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Irvine, Calif. –Alcatel One Touch, as part of its strategy to build its smartphone business in the U.S., has begun offering its first smartphones to T-Mobile.
The Fierce and Evolve, positioned as affordable Android smartphones, were available earlier this month through select national retailers on prepaid plans, and now they’re rolling out to other indirect retailers and to T-Mobile stores, T-Mobile said.
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Communications launched its latest two waterproof smartphones, the 6.4-inch Xperia Z Ultra and 5-inch Xperia Z1, in the U.S. but only as unlocked GSM models not available through carriers.
Sony also rolled out its second-generation smart watch in the U.S.
The 6.4-inch Z Ultra smartphone is positioned as offering the world’s largest FullHD smartphone display, and it’s said to be the world’s slimmest FullHD smartphone, thanks to a thickness of 0.25 inches.
Chicago — Apple’s flagship iPhone 5s outsold the lower-priced 5c by more than 2-to-1 in the two weeks following their late-September launch in the U.S., Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) found in polling recent iPhone buyers.
CIRP found that 65 percent of iPhone sales were 5s models, and 27 percent were 5c models. Nine percent were legacy 4S models.
Dallas — All new AT&T cellphone subscribers starting Oct. 25 will have to subscribe to one of the carrier’s Mobile Share plans, the carrier announced in a blog post.
Basking Ridge, N.J. — Verizon Wireless became the first U.S. wireless carrier to offer same-day delivery of cellphones and other products ordered on a carrier website.
The carrier has begun a pilot program in Philadelphia and, “in the near future,” plans to offer same-day delivery in New York City, Dallas, San Francisco and Pittsburgh. For the service, the carrier is shipping from Verizon-owned stores near the purchaser.
New York — Phase 3 of T-Mobile’s “uncarrier” strategy includes dramatically lower rates for international calling and international roaming, plus a promotional partnership with singer and songwriter Shakira.
The plans were announced during an outdoor concert by Shakira in Manhattan’s Bryant Park.
The carrier also announced the nationwide expansion of its LTE network months ahead of schedule to reach more than 200 million people in 233 metropolitan areas.
Dallas — AT&T will provide billing and distribution services for Filip Technologies’ combination cellphone watch and GPS locator for kids.
AT&T will also be the exclusive wireless provider of the device made by the London-based startup.
Details on pricing and service plans will be revealed in the coming months, but the device will be available in time for the holidays through Filip’s website and ATT.com. Distribution will expand early next year to select AT&T-owned stores, a spokesperson said.
New York — NEC Casio Mobile Communications launched a Water Sport Adventure promotion to demonstrate the ruggedness of the Casio G'zOne Commando 4G LTE smartphone and the compatible G-Shock smart watch.
Houston — In another sign that Chinese cellphone makers want to become more visible in the U.S., ZTE USA established its first corporate partnership in the world by tying up with the NBA’s Houston Rockets.
The Richardson, Texas-based cellphone maker described the deal as “the first big consumer marketing push in the U.S. since the company entered the States 15 years ago.”