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Irvine, Calif. – Sprint’s no-contract brand, Boost Mobile, will become the latest wireless provider to offer the iPhone 5c and 5s beginning Nov. 8.
The company hasn’t offered iPhones in the past, a spokesperson said.
Boost will also offer the iPhone 4s.
The provider didn’t specify whether the iPhones would be available through its indirect channel on Nov. 8 or whether the phone would be available through indirect retailers at a later date.
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Santa Clara, Calif. — Apple has cut back iPhone 5c orders by 35 percent and boosted iPhone 5s production by 75 percent, Display Search said after checking supply channels.
Display Search analysts Tina Teng and Shawn Lee attributed the 5c’s disappointing performance to two factors. First, media and analyst speculation that the 5c would be a low-cost phone disappointed consumers looking for a cheap iPhone, they said.
Miami – Japan’s SoftBank, fresh from the summertime purchase of 72 percent of Sprint, will spend $1.26 billion to acquire a 57 percent stake in telecom distributor and services company Brightstar to expand the distributor’s sales and create efficiencies.
SoftBank, whose businesses include a Japan cellular carrier, signed a definitive agreement with Brightstar, which operates globally and earned more than $7 billion in revenues for the 12 months ending June.
Mountain View, Calif. – Third-quarter operating losses at Google’s Motorola unit shrank on a sequential and year-ago basis but were up for the first nine months of the fiscal year.
Revenues for both periods were down more than 30 percent.
Third-quarter 2013 revenues shrank 36 percent to $1.14 billion compared with the year-ago quarter and were down 34.6 percent for the nine-month period to $3.16 billion.
Bedminster, N.J. – Verizon Wireless accelerated operating income growth subscriber additions fell.
Verizon reported in the third quarter and first nine months of its fiscal year and posted operating-revenue gains in both periods even though net new retail subscriber additions fell at double-digit percentage rates in both periods.
Operating income margins rose during the quarter and nine-month periods, though churn rates also ticked up, and average revenue per account continued to rise.
Waterloo, Ontario – BlackBerry is trying to boost is handset sales in the U.S. by allowing consumers to buy unlocked phones direct from the company at ShopBlackBerry.com.
The first models available unlocked are the BlackBerry Z10 and BlackBerry Q10 smartphones, which come in both black and white. The smartphones are SIM-unlocked, allowing customers to use them on the GSM-based 4G LTE and 4G networks of AT&T and T-Mobile and other countries around the world.
Irvine, Calif. –Alcatel One Touch, as part of its strategy to build its smartphone business in the U.S., has begun offering its first smartphones to T-Mobile.
The Fierce and Evolve, positioned as affordable Android smartphones, were available earlier this month through select national retailers on prepaid plans, and now they’re rolling out to other indirect retailers and to T-Mobile stores, T-Mobile said.
Communications launched its latest two waterproof smartphones, the 6.4-inch Xperia Z Ultra and 5-inch Xperia Z1, in the U.S. but only as unlocked GSM models not available through carriers.
Sony also rolled out its second-generation smart watch in the U.S.
The 6.4-inch Z Ultra smartphone is positioned as offering the world’s largest FullHD smartphone display, and it’s said to be the world’s slimmest FullHD smartphone, thanks to a thickness of 0.25 inches.
Chicago — Apple’s flagship iPhone 5s outsold the lower-priced 5c by more than 2-to-1 in the two weeks following their late-September launch in the U.S., Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) found in polling recent iPhone buyers.
CIRP found that 65 percent of iPhone sales were 5s models, and 27 percent were 5c models. Nine percent were legacy 4S models.
Dallas — All new AT&T cellphone subscribers starting Oct. 25 will have to subscribe to one of the carrier’s Mobile Share plans, the carrier announced in a blog post.