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February 4, 2013
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  • Early signs of demand emerge for BlackBerry phones
    BlackBerry is seeing some preliminary signs of interest in the U.K. and on eBay for its new Z10 smartphone. BlackBerry's chief marketing officer, Frank Boulben, explained the smartphone maker's strategy -- which included a Super Bowl ad -- in an interview. Boulben said the next series of spots will focus on the Z10's new features. The company faces a particular challenge in India and Indonesia, two critical regions where it must navigate both the budget and luxury ends of the market. eWeek (2/2), Bloomberg (2/1), All Things D (2/4), Reuters (2/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • HTC issues bearish forecast, will accent emerging markets
    HTC issued a downbeat forecast, adding that it would concentrate more of its marketing efforts in emerging markets as well as on phones with larger screens. The company acknowledged it faces greater competition from low-cost Chinese hardware vendors Huawei Technologies and ZTE as well as Apple and Samsung Electronics on the higher end. Chief Financial Officer Chang Chia-Lin predicted that HTC's first-quarter revenue will be flat to 17% below the previous quarter as the company pins its short-term hopes on the new M7 smartphone. Computerworld/IDG News Service (2/4), The Wall Street Journal (2/4), Reuters (2/4), Bloomberg Businessweek (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Verizon offers discounted prepaid plan for 3G service
    Verizon Wireless started two prepaid services on Friday, which the carrier hopes will appeal to wireless customers who want to save money, don't want a contract and are relatively light users of data willing to forgo 4G service. Verizon is offering a $60-a-month plan for 3G phones with unlimited minutes and texting and 500 megabytes of data; another $10 will buy 2 gigabytes of data. GigaOm (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Wireless Inspires 
  • Mobile health apps aim to teach kids good health habits
    Medical companies and the U.S. government are working separately on texting and other mobile-based initiatives designed to promote better health habits among children. The Department of Health and Human Services is developing TXT2Tots, based on its Text4Baby program, aimed at promoting wellness to parents of children under the age of 5. The private sector is joining in with mobile and online-based solutions, many of which encourage kids to become more active. "[T]he engagement with digital technology is increasingly pervasive," said Richard Tate of HopeLab, whose Zamzee unit has developed an activity monitor. (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Powertrekk's water-based phone charger is in the works
    Powertrekk will release its water-based emergency cellphone charger at the end of March, according to an Internet report that noted the $229 device has been displayed at various trade shows over the past two years. Charging a phone without a power outlet entails adding water to a single-use $4 PowerTrekk Pukk. CNET (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Trends & Research 
  • NPD: Apple dominated list of most popular phones in Q4
    Apple's stock with investors may be declining, but consumers are still lapping up new and older iPhone models, according to NPD Group's fourth-quarter analysis. The research firm found the iPhone 5, iPhone 4S and iPhone 4 ranked first, third and fourth among the top-selling cellphones and accounted for 39% of all U.S. smartphone sales compared to 30% for Samsung Electronics. Apple's iOS software also slightly increased its share of mobile-based Web traffic in the period compared with previous months, according to Net Applications, a multiplatform app company. TechCrunch (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Public Policy 
  • Carriers ponder spectrum sharing, yet are still skeptical
    Verizon Wireless, AT&T and T-Mobile USA last week agreed to study the idea of sharing 95 MHz of government-owned wireless spectrum with an eye on deploying the bandwidth when it was vacated by the Department of Defense and other agencies. Still, the carriers emphasized that they remain skeptical of a sharing scheme. "We continue to believe that clearing and reallocating is the best approach to freeing up much needed spectrum for commercial mobile broadband use," AT&T Assistant Vice President Stacey Black wrote in blog post. GigaOm (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • FTC offers new privacy guidelines for mobile industry
    The mobile industry should improve privacy protection and allow device users to opt out of ad-network tracking, the Federal Trade Commission argues in a new set of nonbinding recommendations. Outgoing FTC chief Jon Leibowitz called the mobile sector "a sort of Wild West" and called for industry players to act to tackle its "unique privacy challenges." Separately, the social networking application Path has agreed to settle with the FTC for $800,000 over charges that it collected children's personal information. The Wall Street Journal (2/2), Adweek (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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