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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.
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.
Chicago — The Windows Phone 8 OS posted gains today with separate announcements by U.S. Cellular and Sprint that they have begun offering their first Windows Phone 8 smartphones.
U.S. Cellular is launching the 4G LTE Samsung Ativ Odyssey today though its website and on Thursday in stores at $49. The device features 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, 4-inch Super AMOLED screen, 5-megapixel camera, 8GB internal storage, 64GB MicroSD card slot, Xbox Live integration, nearfield communication (NFC) technology and a built-in photo editor.
Bellevue, Wash. — Clearwire shareholders today approved the company’s proposed acquisition by Sprint, which expects to close the transaction on July 9.
The vote follows a decision by Dish Networks to withdraw a competing bid after Sprint, which owns 50.2 percent of Clearwire, sweetened its deal to buy the rest of the Clearwire shares that it doesn’t own.
New York — Samsung rolled out its flagship Galaxy S4 smartphone to two more U.S. carriers, MetroPCS and C Spire.
No-contract carrier MetroPCS, purchased by T-Mobile earlier this year, has begun offering the handset at an unsubsidized $549 in its stores and through authorized dealers in the markets where T-Mobile has turned on LTE service. Those markets are Atlanta, Boston, Dallas-Ft. Worth, Las Vegas, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Hartford, Conn.
Washington – SoftBank’s acquisition of a 78 percent stake in Sprint and Sprint’s purchase of Clearwire will serve the public interest, according to Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) acting chairwoman Mignon Clyburn.
She commented in a statement after the FCC late last week approved the transactions: “Increased investment in Sprint’s and Clearwire’s networks is likely to accelerate deployment of mobile broadband services and enhance competition in the mobile marketplace.”
Taoyuan, Taiwan — HTC reported declining results in its fiscal second-quarter financial when stacked up against the prior-year period.
The handset maker said total revenues reached NT$70.7 billion for the second quarter of 2013. This compares with NT42.8 billion in the first quarter but is down from NT$91 billion the prior-year period.
Operating income was NT$1.05 billion, down from NT$8.2 billion in the second quarter of 2012.
Concord, Mass. – TomTom revealed the pricing and ship dates of its first two solo-branded GPS sport watches, unveiled earlier this year in Europe.
Waterloo, Ontario — BlackBerry reported higher sales, but posted a loss and said it would drop tablet development.
BlackBerry revenues rose 9 percent to $3.1 billion in the company’s first fiscal quarter ended June 1, compared with the year-ago period. But it posted a net loss of $84 million compared with fourth-quarter net income of $94 million and third-quarter net income of $14 million. The quarter’s losses are still better than the year-ago net loss of $518 million.
Overland Park, Kan. — Sprint is finally jumping on the Windows Phone 8 bandwagon with the planned summertime launches of its first two Windows Phone 8 smartphones, the HTC 8XT at $99 and Samsung Ativ S Neo at $149.
The carrier said it will announce precise availability dates and a full feature list for both 4G LTE smartphones at a later date.
Englewood, Colo. — Dish Network said it is dropping its bid to purchase wireless carrier Clearwire after Clearwire’s board last week agreed to a sweetened bid by Sprint.
The decision paves the way for Sprint to acquire the rest of the approximately 51 percent of Clearwire shares that it doesn’t own, giving Sprint full control over money-losing Clearwire and its spectrum and enabling Sprint to use the spectrum to expand its network capacity.
Dish cited “the recent change in recommendation by Clearwire” for its own change of heart.