San Antonio — The Progressive Retailers Organization was at the Westin La Cantera Hill Coun
Hampshire, U.K. — Worldwide smartphone shipments jumped 30 percent in the first quarter of 2013, reaching almost 200 million, according to Juniper Research.
The analyst firm said Samsung accounted for 34 percent of all smartphones, with 68 million shipped in the quarter, while Apple shipped 37.4 million. LG shipped 10.3 million, its highest ever quarter, Juniper said.
Bellevue, Wash. — T-Mobile will introduce its exclusive Nokia Lumia 521 smartphone on Saturday, April 27, during the biannual Innovation Weekend on HSN, HSN.com and via HSN Mobile.
The carrier said this will be the first time T-Mobile and a Nokia smartphone will be featured during the special event. The Windows Phone 8 smartphone will be bundled with a car charger and screen protector for $149 with free shipping and handling; a flex pay option will be available. Check local listings for specific air times.
San Francisco — Protection-plan company SquareTrade reported today that 20 percent of all Americans will buy a Samsung S4 smartphone.
The company added that 25 percent of those consumers will break their new phone within the first 12 months of ownership.
The SquareTrade study found that since 2007 Americans have spent $7.2 billion on damaged Android phones. In addition, people are more than 10 times more likely to damage their phone than have it stolen or lose it.
Bellevue, Wash. — T-Mobile USA today added the Blackberry Q10 to its smartphone portfolio.
The Q10 features a QWERTY keyboard and touchscreen. It will be available for pre-order by business customers starting April 29. Pricing and shipping will be shared at a later date, the company said.
Seoul, South Korea — LG Electronics shipped 10.3 million smartphones and had higher company revenues, but profits declined for the first quarter, ended March 31.
The smartphone unit sales in the quarter were the highest for LG since it entered the category, the company said, and its better-than-expected performance in LG’s mobile operations offset weaker results in the home entertainment business.
New York — AT&T reported it added 1.2 million new smartphone subscribers, and the company’s net income rose 3.2 percent to $3.7 billion during its first quarter.
The company posted operating revenues of $31.4 billion for the three months, ended March 31, compared with the same period last year.
The 1.2 million new smartphone subscribers equated to 290,000 wireless postpaid net adds for the company, which resulted in a postpaid churn improvement to 1.04 percent, the company reported.
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Cupertino, Calif. – Apple reported higher sales but lower profits in its fiscal second quarter ended March 30, selling more iPhones and iPads than the same quarter last year.
Apple posted quarterly revenue of $43.6 billion compared with $39.2 billion in the year-ago quarter. Profits were $9.5 billion, down from the net profit of $11.6 billion last year.
Gross margin was 37.5 percent compared to 47.4 percent in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 66 percent of the quarter’s revenue.
Overland Park, Kan. — Sprint Nextel announced this morning that its board has formed a special committee of independent directors to review and evaluate the proposal received from Dish Network with its financial and legal advisors.
Dish proposed a $25.5 billion merger with Sprint Nextel on April 15, exceeding the bid by Japan’s SoftBank to buy the cellular carrier.
Bellevue, Wash. – HTC hopes to begin rolling in the dough again as it begins the delayed roll out of its flagship HTC One Android smartphone.
The HTC One became available online and in retail stores nationwide at AT&T, Sprint, Best Buy, Radio Shack, Walmart, Target, Amazon.com, Costco, Car Toys, Sam’s Club, HSN.com and HTC.com.
Denver – Archos, the maker of tablets and portable media players, is expanding into smartphones in Europe and plans to enter the U.S. smartphone market sometime in the second half, marketing director Craig Terblanche told TWICE.
The phones will be unlocked, feature dual SIMS that enable international travelers to avoid high roaming fees, and be priced in the same price range as subsidized locked phones, Terblanche said. They will also be Google-certified for access to Google Play and to Google Mobile Services.