By Lisa Johnston
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New York — AT&T joined T-Mobile in announcing price and availability of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 phablet launched at IFA in Berlin.
Sprint, Verizon and U.S. Cellular also plan to offer the device but haven’t announced pricing or an availability date.
In a separate announcement, AT&T said it will offer an LTE-equipped version of the 7-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 for the first time.
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 became the first of the big four carriers to announce a price and specific availability date for Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3 phablet and Galaxy Gear smart watch.
For the T-Mobile network, the devices will be available nationwide Oct. 2, the carrier said early this morning. The Galaxy Note 3 will be available for a down payment of $199, plus 24 equal monthly device payments of $21, for a total of $703 with the carrier’s no-contract Simple Choice Plan. The Galaxy Gear will cost $299.
Bellevue, Wash. – T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless and AT&T announced launch dates and pricing for LG’s new flagship smartphone, the G2.
Sprint previously promised to offer the device but hasn’t revelaed a price or date.
The G2 was unveiled last month and will be the focus of LG’s biggest cellphone marketing campaign to date. The G2 is the first LG flagship smartphone to be launched by all four national carriers.
San Diego – Qualcomm subsidiary Qualcomm Connected Experiences plans fourth-quarter availability of the Qualcomm-branded Toq smart watch, which the company positions as a secondary display for smartphones and tablets.
At launch, Toq (pronounced ‘talk’) will be compatible with Android 4.0.3 and above smartphones and tablets.
Berlin – Sony Mobile Communications went to IFA to unveil its latest flagship smartphone, the 5-inch Xperia Z1 with 20.7-megapixel camera, 2.2 GHz quad-core CPU, and 4G LTE.
The camera-optimized phone, which is waterproof and dust-resistant like other Z series models, will launch globally in September. A U.S. availability date wasn’t announced.
New York — U.S. carriers AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile have committed to selling the Galaxy Note 3 phablet, which was launched yesterday at the IFA convention in Berlin.
T-Mobile and AT&T also committed themselves to selling the Note’s companion smart watch, the Galaxy Gear.
Sprint said it would offer the Note 3 in the fall. T-Mobile said it would offer the devices “soon,” and AT&T didn’t lay out a timetable. No carrier revealed pricing.
The Note 3 features 5.7-inch 1,920 by 1080p FullHD display and 4G LTE.
Redmond, Wash. — Microsoft will purchase substantially all of Nokia’s cellular-handset business and license its patents for 5.44 billion euros ($7.16 billion) in cash.
The deal will “accelerate the growth of its share and profit in mobile devices through faster innovation, increased synergies, and unified branding and marketing,” Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announced last night.
Bentonville, Ark. -- Walmart announced today a major rollback on retail prices for popular CE devices.
The new prices, effective immediately, include:
* A 16GB Apple iPhone 5 in white or black goes from $129 to $98 with a two-year contract from AT&T, Verizon or Sprint;
* Samsung's Galaxy S4 is now $138 with a two-year contract with Verizon and AT&T. Verizon S4 phones were originally priced at $148 and AT&T phones were originally priced at $168;
Alpharetta, Ga. — AT&T subsidiary Aio Wireless will offer its no-contract cellular service nationwide though its website beginning mid-September.
The subsidiary launched operations in early May to market 4G service under the Aio Wireless brand. The subsidiary currently sells Aio service through Aio-brand stores operated by third parties and at Aio’s website in the markets where Aio stores operate.
Dallas – AT&T is expanding its selection of Nokia phones with its debut Sept. 13 of the Lumia 925, which has been available only through T-Mobile.