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Seoul, South Korea — LG Display said it will begin mass production of the world’s first flexible OLED panel for smartphones, and it expects its OLED technology to wend its way into automobile displays, tablets and wearable devices.
The company also plans eventually to introduce displays in various sizes that can be rolled and folded.
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.
Alpharetta, Ga. — AT&T subsidiary Aio Wireless, which launched earlier this year with no-contract cellular service, has begun offering the iPhone 5s and 5c.
The 16GB 5s is available at $649, and the 16GB 5c is priced at $549. The 32GB version of the 5c is priced at $549.
The company, which targets the value-conscious, also offers the 16GB iPhone 5 at $549, the 16GB iPhone 4S at $399, and the 8GB iPhone 4 at $299.
Taoyuan, Taiwan – HTC finally went into the red in its fiscal third quarter following seven consecutive quarters of double-digit percentage declines in net profit.
The smartphone maker’s third-quarter net loss after taxes hit NT$2.97 billion ($101.2 million) compared to a year-ago net profit of NT$3.9 billion, unaudited results show. Sales fell 33 percent to NT$47.1 billion ($1.6 billion), marking the seventh consecutive quarter of double-digit percentage declines.
Richardson, Texas — Chinese handset maker ZTE is expanding its selection of unlocked smartphones available to U.S. consumers.
Denver - Wilson Electronics is launching its first 4G cellular-signal booster for the custom-install market.
The $1,249-suggested CI2070 boosts 4G and earlier-generation wireless signals to deliver coverage indoors up to 80,000 square feet. It’s promoted as the lowest priced and “best value” cellular amplifier for 80,000-square-foot spaces.
Waterloo, Ontario — BlackBerry will go private under a proposed deal in which a consortium led by Fairfax Financial Holdings will buy BlackBerry for about $4.7 billion.
Fairfax, which already owns about 10 percent of BlackBerry's common shares, signed a letter of intent to buy BlackBerry and has six weeks to perform due diligence. Fairfax would get a termination fee if BlackBerry accepts another offer in the meantime.
Waterloo, Canada – BlackBerry’s decision to focus on the enterprise and prosumer markets could give rivals a minor market-share boost given BlackBerry’s IDC-estimated 3 percent share of the North American consumer-smartphone market.
New York – BlackBerry is reportedly going to lay off 4,500 employees and write off a record amount of inventory when it announces is fiscal second quarter financial Friday, Sept. 27.
According to Bloomberg and other published reports, BlackBerry will report a loss for the quarter of close to $995 million on sales of $1.6 billion.
Overland Park, Kan. – Sprint became the last of the four national carriers to launch a frequent trade-in plan for unsubsidized phones and tablets.
For now, the Sprint One Up program is available beginning today only through Sprint’s company-owned stores, not through indirect retailers, but a spokesperson told TWICE, “We do plan to expand the Sprint One Up to additional channels.” The program also isn’t available currently in Florida and Washington D.C.
Dallas – An AT&T-network version of Google’s Nexus 7 tablet became available on the Google Play store, which last week began offering a version that runs on the T-Mobile network.
The AT&T version became available Sept. 17 at $349 following Sept. 10 availability of the T-Mobile version, which is also priced at $349 but with free 2GB data for one month. Both versions come with 32GB embedded memory