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March 19, 2013
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  • Samsung is making time for a smart wristwatch
    Samsung Electronics will compete with Apple for wearable devices as the South Korean manufacturer said it has long planned to introduce a smart wristwatch that will mirror many smartphone functions. "We've been preparing the watch product for so long," Executive Vice President Lee Young Hee said in this interview. Lee declined to provide other details about the watch, which will presumably compete against a similar product reportedly in development at Apple. "The race is on to redesign the mobile phone into something that you wear," said Marshal Cohen, a NPD Group analyst. Bloomberg (3/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Company News 
  • T-Mobile gives Galaxy Note II access to LTE speeds
    T-Mobile USA delivered an update to its Samsung Note II smartphone customers on Monday that would enable them to receive 4G service courtesy of the carrier's Long-Term Evolution network, T-Mobile confirmed, saying its 4G-enabled regions could start receiving service by month's end. The carrier also said that it would provide a similar update to its other LTE phone, the Nokia Lumia 810. CNET/Dialed In blog (3/18), eWeek (3/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • RadioShack offers in-store discounts on iPhones, Galaxy S III
    RadioShack is cutting prices on some smartphones for new Sprint Nextel subscribers, offering discounts on Apple's iPhone 5 and iPhone 4S and the Samsung Galaxy S III through April 4. The electronics chain will cut the price of the Galaxy handset by $150, to $50 with a signed two-year service contract for new Sprint customers, while trimming both iPhones by $50 in an in-store promotion. CNET (3/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Wireless World 
  • Zain CTO: High costs, low prices are major operator obstacles
    Global carriers are having trouble meeting skyrocketing bandwidth demands and are burdened by the need for massive network investments in a market where prices are falling and regulators are failing to provide carriers with incentives to introduce new technologies, according to Yousef Mutawe, chief technology officer for Jordan-based Zain. "Meeting the demand for data is one challenge. The other big challenge is justifying the massive investment needed in ... infrastructure," Mutawe said in this interview. (3/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Microsoft targets 2014 end to Windows 8 phone support
    Microsoft signaled the introduction of an updated smartphone platform by informing website visitors that it will end support for Windows Phone 8 on July 8, 2014, and Windows 7.8 on Sept. 9 of that year. The company did not indicate whether Windows 8 users would get access to updates on future platforms. CNET (3/18), ReadWrite (3/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Trends & Research 
  • NSN sees challenges as carriers keep spending flat
    Despite ABI Research predictions that Long-Term Evolution-based wireless data traffic will more than triple this year, carriers will be wary of increasing their capital spending, according to telecom gear maker Nokia Siemens Networks. NSN predicted a flat mobile broadband market for this year and projected profit margin in the 5%-to-10% range after deciding to focus on the wireless industry in 2011. Total Telecom Magazine (U.K.) (3/18), Total Telecom Magazine (U.K.) (3/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Public Policy 
  • Patent owners, phone makers battle over import-ban threats
    Patent-licensing firms are fighting efforts in Congress by smartphone companies to prevent the so-called "patent trolls" from using threats of seeking import bans on devices to force the vendors into entering legal settlements or agreeing to pay royalties to the patent firms. The licensing firms, however, argue that Congress has no reason to act because the U.S. International Trade Commission has not moved to ban any wireless devices in the past six years. Bloomberg Businessweek (3/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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