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December 24, 2012
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  • Will the wave of wireless M&A deals end next year?
    Analysts believe the wireless mergers and acquisitions currently in play will bring the flurry of industry consolidation to a close next year as viable competitors to industry leading-carriers emerge. "What all of this is aiming at is strengthening T-Mobile and Sprint," Recon Analytics analyst Roger Entner said about T-Mobile USA's merger with MetroPCS and Softbank's bid to buy 70% of Sprint Nextel. News Service (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Company News 
  • Acer is said to prep $99 tablet, mainly for developing markets
    Acer is expected to introduce a $99 Android tablet in early 2013, according to a published report, which says the device is aimed at competing with white-label products made by Chinese rivals for emerging markets. Acer will reportedly load the 7-inch "Iconia B1" with specs similar to Amazon's Kindle Fire HD with the price expected to vary depending on the country. It remains uncertain whether Acer will sell the cheaper tablet in the U.S. The Wall Street Journal/Digits blog (12/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • In D.C., parking garages fill empty spots with help of apps
    Washington, D.C., parking garage operators are helping to boost their businesses on slow nights and weekends by providing mobile applications to drivers that provide them information about cost, location and availability of parking spots. The idea is to persuade drivers to use garages before they start circling the block looking for spaces. The Washington Post (12/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Motorola is slowed by obstacles in state-of-art "X Phone" design
    Google's Motorola Mobility has had to scale back its efforts in designing and developing a smartphone dubbed "X Phone" that was aimed at competing with more popular models from Apple and Samsung Electronics, according to a published report. After seven months of development, Motorola has been forced to reconsider some cutting-edge features, such as a flexible screen, due to supply-chain and manufacturing issues. The report describes Motorola's multifront mobile-device strategy. The Wall Street Journal (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends & Research 
  • New wave of MVNOs offer fresh competition to carriers
    A second generation of wireless wholesale carriers known as MVNOs have adopted a new, low-cost, more flexible business model that has brought fresh pressure on the first wave of mobile virtual network operators as well as the four major U.S. carriers, according to a report which chronicles the efforts of such such upstarts as Ting, Republic Wireless, FreedomPop, Voyager Mobile and Solavei. These companies are leasing excess capacity from the likes of Sprint Nextel and T-Mobile USA. GigaOm (12/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  CTIA News 
  • 50 quick facts about the U.S. wireless industry
    Test your knowledge or learn something new by reviewing CTIA's 50 Wireless Quick Facts. We provide facts on the wireless industry's impact on the economy as well as facts on innovation, demographics, usage, competition, the environment, and taxes and fees. The facts also feature third-party projections for how wireless technology is transforming other industries, including health care, transportation, agriculture and the public sector. Read the 50 Wireless Quick Facts now. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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