By Lisa Johnston
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Segundo, Calif. — Combined factory-level sales of 3G/4G cellphones and tablets will outpace sales of traditional CE products on a global basis for the first time in 2013, IHS forecasts.
Cellphones, media tablets and PC tablets will generate $354.3 billion in sales in 2013, or 3 percent more than the CE industry’s $344.4 billion in factory revenue. Only last year, the CE market was 30 percent larger than the cellphone and tablet markets, IHS said.
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Dallas — The Ativ S Neo smartphone will be Samsung’s first Windows Phone 8 smartphone for the AT&T network when it becomes available Nov. 8 at $99 with two-year contract or $21/month under AT&T’s Next frequent-upgrade program.
The LTE-equipped ATIV S Neo was launched by Sprint in August by Sprint.
Dallas – AT&T’s wireless operating income rose 3.4 percent in the third quarter to $4.6 billion on a 5.1 percent gain in operating revenues to $17.5 billion.
The wireless operating margin slipped to 26.4 percent from the year-ago 26.9 percent because of the cost to build out the LTE network and record smartphone sales, which are heavily subsidized.
Bellevue, Wash. – T-Mobile is trying to be disruptive again, this time in the tablet market.
The company is getting more aggressive in tablets with a series of programs that include free 200MB of 4G LTE service per month to tablet users for the life of their tablet, even if the tablet was purchased through another carrier.
Marion, Ind. — Almost 900 store managers and vendor representatives turned up last week for The Cellular Connection’s fourth annual managers rally.
Executives from the retailer, Verizon Wireless and Samsung spoke about current trends in handheld devices to the assembled managers, who also had an opportunity to party.
New York — All four national carriers are on board to offer the LTE-equipped versions of the iPad Air and new iPad Mini with Retina display through their direct channels.
The quartet of carriers will offer the iPad Air with Wi-Fi + Cellular on Friday, Nov. 1, and iPad Mini with Retina display and Wi-Fi + Cellular later in November, coinciding with Apple’s announced launch of the products in the U.S.
Waterloo, Ontario — BlackBerry will begin rolling out its updated BlackBerry 10 version 10.2 through carriers in many parts of the world this week, but a U.S. rollout won’t come until sometime this winter, the company said.
The update works with the company’s BlackBerry Z10, BlackBerry Q10 and BlackBerry Q5 smartphones. The latter isn’t available in the U.S.
San Diego — Leap Wireless pushed back a shareholder vote on its acquisition by AT&T from this Thursday to Oct. 30.
The no-contract carrier said the adjournment would give it time to file amendments to its Form 10-K for the year, ended Dec. 31, 2012, and its 10-Qs for the quarters, ended March 31 and June 30, 2013. The carrier said the changes would address “a classification error in the presentation of certain capital expenditures in the consolidated statements of cash flows.”
Dallas – Leap shareholders will vote Thursday on AT&T’s proposed purchase of regional no-contract carrier Leap Wireless.
If the deal goes through AT&T will retire its fledgling Aio Wireless no-contract brand, AT&T said in FCC filings.
“After the transaction's close, AT&T intends to combine the nascent operations of Aio with Leap's existing operations under the Cricket brand name," AT&T said in an August 7 filing.
Dallas – AT&T U-Verse subscribers can now stream live TV to their Android smartphones and tablets via a new app, AT&T announced.
The company also began today to stream live TV to its uverse.com web site for its subscribers.
The announcement follows an Oct. 7 launch of an iPhone app to stream live U-Verse programming and the Sept. 30 launch of an iPad app to stream live TV.