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  • Sprint urges MVNOs to reuse older phones
    Sprint Nextel has begun a program that will allow its wholesalers to carry the telecom's deactivated handsets. Dubbed "Bring Your Own Sprint Device," the initiative will allow mobile virtual network operators that use Sprint's network -- including Boost and Virgin Mobile -- to offer the older phones to their customers. Sprint said the program will help the environment as well as the bottom lines of MVNOs. The Verge (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Report: Verizon looks to gain 100% control of wireless unit
    Verizon Communications reportedly has stepped up its efforts to resolve the joint ownership structure of Verizon Wireless with Vodafone, which holds a 45% stake in the venture, according to a published report. The parties have reportedly held on-again and off-again talks in which Verizon sought to buy out Vodafone. "Verizon wants to control what is genuinely the best telecom asset on the planet," said Jonathan Chaplin, an analyst at New Street Research. In the most recent talks, which broke down in December, the companies also reportedly discussed the possibility of a full merger. Verizon declined comment. Bloomberg Businessweek (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Tumblr adds mobile ads, expects profits this year
    Tumblr expects to turn a profit for the first time this year, after expanding its advertising service to include mobile ads. Officials said the company would avoid launching a standard ad network and would instead focus on providing brands with tools for creative promotional work. "We're not bringing them a template or format to complete," says sales chief Lee Brown. "We're giving them a canvas. That takes a lot of time and a lot of thought." Bloomberg (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Mobile In Industry 
  • Mobile apps foster new businesses, jobs
    The proliferation of mobile applications has enabled a growing number of people without advanced computer knowledge to launch businesses and services, many of them in the sales and courier fields. "It's a great way to make your car payment by renting your car, or making rent by renting your apartment," said Patricia Nakache, a venture capitalist whose Trinity Ventures backs thredUP, an app for selling used children's clothing. The Wall Street Journal (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • IHS iSuppli: Cloud storage is reducing demand for NAND flash
    Manufacturers of mobile devices are using fewer NAND flash memory chips because of the increasing use of cloud-based data storage and streaming media, according to IHS iSuppli. The market research firm found that cellphones this year have an average memory capacity of 12.8 gigabytes, compared with 13.2GB in the first six months of 2012. It added, "From the first half of 2011 to the same time one year later, flash memory loading in tablets dipped 25% from 32.1GB to 24.0GB on average." PC Magazine (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Trends & Research 
  • IDC: 2013 is the year smartphones pass feature phones
    Smartphones will overtake feature phones in total sales this year, IDC predicts. The firm says manufacturers will ship 918.6 million smartphones in 2013, just over half of total handset shipments, thanks to demand in emerging markets such as China, India and Brazil. CNET (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Public Policy 
  • T-Mobile, MetroPCS deal passes DOJ muster
    The Department of Justice has let the deadline pass without raising objections to T-Mobile USA's proposed merger with MetroPCS Communications, according to Deutsche Telekom, T-Mobile's German-based parent. The deal, which is scheduled for an April 12 vote before MetroPCS shareholders, still needs support from the Federal Communications Commission and the Committee on Foreign Investment. Meanwhile, a group of 62 House Democrats wrote to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski urging the agency to set a pre-condition of "preserving U.S. jobs" before approving the deal. Total Telecom Magazine (U.K.)/Dow Jones Newswires (3/6), The Hill/Hillicon Valley blog (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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