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Verizon Best In Data Profits

CHICAGO — Verizon Wireless is profiting from mobile data more than its rivals, Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) found.

“Verizon has done better than its competitors in charging customers for their increased data use, and it shows in customers’ reported monthly bills,” said CIRP partner Mike Levin.

In surveying consumers who activated new and used phones from April through June, CIRP found that Verizon had the largest percentage of activations on tiered shared-data plans, the smallest on unlimited-data plans, and the largest average monthly bills, driven in part by data usage.

On the Verizon network, the percentage of new phones purchased with unlimited-data plans was only 22 percent, with Sprint and T-Mobile having the highest percentage at 78 percent each. AT&T had 44 percent.

Verizon bills are also the highest on average, with 51 percent of Verizon customers’ bills exceeding $101, followed by Sprint at 47 percent, AT&T at 46 percent and T-Mobile at 30 percent.

Original Gear Gets OS Update

RIDGEFIELD PARK, N.J. – Samsung began offering a Tizen-based OS update for its original smart watch, the Galaxy Gear, which used a modified version of Android like the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo.

The update brings new features to Gear, including access to more apps, music enhancements and an enhanced interface.

The company’s latest smart watch uses Google’s Android Wear OS.

Kyocera Slates Sapphire Display

SAN DIEGO – Kyocera hopes to be first to market with a smartphone equipped with rugged sapphire crystal display, which it said would be affordable.

A smartphone with the display will be “coming soon,” the company said.

The coming next-generation of iPhones is also expected to have a sapphire display.

The company, known for waterproof and ruggedized smartphones, said it has 41 years of experience synthesizing man-made sapphire.

T-Mobile Prepares Its Second Windows 8.1 Phone

BELLEVUE, WASH. — T-Mobile will offer its second Windows Phone 8.1 phone later this year with the launch of the entry-level 3G Nokia Lumia 530.

The 530 will replace the Lumia 521 and will offer 3G reception and 4-inch display like its predecessor but will add quad-core capability and replacement color shells.

At T-Mobile, the 530 will join the low-price 4G LTE Nokia Lumia 635 LTE smartphone, which became the first U.S.-market Lumia phone available out of the box with Windows 8.1. It costs $168 in installments.

The Lumia 521, at launch in 2013, cost $150 in installments.


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