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New York — Motorola introduced its new flagship Moto X smartphone to the press today, and Motorola Mobility CEO Dennis Woodside called the event “a relaunching of Motorola itself.”
The Moto X is the company's first flagship phone brought to market since the company was purchased by Google last year and incorporates many of Google's services, such as Google Now for voice command and a free extra 50GB of Cloud storage on Google Drive, above the standard 15GB offered with other Android devices.
This TWICE webinar, hosted by senior editor Alan Wolf, will take a look at what may be the hottest CE products at retail that will be sold during the all-important fourth quarter. Top technologies, market strategies and industry trends will be discussed with industry analysts and executives.
Bellevue, Wash. — T-Mobile will be offering the LTE Android-powered LG Optimus F3 smartphone beginning Aug. 7.
The Optimus F3 will be available for a limited-time promotion price of $0 down with 24 equal monthly device payments of $10 with T-Mobile’s Simple Choice Plan at participating T-Mobile retail stores, select retailers and online at T-Mobile.com.
Ann Arbor, Mich. — Samsung beat Apple in a “Smartphone Customer Satisfaction Study” released Wednesday by the America Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI).
According to the study, Samsung hit a homerun in the brand study with its Galaxy S III and Note II products.
The ACSI study provides 2013 customer-satisfaction benchmarks for 10 of the past year’s top-selling smartphone models in the United States.
Overland Park, Kan. — Sprint said Sprint Nextel had a deeper loss in the fiscal second quarter but reported record quarterly Sprint platform wireless service revenue of $7.2 billion and continued growth in Sprint platform postpaid subscribers.
Net operating revenues for the quarter were $8.87 billion, up from the prior year’s $8.84 billion, and its operating loss was $874 million, up from $629 million. The net loss was $1.59 billion, up from the prior year’s $1.37 billion.
Miami— No-contract cellular MVNO TracFone Wireless posted double-digit percentage gains in revenues and operating profit in the second quarter even though its subscriber base shrank by 192,000.
The subscriber base fell to 23.04 million from 23.23 million because the MVNO implemented “more strict churn policies,” the company said in referring to the dropping of inactive accounts. Despite the drop, the MVNO’s subscriber base was 8 percent higher compared to the year-ago quarter.
New York –Apple lost worldwide smartphone market share in the second quarter compared to the year ago quarter despite posting double-digit unit-sales gains, research companies IDC and Strategy Analytics found.
Strategy Analytics determined that Apple's market share fell to its lowest level in three years.
The two research companies diverged over their estimates of Samsung share, with IDC saying Samsung lost share and Strategy Analytics saying the opposite.
Bellevue, Wash. – T-Mobile is stoking the competitive fires with a summertime promotion that eliminates the down payment on all smartphones, feature phones, tablets and other devices sold under the carrier’s no-contract, no-subsidy Simple Choice installment-payment plans.
T-Mobile’s down payments range from $0 to $199 with 24 monthly payments of $5 to $20.
Seoul, South Korea — Samsung Electronics reported a record second-quarter net profit, up 50 percent year over year, attributed to strong smartphone sales.
The company reported 9.53 trillion won ($8.5 billion) in operating profit on revenues of 57.46 trillion won ($51 billion) for the quarter ended June 30. Sales were up 21 percent year over year.
Samsung said net profit for the quarter hit a record 7.77 trillion won ($7 billion), up from 5.19 trillion won in last year's Q2, topping the previous record of 7.15 trillion won in the fiscal first quarter.
London –Filip Technologies, a startup, plans to introduce for Christmas sales of a GPS locator phone that kids wear on their wrist.
The device, called Filip, is targeted to kids ages 4 to 11 and will be available in four bright colors.
Filip doubles as a watch and lets kids make and receive GSM voice calls to and from five numbers approved by parents. It uses assisted GPS, cell tower location and Wi-Fi hotspot triangulation to let parents locate the wearer via an Android or Apple smartphone running a Filip app.
Portland, Ore. –MVNO Consumer Cellular, which targets the 50-plus age group with no-contract postpaid service, is joining a growing number of carriers offering handset payment plans to consumers buying cellphones without a service contract.
The company’s EasyPay financing program is targeted to purchasers of smartphones priced at $300 and up. Consumers pay $100 up front and $25 per month on top of their normal monthly service payment until the remaining balance is paid. No interest is charged.