to drop 3.6 percent yesterday.
Samsung Electronics said global sales of its flagship Galaxy S smartphone line have now surpassed 100 million, a milestone that highlights Samsung's position at the top of the smartphone heap.
Apple slashed its orders for components for the iPhone 5 because of weaker-than-expected demand, according to multiple reports, sending Apple's shares down in the process.
Apple CEO Tim Cook thinks China will eventually surpass the United States as Apple's largest market. Cook made the comments during a trip to China in which he met with China Mobile Chairman Xi Guohua, once again raising speculation that the world's largest operator by subscribers will soon offer the iPhone.
América Móvil's U.S. MVNO, TracFone Wireless, announced that its Straight Talk brand will sell Apple's iPhone 5 and iPhone 4 in Walmart stores starting Jan. 11. Walmart said it will offer "a no interest fixed-monthly payments special financing offer for only $25 a month with a Walmart Credit Card" in order to help customers pay for the phone.
AT&T Mobility reported it sold a record 10 million smartphones in the fourth quarter, another indication that Tier 1 postpaid carriers enjoyed strong sales and subscriber activations during the period--likely at the expense of prepaid carriers.
Samsung Electronics' Galaxy Android smartphones took the top three places in the UK's bestseller charts in the pre-Christmas sales period, according to uSwitch's latest Mobile Tracker report.