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Waterloo, Ontario – Embattled smartphone maker BlackBerry took itself off the market but will raise $1 billion from institutional investors and is getting new leadership.
BlackBerry took itself off the market after a consortium led by Fairfax Financial Holdings did not finalize a tentative bid to take the company private. Today was also the deadline for receiving any competing bids, which apparently also did not materialize.
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.
Shenzen, China. – Huawei unveiled its second Windows Phone 8 smartphone but hasn’t announced U.S. availability yet.
The company’s first Windows Phone 8 smartphones, the W1, became available in the U.S. in May through Walmart.com and at select Walmart stores. It was unveiled at International CES 2013.
“We’ll announce more details regarding availability of the W2 in the U.S. when we’re able to do so,” a spokesperson said.
Irvine, Calif.—Sprint prepaid brand Boost Mobile divulged more details about its iPhone launch.
The company priced the iPhone 5s, 5c and iPhone 4 and specified that initial distribution will be through the company’s website and select independent stores that sell only Boost service.
The Sprint-owned no-contract brand didn’t say when, or if, the devices would be rolled out to other distribution channels. “We are exploring further distribution as we are sure demand will be high for these devices,” a spokesperson told TWICE.
San Francisco — Google is launching its next-generation Nexus smartphone through Sprint and T-Mobile channels and as unlocked model through its own online store, designed for use on GSM/HSPA+/LTE networks around the world, including T-Mobile and AT&T in the U.S.
Westlake Village, Calif. – Apple lost its No. 1 status in J.D. Power’s “Tablet Satisfaction Study” for the first time, and Samsung took Apple’s place.
Samsung was the only tablet manufacturer to improve its customer satisfaction scores in all five areas measured by the survey, boosting the company’s third-place rank in the previous survey. In that survey, Samsung fell below the industry average in customer satisfaction.
San Diego — Leap Wireless stockholders approved the company’s purchase by AT&T.
More than 99 percent of the votes cast at a stockholder meeting Wednesday approved of the merger, which is awaiting clearance by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the Department of Justice.
Overland Park, Kan. — Operating losses in Sprint’s wireless business grew in the third quarter compared with the year-ago period but shrank on a sequential and year-to-date basis.
Wireless revenues were flat in the quarter compared with the year ago and up only 1 percent for the year to date.
During the quarter, Sprint sold almost 5 million smartphones, nearly 1.4 million of which were iPhones. The iPhone count is down from the year-ago 1.5 million.
Overland Park, Kan. – A quartet of LTE smartphones unveiled by Sprint will be the carrier’s first to offer advanced LTE technology called Sprint Spark, which promises 50-60Mbps peak wireless-data speeds with a potential to boost speeds to more than 2Gbps in the future.
Sprint launched Sprint Spark with limited availability in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Tampa and Miami. The carrier will deploy Sprint Spark in about 100 of the largest cities over the next three years.
Espoo, Finland — North America was the only region in which Nokia’s third-quarter handset sales grew in units and dollars compared with the year-ago period, the company’s financial report shows.
The gain followed a second-quarter drop in North American units and dollars. In the first quarter, North American dollars were up despite a unit-sales decline.
On a global basis, the quarter’s handset sales fell in units and dollars compared to the year ago, but handset operating losses shrank in the quarter and nine-month period.
Bedminster, N.J. – Verizon Wireless became the first national carrier to commit to selling the BlackBerry Z30 with 5-inch HD display, but only through its online store beginning in November.