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March 13, 2013
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  • FCC, DOJ back T-Mobile's MetroPCS merger
    T-Mobile USA's merger with MetroPCS took a leap forward Tuesday with its approval from the Federal Communications Commission and the Department of Justice. Both agencies said the deal could increase competition in the mobile phone industry. MetroPCS shareholders still need to sign off on the merger in an April 12 vote, with two institutional investors in opposition arguing for better deal terms. Bloomberg (3/13), The Wall Street Journal/Dow Jones Newswires (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • For Samsung, hype brings huge expectations for Galaxy phone
    Samsung Electronics has built up expectations so much for its Galaxy S IV launch in New York on Thursday night that analysts wonder if the smartphone maker has not set too high a bar for itself. "Samsung has positioned itself as the only alternative to Apple for high-end phones. With that comes expectations and responsibility," Gartner Group analyst Carolina Milanesi said. Samsung, which last year outspent Apple in marketing its phones in the U.S., also faces concerns about a repetition of last year's distribution snags for the Galaxy S III. Samsung said that it has built a backup plan to ensure adequate supplies reach consumers. The Wall Street Journal (3/12), Reuters (3/13), The Wall Street Journal (3/12), Bloomberg Businessweek (3/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Verizon said to ship new Nokia phone in April
    Verizon Wireless reportedly will launch Nokia's Lumia 928 next month backed by major marketing muscle from the smartphone maker's operating system partner Microsoft, according to an Internet report, which details changes Nokia has made to the Lumia 928. These include an aluminum body that will be lighter and thinner, as well as new technology for the 8-megapixel PureView camera. The Verge (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • VoLTE phones making strides in conserving battery power
    Smartphones that support voice-over-LTE services have improved their battery efficiency in the four months since testing measurement company Spirent found that 4G calls drained handsets twice as fast as CDMA devices. In newer tests using MetroPCS' updated VoLTE service, Spirent said the batteries lasted 35% longer than in the initial test using a first-generation VoLTE device from LG, although 4G was still found to lag 2G when it comes to power efficiency. GigaOm (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Report: Many teens browse only via their smartphones
    Not only are teenagers using smartphones more to go online, but 23% of them access the Internet only through their handsets, according to a new Pew Research Center report, which found that 15% of adults browse exclusively via their cellphones. Pew found that 37% of those aged 12 to 17 used the Internet from their smartphones in 2012, compared with 23% in 2011. A Pew analyst said the trends were significant because teens have proved to be highly predictive of how society would embrace other new technologies, such as the Internet, social media and text messaging. GigaOm (3/12), Reuters (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • IDC: Android will become top tablet platform in 2013
    The broad popularity of the iPad Mini aside, Android is expected to supplant Apple's iOS as the most popular tablet platform this year, research firm IDC predicted. Apple's insistence on keeping its tablet more expensive than the typical $200 price for Android's 7-inch tablets has cost the iPad maker, according to IDC analysts. IDC raised its estimate for 2013 tablet shipments by 11% largely because of sales of the smaller-screen devices. Computerworld (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Dems, GOP push bills on unlocked cellphone agenda
    A bipartisan group of congressional lawmakers has introduced legislation that would enable cellphone owners to unlock their handsets without obtaining permission from their carriers. Advocacy groups want Congress to address the copyright issue that led to the Library of Congress' decision that barred unlocking, rather than just enact narrow legislation aimed at cellphones. PC Magazine (3/12), Bloomberg Businessweek (3/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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