By Lisa Johnston
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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.
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Basking Ridge, N.J. — Verizon Wireless became the first U.S. wireless carrier to offer same-day delivery of cellphones and other products ordered on a carrier website.
The carrier has begun a pilot program in Philadelphia and, “in the near future,” plans to offer same-day delivery in New York City, Dallas, San Francisco and Pittsburgh. For the service, the carrier is shipping from Verizon-owned stores near the purchaser.
New York — Phase 3 of T-Mobile’s “uncarrier” strategy includes dramatically lower rates for international calling and international roaming, plus a promotional partnership with singer and songwriter Shakira.
The plans were announced during an outdoor concert by Shakira in Manhattan’s Bryant Park.
The carrier also announced the nationwide expansion of its LTE network months ahead of schedule to reach more than 200 million people in 233 metropolitan areas.
Dallas — AT&T will provide billing and distribution services for Filip Technologies’ combination cellphone watch and GPS locator for kids.
AT&T will also be the exclusive wireless provider of the device made by the London-based startup.
Details on pricing and service plans will be revealed in the coming months, but the device will be available in time for the holidays through Filip’s website and ATT.com. Distribution will expand early next year to select AT&T-owned stores, a spokesperson said.
New York — NEC Casio Mobile Communications launched a Water Sport Adventure promotion to demonstrate the ruggedness of the Casio G'zOne Commando 4G LTE smartphone and the compatible G-Shock smart watch.
Houston — In another sign that Chinese cellphone makers want to become more visible in the U.S., ZTE USA established its first corporate partnership in the world by tying up with the NBA’s Houston Rockets.
The Richardson, Texas-based cellphone maker described the deal as “the first big consumer marketing push in the U.S. since the company entered the States 15 years ago.”
Seoul, South Korea — LG Display said it will begin mass production of the world’s first flexible OLED panel for smartphones, and it expects its OLED technology to wend its way into automobile displays, tablets and wearable devices.
The company also plans eventually to introduce displays in various sizes that can be rolled and folded.
Alpharetta, Ga. — AT&T subsidiary Aio Wireless, which launched earlier this year with no-contract cellular service, has begun offering the iPhone 5s and 5c.
The 16GB 5s is available at $649, and the 16GB 5c is priced at $549. The 32GB version of the 5c is priced at $549.
The company, which targets the value-conscious, also offers the 16GB iPhone 5 at $549, the 16GB iPhone 4S at $399, and the 8GB iPhone 4 at $299.
Taoyuan, Taiwan – HTC finally went into the red in its fiscal third quarter following seven consecutive quarters of double-digit percentage declines in net profit.
The smartphone maker’s third-quarter net loss after taxes hit NT$2.97 billion ($101.2 million) compared to a year-ago net profit of NT$3.9 billion, unaudited results show. Sales fell 33 percent to NT$47.1 billion ($1.6 billion), marking the seventh consecutive quarter of double-digit percentage declines.