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

IHS: iPhone 5c Bill of Materials is $166

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When Apple announced it would introduce new smartphone models – the iPhone 5s and 5c – many expected the market leader to change its design, production and pricing strategy in response to a flood of cheaper, mostly Android-based, smartphones from competitors. Instead, with the 5c,...Learn More

iPhone May Soon Supplant Service Provider Hopes for the Digital Home

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Home monitoring, control, and automation is one of the more exciting apps for the digital home. We’re just now beginning to understand the value of giving customers the ability to monitor their home in real time from anywhere, or adjust their heating/AC on the fly,...Learn More

Why is the Tier 2 Wireless Business Shrinking?

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Just as Iain Gillott was making the final edits to an iGR report showing the shrinking numbers of wireless customers served by regional and small operators (RSOs), an announcement came out saying that AT&T planned to purchase Leap Wireless, owner of the Cricket brand. Gillott...Learn More