AT&T Mobility today officially launched its long-awaited Digital Life home security and automation service, an effort aimed at growing its business beyond smartphones. The carrier's base home security service will start at $30 per month.
BlackBerry confirmed that all four Tier 1 U.S. carriers will launch the BlackBerry Q10, the company's first BlackBerry 10-based smartphone with a Qwerty keyboard, giving the company a boost of carrier support as it seeks to regain market share in the American market.
T-Mobile USA will be able to move to LTE Advanced faster than its larger rivals because its network equipment and Radio Access Network are already capable of supporting LTE Advanced, even though it only just launched its initial LTE service earlier this month, according to a T-Mobile executive.
Sprint Nextel inked a deal with cellular module provider u-blox to be Sprint's preferred module provider for its 2G (1xRTT) CDMA network. Sprint is seeking to cash in on the machine-to-machine market as AT&T Mobility and others shut down their 2G networks in the years ahead.
HTC's flagship One smartphone, which the company is counting on to boost sales, launched today via AT&T Mobility, Sprint Nextel and will soon be available from T-Mobile USA. HTC's market share in the United States has been under assault in the past year from both Samsung Electronics and Apple, and the One launch comes just days ahead of Samsung's U.S. launch of its own flagship, the Galaxy S4.
According to a new survey of all of the major North American wireless carriers, smartphones remain incredibly popular among subscribers, who are consuming an average of 694 MB per month in postpaid data. At the same time, voice calling continues to decline from around 720 minutes per month among postpaid users in 2010 to 673 minutes last year. But perhaps the most interesting finding from the PwC survey is that wireless carriers are seeing a dramatic 60 percent slowdown in the growth of traffic on their wireless networks.
Nokia reported a year-over-year and sequential drop in device sales in North America, but CEO Stephen Elop also hinted that the company will soon bring a "hero" Lumia Windows Phone smartphone to a top U.S. carrier, likely Verizon Wireless.
BlackBerry has not yet detailed U.S. sales figures for its flagship Z10 smartphone, let alone broken it down by carrier, but according to online advertising network Chitika, Verizon Wireless is giving the Z10 a major boost.
As expected, Samsung Electronics is bringing its flagship Galaxy S4 to a bevy of U.S. carriers--and the operators are tripping over themselves to offer deals tied to the phone in an attempt to boost sales.
The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission, urging the agency to investigate carrier efforts to offer secure consumer experiences across devices running Google's open-source Android mobile operating system.