San Antonio — The Progressive Retailers Organization was at the Westin La Cantera Hill Coun
Overland Park, Kan. — Sprint announced plans to offer HTC’s flagship One smartphone on April 19, joining AT&T on that day in making the device available to consumers.
Sprint priced the LTE-equipped Android 4.1 One at $199 for the 32GB version in either black or silver.
HTC is banking on the success of the One to reverse its sales slide.
Dallas — AT&T announced price and availability dates for the LTE-equipped 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD tablet and the delayed HTC One flagship smartphone.
The LTE-equipped version of the 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD Kindle will be available through AT&T-owned stores beginning April 5, expanding distribution of the 4G LTE tablet beyond Amazon’s website.
Carlsbad, Calif. — Nortek subsidiary Linear closed on its $135 million purchase of 2GIG Technologies, a privately held supplier of residential security and home-automation products.
The acquisition will complement Linear’s existing business, which consists of residential security systems, access control, intercoms, garage door openers, gate openers and the like, the company said.
New York –T-Mobile’s Classic rate plans, which incorporate subsidized handsets and two-year contracts, are still available through indirect retailers, but T-Mobile narrowed the range of Classic plans to a single new plan.
Likewise, T-Mobile scaled back the number of no-contract, no-subsidy Value Plans available through the indirect channel to one. Like its predecessors, the new no-contract Value Plans are available with the purchase of a SIM card or with the purchase of a full-price unsubsidized handset.
Waterloo, Canada – BlackBerry reports initial U.S. sales of its Z10 smartphone “are meeting our early expectations,” and it shipped 1 million Z10 phones globally in only a “few weeks” of availability in a few countries, president/CEO Thorstein Heins said.
New York — Subsidized cellphones with two-year T-Mobile contracts could be available for some time through indirect retail channels even though the carrier is focusing exclusively on selling no-contract, no-subsidy plans through its own stores.
New York — T-Mobile executives took to the stage today to spell out the details of their no-contract, unsubsidized-handset strategy; announce nationwide April 12 availability of a T-Mobile-optimized LTE iPhone 5 and the immediate availability of 4G LTE in seven major markets.
The carrier said it would expand LTE service to markets with 100 million people by midyear and to markets with more than 200 million people by year’s end, as well as offer the iPhone 4 and 4S in select markets, and bring the LTE-equipped Samsung Galaxy S4 to the network around May 1.
Atlanta – Sony Mobile Communications is launching a 5-inch Android smartphone that offers many of the same features as the flagship Xperia Z unveiled at International CES.
But the new Xperia ZL is slightly thicker, lacks the Z’s water- and dust-resistance, and boasts a higher screen-size to front-panel ratio.
Bellevue, Wash. — On the eve of unveiling new marketing strategies and details of its 4G LTE launch, T-Mobile revamped its rate plans to offer plans only with unlimited talk and messaging.
Through its direct channels, the carrier is including 500MB of high-speed data and offering additional buckets of high-speed data at additional charges. After the caps on high-speed data are reached, data speeds slow to 2G speed, but consumers can still consume an unlimited amount of data at those speeds.
Bellevue, Wash. – HTC acknowledged delays in shipping its HTC One flagship smartphone, saying the phone will be available before the end of April in the U.S.
The One is seen as a key to turning around the company’s shrinking sales.