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February 1, 2013
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  • Clearwire continues DISH review but stays with Sprint
    Clearwire will remain open to talking with DISH Network about its bid to take control of the wireless service provider but also said in a regulatory filing it would continue to recommend shareholders accept Sprint Nextel's offer of $2.97 share. DISH bid $3.30 a share for Clearwire, but Sprint has argued that the rival offer carries more conditions. Clearwire also said that it has still not drawn on any of the financing offered by Sprint. Bloomberg (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Strict U.S. carrier testing will force BlackBerry to wait
    BlackBerry will not be able to introduce its Z10 smartphone in the U.S. until mid-March -- one month behind the U.K. -- because domestic carriers put handsets to more rigorous testing than their overseas counterparts, according to analysts. They said BlackBerry's delays in rolling out the phones will cause the company to miss a crucial opportunity to advertise during this Sunday's Super Bowl telecast. Also, BlackBerry said it will alter its marketing approach to reach out to more women, especially "working moms." Bloomberg Businessweek (1/31), Mashable (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Softbank sees quick turnaround on Sprint earnings
    Sprint Nextel's finances will rebound within two years after it is initially expected to pull down Softbank's bottom line, said Masayoshi Son, chief executive of the Japanese carrier, which has offered $20.1 billion to buy Sprint. In the short term, Son cited major expenses from building out Sprint's 4G network and depreciation costs from shutting down Nextel's legacy 2G network. "Based on today's foreign exchange rates, it's like we were able to buy Sprint at a discount," Son said Thursday. The Wall Street Journal (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Appeals court deals Apple setback in seeking Galaxy Nexus ban
    Apple on Thursday lost its bid in a federal appeals court for a rehearing after judges in October overturned an earlier sales ban on Samsung Electronics' Galaxy Nexus. Apple had sought a preliminary injunction against the smartphone claiming its search function violated an Apple patent. The U.S. Court of Appeals offered no explanation for its decision, but in October ruled that a lower court had "abused its discretion" in granting a ban. The Wall Street Journal (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Price cuts give major short-term boost to mobile app sales
    Mobile application developers may be able to make more money -- or at least hold their own -- by lowering the price of their apps, according to a report from Distimo, an app analytics firm that found downloads grew cumulatively by more than 17-fold in the five days following an iPhone App Store price cut. Moreover, the report found that developers gained not only by climbing the App Store's rankings but that revenues actually began to increase by the third day after the drop. Distimo found the same trend, but to a lesser degree, with iPad apps. TechCrunch (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • HP eyes cloud-based "avatar" to manage mobile networks, devices
    Hewlett-Packard is looking to make it easier for individuals to manage their various mobile devices and wireless networks by looking to develop an "avatar" in the cloud that would offer them an identity to put into play in various situations. HP said its Mobile Personal Grid could also help companies manage personal devices that employees bring to work. "There's so much burden that the user has today to get connected to the network. This is automatic ad hoc networking," HP's Paul Congdon said. News Service (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Largent explains how to actually get Americans online
    In a blog post, CTIA President and CEO Steve Largent explains how America leads the world in innovation and competition, but to maintain our leadership position, the U.S. wireless industry needs more spectrum. By bringing 500 MHz of spectrum to market, per the Federal Communications Commission's National Broadband Plan, the U.S. will see an increase of: $166 billion in GDP; at least 350,000 jobs; $23.4 billion in government revenues; and $13.1 billion in wireless applications and content sales. Read the post. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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