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Woodland Hills, Calif. – NetZero, the MVNO provider of free and low-cost mobile broadband service, expanded its footprint nationwide by transitioning its products to Sprint’s 3G network from the carrier’s mobile WiMAX network.
NetZero’s service, available through its website, is now available to more than 276 million people through Sprint’s 3G network. NetZero also plans to offer devices for use on Sprint’s 4G LTE network sometime in the third quarter.
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.
Columbia, Md. – iBiquity Digital teamed up with Brent Cobb, the country singer-songwriter newcomer, in the latest promotional partnership between the HD Radio developer and an emerging artist.
As part of Cobb’s January-April tour, iBiquity will work with HD Radio stations to promote on-air ticket giveaways to the show and meet and greets, giveaways of HD Radios and Cobb’s self-titled EP, and backstage access at tour sites. Social-media promotion is also part of the partnership.
Irvine, Calif. – No-contract brand Boost Mobile became the second service provider to offer Motorola’s low-cost Moto G 3G Android 4.3 smartphone, which Verizon also offers with no contract.
The launch marks the first time since 2011 that Boost is offering a Motorola phone.
London – Sony Mobile Communications unveiled two new mid-tier Android smartphones, one focused on music playback and the other focused on video playback and picture taking.
The model designed for video playback features 6-inch screen, making it one of the company’s largest-screen phones. Sony also offers a 6.4-inch phone, the Xperia Z Ultra, with full-HD display. It became available last year in the U.S. as an unlocked GSM phone.
Las Vegas — Asus, the Taiwanese PC and tablet maker, will offer its PadFone X exclusively through AT&T, the companies announced.
The PadFone X is a 5-inch FullHD smartphone that docks with a 9-inch FullHD tablet, enabling users to switch screen sizes as needed for different tasks. The LTE-equipped Android KitKat 4.4 smartphone features a brushed-metal frame, a soft-touch back cover and dual front speakers.
Pricing, availability and more detailed specs will be announced at a later date.
2014 CES Las Vegas - T-Mobile's entertaining and often foul-mouthed CEO John Legere poked another finger in the eye of its cellular carrier rivals by announcing it will pay consumers' early termination fee (ETF) for up to $350 per line and an instant credit of up to $300 per trade-in device for up to five lines.
"This is not a promotion," Legere insisted, after reveling in his physical ejection from the AT&T event the night before. "This is forever. This is the end of contracts."
Denver – Tablet supplier Archos will unveil its first U.S.-market smartphones at International CES, where the company will show two Android smartphones that it plans to offer as unlocked models and through carriers.
The Archos 50 Helium 4G with 5-inch 1280x720p HD screen and the 4.5-inch Archos 45 Helium 4G with 854x480 FWVGA screen both feature Android 4.3 OS. Both are also upgradeable to Android 4.4.2 KitKat, and both feature IPS display.
Unlocked, the GSM/W-CDMA/LTE smartphones will sell for $249 and $199, respectively.
Richardson, Texas – Chinese cellphone maker ZTE is heading to next week’s International CES with a number of firsts for the company, including its first phablet, first voice-unlocking smartphone, first smart watch, and first phone to display two apps simultaneously.
The launches include a smartphone with 4K video capture.
Seoul – LG Electronics will expand its Knock feature to more mobile devices and, at International CES, will display the latest version of a compact Bluetooth printer for printing pictures stored on mobile devices, the company announced.
New York – LightSquared proposed a new plan to exit Chapter 11 by raising $2.75 billion in loans and at least $1.25 billion in equity investment, replacing a plan that included a spectrum auction in which Dish Networks was the highest bidder.
The plan, filed in Manhattan's U.S. Bankruptcy Court, would keep LightSquared’s plans for building a wireless network alive, but the plan is conditioned on federal approvals, including a spectrum swap proposed by LightSquared to enable it to build out its network.