Sprint CFO hints at an LTE-equipped iPhone

By on March 27, 2012 at 7:35 PM.

Sprint CFO hints at an LTE-equipped iPhone

Sprint CFO Joe Euteneuer said at an investor conference on Tuesday that the company has a deal in place to offer a future Apple iPhone that supports 4G LTE, The Dow Jones reported. The CFO declined to say if Apple had such an iPhone planned, however Euteneuer revealed that the company’s agreement with Apple is similar to both its rivals — AT&T and Verizon. “If you make the assumption that they launch a device at a similar time that they did last year, you’re basically done with the major markets,” Euteneuer said in regards to Sprint’s 4G LTE buildout, noting that the carrier plans to initially cover roughly 100 million Americans. “So I don’t think we are really disadvantaged at all.” Sprint has taken a $15.5 billion gamble on Apple’s iPhone and has said it might not turn a profit on the device until 2015. The CFO’s comments come after Verizon CTO David Small also suggested that a 4G LTE-equipped iPhone is going to launch this year. More →

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24% of Americans surveyed plan to buy the new iPad within the next three months

By on March 27, 2012 at 4:10 PM.

24% of Americans surveyed plan to buy the new iPad within the next three months

Baird Equity Research last week surveyed 488 “younger, tech-savvier” individuals on their interest in Apple’s new iPad, Fortune reported on Monday. Among current iPad owners, 48% were interested in purchasing the new iPad, with 35% of those already owning an iPad 2. The survey also found that 29% of international respondents were looking to buy Apple’s latest tablet, compared to 24% of surveyed U.S. citizens. Among new buyers, 42% of those planning to purchase the tablet have never owned one before. 15% of U.S. respondents said that they were likely to purchase the discounted iPad 2, while 28% suggested that they would purchase an iPad instead of a laptop. The top reasons to buy Apple’s latest tablet were its Retina Display, the A5X processor and LTE, although users cited high prices as the main reason to hold off on purchasing the device. More →

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Verizon’s $79.99 LG Lucid with 4G LTE undercuts Nokia Lumia 900

By on March 27, 2012 at 9:50 AM.

Verizon’s $79.99 LG Lucid with 4G LTE undercuts Nokia Lumia 900

Verizon Wireless on Tuesday announced an upcoming new addition to its 4G LTE smartphone lineup. Launching on March 29th, the entry-level LG Lucid features low-end specs and last year’s Android build, but it also sports one of the lowest launch prices we’ve seen so far for a 4G LTE-equipped smartphone. Specs include Android 2.3 Gingerbread, a 5-megapixel camera and a 1.2GHz dual-core processor. Verizon notes that the Lucid can be upgraded to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, however no details were made available regarding when the update might roll out. At $79.99, Verizon and LG have undercut AT&T’s upcoming Nokia Lumia 900, which will tout a $99.99 price tag when it is released on April 8th. The Lumia 900 is positioned as a flagship device, however, so the sub-$100 price tag is still an impressive feat. Verizon’s full press release follows below. More →

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Australian regulators claim Apple’s iPad is misleading consumers

By on March 27, 2012 at 9:05 AM.

Australian regulators claim Apple’s iPad is misleading consumers

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission on Tuesday claimed that Apple is using misleading promotions for its new iPad tablet, Reuters reported. The ACCC will ask an Australian high court on Wednesday to order the Cupertino-based company to make customers aware of the true technical capabilities of the device, correct its current advertising and refund any affected buyers. Apple’s newest iPad can utilize 4G LTE networks, however it can only do so in North America. The company has still advertised the device as a “4G” tablet in countries where it is not compatible. Australian carrier Telstra offers the country’s only 4G LTE network, but it uses different spectrum than carriers in the United States and Canada. More →

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AT&T to launch HTC Titan II on April 8th for $199.99

By on March 26, 2012 at 10:10 AM.

AT&T to launch HTC Titan II on April 8th for $199.99

In addition to the Nokia Lumia 900, AT&T on Monday announced the upcoming availability of another sleek Windows Phone with 4G LTE connectivity. While initially expected to launch in mid-March, HTC’s Titan II will hit store shelves on April 8th for $199.99 on contract. The sequel to the original HTC Titan features a 4.7-inch Super LCD display, a 16-megapixel camera with a dual-LED flash, 4G lTE connectivity and Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7.5 operating system. BGR took a hands-on look at the Titan II during the Consumer Electronics Show this past January, and while it offers clear advantages over the original Titan — namely LTE connectivity and the new camera — we preferred the unibody aluminum case on the original model to the sequel’s plastic exterior.

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4G LTE phone shipments to grow tenfold this year

By on March 23, 2012 at 7:05 PM.

4G LTE phone shipments to grow tenfold this year

Global 4G LTE smartphone shipments reached 6.8 million units in the technology’s first year. According to a study from market research firm Strategy Analytics, global LTE smartphone shipments could surge tenfold to 67 million units in 2012. It is expected to be a breakout year for LTE technology, with Apple, Samsung, HTC and others planning to launch 4G LTE phones in the United States, Japan and South Korea. “The mobile industry is entering a breakout year for 4G LTE technology. Multiple operators and multiple phone vendors will be launching dozens of LTE models across numerous countries worldwide,” said Neil Mawston, Executive Director at Strategy Analytics. “LTE has quickly become a high-growth, high-value market that no operator, service developer, device vendor or component maker can afford to ignore.” Read on for Strategy Analytics’s press release. More →

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T-Mobile to cut 5% of workforce, close seven call centers

By on March 23, 2012 at 6:00 PM.

T-Mobile to cut 5% of workforce, close seven call centers

T-Mobile is looking to restructure the company and in doing so, it will cut 5% of its workforce and closing seven call centers over the next three months, The Wall Street Journal reports. The carrier said the job cuts were necessary and will help fund its planned $4 billon 4G LTE network. As both Verizon and AT&T continue to add subscribers, T-Mobile shed 1.7 million customers last year alone. “The customer base is less and the call volume is lower,” said Cara Walker, a spokeswoman for the carrier. “This is an effort to optimize our operations.” The spokeswoman declined to disclose how much T-Mobile expects to save annually by cutting approximately 1,800 jobs, however, instead commenting that further cuts wouldn’t impact the remaining 17 call centers, engineers, technicians or salespeople in T-Mobile’s retail locations. More →

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Full specs of LG’s upcoming Lucid 4G for Verizon leak

By on March 23, 2012 at 4:20 PM.

Full specs of LG’s upcoming Lucid 4G for Verizon leak

The unannounced LG Lucid 4G, code-named Cayman, is reportedly slated to arrive on Verizon’s 4G LTE network within the coming weeks. Droid-Life on Thursday obtained purported specs for the handset, which looks to be a mid-range smartphone. The Lucid 4G will be equipped with a 4-inch IPS Gorlla Glass display with a 800 x 400-pixel resolution and a 1.2GHz dual-core processor. The device runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread and will also feature a 1,700 mAh battery, 4G LTE connectivity and 8GB of internal storage. Earlier rumors suggested that the new LG phone will launch on March 29th for under $200. More →

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Nokia reportedly footing the bill to put Lumia 900s in AT&T employee pockets

By on March 23, 2012 at 11:20 AM.

Nokia reportedly footing the bill to put Lumia 900s in AT&T employee pockets

While the launch date has shifted several times over the past two months, BGR reported in January that the Lumia 900 would become available from AT&T at a shocking $99.99 price point — the lowest launch price for a flagship phone in recent history. The handset’s release will be accompanied by a marketing and advertising blitz aiming to familiarize the U.S. with Windows Phone, but educating the sales staff at AT&T stores and encouraging them to pitch the handset is a crucial piece of the puzzle that could lead to the device’s success. Nokia is reportedly taking things one step further — wpcentral on Friday reports that Nokia will finance a program allowing AT&T sales staff to trade in their current handsets for a brand new Lumia 900 at no cost. The program, which will see AT&T employees turn in iPhones and Android handsets for the Lumia 900, will reportedly cost Nokia as much as $25 million. BGR took a hands-on look at the AT&T’s upcoming flagship Windows Phone during the annual Consumer Electronics Show, and we described it as a gorgeous handset that improves upon the already-great Lumia 800. More →

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Ice Cream Sandwich now available for AT&T’s HTC Vivid

By on March 22, 2012 at 7:25 PM.

Ice Cream Sandwich now available for AT&T’s HTC Vivid

AT&T announced on Thursday that Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich has begun to roll out to the HTC Vivid. The Android 4.0 update also includes Sense 3.6, and it brings the company’s Beats Audio technology to the 4G LTE handset as well. The Ice Cream Sandwich update will deliver advanced voice and text input to the device, along with Face Unlock, UI improvements and improved email. The HTC Vivid is equipped with a 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, microSDHC support to add an additional 32GB of storage and a 1,620 mAh battery. AT&T’s press release follows below. More →

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Half of all new iPads sold will be 4G LTE enabled, UBS says

By on March 22, 2012 at 5:10 PM.

Half of all new iPads sold will be 4G LTE enabled, UBS says

In a recent report, an analyst for global financial firm UBS predicted that sales of Apple’s new iPad tablet will be split 50/50 between Wi-Fi-only and Wi-Fi + 4G models. “With an HD screen, faster processor and higher-resolution camera, we believe this device will drive demand for faster connectivity,” UBS senior analyst John Hodulik said in research note. Due to Verizon’s superior LTE coverage, Hodulik believes the carrier has a definite edge over AT&T when it comes to selling the device. GigaOm reported on Thursday that previous generations of the iPad were split 60/40 between Wi-Fi-only and 3G models, although it is unclear if users’ tablets were actively subscribed to a carrier’s network. More →

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Now is the worst time ever to buy an Android phone

By on March 22, 2012 at 1:05 PM.

Now is the worst time ever to buy an Android phone

Android phones have never been as impressive as they are today. They have never been as responsive, as slim or as powerful. Their displays have never been more vivid or more stunning. Their data speeds have never been as fast. Competition is now hotter than ever before in the smartphone market and consumers are reaping the benefits. At its core, each and every new smartphone that launches is an engineering feat that simply could not have existed a few short years ago. And yet as amazing as the current crop of smartphones might be, there has probably never been a worse time in Android’s brief but storied history for savvy users to buy a smartphone. More →

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iOS 5.1 confirms Apple is working on a 4G LTE iPhone [video]

By on March 22, 2012 at 12:10 PM.

iOS 5.1 confirms Apple is working on a 4G LTE iPhone [video]

The next-generation iPhone has been rumored to include an embedded LTE radio on several occasions. Until now, however, it has only been speculation and unconfirmed reports. iDownloadBlog reported on Thursday that according to code strings in iOS 5.1, the next iPhone will indeed feature 4G LTE connectivity. “Enabling 4G will end your phone call. Are you sure you want to enable 4G,” the new iOS 5.1 code said. The references to a phone call make it clear that this is an iPhone warning rather than an iPad one. In the end, the code shows that the Cupertino-based company is at the very least testing an LTE-enabled iPhone. Apple’s next-generation smartphone is expected to feature a faster processor, a larger display and a unibody aluminum case. BGR exclusively reported this past December that the handset will also feature a redesigned antenna system, and it will launch this coming fall. iDownloadBlog’s video follows below. More →

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