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The insanely-hyped Essential Phone is a Sprint exclusive, sort of

June 12th, 2017

After months of (unwarranted) teasing, the high-end Android flagship from Andy Rubin’s Essential Products startup — called simply Essential Phone — finally made its long-awaited debut not too long ago. We still don’t know a concrete release date for the device, but today we found out where you’ll actually have to go to buy one, …

Wireless carriers continue to battle phone subsidies

May 8th, 2012

Wireless carriers have traditionally made money off lengthy two-year service agreements, rather than physical device sales. In the age of smartphones, however, carriers are footing the bill for expensive handsets that result in smaller margins, while phone makers such as Apple reap the benefits. To combat traditional phone subsidies, carriers in the U.S. have continued …

Two-thirds of Americans unwilling to spend over $50 on mobile data

April 26th, 2012

A new study from Parks Associates found that two-thirds of U.S. consumers are unwilling to spend more than $50 per month on mobile data plans, while almost half of smartphone users were unsure how much data they consumed each month.  The report highlights the risks carriers face as they try to shift consumers from unlimited data …

Veto of radical strategy shift led to former RIM CEO’s resignation

April 13th, 2012

Former Research In Motion co-chief executive Jim Balsillie sought a radical shift in strategy before he stepped down, Reuters reported on Friday. Citing two unnamed sources, the publication claims Balsillie wanted to allow wireless companies in North America and Europe to use RIM’s proprietary network for services on non-BlackBerry devices. The plan would help carriers …

Apple downgraded as carriers prepare to stunt iPhone growth

April 9th, 2012

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 …

NTIA to make 95Mhz of ‘prime spectrum’ available to wireless carriers

March 28th, 2012

The United States Department of Commerce and National Telecommunications and Information Administration on Tuesday announced that the federal government has repurposed 95MHz of “prime spectrum” within the 1755-1850MHz band. As per President Obama’s request, the NTIA has been collaborating with the FCC in an effort to make 500MHz of spectrum available for commercial use over …

FCC to reform and modernize Lifeline program for low-income families

February 1st, 2012

The Federal Communications Commission announced on Monday the reformation and modernization of the Lifeline program. The revamped program will ensure affordable phone service is available to low-income families. Lifeline is a “universal service program that fulfills Congress’s mandate to ensure the availability of communications to all Americans.” The percentage of low-income households with phone service has increased dramatically since the …

Proposed congressional bill targets Carrier IQ and other mobile tracking software

January 30th, 2012

Democratic Representative Edward Markey of Massachusetts released a draft of his cell phone privacy bill on Monday. The Mobile Device Privacy Act is designed to protect consumers from tracking software such as Carrier IQ, which caused an uproar late last year when it was discovered to be secretly monitoring 150 million smartphone users. The bill …