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October 22, 2012
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  • Hesse does not rule out buying a bigger Clearwire stake
    Sprint Nextel will acquire more shares in Clearwire if the right deal presents itself, CEO Daniel Hesse revealed last week after the carrier said that it would pay about $100 million for Eagle River Holdings' 4.5% stake in the wireless service provider, a move that would give Sprint majority control in the company. "We just never made an offer to buy all of Clearwire, that’s just not on the table. We don’t need to do anything, we have a commercial arrangement with Clearwire, we have a contract and they provide us with WiMAX 4G service and they are beginning to build out LTE 4G services," he said in an interview. Bloomberg Businessweek (10/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Company News 
  • Nokia said to put $150 price tag on Lumia 920 at AT&T
    Nokia will undercut its smartphone rivals by pricing the new Lumia 920 at $149.99 with a contract when it hits AT&T and retail stores next month, according to the consumer electronics retail chain Best Buy, which began accepting pre-orders for the device on Sunday before withdrawing them today. The phone will cost $50 less than Apple's iPhone 5 and Samsung Electronics' Galaxy S III, but will be more expensive than HTC's $100 Windows-powered 8x phone. The Wall Street Journal (10/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Facebook was slow on the mobile uptake, VP admits
    Facebook moved too slowly to take advantage of the mobile arena, Vice President Vaughan Smith conceded at a conference on the mobile Web last week, but he insisted that the social network site has rebounded quickly. "We’ve completely changed the way we do product development. ... We've pivoted our thinking," Smith said about the company's strategic change to a "mobile first" emphasis. All Things D (10/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • NSN's 4G innovations spark record profits
    Nokia Siemens Networks has emerged as a bright spot within its struggling parent company Nokia as NSN posted record net income in the third quarter, mainly due to solid sales in Long-Term Evolution gear. The joint venture, which has sought to introduce cutting-edge products to put it at the forefront of LTE technology, has become an especially strong force in the Asian markets. Bloomberg Businessweek/Gigaom (10/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Mobile apps making inroads with clinicians
    Mobile health applications have made strides in clinical settings to the point where developers have begun integrating their software directly into clinicians' workflow, according to attendees at a health technology event last week. Companies showcased applications that have reduced hospital readmissions, cut emergency room wait time and provided nurses with data before patients arrive at medical care sites. InformationWeek (10/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology 
  • Ericsson's "Bowser" sets stage for mobile Web calling
    Ericsson is trying to become a pioneer in the emerging WebRTC technology by introducing a compatible browser that would let developers meet emerging standards for embedding voice and video services into their Web-based applications. Dubbed "Bowser," developers can download the software free for iOS and Android devices. "It is an experimental browser that we have put out to allow us at Ericsson and developers to better understand the technology and use it in the best possible way," said Ericsson's Daniel Enström. CIO.com/IDG News Service (10/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Google: Mobile payment services growing, but slowly
    Even though Google is seeing growth in the mobile-payment arena, Google executive Osama Bedier does not expect mobile payment services using near field communication technology to become commonplace in the U.S. for another three to five years. Also at Google, the company is reportedly considering settling a potential antitrust lawsuit from regulators over its handling of wireless device patents. Network World/IDG News Service (10/19), The Wall Street Journal (10/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Trends & Research 
  • Mobile holiday shopping to nearly double this year
    E-commerce should account for a third of holiday shopping this season -- up from 25% last year -- and the mobile proportion of that shopping is on pace to nearly double to 21%, according to research by the e-tailing group and e-commerce service provider MarketLive. Roughly 4 in 10 mobile shoppers plan to use their devices for cost comparisons and sales research. eMarketer (10/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  CTIA News 
  • Survey: Americans used 104% more wireless data
    Americans used more than 1.1 trillion megabytes of data from July 2011-June 2012, which was an increase of 104% over the previous 12 months, according to CTIA-The Wireless Association® semi-annual survey. As of June 2012, out of the almost 322 million wireless subscriber connections, smartphones made up 131 million (or 41%); tablets were 22 million (or 16.7%). In addition, there was an almost 10% increase from the previous year in prepaid users from 68.4 million to 74.9 million, which is 23.3% of U.S. wireless subscribers. Even though many consumers are using more voice, data and text than ever before, the average monthly bill went down $0.07 to $47.16 per month. With these data-hungry users, the wireless industry’s need for more spectrum to meet consumers' demands is irrefutable. Check out the semi-annual survey. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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