Consumer Cellular Doesn’t Overlook The Basics

Consumer Cellular Doesn’t Overlook The Basics

By Joseph Palenchar On Apr 24 2014 - 4:10pm

Consumer Cellular’s 3G Huawei-made Envoy flip phone
Consumer Cellular’s 3G Huawei-made Envoy flip phone retails for $35.


Portland, Ore. – MVNO Consumer Cellular, which targets the 50-plus age group with no-contract postpaid service, isn’t forgetting about consumers who want a basic flip phone even though the majority of phones sold today are smartphones.

The company launched a $35 Huawei-made Envoy flip phone, which is the first phone developed specifically for the MVNO. The phone is available through all of its distribution channels, including direct sales, Sears, Target, and RadioShack franchise locations.

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Verizon Expands Edge Payment Plan, Posts Q1 Gains

Verizon Expands Edge Payment Plan, Posts Q1 Gains

By Joseph Palenchar On Apr 24 2014 - 12:02pm

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Bedminster, N.J. – Verizon Wireless has begun expanding its Edge installment-payment plan for no-contract unsubsidized cellphones to the indirect channel, potentially doubling the carrier’s Edge take rate in the second quarter, Verizon Communications CFO Fran Shammo said.

Shammo revealed the plan in a conference call to investors, outlining the company’s first-quarter gains in wireless revenue, wireless operating margin and wireless operating margin.

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Apple: iPhone Drove Fiscal Q2 Results

Apple: iPhone Drove Fiscal Q2 Results

By Steve Smith On Apr 23 2014 - 10:00pm

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Cupertino, Calif. – Gains in Apple’s revenue and net profit in the fiscal second quarter were driven by strong iPhone demand.

For the quarter ended March 29, revenue was $45.6 billion, up from $43.6 year-on-year, and quarterly net profit was $10.2 billion, up from $9.5 billion year-on-year.

Apple also reported gross margins of 39.3 percent compared with 37.5 percent in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 66 percent of the quarter’s revenue.

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Ingram Micro Mobility To Service Key Verizon Dealers

Ingram Micro Mobility To Service Key Verizon Dealers

By Steve Smith On Apr 23 2014 - 3:53pm

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Santa Ana, Calif. — Ingram Micro Mobility has entered into a strategic sourcing and integrated supply-chain services agreement with the 360 Group, a consortium of four of Verizon Wireless' largest national dealers representing 1,750 points of sale.

The four dealers are:

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Microsoft Joins Power Matters Alliance

Microsoft Joins Power Matters Alliance

By John Laposky On Apr 23 2014 - 11:47am

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Austin, Texas -- Microsoft has joined The Power Matters Alliance (PMA) a month after joining the board of the rival Wireless Power Consortium (WPC).

Membership gives Microsoft access to PMA specifications for advanced wireless charging features and gives it access to "the largest public ecosystem of wireless charging spots available at popular coffee shops and eateries, including select Starbucks and McDonalds locations," according to a PMA statement.

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AT&T Wireless Subs Up, Next Plans Take Off In Q1

AT&T Wireless Subs Up, Next Plans Take Off In Q1

By Joseph Palenchar On Apr 23 2014 - 9:08am

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Dallas – AT&T expanded its wireless subscriber base in the competitive first quarter by promoting Mobile Share Value Plans and launching an early upgrade program for contract subscribers, enabling the company to deliver its best first-quarter gain in postpaid net adds in five years, said senior executive VP/CFO John Stephens.

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Affordable LG Smartphones Go To T-Mobile, MetroPCS & Verizon

Affordable LG Smartphones Go To T-Mobile, MetroPCS & Verizon

By Joseph Palenchar On Apr 22 2014 - 1:37pm


LG’s Optimus L90 for T-Mobile features Android 4.4 and 4G HSPA+.


Englewood Cliffs, N.J. — LG announced U.S. pricing and availability of two Android smartphones in its Optimus L series of affordable smartphones.

The Optimus L90 for T-Mobile and Optimus L70 for T-Mobile’s MetroPCS brand run the latest Android OS, Android 4.4 KitKat. The L70 is the first MetroPCS phone running KitKat. Both lack LTE but feature 4G HSPA+ technology.

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AT&T Shakes Up GoPhone Prepaid Plans

AT&T Shakes Up GoPhone Prepaid Plans

By Joseph Palenchar On Apr 21 2014 - 10:22am




Dallas — AT&T is adding more data to its prepaid GoPhone smartphone plans at no extra cost starting April 25.

The new plans, which access the carrier’s LTE network, also add the ability to use a smartphone as a Wi-Fi hot spot.

With the change, the data allotment for the $60/month plan goes to 2.5GB from 2GB. The plan also features unlimited talk.

The $40/month plan, which features 500 minutes of talk, boosts the data cap to 500MB from 250MB.

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T-Mobile Lays Down Overage-Fee Challenge

T-Mobile Lays Down Overage-Fee Challenge

By Joseph Palenchar On Apr 14 2014 - 2:25pm

T-Mobile president/CEO Tom Legere
T-Mobile president/CEO Tom Legere


UPDATE! Bellevue, Wash. — T-Mobile threw another challenge at its competitors by ending overage charges on older T-Mobile consumer plans.

Last year, the company launched Simple Choice plans, which lacked overage charges, as part of its “uncarrier” strategy.

All Simple Choice plans offer unlimited talk and text and 500MB of 4G data at $50/month for a single line, with unlimited data at 128Kbps speeds when the 500MB cap is exceeded, according to T-Mobile’s website.

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Sprint Enters Kids-Phone Market

Sprint Enters Kids-Phone Market

By Joseph Palenchar On Apr 14 2014 - 9:30am

Sprint’s $199 WeGo is targeted to kids ages 5 to 12.
Sprint’s $199 WeGo is targeted to kids ages 5 to 12.


Overland Park, Kan. — Sprint entered the kids-phone market with a $199 WeGo phone targeted to kids ages 5 to 12 and featuring parental controls and GPS tracking.

Positioned as a value-priced starter phone for kids, the WeGo is available in Sprint stores and indirect retailers at $199 up front or 24 monthly payments of $5. Service costs $9.99 per month for 1,000 minutes of talk and 1,000 text messages.

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