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July 19, 2012
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  Top Story 
  • AT&T unveils shared-data package but makes it optional
    AT&T will join Verizon Wireless in introducing a shared-data plan but will make the plan optional for customers. The carrier will also allow renewing subscribers with unlimited data to retain their current plans and upgrade to a subsidized phone. AT&T's shared plan's pricing will start at $40 for 1 gigabyte of service per month. Carriers are launching shared-data packages as users consume data on an increasing array of devices within families. The Wall Street Journal (7/18), Reuters (7/19), (7/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Company News 
  • Verizon beats estimates on strong mobile revenue growth
    Verizon Communications surpassed Wall Street's predictions during the second quarter, in which its wireless division netted 888,000 contract subscribers, compared with expectations of 666,000. The telecom's total wireless base grew by 1.2 million customers, reaching 94.2 million, a 4.9% gain from a year earlier. The broad adoption of smartphones and increased emphasis on data sparked a 3.7% rise in average revenue per contract user. Wireless revenue increased 7.4% as overall company revenue grew 3.7%. The Wall Street Journal/Dow Jones Newswires (7/19), Reuters (7/19), Bloomberg (7/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Nokia posts higher losses, but Lumia sales are strong
    Nokia shares rose today after the phone-maker said it sold 4 million units of its flagship Lumia phones in the second quarter, twice as many as in the previous period, even though it posted losses that came in almost twice as great as analysts had predicted. Nokia also said its cash reserves were substantially higher than predicted because of patient license fees and funds from its partner Microsoft. "The market is reacting positively because of the Lumia numbers," said Sami Sarkamies, a Nordea Bank analyst. Bloomberg Businessweek (7/19), The Wall Street Journal (7/19), The Wall Street Journal (7/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Huawei presses Samsung by selling cheaper smartphones
    China's Huawei Technologies, which is said to now rank third among global smartphone-makers, will count on low-cost smartphones to challenge Samsung and Apple globally. "They're the guys that don't get a lot of respect, because they're not big in the U.S. Samsung ought to be looking over its shoulder," said Horace Dediu, founder of Asymco, a Finnish equity-research firm. Bloomberg Businessweek (7/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Mobile Marketing 
  • Facebook's mobile ads shine in click-thru study
    Facebook's mobile ads enjoy a higher click-thru rate than Twitter, and the wireless platform outperformed desktops, according to a study from TBG Digital, a social-advertising firm. The firm, which looked at results from Facebook's sponsored story ads in news feeds, found the mobile ads had a 1.14% click-thru rate -- nearly twice as high as those from the desktop feed and more than four times greater than 24 million Twitter ad impressions TBG reviewed. Adweek (7/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
  • Honda will connect cars starting with 2013 Accord
    Honda on Wednesday introduced an in-car telematic platform, HondaLink, which will allow occupants to connect to a range of voice-activated information and entertainment applications starting with the Honda Accord 2013 model. Honda will rely heavily on drivers' smartphones to host the apps and to provide the Internet link. GigaOm (7/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Trends & Research 
  • U.N. conference will put mobile health front and center
    Mobile health technology should be a prime topic of conversation at next week's U.N. Conference on Sustainable Development, according to a report, which points to health-related mobile applications as leading the way toward giving a substantial leg up to emerging nations. (7/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Earnings Roundup 
  • Qualcomm offers upbeat view on chip shortage, smartphone demand
    Qualcomm issued an optimistic outlook Wednesday for the remainder of the year, saying it expects chip shortages to ease and demand to pick up in the fourth quarter -- most likely a reference to the expected debut of the next Apple iPhone and Microsoft's Windows 8 tablet. While Qualcomm reported a 17% increase in profit for its fiscal third quarter from a year earlier, the company said lingering supply issues would crimp revenue in its current quarter. CEO Paul Jacobs was upbeat about chip supplies, saying, "We are in quite intense discussions with various people about how we can ensure that we don't have this kind of issue again." Bloomberg (7/19), The Wall Street Journal (7/18), Computerworld/IDG News Service (7/18), EE Times (7/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Public Policy 
  • Lawmakers warned about "patent trolls"
    Officials from Cisco Systems and Ford on Wednesday urged House Judiciary Committee members to limit product bans based on suits filed before the U.S. International Trade Commission by so-called "patent trolls." They pointed to a Supreme Court decision that has led lower courts to rarely award injunctions for patent infringements. The Hill/Hillicon Valley blog (7/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  CTIA News 
  • helps match those with disabilities with wireless
    Award-winning is the initial website that consumers should visit for information about accessible wireless devices and services. The site features the innovative "Find a Phone" tool so consumers can search and compare the accessibility features of a variety of wireless devices to fit their accessibility needs. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski recognized the site with the 2011 Chairman's Award for Advancement in Accessibility for its innovative efforts to help consumers with disabilities benefit from the country's communications technologies. Visit today! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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