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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.
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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
Overland Park, Kan. – Sprint is expanding its presence in the Costco chain to 100 more stores, joining 106 Costco stores that began last fall to sell Sprint products and services.
In the stores, Sprint-network handsets are sold in wireless kiosks and dedicated retail spaces managed by Seattle-based Wireless Advocates, which provides similar services for Staples and the Army and Air Force Exchange Service. Wireless Advocates supplies Costco with salespeople, products and services.
Arlington, Va. – Smartphone users average almost two hours per day on their device, according to a Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) report.
The CEA’s Smartphones: Consumer Behavioral Trends found people spending 114 minutes per day on their smartphone.
Talking remains the top activity with owners chatting for about 23 minutes per day, followed by texting 20 minutes; writing and reading email, 18 minutes; surfing the web, 16 minutes; and social networking 11 minutes.
Waterloo, Ontario — BlackBerry unveiled its Z30 full-touch smartphone, which is the company’s first smartphone with a 5-inch touchscreen and first with upgraded BlackBerry 10.2 OS.
The phone rolls out beginning next week in the U.K. and Middle East followed by all other regions “going into the holiday season,” the company said. The BlackBerry 10 OS version 10.2 will be available for existing BlackBerry 10 smartphones beginning in mid-October depending on carrier approval, the company added.
Chicago – GIV Mobile is donating 8 percent of its monthly “Unlimited Everything” plans to a non-profit charity of the customer’s choice.
GIV Mobile, the no-contract mobile service, utilizes the 4G network of T-Mobile USA, allowing users to have connections from nearly anywhere in the U.S.
San Diego – Sony is segmenting the tablet market with the launch of the Xperia Tablet Z: Kitchen Edition at a suggested $649.
Sony is taking its water-resistant, ruggedized 10.1-inch Xperia Tablet Z, promoted as the world's thinnest 10.1-inch tablet, and offering it in a white version with 32GB memory. It’s packaged with $115 worth of content, recipes, and accessories, including a folding countertop stand, to “make cooking in the kitchen simpler and more convenient,” the company said.
Warren, N.J. – Virgin Mobile, the no-contract wireless provider, expanded its 4G LTE smartphone selection to five models with the launch of the ZTE-made Supreme, which becomes the largest screen smartphone in the provider’s selection.
The Android 4.1.2 phone, priced at $299, features a 5-inch 1,280 by 720 IPS touchscreen, 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 1GB RAM, removable 2,500 mAh lithium-ion battery providing 15 hours of talk time, 13-megapixel 1080p camera/camcorder, and included “Real Racing 3” game from EA Mobile.
El Segundo, Calif. – Apple’s lower cost iPhone 5c won’t spur a major increase in iPhone sales in the second half of 2013, but if Apple begins selling iPhones to China’s largest carrier, China Mobile, iPhone sales growth will accelerate, an IHS analysis found.
Although the iPhone 5c did not address the low end of the market, the phone nonetheless “represents a major departure from its [Apple’s] previous product strategy, which could improve the company’s competitiveness,” IHS said.