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October 19, 2012
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  • Shammo: Verizon surprised by strong "Share Everything" uptake
    Verizon Wireless' new "Share Everything" mobile data plan now accounts for 13% of its subscriptions, Chief Financial Officer Fran Shammo said Thursday after parent company Verizon Communications reported earnings. "Share Everything is doing better than we had expected. We're seeing customers from our legacy business moving from the unlimited data plan to Share Everything. And we're seeing people attach more devices and more smartphones," he told analysts. CNET (10/18), PC Magazine (10/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Motorola helps depress Google results
    Google's Motorola Mobility posted disappointing results Thursday as revenues slipped by 14%, mainly due to the handset unit, Google disclosed as part of its third-quarter earnings report. The parent company missed analysts' estimates as it tries to monetize consumer shifts from PC to mobile devices. CEO Larry Page expressed optimism, noting that Google's mobile-related revenues had risen to $8 billion. One bright spot: Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster estimated Google sold 800,000 to 1 million Nexus 7 tablets in the quarter. Bloomberg Businessweek (10/19), CNET (10/18), Computerworld/IDG News Service (10/18), ZDNet (10/18), CNET (10/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • AT&T cautions over Japanese firm's control of wireless spectrum
    AT&T warns that foreign telecoms could control large amounts of wireless spectrum if Softbank succeeds in buying a majority stake in Sprint Nextel and controlling wireless provider Clearwire. In a statement, AT&T's Brad Burns said the deal would give the No. 3 Japanese carrier "control of significantly more U.S. wireless spectrum than any other company." The Hill/Hillicon Valley blog (10/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Poor screen display seen as reason for Lumia's disappointing sales
    Nokia had a tough time selling its Lumia 900 smartphones because of their relatively poor display, according to a Wall Street Journal commentary that predicts the upcoming Lumia 920 may fare better in the market because of its much-improved resolution and hardware, including a state-of-the-art camera. Nokia reported Thursday that it had sold 2.9 million of the Windows Phone handsets in the third quarter, compared with 4 million in the previous quarter. The Wall Street Journal/Digits blog (10/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Mobile Apps 
  • New app informs breast cancer patients on reconstruction techniques
    The New Orleans-based Center for Restorative Breast Surgery is launching a new iPhone application designed to inform newly diagnosed breast cancer patients and those who underwent a mastectomy about the latest and most advanced techniques in breast reconstruction. The first-of-its-kind app features a "Procedure Wizard" section that uses a supercomputer to determine the best reconstructive procedure for each patient and a "What to Ask" section that allows patients to ask the right questions on surgery prior to their appointments. (10/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
  • AT&T allies with Appcelerator in effort to put network to work
    AT&T on Thursday became the first carrier to join with Appcelerator to provide application program interfaces (APIs) in order to build an array of services -- such as voice recognition, messaging and mobile payment -- into developers' apps. Appcelerator offers a popular development platform, and AT&T's move is seen a way to wring more revenues from its wireless network. TechCrunch (10/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Trends & Research 
  • Report: Smartphones will be quick to adopt "Super" Wi-Fi
    Smartphone-makers will not waste time embedding new high-speed Wi-Fi technology in their hardware, according to a report from ABI Research, which predicts that 70% of handsets will support the emerging 802.11ac standard by 2015. ABI also says that many of these phones will be equipped with advanced Bluetooth radios and near-field communications chips. Network World (10/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  CTIA News 
  • How the Wireless Industry Protects Consumers' Privacy
    In today's wireless industry, consumers have a variety of choices from a number of companies, whether it's content developers, app creators, device manufacturers or the carriers. The assortment of options is why the U.S. wireless industry is robustly competitive and innovative. At the same time, consumers must take the time to review each app, service and product they use on their mobile devices to know how their personal information, including location, may be used. CTIA explains some of the offerings the wireless industry provides to help consumers protect their privacy. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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