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August 6, 2012
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  • AT&T will retire 2G network by 2017
    AT&T says it will shutter its 2G network, market by market, by New Year's Day of 2017 as it moves to devote its resources to more advanced and speedier technology. In a Securities and Exchange Commission filing posted Friday, AT&T said 12% of its contract subscribers retained 2G handsets as of the end of June, but the carrier no longer sells them on a contract or prepaid basis. "Due to substantial increases in the demand for wireless service in the United States, AT&T is facing significant spectrum and capacity constraints on its wireless network in certain markets," the filing read. The Wall Street Journal (8/3), PC Magazine (8/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Company News 
  • First week of trial unearths some Apple secrets
    Apple's legal efforts to obtain royalties from Samsung Electronics extracted some Apple company secrets in the first week of their federal court trial, in which Samsung is also suing its rival. Testimony has elicited information on how Apple relies on free media and product placement to sell new products, and the trial has offered an inside look at preliminary designs for new iPad and iPhone models. Also at the trial, the judge dismissed Apple's request to punish Samsung's attorneys for disclosing evidence to the public that had been excluded from the trial. Bloomberg (8/4), The Wall Street Journal (8/5), Network World/IDG News Service (8/4), Bloomberg Businessweek (8/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Nokia is hard-pressed to get AT&T retailers' attention
    Nokia acknowledges that it faces a difficult, but not impossible, challenge in obtaining greater visibility for its Lumia line of smartphones in AT&T's retail outlets. "[I]t's just work, day-to-day work to ensure they have all the information they need, that they have used the device, that they are able to tell the whole story," said Jo Harlow, who heads Nokia's smartphone unit. Bloomberg Businessweek (8/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Key physician applauds "explosion" of smartphone medical apps
    Blood glucose monitors for diabetics and applications that check for E. coli bacteria in tap water are among the offerings in the mobile-health field, which is on the verge of an "explosion," says Glen Stream, the head of the American Academy of Family Physicians. "People want to be empowered to take care of their health," he said. USA TODAY (8/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends & Research 
  • Low-end smartphones draw big chip companies
    Intel, MediaTek, Qualcomm and other large chip companies are addressing the market for low-end smartphones, offering dual-core processors and other ICs going into phones that will be sold for less than $200, this article notes. Last week, Lenovo rolled out two low-end smartphones for the Chinese market that use dual-core processors from Qualcomm. The Wall Street Journal (8/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CIOs face new wave of app stores from software vendors
    Major software vendors are preparing to deluge enterprise IT executives with applications through the establishment of their own app stores that will also market third-party services, according to a published report that points to SAP's efforts as helping lead the way. Unlike online consumer outlets, app stores aimed at companies face an array of obstacles, the vendors acknowledge. (8/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Earnings Roundup 
  • Smartphone subsidies weigh on U.S. Cellular
    U.S. Cellular's revenues rose 3%, helped by the growth of the average bill, but the substantial subsidies the company paid to carry smartphones led to a 30% decline in second-quarter net income, the regional carrier reported Friday. At 5.8 million subscribers, U.S. Cellular, which does not sell the iPhone because of the related costs, is the nation's seventh-largest carrier. Bloomberg Businessweek/The Associated Press (8/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  CTIA News 
  • Mobile education means anytime, anywhere learning
    Wireless is revolutionizing the education sector by providing students with the ability to learn anytime and anyplace. Through innovative educational applications, digital textbooks, collaboration tools and individualized feedback, wireless devices are transforming the way today's students learn and interact. CTIA has filed a paper with the Federal Communications Commission and written a blog post that explains the benefits of mobile education and some of the advantages that wireless provides teachers and students. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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