New York — The Anti-Defamation League’s National Consumer Technology Industry divisio
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.
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.
Dallas – AT&T plans to emulate rival carrier T-Mobile by offering consumers no-contract wireless-service plans with unsubsidized handsets and tablets, an installment plan to pay off the devices over time, and greater flexibility in switching handsets without penalty.
Under the program, called Next, AT&T subscribers will be able to change handsets once every 12 months without a penalty or upgrade fee.
Overland Park, Kan. – Sprint announced July 19 availability and pricing of its first three LTE devices operating on three frequency bands to boost in-building coverage and increased speed and capacity.
The data devices include Netgear’s Zing mobile hot spot and 341U USB modem, priced respectively at $49 after $50 mail-in rebate via a reward card and $19 after the rebate. The third data device is Novatel’s MiFi 500 LTE, which is priced at $49 with the rebate.
Triband LTE phones from Samsung and LG are expected by the end of the year.
San Diego – AT&T’s planned $1.2 billion purchase of ailing no-contract carrier Leap Wireless will provide AT&T with spectrum to help accommodate future data growth and provide a shot in the arm for Leap’s Cricket brand, which AT&T vowed to maintain as part of an effort to increase its share of the fast-growing prepaid market.
Overland Park, Kan. — Fresh from yesterday’s closing of its merger with SoftBank, Sprint is going on the marketing offensive with the launch of two new plans that guarantee unlimited talk, text and data for life while on the Sprint network.
Sprint promised that customers on the plans will see “significant yearly savings” compared with plans from AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile.
The plans and Sprint Unlimited guarantee go into effect Friday, July 12, for new and existing subscribers.
Englewood Cliffs, N.J. — LG is adding new features to its Optimus G Pro Android LTE smartphone via an over-the-air update that adds new functions and upgrades select existing functions.
The new functions include Smart Video, which intelligently recognizes the position of a user's eyes and automatically pauses a video when the user looks away. The video restarts when the viewer looks back at the screen.
New York — Microsoft, AT&T and Nokia will pool their resources “to create a consistent campaign” to promote Nokia’s Lumia 1020 smartphone, featuring a 41-megapixel camera.
The smartphone’s camera promises to let consumers take pictures first and “zoom later” to frame their shots. The LTE-equipped 1020 will be available July 26 at $299 exclusively on the AT&T network. Indirect retailers will also offer the device on July 26, AT&T told TWICE.
Overland Park, Kan. — Sprint and SoftBank completed their merger yesterday following the June 25 approval by Sprint stockholders and following last week’s approval by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
Under the merger plan, Japanese carrier SoftBank acquired 72 percent of financially ailing Sprint by paying stockholders $16.6 billion. SoftBank also agreed to invest another $5 billion into the company, with $1.9 billion due at closing, to help Sprint upgrade its networks and expand LTE service.
New York — Google-owned Motorola is expected to spend up to about $500 million to market its first flagship smartphone since it was acquired last year by Google, the Wall Street Journal reported.
The budget, which would apply to marketing in the U.S. and some overseas markets, contributed to the decision by the big four national U.S. carriers to support the launch, the Journal said in citing people familiar with the matter.
New York — T-Mobile unveiled Phase 2 of its uncarrier strategy, which includes a JUMP (Just Upgrade My Phone) program that allows Simple Choice no-contract subscribers on an equipment installment payment (EIP) plan to upgrade their phone up to twice a year if they lose or break it, or if they simply want to upgrade to a new model.