Critics have waited for years for someone to challenge AT&T’s stranglehold over the iPhone, but despite predictions that millions could defect to Verizon next month now that it can sell the iconic handset, history actually suggests that losing exclusivity could help AT&T rather than hurt it.
In one of the first indications about manufacturer satisfaction with the Windows Phone 7 launch, an LG executive said the big Microsoft roll-out was, “less than we expected.” But he said the platform still has a chance as an easy-to-use alternative to Android.
A plan to bring a nationwide wholesale LTE network to the U.S. is in trouble. LightSquared has a troubled private equity backer and may be losing ground in Washington as it seeks a way around regulations that are making its planned network a long shot.
Android has finally surged past iOS in ad impressions on Millennial’s ad network for the first time, breaking a two-month tie. The numbers reflect the obvious growth of the Android platform and solidifies the idea that Android has become the top platform for mobile advertising.
Only six months after introducing a $40 unlimited prepaid 3G data plan, Virgin Mobile is adding a 5 GB soft-cap of data each billing period. Users that reach the limit will see their bandwidth slowed until the next month of service begins.
Now that the Verizon iPhone is here, you may be tempted to rush out and buy one. But there’s no good reason to, unless you’re extremely impatient or don’t care that much about money. If neither of those descriptors applies, then you’re better off waiting.
Verizon and Apple today released the iPhone on Verizon’s 3G network. It will start selling on Feb. 10 for $199.99 for a 16 GB version and $299.99 for a 32 GB unit at Apple and Verizon stores. This could rock the smartphone market in the U.S.
The DECE will soon find itself trying to convince consumers to buy a piece of digital content online that they buy once and watch anywhere. But if it’s going to show the value of its Ultraviolet rights locker, it’ll be fighting against on-demand rentals.
Globally, mobile broadband subscriptions are set to double in 2011, up to 1 billion from 500 million last year. This growth rate is increasing and it corresponds very highly to another growth rate: that of smartphone sales, which recently jumped 93 percent per year.
Nvidia said today Intel will pay the graphics chipmaker $1.5 billion as part of a legal settlement. The agreement shows how fast things are changing for Intel and the computing industry as power efficiency is trumping performance, and entertainment is winning out over productivity.