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Dallas — AT&T will begin selling the previously announced Filip cellphone/GPS-locator watch for kids at $199 beginning Nov. 22 through the carrier’s web store and its flagship Michigan Avenue store on Chicago.
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Dallas – AT&T announced Nov. 22 availability and a $129 price point for Amber Alert GPS, a communications and tracking device that parents would use to keep track of their kids.
The carrier is offering the device only through its web store at ATT.com and through its flagship Michigan Avenue store in Chicago. A spokesperson declined to say whether distribution would be expanded at a later date.
Libertyville, Ill. – Google-owned Motorola has developed a low-cost smartphone positioned as an alternative to price-conscious smartphone buyers who have had to settle for older obsolete smartphones or for cheap new phones with “second-rate technology.”
The Moto G is a 3G smartphone available in GSM/HSPA+21 and CDMA EV-DO Rev. A versions with Snapdragon 400 quad-core 1.2GHz processor, 4.5-inch HD display, and Android 4.3. An Android 4.4 upgrade is due in January.
Dallas – AT&T’s first Windows Phone phablet will be priced at $199 and will available on Nov. 22.
The 4G LTE Nokia Lumia 1520 features 6-inch 1080p display, quad-core 2.2GHz processor, 20-megapixel camera, and the latest version of the Windows Phone OS, called 8.1.
Overland Park, Kan. – Sprint is getting into the cordless-handset business as part of its effort to encourage consumers to swap out higher-priced landline service for lower-cost home cellular service.
Two DECT cordless phones that connect to Sprint’s wireless network are available today in Sprint’s direct and indirect sales channels for a combined $49 with two-year service agreement for a Sprint Phone Connect wireless plan. The plan delivers unlimited local and domestic long-distance calling while on the Sprint network for $19.99/month.
Irvine, Calif. – Martian Watches continues to expand distribution of its voice-controlled smart watches, adding Amazon to its list of retailers.
The company’s $299 smart watches, available in two styles and multiple colors, are already available through AT&T.com, select AT&T stores, BestBuy.com, and Martianwatches.com. More brick-and-mortar retailers are in the works, a spokesperson said.
Plano, Texas—Huawei launched a promotional campaign tied in with the movie Thor: The Dark World.
Huawei is the exclusive cellphone partner for the movie.
The campaign’s theme “Make it Possible” was chosen to reflect Huawei’s brand positioning , said Michael Chuang, EVP of Huawei Device USA. Like the movie’s super hero, he said, “we are in the business of making the impossible possible.”
Bellevue, Wash. — T-Mobile sold 5.6 million branded postpaid and prepaid smartphones in its fiscal third quarter, up from 2.3 million in the year-ago quarter and up from the second quarter’s 4.3 million, T-Mobile said in announcing its third-quarter financial results.
iPhones accounted for only 15 percent of T-Mobile-brand smartphone sales in the quarter, but the percentage could have been higher if more iPhones had been available at the phone’s launch time, said chief marketing officer Mike Sievert.
Bellevue, Wash. — T-Mobile’s uncarrier strategy appears to be working.
For the second consecutive quarter, the carrier posted a net new subscriber gain of more than 1 million, and the company shrank its net loss on a sequential and year-ago basis.
Separately, the carrier said it would expand its MetroPCS brand on Nov. 21 to 15 more markets following the third-quarter addition of 15 new markets with more than 1,300 distribution points.
Dallas – Cameras and GPS were the focus of twin wireless announcements by AT&T, which will become the first U.S. carrier to offer the first smartphone with 10x optical zoom.
The carrier also announced plans for a second GPS device that tracks kids’ whereabouts.