DISH Smartphone Repair Highlights Need for Revenue Diversification Strategies

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Both the telecom and pay-TV industries have seen their share of disruption, forcing providers to adopt revenue diversification strategies to replace lost revenue from legacy services. In the latest example, satellite pay-TV provider DISH is getting into the smartphone repair business with an interesting model....Learn More

comScore: U.S. Smartphone Penetration Nears 80 Percent

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Nearly 200 million people across the U.S. owned smartphones during the three months ending in January, a 79.1% U.S. smartphone penetration rate, according to comScore’s latest MobiLens and Mobile Metrix. Apple’s smartphones continued to be the leading brand, while Google’s Android remained the top smartphone...Learn More

Smartphone Upgrade Trends: Over 30% Keep Phones More Than Two Years

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Smartphones are now present in 86% of U.S. broadband households and have reached similar levels of penetration in mature Western European markets, according to new market research from Parks Associates released in advance of the Mobile World Congress, which will take place in Barcelona February...Learn More

Flurry: Phablet Market Share Grows to 27% of New Activations

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Larger screen phablets have proved popular among consumers despite initial skepticism among industry pundits. To wit: phablets accounted for nearly 3 in 10 mobile device activations (27 percent) in the week prior to Christmas, according to the latest holiday season market data from mobile analytics...Learn More

Cyber Monday Smartphone Shopping Stats: Over One Quarter of Purchases Now by Mobile

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More people made Cyber Monday purchases via smartphones and tablets than ever before, according to market data from Branding Brand. Online purchases via smartphones and tablets accounted for 27 percent of the Cyber Monday total, up 10 percent from the year-ago period. Apple mobile devices...Learn More

Apple App Store Sales Forecast to Hit Nearly $30B by 2021

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By 2021, Apple will rake in nearly $30 billion in revenue from iOS App Store sales, according to Strategy Analytics. Furthermore, between 2008 and 2021 Apple will have paid iOS mobile app developers more than $440 billion. At present nearly 80 percent of the money...Learn More

IDC: 3Q Global Smartphone Shipments Second-Highest Ever

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Global smartphone shipments totaled 355.2 million in 3Q 2015, the second highest quarterly total recorded, according to the IDC Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker. That’s up 6.8 percent from 332.6 million in 3Q’14. That said, IDC forecast 3Q’15 global smartphone shipments would increase to reach...Learn More

Report: Microsoft Mobile Satisfaction Sees Big Jump

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Apple, Samsung and Google continue to dominate markets for consumer connected devices, but Microsoft’s focus on improving the overall user experience is paying off, according to Argus Insights. Microsoft’s ¨Delight Index¨ – Argus Insights’ proprietary measure of user satisfaction – has been on the rise...Learn More

Report: U.S. Smartphone Penetration Hits 77.1%

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Apple garnered a 44.1 percent share and retained the top market position in the US smartphone OEM market in the three-month period to the end of August, increasing its lead 0.6 percentage points, according to data from comScore and Mobile Metrix. Google’s Android remained the...Learn More

Wireless Carriers Embrace Equipment Installment Plan Risk to Gain Benefits

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The wireless industry is undergoing a significant shift in the distribution of devices used on their networks. Equipment installment plans (EIPs) are taking hold, replacing the historical model of subsidizing devices with term contracts. Both carriers and equipment manufacturers are embracing the new EIP model,...Learn More

How Disruptive Are Apple EIPs? T-Mobile and Sprint React

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Updated September 25 with information about Verizon How big a threat are Apple’s new iPhone equipment installment plans to telecom carriers? The answer depends on who you ask. Apple’s new offerings let customers pay for their smartphones in 24 monthly installments beginning at $27 or...Learn More

Apple Debuts iPhone 6s Devices, iPad Pro, Apple TV Redesign

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All four major U.S. wireless carriers will offer the iPhone 6s and larger iPhone 6s Plus announced yesterday and for which the company will begin accepting pre-orders on September 12. An Apple spokesman said the company has not yet shared information about which carriers will...Learn More