IDC: Samsung Regains Smartphone Leadership as Smartphone Shipments Rise Nearly 17%

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A total of 336.5 million smartphones were shipped worldwide by vendors in 2015’s first quarter (1Q’15), 16.7 percent more than the 288.5 million that were shipped in 1Q’14. 1Q’15’s smartphone shipment total was down 10.9 percent from the seasonally strong fourth quarter, when vendors shipped...Learn More

Smartphone Market Share: Report Finds Apple Gains

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More than 1 billion smartphones were shipped worldwide in 4Q 2014, with a record-setting total of 74.5 million iPhones contributing to 29 percent year-over-year growth, according to the latest market data from Juniper Research. Smartphone OEM leader Samsung reported a decline in earnings, even as...Learn More

Behind Time Warner Cable/ Boingo Seamless Wi-Fi Roaming

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Time Warner Cable and Boingo have implemented what they said is the wireless industry’s first Passpoint roaming integration. Customers of either company will be able to seamlessly roam onto the other company’s Wi-Fi hotspots, with some caveats. Initially Time Warner Cable customers wanting to use Boingo...Learn More

IHS iPhone 6 Tear-Down: Plus Model Costs Only $15.50 More to Build

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Investors in Apple’s shares have long cheered the company’s ability to command premium prices, and fanatic customer allegiance, for its sleekly designed consumer electronics (CE) products. Apple continues to pursue that strategy with the launch of the iPhone 6, and to an even greater degree,...Learn More

Apple Watch Requires an iPhone; iPhone 6 Carriers Include the Big Four

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Connected multi-purpose devices have been making strides toward obsoleting single-purpose products one by one (viz. cameras, CD players, radios, books and e-readers). The latest device in high-tech firms’ sights is the wristwatch — but if the launch of the Apple watch today is any indication,...Learn More

IDC: Phablet Shipments to Surpass Portable PCs, Then Tablets

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More phablets – smartphones with 5.5-7” screens – will be shipped this year than portable PCs, and phablet shipments will surge next year, surpassing tablet shipments, according to new market research from IDC. Worldwide phablet shipments will reach 175 million units in 2014, according to...Learn More

Strategy Analytics: 1Q Global Smartphone Shipments Surge 33%

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Global smartphone shipments surged 33 percent higher year-over-year in 1Q 2014, totaling 285 million units, according to a new market research report from Strategy Analytics. Demand for smartphones in Asia more than offset “sluggish volumes” in North America as carriers altered the handset subsidy mix,...Learn More

FreedomPop Launches the First Free Voice, Text, and Data Sevice for the iPhone

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LOS ANGELES, CA – April 29, 2014 – FreedomPop, America’s fastest growing mobile service company, today introduced the first free mobile service plans for the Apple iPhone. FreedomPop, which launched the world’s only free mobile phone service late last year on select Android devices, is...Learn More

IDC: Smartphone Growth Rate to Slow in 2014

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Smartphone shipment volume shot up over 39% in 2013, exceeding 1 billion units for the first time. That pace won’t be kept up in years to come, however, with smartphone shipment growth slowing to 8.3% in 2017 and 6.2% in 2018, according to the latest...Learn More

comScore: U.S. Smartphone Ownership Rose 4% in One Quarter

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Google sites collectively continued to reign as the top mobile media property in the U.S. in October, with Apple ranking at the top of the ranks of smartphone manufacturers and Android the market leading smartphone platform, according to the latest from comScore’s MobiLens and Mobile...Learn More

Research Says iOS 7 Improves Apple’s Shine

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Apple and Samsung are the only two smartphone manufacturers to show consistent, steady increases through 2013, according to InsightExpress’ latest quarterly “Digital Consumer Portrait” report. Samsung was the fastest growing brand name smartphone manufacturer worldwide through 3Q 2013, as it continues to gain ground on...Learn More

J.D. Power: Verizon and iPhone are a Good Combination

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Performance and quality of mobile carriers’ services, as well as how specific features and services are presented to subscribers, play an important role in determining customers’ overall satisfaction with smartphones, J.D. Power and Associates finds in the second installment of its semi-annual wireless smartphone satisfaction...Learn More