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July 27, 2012
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  • Sprint's Hesse backs unlimited data plans
    Sprint Nextel CEO Dan Hesse says the carrier isn't considering abandoning its unlimited data tiers. "We currently have no plans to change," he said in an interview Thursday after the company reported earnings. Separately, Sprint announced that it would bring its Long-Term Evolution network to four new markets by Labor Day, including Baltimore. Sprint also plans to bring to market the Motorola Photon Q, its first 4G LTE phone with a full physical keyboard and global roaming. The New York Times (tiered subscription model)/Bits blog (7/26), All Things D (7/26), The Verge (7/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Clearwire faces wholesale losses, though outlook brightens
    Lower operating costs allowed Clearwire to report a narrower loss than analysts had predicted for the second quarter, although the wireless service provider reported that it lost a combined 42,000 retail and wholesale customers in the period. Executives expect the wholesale defections to continue for the rest of the year because of partner Sprint Nextel's iPhone sales. Still, the company issued an upbeat forecast, saying it has enough cash reserves to fund itself for at least a year. Bloomberg Businessweek (7/26), Reuters (7/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Samsung profits rise 48% on backs of smartphones
    Samsung Electronics pointed to the launch of its Galaxy S III smartphone as helping the South Korean company's second-quarter profits rise 48% from a year earlier. Samsung does not detail its smartphone shipments, but analysts estimate the figure at 52 million during the period, double Apple's iPhone total for the second quarter. Although Samsung has sold 10 million of its flagship Galaxy S III phones, Juniper Research said mid-range and low-cost handsets have fueled most of the company's sales. The Wall Street Journal (7/27), InformationWeek (7/26), Reuters (7/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Mobile Apps 
  • Why it's difficult to cash in on HTML 5
    HTML 5 applications could prove harder to monetize than many developers and marketers expect, writes Edith Yeung. App discovery remains a headache, there's no established ad network for HTML 5 apps and consumers remain hesitant about non-native apps. "The benefits of HTML5 are clear -- write once, deploy everywhere -- but there are still many monetization, performance, and technical limitations," Yeung writes. Mashable (7/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology 
  • Microsoft admits risk for Windows 8 tablets
    Microsoft admitted in a government filing that the company is taking a risk in producing its upcoming line of tablets. "Our Surface devices will compete with products made by our OEM partners, which may affect their commitment to our platform," Microsoft said in its annual report to the Securities and Exchange Commission. Also, Microsoft faced a good news-bad news scenario in a survey of developers: While software writers are losing interest in Windows Phones, they are excited about the Windows 8 tablets, according to IDC and Appcelerator. The New York Times (tiered subscription model)/Bits blog (7/26), CNET/Microsoft blog (7/26), PCWorld (7/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Nvidia signs up for Miracast wireless standard
    Nvidia will use the forthcoming Miracast wireless-streaming standard being developed by the Wi-Fi Alliance in its chips, allowing direct Wi-Fi connections among various electronics products. Miracast is expected to offer an open alternative to Apple's AirPlay software and Intel's WiDi. CNET (7/26), The Register (U.K.) (7/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Report: Next iPhone is being affected by shortage of 28nm chips
    Apple's launch of the new iPhone model may be postponed from a possible October date to next year because of a shortage of Qualcomm chips made with 28-nanometer features, according to the First Financial Daily newspaper in Shanghai. Such a delay could be financially unfortunate for Apple, which reported this week that sales of the iPhone 4S are lagging as consumers look forward to the next iPhone. Electronics Weekly (U.K.) (7/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Google will provide Nexus 7 tablet with K.C. video bundle
    Google Fiber will provide a free Nexus 7 tablet as part of the advanced video bundle with the 1 gigabit-per-second Internet service officially unveiled Thursday for the Kansas City market. Google will charge $70 a month for a Web service and $120 with the video bundle, in which users can watch and control video through the tablet. The company plans to begin installing service in September. Telecompetitor.com (7/26), Reuters (7/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  CTIA News 
  • Independent research again confirms more spectrum is critical
    to U.S. economy

     
    CTIA has created a one-page overview that highlights third-party research proving that the U.S. wireless industry is an economic engine that provides millions of jobs, as well as innovation and value. For example, the U.S. wireless industry accounted for $33 billion in productivity gains for U.S. businesses in 2011, which will grow to be worth more than $1.4 trillion over the next 10 years. For these benefits to continue, the wireless industry must be able to purchase more spectrum; in turn, our members would create at least 350,000 new jobs and increase the U.S. GDP by $166 billion. Read the CTIA Blog for highlights from the overview and to download the PDF. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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