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New York — All four national carriers are on board to offer the LTE-equipped versions of the iPad Air and new iPad Mini with Retina display through their direct channels.
The quartet of carriers will offer the iPad Air with Wi-Fi + Cellular on Friday, Nov. 1, and iPad Mini with Retina display and Wi-Fi + Cellular later in November, coinciding with Apple’s announced launch of the products in the U.S.
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.
Waterloo, Ontario — BlackBerry will begin rolling out its updated BlackBerry 10 version 10.2 through carriers in many parts of the world this week, but a U.S. rollout won’t come until sometime this winter, the company said.
The update works with the company’s BlackBerry Z10, BlackBerry Q10 and BlackBerry Q5 smartphones. The latter isn’t available in the U.S.
San Diego — Leap Wireless pushed back a shareholder vote on its acquisition by AT&T from this Thursday to Oct. 30.
The no-contract carrier said the adjournment would give it time to file amendments to its Form 10-K for the year, ended Dec. 31, 2012, and its 10-Qs for the quarters, ended March 31 and June 30, 2013. The carrier said the changes would address “a classification error in the presentation of certain capital expenditures in the consolidated statements of cash flows.”
Dallas – Leap shareholders will vote Thursday on AT&T’s proposed purchase of regional no-contract carrier Leap Wireless.
If the deal goes through AT&T will retire its fledgling Aio Wireless no-contract brand, AT&T said in FCC filings.
“After the transaction's close, AT&T intends to combine the nascent operations of Aio with Leap's existing operations under the Cricket brand name," AT&T said in an August 7 filing.
Dallas – AT&T U-Verse subscribers can now stream live TV to their Android smartphones and tablets via a new app, AT&T announced.
The company also began today to stream live TV to its uverse.com web site for its subscribers.
The announcement follows an Oct. 7 launch of an iPhone app to stream live U-Verse programming and the Sept. 30 launch of an iPad app to stream live TV.
Chicago – Regional carrier U.S. Cellular plans to offer iPhones for the first time on Nov. 8, but the company declined to say if the products would be available through the indirect channel on that date.
The carrier will offer the iPhone 5s, 5c and 4s on that date. Details on distribution and pricing will be announced “closer to the launch date,” a spokesperson said.
Irvine, Calif. – Sprint’s no-contract brand, Boost Mobile, will become the latest wireless provider to offer the iPhone 5c and 5s beginning Nov. 8.
The company hasn’t offered iPhones in the past, a spokesperson said.
Boost will also offer the iPhone 4s.
The provider didn’t specify whether the iPhones would be available through its indirect channel on Nov. 8 or whether the phone would be available through indirect retailers at a later date.
Santa Clara, Calif. — Apple has cut back iPhone 5c orders by 35 percent and boosted iPhone 5s production by 75 percent, Display Search said after checking supply channels.
Display Search analysts Tina Teng and Shawn Lee attributed the 5c’s disappointing performance to two factors. First, media and analyst speculation that the 5c would be a low-cost phone disappointed consumers looking for a cheap iPhone, they said.
Miami – Japan’s SoftBank, fresh from the summertime purchase of 72 percent of Sprint, will spend $1.26 billion to acquire a 57 percent stake in telecom distributor and services company Brightstar to expand the distributor’s sales and create efficiencies.
SoftBank, whose businesses include a Japan cellular carrier, signed a definitive agreement with Brightstar, which operates globally and earned more than $7 billion in revenues for the 12 months ending June.
Mountain View, Calif. – Third-quarter operating losses at Google’s Motorola unit shrank on a sequential and year-ago basis but were up for the first nine months of the fiscal year.
Revenues for both periods were down more than 30 percent.
Third-quarter 2013 revenues shrank 36 percent to $1.14 billion compared with the year-ago quarter and were down 34.6 percent for the nine-month period to $3.16 billion.