HTC Reports Q1 Lower Revenues, Net Loss

HTC Reports Q1 Lower Revenues, Net Loss

By Joseph Palenchar On Apr 7 2014 - 2:20pm




Taoyuan, Taiwan – HTC posted a double-digit revenue decline and a net loss in the first quarter.

Revenue declined of 22.6 percent to NT$33.1 billion ($1.09 billion) from the year ago period and the company reported a net loss after taxes of NT$1.88 billion ($62.1 million) compared with a year-ago profit.

First-quarter operating losses rose 28 percent to NT$2.05 billion compared with the fourth quarter’s loss of NT$1.6 billion ($52.9 million), marking the third consecutive quarter of operating losses.

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Verizon Adds Samsung Windows Phone

Verizon Adds Samsung Windows Phone

By Joseph Palenchar On Apr 7 2014 - 9:44am

Samsung’s Ativ Se Windows Phone 8 phone with a 5-inch FullHD screen and $199 pri
Samsung’s Ativ Se Windows Phone 8 phone with a 5-inch FullHD screen and $199 price with two-year contract


Basking Ridge, N.J. — Verizon Wireless is adding a Windows Phone to its selection, pricing the Samsung Ativ SE at $199 with two-year activation and planning a Windows Phone 8.1 update later in the year.

The no-contract price is $599, and the price under the carrier’s Edge trade-up program is $25.22/month for 24 months for a total of $605.28.

The LTE-equipped device is available for preorders, which will ship by April 12. The preorder deal includes a buy-one-get-one-free offer. The carrier didn’t say when the product would be available in stores.

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InfoSonics Adds To Verykool Cellphone Line

InfoSonics Adds To Verykool Cellphone Line

By Joseph Palenchar On Apr 4 2014 - 11:08am

InfoSonics’ Verykool s450 3G smartphone at $139
InfoSonics’ Verykool s450 3G smartphone at $139


San Diego – InfoSonics added to its U.S. selection of value-priced Verykool-brand cellphones, with the launch of the $139 s450 3G smartphone.

The cellphone designer and manufacturer brought its Verykool line of feature phones and smartphones to the U.S. in early 2013 after having marketed it in more than 20 countries. The company also designs and manufactures products for other brands in China, India, Southeast Asia, Africa and Europe.

In 2014, the company plans to ramp up U.S. sales efforts.

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Sprint Opens Framily, Easy Pay Plans To Best Buy

Sprint Opens Framily, Easy Pay Plans To Best Buy

By Joseph Palenchar On Apr 3 2014 - 4:28pm




Overland Park, Kan. – Sprint enlisted Best Buy as its first national retailer and first CE retailer to offer its Framily rate plan and EasyPay installment-payment plan.

Beginning April 4, consumers will be able to sign up for the Sprint Framily Plan and Easy Pay plan at Best Buy locations nationwide, joining Sprint-owned stores, independently operated Sprint-branded stores, wireless specialists and Sprint’s website.

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Apple Schedules June iOS, OSX Announcements

Apple Schedules June iOS, OSX Announcements

By TWICE Staff On Apr 3 2014 - 1:33pm




Cupertino, Calif. - The mobile and computing industries will hear about the latest changes to Apple’s iOS and OSX operating systems during the company’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), scheduled for June 2 through June 6 in San Francisco.

At last year’s conference, Apple unveiled iOS 7, a major redesign and upgrade of its mobile OS for iPhones and iPads.

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MagicJack Names Mobile VP

MagicJack Names Mobile VP

By Joseph Palenchar On Apr 3 2014 - 1:27pm


MagicJack mobile VP Anthony Russo


West Palm Beach, Fla. – MagicJack, the provider of over-the-top VoIP service sold at retail, appointed Anthony Russo as mobile VP.

Russo will lead the ongoing expansion of MagicJack’s over the top VoIP solution for smartphones, the company said.

He previously directed global mobile strategy and iOS and Android app development at Vonage.

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Microsoft Takes Steps To Expand Phone, Tablet Sales

Microsoft Takes Steps To Expand Phone, Tablet Sales

By Joseph Palenchar On Apr 3 2014 - 11:03am




San Francisco – Microsoft hopes to expand the availability of its Windows OS for smartphones and tablets with a business-model change that eliminates OS licensing fees for smartphones and tablets with screens sizes of less than 9 inches.

Microsoft will also offer free services, including a free one-year subscription to Office 365.

In eliminating licensing fees to entice manufacturers, Microsoft is mimicking Google’s Android OS business model.

Microsoft revealed the changes yesterday here at its Build developers conference.

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Nokia Previews Low-Cost Windows 8.1 Phones

Nokia Previews Low-Cost Windows 8.1 Phones

By Joseph Palenchar On Apr 2 2014 - 4:18pm

The Nokia Lumia 635 with 4G LTE and HSPA+42 will be the first device sold in the
The Nokia Lumia 635 with 4G LTE and HSPA+42 will be the first device sold in the United States powered out of the box by the very latest Windows Phone 8.1 operating system.


San Francisco — The first new smartphone available in the U.S. with Windows Phone 8.1 OS will be the Nokia Lumia 635, a 4G LTE/HSPA+42 phone that Nokia priced at $189 before taxes and subsidies to broaden the Windows Phone customer base.

The Lumia 635 “will be the first device sold in the United States powered out of the box by the very latest Windows Phone 8.1 operating system,” said T-Mobile, which said it would offer the device in the summer.

AT&T said it would offer the device “this year.” Neither carrier specified a price.

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BlackBerry, T-Mobile Divorce Final

BlackBerry, T-Mobile Divorce Final

By Joseph Palenchar On Apr 2 2014 - 9:18am




Waterloo, Ontario – Blackberry will no longer sell its smartphones through T-Mobile, contending that the carrier’s strategy is not complementary to its own.

The beleaguered smartphone maker and services company said it will not renew T-Mobile’s license to offer BlackBerry products when it expires on April 25.

BlackBerry said it will be “working closely with other carrier partners to provide consumers and business users with alternatives should they decide to transition to another carrier and remain with BlackBerry” over the longer term.

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AT&T Reveals PadFone X Specs, But Not Price, Availability

AT&T Reveals PadFone X Specs, But Not Price, Availability

By Joseph Palenchar On Mar 28 2014 - 2:39pm

The PadFone X from Asus is a 5-inch Full-HD Android KitKat smartphone that docks
The PadFone X from Asus is a 5-inch Full-HD Android KitKat smartphone that docks with a 9-inch FullHD tablet.


Dallas – AT&T revealed specifications for the Asus PadFoneX but no price or availability date.

 During International CES, the carrier announced plans to offer the device on an exclusive basis in the U.S. but revealed little else. It’s not clear if the device will be available only through AT&T’s direct channels.

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