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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.
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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.
Tokyo –Sprint majority owner SoftBank plans to buy a majority stake in T-Mobile through Sprint with the apparent intent to combine the two carriers, Japan’s Nikkei newspaper reported.
The plan would a merged entity on a better competitive footing against Verizon Wireless and AT&T, the report said.
Waterloo, Canada – BlackBerry’s operating and net losses surged in its fiscal third quarter as the company, vowing to remain in the smartphone market, said it entered into an agreement with Foxconn to manufacture a consumer smartphone for Indonesia and for other fast-growing markets early next year.
Waterloo, Ontario — BlackBerry instituted more management changes with the avowed intent to “strengthen the company's strategy, marketing and operations.”
James Mackey was appointed corporate development and strategic planning executive VP, and Mark Wilson was named marketing senior VP.
Previously, Mackey was corporate development senior VP at Open Text and head of corporate development at SAP, where he developed and led the company's global merger and acquisitions group and was involved in completing more than 40 acquisitions.
New York – Sprint could launch a bid to purchase rival T-Mobile in the first half of 2014 if it decides a merger wouldn’t run into regulatory resistance, the Wall Street Journal reported.
Miami – Apple continued to expand iPhone availability with the launch of the iPhone 4s, 5s and 5c through Trac Fone’s Straight Talk Wireless and NET10 no-contract services.
The Straight Talk and NET10 iPhones are exclusive to Walmart and Walmart.com. The 4s became available today, and the iPhone 5s and 5c become available Dec. 13.
Both Straight Talk and NET10 continue to offer the iPhone 4, with the Straight Talk version also available exclusively though Walmart. NET10’s iPhone 4 is available at various participating retailers.