Report: Apple iPhone 6s and 7 Models Were Best Selling Smartphones in 2016

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Warding off challenges from other premium, as well as low-cost, competition, Apple’s iPhone 6s and 7 models were the best selling smartphones worldwide in 2016, according to IHS Markit. Apple’s latest smartphone, the iPhone 7 was the top seller in 4Q last year, with the...Learn More

Report: 2016 Smartphone Shipments Reach Record High 1.5 Billion, Apple Overtakes Samsung in 4Q16

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Global 2016 smartphone shipments reached a record high 1.5 billion units, a 3 percent year-over-year increase, according to the latest market data from Strategy Analytics. Growth picked up in 4Q, rising 9 percent year-over-year, as 438.7 million smartphones were shipped worldwide – the fastest growth...Learn More

Smartphone Habits Survey: 75% of Americans Keep Them on All Day and Night

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Habitual smartphone use is now ingrained in societies worldwide. According to new smartphone habits survey results from ReportLinker nearly half – 46 percent – of Americans said they check their smartphones first thing in the morning while they’re still in bed. The early morning smartphone...Learn More

AT&T Call Protect Offers Free Fraud Blocking

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Carriers may be motivated to shift mobile voice traffic to their LTE networks primarily to save costs, but as news today about a new AT&T capability called Call Protect illustrates, that move also can enable new capabilities for end users. AT&T Call Protect is a...Learn More

Using T-Mobile DIGITS on Competitor Phones Has Strings Attached

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The T-Mobile DIGITS phone number offering announced yesterday breaks a lot of new ground, but may not be quite as disruptive as it initially appears, as a Telecompetitor email exchange with a T-Mobile spokesperson revealed. Despite T-Mobile hype, using T-Mobile DIGITS on competitor phones comes...Learn More

Bluegrass Cellular begins rollout of LTE Advanced

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Elizabethtown, Kentucky — November 18, 2016 – Bluegrass Cellular customers in select areas now have access to LTE Advanced, the next evolution of 4G LTE – the fastest and most advanced network available – on their mobile devices. LTE Advanced is the nation’s largest and...Learn More

AT&T Launches IoT Pilot Using LTE-M — So What is LTE-M?

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AT&T this week launched what the company says is the first LTE-M enabled commercial site, which will support an Internet of Things pilot involving several companies, including PepsiCo, Samsung and others. “We think LTE-M will be the workhorse for low-power wide area” connectivity, said Cameron...Learn More

J.D. Power: Smartphone Satisfaction Higher Among Full-Service Subscribers

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Smartphone satisfaction is higher for owners who contract with full-service wireless carriers than it is for those who purchase wireless service on a  non-contract basis, according to Vol. 2 of the J.D. Power 2016 Full-Service Smartphone Satisfaction Study. Satisfaction among smartphone owners who subscribe to...Learn More

Virtual Reality Headset Penetration to Reach 81 Million by 2020

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Consumers will be buying a lot more virtual reality headsets (VR) in coming years as smartphone and high-tech vendors launch aggressive promotional campaigns, according to a new virtual reality headset penetration forecast from IHS Markit. VR headset use will surge from 4 million in 2015...Learn More

Google Pixel Smartphone, Google Home, Google WiFi Avoid “Me Too”-ism

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Google has avoided a “me too” approach with a range of new products announced yesterday – including the Google Pixel smartphone, a voice assistant for home control known as Google Home, a WiFi system that will carry the Google WiFi name and a Daydream View...Learn More

MSI Finds Increased Interest in iPhone Among Samsung Users

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Smartphone buyers are presenting Apple with an opportunity to gain market share at the expense of arch rival Samsung, according to Market Strategies International. Responses to an MSI survey conducted for the research firm’s ¨iPhone 7 Market Landscaper¨ revealed strong interest in iPhone offerings on...Learn More

Sprint Demos LTE Plus, Reaches 295 Mbps

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Overland Park, Kansas — August 12, 2016 — Sprint (NYSE: S) today announced it reached peak speeds of 295 Mbps in three-channel carrier aggregation lab tests using the HTC 10, one of the first devices on the market to support the functionality. Sprint is testing...Learn More