New York — The Anti-Defamation League’s National Consumer Technology Industry divisio
San Diego – AT&T’s planned $1.2 billion purchase of ailing no-contract carrier Leap Wireless will provide AT&T with spectrum to help accommodate future data growth and provide a shot in the arm for Leap’s Cricket brand, which AT&T vowed to maintain as part of an effort to increase its share of the fast-growing prepaid market.
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.
Irving, Texas — NEC is reentering the U.S. cellular market with the launch of a ruggedized Android smartphone through AT&T.
The 4G Android LTE phone, a ruggedized military-spec model equipped with AT&T’s push-to-talk (PTT) service, will be available June 21 at $99 with two-year contract exclusively through AT&T’s website and through the carrier’s business solutions channels.
Dallas – AT&T joined Verizon Wireless in announcing a new phone-upgrade policy in which subscribers won’t be eligible for a subsidized phone until their 24-month contract expires.
Consumers at both networks previously could get a subsidized handset in 20 months after signing a two-year contract.
Verizon announced its change in April.
New York — AT&T reported it added 1.2 million new smartphone subscribers, and the company’s net income rose 3.2 percent to $3.7 billion during its first quarter.
The company posted operating revenues of $31.4 billion for the three months, ended March 31, compared with the same period last year.
The 1.2 million new smartphone subscribers equated to 290,000 wireless postpaid net adds for the company, which resulted in a postpaid churn improvement to 1.04 percent, the company reported.
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Dallas — AT&T expanded its 4G LTE footprint to six more markets, bringing the total market count to 182, and the carrier named 77 more markets that it will turn on by the end of the summer.
With the six new markets, LTE is available in markets with a population of more than 170 million people
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.
New Smyrna Beach, Fla. — Dr. Ian Ross, the former president of Bell Laboratories who oversaw advances in transistors and microchips, died last week at his home here. He was 85.
Under his watch, Bell Labs research teams furthered field effect transistors, which became a mainstay of integrated circuits, and developed a method of growing the silicon crystals used to make super-thin semiconductor wafers, which led to a new generation of faster computers, microprocessors and switching systems.
Dallas — AT&T’s Blackberry Z10 presale begins tomorrow, preceding the official launch date of March 22, at a price of $199.
The presale will include a two-year agreement. The smartphone will be generally available for all customers, including corporate customers or those receiving a corporate discount, through all AT&T channels on March 22, the carrier said.
The BlackBerry Z10 is the first smartphone to launch with the redesigned, re-engineered and re-invented BlackBerry 10 platform.
Dallas – AT&T activated more iPhones and more smartphones in the fourth quarter than in any previous quarter, the company announced.
The carrier sold 8.6 million iPhones in the quarter, exceeding the previous quarterly record of 7.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2011. Total smartphone activations of 10.2 million in the fourth quarter exceeded the year-ago quarter’s activations by 800,000. Sixteen percent of the quarter’s iPhone activations were new subscribers to AT&T.
Dallas – AT&T announced pricing and availability of two more 4G LTE Android smartphones, both made by HTC and one sporting a quad-core 1.7GHz processor with battery-saving fifth core.
The quad-core phone, the HTC One X+, offers the fastest processor announced in a smartphone to date and uses the 1.7GHz Nvidia Tegra 3 4-Plus-1 processor with a battery-saving fifth core, AT&T said. The Android 4.1 JellyBean phone will also be the first smartphone in the U.S. to feature HTC Sense 4+ user interface to deliver performance improvements, the carrier said.