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Apple debuts new iPhone discounts, subsidies to gain ground in India

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Apple is continually trying new methods to get its products into the hands of Indian consumers, and the Cupertino company recently rolled out a range of new offers to attract iPhone buyers in the world's second-most populous coutnry....
Apple debuts new iPhone discounts, subsidies to gain ground in India

What Apple's Spectacular Earnings Mean For Phone Carriers

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This week Apple and the major carriers are announcing their latest financial figures.  This quarter saw a slight decrease from last year but the numbers are still spectacular. Verizon and AT&T sold 7.5 million iPhones combined - 64.1% of all smartphones sold.  Smartphones in the U.S. have reached an inflection...
What Apple's Spectacular Earnings Mean For Phone Carriers

Europeans Press China Over Trade in Telecommunications

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Officials appear poised to try to settle a dispute over the Chinese telecommunications firms Huawei and ZTE, which were accused of violating antidumping and subsidies laws....
Europeans Press China Over Trade in Telecommunications

AT&T said to discontinue tablet subsidies

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As of August 19, AT&T will reportedly no longer subsidize the cost of tablet devices for customers. The news emerged today when an unnamed source passed an internal document to Engadget revealing the carrier's new policy. The company will still carry tablets, but customers will only be able to purchase...
AT&T said to discontinue tablet subsidies

It Costs More To Make A Nokia Lumia 900 Than An iPhone 4S (NOK, MSFT)

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According to a teardown analysis of the Nokia Lumia 900 by the research firm iSuppli, it costs $217 in parts and labor to make each unit. All Things D received an early release of the report this morning. The Lumia 900 retails for $450 without carrier subsidies. (You can buy...
It Costs More To Make A Nokia Lumia 900 Than An iPhone 4S (NOK, MSFT)

Price Comparison: Top Unlocked Smartphones

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As T-Mobile becomes the first major U.S. carrier to drop subsidies for its smartphones, we take a look at prices for unlocked smartphones....
Price Comparison: Top Unlocked Smartphones

Carriers desperately seeking Windows Phone

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AT&T and Verizon Wireless want Windows Phone smartphones to succeed in the U.S., partly to provide leverage against Apple's demands for subsidies required for selling the popular iPhone....
Carriers desperately seeking Windows Phone

Alibaba steps up battle with Android

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Alibaba seeks to weaken Google's dominance of the Chinese smartphone market with subsidies and other support for its rival Amos operating system....
Alibaba steps up battle with Android
Tesla investor Steve Jurvetson drives off in the first Model S
Galaxy who? iPhone 5 & 4S were the two best-selling smartphones in Q4 2012

China market: Chip demand for 2.5G/2.75G handsets falling

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Demand for 2.5G and 2.75G handset solutions is falling in China due to growth in the penetration rates for 3G and smartphones in the region, according to sources at white-box handset companies. Thanks to subsidies offered by local telecom carriers, sales of 3G models in China have grown substantially, the...
China market: Chip demand for 2.5G/2.75G handsets falling

T-Mobile's big day: iPhone 5, LTE and a new type of service plan (roundup)

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We’re not sure if T-Mobile is now an “uncarrier,” as it declared at Tuesday’s event in New York City at which it finally introduced an iPhone 5 for its network, unveiled new pricing plans that could change the way people think about buying smartphones, and shed a little more light...
T-Mobile's big day: iPhone 5, LTE and a new type of service plan (roundup)
T-Mobile's CEO trashes AT&T's 'crap' service, analyzes mobile porn consumption

China is buying up a third of the world's solar panels

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China has long been the world’s supplier of low cost solar panels, and now it’s a major market for them, too. According to research firm NPD’s SolarBuzz report, in the last quarter of 2012 China bought up 33 percent of the world’s solar panel supply. In contrast, two years prior...
China is buying up a third of the world's solar panels

Analyst: iPhone 5 set to cost U.S. carriers $10B in subsidies

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An analyst firm downgraded both AT&T and Verizon’sstock to hold on Friday on fears that the two companies were overvalued and would see lowered margins because of the success of the newly launched iPhone 5. Stifel Nicolaus analyst Christopher King wrote in his downgrade notices, that because the iPhone 5...
Analyst: iPhone 5 set to cost U.S. carriers $10B in subsidies

T-Mobile chief: iPhone availability might come some time in the next three months, maybe

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Getting an iPhone on the Magenta network? Not too hard -- but it'll get easier soon, according to the company's CEO. In a chat with Reuters, T-Mobile head honcho John Legere said that the network's iPhone launch was more likely to happen in the next "three to four months"...
T-Mobile chief: iPhone availability might come some time in the next three months, maybe

Is it time to kill the smartphone subsidy? Verizon & AT&T are on the fence

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T-Mobile made quite a splash last month when it announced that it was killing off its smarphone subsidies. The carrier’s plan is simple: Rather than sell its customers devices on the cheap and lock them in with two-year contracts, T-Mobile wants to save them money by allowing them to pay up front for...
Is it time to kill the smartphone subsidy? Verizon & AT&T are on the fence

Carrier subsidies crippling iPhone sales in parts of Europe

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Apple's dependence on high carrier subsidies for the iPhone is giving Android devices an advantage in parts of Europe, especially the south, suggests research firm IDC. The group notes that Apple had over 20 percent of the US and UK smartphone markets last year. But in Greece and Portugal, two...
Carrier subsidies crippling iPhone sales in parts of Europe
Note to Romney: Tesla is not Solyndra

IDC: Android-Crazy China Passes U.S. As Smartphone Leader, But India's Growing The Fastest

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The latest figures out from IDC confirm that this is the year that China will overtake the U.S. as the world’s biggest smartphone market, with its 25.5% share a significant lead over the U.S.’s 17.8%. The tipping point has been a long time coming: China is the world’s most-populated country,...
IDC: Android-Crazy China Passes U.S. As Smartphone Leader, But India's Growing The Fastest

420,000 U.S. Cellular customers soon must make a choice: Join Sprint or find a new provider

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In the next few months, 420,000 U.S. Cellular customers in the Midwest will find themselves without a mobile network. Sprint on Friday closed a $480 million deal with U.S. Cellular that will hand all of the latter’s spectrum in Chicago, St. Louis and the surrounding regions into Sprint’s waiting arms....
420,000 U.S. Cellular customers soon must make a choice: Join Sprint or find a new provider

Michael Powell A Bit Quick To Claim Google Broadband Is Viable Competition

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Former FCC chair Michael Powell really, really, really wants to believe that there's viable competition in the broadband market, but he seems to have a history of using tiny experiments (that may go nowhere) as if they prove that there's real competition. You may recall that when he was in...
Michael Powell A Bit Quick To Claim Google Broadband Is Viable Competition
U.S. Cellular to Begin Offering Apple Products Later This Year

China Mobile Starting to Need an iPhone Deal

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More than six years after beginning talks with Apple, China Mobile, China’s largest wireless phone operator, has yet to add the iPhone to its handset portfolio. Negotiations between the two companies proceeded slowly, hamstrung by disagreements over subsidies and China Mobile’s demands for a cut of App Store app sales...
China Mobile Starting to Need an iPhone Deal

Renesas MP5232 SoC promises dual-core processing and LTE connectivity for less cash

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There's a trend underfoot to bring high-end smartphone capabilities down to a price that even Joe Sixpack is willing to swill. We saw evidence of this from MediaTek earlier in the week, and now the crew at Renesas is looking to join the race with its MP5232 system on...
Renesas MP5232 SoC promises dual-core processing and LTE connectivity for less cash

FCC revamps Lifeline phone service, cuts the fat from carriers' bottomlines

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With a site redesign freshly under its belt, the FCC's setting its recently honed eye for modernization on other, more pertinent areas of its jurisdiction -- like Lifeline. The universal program, a means of guaranteeing affordable phone service to low-income families, hadn't exactly kept pace with changes in the...
FCC revamps Lifeline phone service, cuts the fat from carriers' bottomlines

T-Mobile could become the good guy carrier you've always wanted

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If you’re thinking of making the switch to a new carrier, T-Mobile is making a good case for what it should be the one you choose. The self-described “un-carrier” will start rolling out its LTE network later this month, and with it, is activating the LTE functionality in the Galaxy Note II, which...
T-Mobile could become the good guy carrier you've always wanted

Sorry, Apple Fans, Amazon Is Sucking The Profit Out Of iPads -- iPhones Next?

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Sorry, Apple Fans, Amazon Is Sucking The Profit Out Of iPads -- iPhones Next?: The headline is your typical click-baity BI stuff, but Henry Blodget's post itself is worth a read. Well, aside from this part: Apple is expected to introduce an "iPad Mini" next week, which will compete directly...
Sorry, Apple Fans, Amazon Is Sucking The Profit Out Of iPads -- iPhones Next?

Ridiculously Pricey Lumia 800 Bundle Available Now In MS Retail Stores

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We’ve talked about the Lumia line quite a bit in the past few months, but the series is finally starting to feel real. Just last week the 900 was made available for pre-order, and today we’re seeing reports that the staggeringly high-priced Lumia 800 bundle is just hanging out on...
Ridiculously Pricey Lumia 800 Bundle Available Now In MS Retail Stores

Verizon to sell LTE-only phones in 2014 in push to lower subsidies

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Soon after Verizon transitions to Voice over LTE for ordinary telephone calls around the end of the year, it plans to start selling phones without CDMA chipsets, reducing costs and associated subsidies, said the company’s CFO Fran Shammo. At Deutsche Bank’s Media, Internet, and Telecom conference, Shammo spoke about...
Verizon to sell LTE-only phones in 2014 in push to lower subsidies
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