Apple downgraded as carriers prepare to stunt iPhone growth

By on April 9, 2012 at 10:30 AM.

Apple downgraded as carriers prepare to stunt iPhone growth

Following a huge week that saw Apple’s stock climb above $630 amid a fresh round of analyst upgrades, one analyst isn’t sold on the notion that smooth sailing is assured in the immediate future for the world’s most valuable company. BTIG Research analyst Walter Piecyk thinks Apple is set to report blowout earnings for the second fiscal quarter — he sees Apple earning $10.75 per share on sales of $40 billion in the quarter, versus Wall Street’s consensus of $9.81 and $36 billion — but he downgraded Apple’s stock to Neutral from Buy, noting that it’s time for investors to “take a breather.” Read on for more. More →

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In-app billing launches on Android Market

By on March 30, 2011 at 7:32 AM.

In-app billing launches on Android Market

Via a brief blog post, Google has announced the availability of in-app billing for Android Market applications. The new feature will allow application makers to publish apps that can facilitate future payments via Google’s Checkout system. “In-app Billing gives you more ways to monetize your apps with try-and-buy, virtual goods, upgrades, and other billing models,” writes Google. “If you aren’t yet familiar with In-app Billing, we encourage you to learn more about it.” The company notes that several applications, including Tap Tap Revenge and WSOP3, are already utilizing the service. Developers interested in taking in-app payments can find detailed documentation here. More →

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Nokia to launch dual-core smartphones, new Symbian UI in 2011

By on December 14, 2010 at 1:38 PM.

Nokia to launch dual-core smartphones, new Symbian UI in 2011

Following word that the release of Nokia’s E7 smartphone has been delayed, some uplifting Nokia news comes from Beijing Tuesday morning. IDG reporter Mikael Ricknäs is in attendance at the 2010 International Mobile Internet Conference, and he has relayed some tasty tidbits from the show. First, Nokia apparently has some big things in store for the Symbian OS in 2011. The somewhat stale UI will be a primary focus, which is of course great news for Symbian users. Of course we’ve known that the Symbian UI would be overhauled in 2011 for quite some time now — Symbian^3 was intended to be a major behind-the-scenes update, while Symbian^4 and S^5 would address more user-facing issues. The only difference now is that the S^4 and S^5 monikers have wisely been dropped. More →

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U.S. Cellular details 'Belief Project'

By on September 30, 2010 at 8:28 AM.

U.S. Cellular details 'Belief Project'

U.S. Cellular has had a teaser-site for their “Belief Project” up for just over a week, but now, the company is starting to detail just what the program entails. “We noticed wireless customers shared some common frustrations, and we wanted to fix them,” said Mary N. Dillon, the company’s president and CEO. Starting tomorrow, U.S. Cellular will begin offering “One and Done” contracts, which allow customers who have completed a two-year contract to move to a month-by-month post-paid offering. “Belief Rewards,” which — from what we gather — will work like credit card points; the longer you are a customer the more points you earn. Points can be used towards early phone upgrades, additional lines, ringtones, etc. Other features of the Belief Project include: $100 phone replacements for lost and stolen phones, overage cap warnings, and 5% bill discounts for auto-pay. Sounds pretty nice, although, we’re interested to see the fine print. Hit the jump to check out the brief synopsis the company just sent us. More →

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AT&T completes first step to HSPA 7.2 Mbps network upgrade

By on January 6, 2010 at 8:14 AM.

AT&T completes first step to HSPA 7.2 Mbps network upgrade

new-att-logo2It was only yesterday that we reported T-Mobile’s completion of their nationwide 7.2 Mbps HSPA network upgrade, and now, perhaps feeling a bit left out, AT&T has announced that it has completed a milestone on its way to 7.2 Mbps HSPA. AT&T finished an update to the software run by its 3.6 Mbps cellular towers that will allow them to push out more of those sweet, sweet Mbp’s “soon.” The next, and perhaps most important steps, are backhaul upgrades to the AT&T network so when your 7.2 Mbps capable cell phone asks for screaming fast data you get it. Said upgrades have already been completed in Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, and Miami, and AT&T is beginning to flip the switch “on” in these areas.  The rest of us are going to have to wait, as the backhaul upgrades are set to continue through 2011. More →

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AT&T adds 75 new NY metro cell sites in 2008 and Q1 2009; notice any difference?

By on April 23, 2009 at 1:51 PM.

AT&T adds 75 new NY metro cell sites in 2008 and Q1 2009; notice any difference?

According to a new email blast AT&T is currently in the midst of sending out, the company has been hard at work in 2008 and through Q1 2009 improving its service in the New York metro area. In fact according to the email, the carrier added 75 new cell sites across New Jersey, New York and Long Island during the 15-month period. Specifically, AT&T lists the following areas as key improvements in 2008:

  • Along I-78 in Hunterdon County west of Exit 11 and between Exit 33 and I-287 in NJ
  • Aong the West Side Highway from 7th Avenue to West 10th Street in Manhattan
  • The Sprain Brook Parkway from Route 100C to 100 and I-684 near Goldens Bridge in Valhalla, NY
  • The Long Island Expressway near Exit 51 in Huntington Station, NY
  • Perrineville, Prospect Plains, Union Valley & Applegarth Roads all in Monroe Township in Middlesex County, NJ
  • Main Street and Ocean Avenue in Northport, NY
  • The Southern State and Sagtikos Parkways in Bayshore, NY

A few more areas are also listed as recipients of even more recent coverage improvements:

  • The NJ Transit line in Glen Rock, NJ
  • Todt Hill Road in Staten Island
  • Howells Road and the Sunrise Highway in Bayshore, NY
  • Greenwich Village from Washington Square Park to East 12th Street, Central Park South
  • The Upper East Side from East 82nd to East 91st Street in Manhattan

While we applaud AT&T’s continued efforts in the region, we’re still hearing from an unending stream of readers, colleagues and friends wondering what is going on with AT&T’s service in the NYC area. Of course people love to complain much more than they do praise so to be fair, we also talk to plenty of people in the area who live and die by AT&T’s service and seemingly have no problems at all. Consider this an informal third party survey — those of you with AT&T service in and around New York… How’s it hanging?

Hit the jump to see the full email and then hit the comments section to be heard.

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