By Lisa Johnston
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Bedminster, N.J. – Verizon Wireless is responding to recent aggressive pricing moves by rivals AT&T and T-Mobile.
The carrier launched More Everything plans to add more data, more Cloud storage, and unlimited international messaging to the carrier’s unlimited talk and messaging plans with shared data.
Starting today, existing Share Everything subscribers will be moved automatically to More Everything plans, which will also be available to all new customers, including small-business customers
This TWICE webinar, hosted by senior editor Alan Wolf, will take a look at what may be the hottest CE products at retail that will be sold during the all-important fourth quarter. Top technologies, market strategies and industry trends will be discussed with industry analysts and executives.
Winston-Salem, N.C. – Jeannette Howe, executive director of Nationwide Marketing Group’s Specialty Electronics Nationwide (SEN), has left the buying group.
A longtime industry veteran, Howe joined Nationwide to head the then-new organization in January 2006.
Tom Hickman, electronics senior VP with Nationwide, said that the group is undergoing a search for a replacement and that in interim he will be running SEN.
San Diego – Verizon Wireless will offer its first Nokia Lumia Windows 8 smartphone with quad-core CPU , and the carrier will offer it on an exclusive basis.
The global-ready Lumia Icon with 2.2GHz quad-core processor will be available starting Feb. 20 in Verizon stores, Verizon’s online store, and indirect channels for $199 with new two-year contract. In Verizon stores, it’s also eligible for the Verizon Edge upgrade program.
Seoul, South Korea – LG unveiled its premium G Pro 2 smartphone, which improves performance over the current G Pro by such means as boosting screen size to 5.9 inches from 5.5 inches and stepping up CPU speed to quad-core 2.26GHz from quad-core 1.7GHz.
The new model also adds such features as 120 fps HD video recording, 4K Ultra HD recording and 3GB RAM, up from 2GB. Like before, it has a FullHD 1,920 by 1080 display.
Comcast made it official Thursday morning, announcing that it has agreed to acquire Time Warner Cable in an all-stock deal with an equity value of $45.2 billion not including assumed debt, and creating a cable and technology powerhouse covering almost one-third of television households in the U.S.
See TWICE sister publication Multichannel News for the full story.
New York — Online and catalog retailer Hammacher Schlemmer is stepping up its home-automation presence with the launch of a $149 system that lets users control lights and appliances from a smartphone when they’re away from the house.
Thousand Oaks, Calif. — In time for the start of spring training, outdoor-TV manufacturer SunBriteTV is now offering a direct-to-consumer mail-in rebate on its 32-inch Signature Series 32, making outdoor LCD TVs a grand slam of a bargain.
The $300 consumer rebate, which runs Feb. 15 through April 15, reduces the price of the SB-3260HD by 20 percent.
Melville, N.Y. – Canon unveiled Thursday six PowerShot point-and-shoot cameras and the Rebel T5 DSLR.
The highlight of the new PowerShot offerings is the PowerShot G1 X Mark II ($799 suggested retail) advanced compact camera featuring a 5x zoom lens with a f/2-3.9 variable aperture and a 24-120mm equivalent zoom range, a 13.1-megapixel resolution in 4:3 format and 12.8-megapixel in 2:3 format 1.5-inch format sensor.
Indianapolis – hhgregg has promoted web chief Kevin Lyons from VP to senior VP of e-commerce.
Lyons, a veteran of Sears and Best Buy, joined hhgregg last May and has since lead the creation of what the company described as “an ambitious online development and promotional strategy” that has produced double-digit growth in sales and conversions.
The online initiatives include improved website navigation, positive social-media engagement among key customer groups, and integrated online and in-store marketing, the chain said.
Chester Springs, Pa. – Azione Unlimited (AU), the education and buying group for custom retailers and integrators, is celebrating its second anniversary this month.
Founder/president Richard Glikes said 24-month milestones include a membership roster of 125 dealers and vendors; a 143 percent increase in sales with vendor members; more than $2 million in program rebates and discounts; and four three-day conferences, with a fifth slated for March 19-21 at the Hard rock Hotel in Las Vegas.