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March 11, 2013
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  • T-Mobile lets companies pre-order BlackBerry Z10
    T-Mobile USA will allow enterprise customers to pre-order the BlackBerry Z10 smartphone today with an eye on delivering them by the end of next week, the carrier said. This delivery date would be around the same time AT&T is expected to begin selling the device at its U.S. retail outlets. T-Mobile Chief Marketing Officer Mike Sievert said the carrier will likely offer the Z10 at its stores by month's end. Neither carrier has detailed the phone's cost, but Verizon Wireless has set a $199 price tag on the handset. The Wall Street Journal (3/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Company News 
  • AT&T: Unlock ban will have little effect on our subs
    AT&T said that many of its subscribers can already unlock their cellphones if the carrier has the proper code or can "reasonably" obtain it from the smartphone maker. A spokeswoman for the carrier said the Library of Congress' recent ruling outlawing the practice for individuals will have "little impact" on AT&T's customers. The telecom said it would provide the code to subscribers who have fulfilled their contracts and have accounts that have been active for at least two months. AT&T will sell the code to those still in their contract if they pay the early termination fee. CNET (3/8), PC Magazine (3/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Samsung takes battle to Apple's turf with new Galaxy phone
    Samsung Electronics' decision to introduce its new flagship phone, the Galaxy S IV, on Thursday in the U.S. signals its hope to topple Apple's iPhone in its home market, industry observers say. Analysts predict the phone will feature a speedier processor, improved camera and 5-inch AMOLED display, along with a more efficient battery. Separately, Samsung is riding a wave of global momentum: The company tripled its Chinese smartphone sales last year to reach a nearly 18% market share, tops in the country, according to the Strategy Analytics research firm. The Wall Street Journal (3/10), TechCrunch (3/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Patent victories for Apple in U.S., HTC in Germany
    A German court has ruled against Nokia's efforts to obtain royalties from HTC on Android phones it began selling in the country last May. A judge threw out a pair of Nokia's patent claims -- those covering "intelligent network" services -- but Nokia said that 34 claims against HTC remain in process in both Germany and the U.S. In other patent news, a U.S. federal court judge allowed Apple to go forward with its second patent lawsuit against Samsung Electronics, this one dealing with the iPhone's Siri technology. GigaOm (3/8), Reuters (3/8), CNET (3/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Wireless Inspires 
  • Apps aim to simplify legal process for clients
    A number of new mobile applications are designed to enable clients to make better sense of the legal system and their attorneys -- software that lawyers are praising and providing to their clients. "It helps them to understand what we do," said Brian Baker, a bankruptcy attorney. For example, Viewabill enables clients to keep an eye on their legal bills and can track attorneys' billable hours. The Wall Street Journal (3/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
  • Qualcomm may find silver lining in ill-fated FloTV
    Qualcomm believes it can salvage the Long-Term Evolution-based technology used in the chipmaker's failed FloTV mobile broadcast effort to create a system that could enable carriers to provide video and other high-quality content to subscribers more efficiently. The technology could provide Qualcomm with another outlet to sell chips but also allow carriers to deliver similar content to multiple subscribers through the LTE broadcast system. PCWorld/IDG News Service (3/9), All Things D (3/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Solar cells may keep smartphones running longer
    Solar power firm Alta Devices said it has found a way to extend the battery life of wireless devices by up to 80% using high-efficiency gallium arsenide that could work even in low-light conditions. The Silicon Valley-based company said it has learned how to make gallium arsenide effective inside "thin film" devices such as cellphones and tablets. Basically, Alta has built a solar panel flexible enough to work on a mobile device, the company disclosed. The New York Times (tiered subscription model)/Bits blog (3/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Public Policy 
  • FTC seeks to protect consumers from "cramming"
    The Federal Trade Commission on Friday urged all companies in the mobile-payment chain to protect consumers against fraudulent or inaccurate billing practices, saying they should not leave it up to consumers to find mistakes on their bills. "An effective strategy requires participation by all entities involved in third-party bills -- including mobile carriers, billing aggregators, and payment processors," the agency wrote in a new report. The FTC also wants companies to make their policies more transparent to subscribers. News Service (3/8), Reuters (3/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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