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New York —Verizon Wireless maintained Motorola as the supplier of its Droid brand of smartphones and launched a trio of models that include what they claim is the industry’s thinnest LTE smartphone.
It also introduced an LTE smartphone, which is claimed to be the industry’s longest battery life, at 48 hours of normal use.
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Dallas – AT&T is adding a Windows Phone to its prepaid GoPhone portfolio for the first time, the carrier said.
The Nokia Lumia 520, launched earlier this year on the T-Mobile network as the Lumia 521, will come to the AT&T network’s GoPhone portfolio on Friday at an unsubsidized $99.
The Windows Phone 8 smartphone is equipped with Nokia’s Here Maps, Drive and Transit applications with preloaded maps for turn-by-turn driving instructions and mass-transit navigation. The included Nokia Music app lets users stream unlimited music for free.
Warren, N.J. – No-contract wireless brand Virgin Mobile expanded its selection of LTE phones to five with the addition of its first LTE-equipped smartphone from LG.
The phone is the LG Optimus F3, which expands Virgin’s selection of LG phones to three from two.
The smartphone is available for $179 with Beyond Talk monthly no-contract plans, which offer unlimited data and messaging starting at $35 per month.
Espoo, Finland – Nokia’s North American handset sales dropped in dollars in the second quarter, reversing a second-quarter and full-year 2012 gain.
North American handset dollar volume dropped 4 percent year-over-year to 123 million Euros $161.2 million) on a steeper unit-sales drop of 17 percent to 500,000 units. Sequentially, however, unit sales were up 25 percent, and dollar sales were up 22 percent.
London – HTC plans to give birth to the HTC One’s baby brother, the One Mini, beginning in August in select global markets.
Distribution of the more compact, lower performance version of HTC’s flagship phone will be expanded beginning in September. Pricing and availability for the U.S. will be announced later this summer.
Bedminster, N.J. – Verizon Communications CFO Fran Shammo, sounding off on a variety of wireless issues during a conference call with financial analysts, said the company plans to offer some sort of financing option to smartphone purchasers who want to buy an unsubsidized smartphone without a contract.
Bedminster, N.J. – Verizon Wireless posted strong gains in wireless operating revenue, margins, and income in the second quarter, thanks to a rising number of more profitable retail postpaid subscribers and a rise in revenues per account.
The carrier attributed rising revenues per account to rising data consumption driven by rising 4G LTE adoption rates and by the carrier’s Share Everything plans.
Seoul, South Korea — LG Electronics is changing the name of its premium series of smartphones to the G series, and the first phone in the series will be the G2, the company announced.
“Future smartphones in the same series will carry only the G name while the branding of mobile devices that have already been introduced will continue unchanged,” the company said.
LG previously called its premium series the Optimus series and offered multiple models in that series, including the Optimus G Pro and F5.
El Segundo, Calif. – IHS iSuppli is estimating smartphone shipments will double from 2012 to 2017.
The research firm cited the introduction of new flagship models by the top vendors for the continued growth.
Overall, smartphone shipments will rise to 897 million units, up from 712 million in 2012. Going forward unit shipments will grow to 1.1 billion in 2014, 1.2 billion in 2015 and 1.4 billion in 2016 and 1.5 billion in 2017.
Santa Clara, Calif. – A wide-ranging study by NPD DisplaySearch has found the majority of smartphone and tablet owners watch TV on the devices, but this habit is not crimping TV sales.
The Quarterly Multi-Screen Usage Study noted that 85 percent of tablet and 65 percent of smartphone users view online content via their device, instead of their TV, at least some of the time. However, this trend is not having a negative impact on larger-screen TV sales.