Sprint is slated to announce its Q2 2010 earnings on Wednesday and analysts are weighing in on the expected performance of the nation’s #3 wireless carrier. Though it is still losing customers to its competition, Sprint is expected to show improvement year over year in the important postpaid category, with the carrier losing approximately 425,000 customers in Q2 2010 as compared to the 991,000 loss reported in the same quarter last year. Analyst Brett Feldman of Deutsche Bank notes that part of this improved performance can be attributed to sales of the HTC EVO 4G, which lowered subscriber loss by 100,000 and potentially kept this important financial figure under the half million mark. These numbers would have been better had Sprint been able to meet customer demand for the EVO 4G, but constant shortages have plagued this 4G handset. With the Samsung EPIC 4G slated to drop later this year and, hopefully, the EVO 4G back on the shelves, Sprint’s upcoming performance in the growing 4G postpaid market looks promising. Do you agree? More →
Market research company GfK RT released a report on Monday that revealed this simple fact: the British love smartphones. According to GfK’s June figures, smartphones are growing steadily in the UK and now make up 73.5% of the contract market; up from 55% in Q1 2010. Android is also exploding in the UK growing over 350% from 3% of the contract market share in Q1 2010 to 13.5% market share in Q2 2010. With the iPhone 4 and the Android-powered Samsung Galaxy S now available in the UK, look for these numbers to steadily increase throughout the rest of the year.
Citigroup confirmed publicly that its Citi Mobile iPhone application has a major security flaw. The Citi Mobile application is used by Citibank customers to manage their bank accounts from their iPhone or iPod Touch. The application reportedly stored sensitive information — including account numbers, payment information, and security access codes — in a hidden file on the user’s phone. This file may also have been transferred to a PC if a user synced his or her phone with their machine. Before panic overtakes you, there is no indication that these files have been compromised by any known exploit. Nonetheless, Citibank is telling its customers to upgrade to the latest version of its application which deletes these hidden files. The updated version was released on July 19th and is available for download from the App store. More →
Facebook has confirmed that it is testing out a new feature that will provide users with the ability to delete their account. Currently, Facebook users that want to delete their account must go through the cumbersome process of first de-activating their account for 14 days before deletion takes place. For those that have gone through it, this process is heart-wrenching as Facebook assaults you with images of your friends who will “miss you” and reminds you during your 14 days of withdrawal that so-and-so has “tried to contact you.” Only the strong can make it through these two weeks of torture. This new feature will bypass this 14-day purgatory and will allow users to delete their account easily and presumably immediately. Don’t panic if you can not find this delete button as this feature is being tested on a select number of users. Head on over to your Facebook account settings to see if you are one of the chosen few. More →
Canadians looking to score an unlocked iPhone on Friday may have to pay dearly for the carrier-free convenience being offered by Apple retail stores. According to CBC news, pricing for the unlocked version of the iPhone 4 will start at $659 — for the lower capacity 16 GB version — and climb up to $779 for the 32 GB version. If you can’t stomach the high cost of SIM-free ownership, you could always sell your soul and sign a contract with Bell, Telus, or Rogers when the handset makes its debut on July 30th.
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Apple took aim at the Motorola DROID X in the latest video to hit Apple’s smartphone antenna performance webpage. In the video, Apple demonstrates that the DROID X, like the iPhone 4, will drop 3 bars when held death-grip style by someone with presumably gigantic hands. Though these videos are designed to show that the iPhone is not alone in exhibiting signal attenuation, they are causing a maelstrom of controversy amongst smartphone manufacturers and owners alike, with each entity defending its platform with vehemence. With the laser sight pointed squarely at DROID X, this latest video strikes at the heart of the Android platform and is bound to generate similarly heated responses from the Android community. Android fans can prepare for the battle by watching Apple’s controversial video embedded after the jump. More →
In a research note to investors, analyst Mark McKechnie of Gleacher & Co pointed out what most Android fans on Verizon already know- the inventory of the flagship DROID X remains incredibly low. According to Gleacher, most retail stores are sold out of the DROID X and all incoming inventory is being used to fill existing pre-orders. Walk-in sales of the flagship handset are near impossible. The situation online is not much better with the target ship date now pushed back nine days to August 4th. Anyone still looking for DROID X frustrated by this delay or are you happy to wait for this hot Android handset? More →
Wondering about the future of HP’s current iPAQ lineup of Windows Mobile handsets in light of the upcoming launch of Windows Phone 7? In an interview with CNBC, HP’s Executive Vice President Todd Bradley confirmed that the hardware giant will not be producing a Windows Phone 7 or an Android handset. As expected, HP will focus entirely on webOS for its smartphones and use its engineering, manufacturing, and distribution power to lift the struggling mobile OS. Bradley also confirmed that HP is still building the once dead, now resurrected Windows-7 tablet in a move that will presumably smooth over any feathers that were ruffled by HP’s decision not to support Windows Phone 7. More →
Verizon Wireless is addressing the needs of all it customers today by launching the easy-to-use Samsung Haven. The Haven, which we told you about previously, is targeted at the older crowd with adjustable fonts, a 2.2 inch easy-to-read display, well-being and medical management tools, and a dedicated In Case of Emergency (ICE) button. The flip phone also features a speakerphone, speech recognition, support for text and picture messaging, and includes 56-note polyphonic ringtones to jazz things up. The Haven is available now online from Verizon Wireless and will debut in stores on July 29th for $39.99 with a two-year agreement. More →
Google updated its Android Developers blog with some legal changes to the Android Market Developer Distribution Agreement (DDA) that suggest carrier billing is on the horizon. According to the posting, Google is introducing new payment options for the Android Market and has added “authorized carriers” as an indemnified party. Developers have been alerted of these changes and have 30 days to accept these new terms. Once this 30 day window is over, Google will be one step getting closer to launching this payment alternative. Any Android users looking forward to carrier billing or do you still prefer the comfort of plastic?
Anxiously awaiting the 4G version of the Galaxy S? If you answered with an enthusiastic “yes”, then you may be happy to know that Sprint’s second 4G handset might land in August, possibly on or before the 20th. This tentative launch date is a based upon the observation that the Epic 4G is scheduled to debut on Samsung’s Galaxy S On Demand Live Show website on August 20th. Both the Vibrant and the Captivate episodes debuted on or after the handset’s respective launch dates, so we would expect this trend to continue with the Epic 4G. Additionally, Samsung updated its Twitter status on Friday with the tantalizing tidbit that “the Sprint Epic 4G is arriving in a few weeks. It’s the 4G #GalaxyS”. Though it is not as solid as an official confirmation, these two pieces seem to point to an August launch for this highly anticipated 4G handset.
According to a survey by Yankee Group, 73% of iPhone users surveyed are very satisfied with AT&T’s service. This figure seemingly contradicts the perception that AT&T’s network is struggling to handle the load of this data hungry device and is in direct opposition to comments by many iPhone users who are seemingly unhappy with AT&T’s service. Yankee Group attributes this discrepancy to a “halo effect” in which iPhone owners are so drunk with happiness over their handset that they perceive AT&T in a positive light. AT&T explains this away by stating their network issues stem from a perception problem, not a service problem and claims that its network is actually better than most people think. iPhone owners on AT&T, now is your chance to respond. Hit us up in the comments and let us know what you think about AT&T, your iPhone, and this survey. More →
Nuance has just released an updated version of its free Dragon Dictation application for the iPhone and iPad that brings typeless social networking to the iPhone OS and iOS-using masses. In addition to the previous SMS and email support, Dragon Dictation 2.0 now allows you to post to twitter or update your status on Facebook merely by speaking to your mobile device. The latest version also pastes your dictated text directly into the device’s clipboard and can auto-save text when a phone call interrupts your oh-so-important dictation. So Dragon Dictation users, rest those fingers and start talk tweeting… we all know how difficult it is to type 140 characters. More →