San Antonio — The Progressive Retailers Organization was at the Westin La Cantera Hill Coun
Overland Park, Kansas – Number-three cellular carrier Sprint entered into an agreement to purchase cash-strapped Clearwire for $2.2 billion to expand Sprint’s 4G LTE network capacity and compete more effectively against its two larger competitors, Verzion Wireless and AT&T.
Clearwire, which holds from 120MHz to 150MHz of spectrum in its markets, also gets a lifeline from Sprint, which agreed to provide up to $800 million of financing to Clearwire over 10 months beginning January.
Washington D.C. - The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved Dish’s proposal to repurpose 2GHz satellite spectrum for a terrestrial voice and broadband network but with the restrictions that Dish previously opposed.
Bellevue, Wash. — T-Mobile hopes its launch of an iPhone sometime next year will help it rebuild its shrunken subscriber base, but the nation’s No. 4 carrier also wants to reduce the cost of acquiring more subscribers by ending the practice of subsidizing all phones.
T-Mobile would become the first national carrier to end the practice of subsidizing the consumer’s cost of a phone in return for a two-year subscription contract.
Bonn, Germany — T-Mobile USA has entered into an agreement with Apple to bring products to market together in 2013, T-Mobile parent Deutsche Telekom announced.
T-Mobile, which is losing subscribers, is the only national carrier not offering the iPhone or iPad.
Deutsche Telekom didn’t say whether an iPhone or an iPad would be offered, but details of the agreement with Apple might be forthcoming today at Deutsche Telekom’s annual investors’ conference.
Taipei, Taiwan – Struggling smartphone maker HTC will replace its chief marketing officer in January with telecom executive Benjamin Ho, who will report directly to CEO Peter Chou.
Ho, who replaces John Wang, will be responsible for worldwide marketing and branding to lead the company “into its next phase of brand marketing and awareness,” the company said.
In another change, Jason Mackenzie, HTC’s current president of global sales and marketing, will focus on HTC's global sales strategy, the company said.
Overland Park, Kan. — Sprint expanded its 4G LTE service to 11 more markets, bringing the number of markets with LTE service to 43.
Sprint began launching LTE in July and has said that by the end of 2013, it will offer LTE service in markets reaching 250 million people. Sprint’s 3G footprint reaches 282 million people.
Englewood, Colo. — A Federal Communications Commission (FCC) proposal to repurpose Dish’s 2GHz satellite spectrum for a terrestrial voice and broadband network includes restrictions that “could cripple our ability to enter the business” and add years of delay to the rollout, a Dish executive said.
Dish asked the FCC in May to approve its plans to use the 40MHz of satellite spectrum for terrestrial use.
Mountain View, Calif. – Symantec today updated its Norton Mobile Security offerings with the release of several new features.
The latest upgrades range from allowing multi-platform support to an app that allows a user to quickly located a misplaced phone or tablet.
For the first time, Norton Mobile Security, which costs $29.99 and can be purchased online or on app stores, will work on Android and Apple iOS devices.
Egham, U.K. – Worldwide mobile sales edged down slightly in the third quarter, but the smartphone segment saw an almost 50 percent increase.
The research firm Gartner latest report had overall worldwide mobile phones sales dipping 3.1 percent, but smartphone flying off shelves to boost sales 46.9 percent. Smartphone sales accounted for 39.6 percent of all mobile phone sales for the quarter.
New York – HTC is out to challenge the iPhone with the launch of the Verizon-network Droid DNA, which offers more display resolution than any other smartphone in the U.S.
The Android 4.1.1 device, available Nov. 21 at $199, features a 5-inch display boasting 440 pixels per inch (ppi) for the highest pixel density available on any U.S. smartphone, Verizon said. The 4G LTE phone is also the first smartphone in the U.S. to sport a 1080p display.
The iPhone 5’s 4-inch display delivers 326 ppi and 1,136 by 640 resolution.