C Spire LTE Now Supports Peak Mobile Download Speeds of up to 100 Mbps

New enhancements to the C Spire LTE network have the regional wireless provider talking peak speed capabilities of up to 100 Mbps, up from the current 5 to 12 Mbps. C Spire, the nation’s sixth largest wireless carrier began the enhancements in March. The new...Learn More

AR-VR Headsets Forecast Calls For Triple-Digit Growth This Year

Sales of augmented reality and virtual reality (AR/VR) headsets picked up steam in 1Q 2017, and growth should continue strong throughout 2017, according to a new AR-VR headsets forecast from IDC. Anticipating the launch of a lengthy list of new AR/VR products in 2H’17, IDC...Learn More

1Q Smartphone Shipments Rose a Surprising 4.3 Percent to 347.4 Million

First quarter 2017 smartphone shipments rose a surprising 4.3% globally over the same period last year, according to new research from IDC.  Global smartphone unit shipments totaled 347.4 million in 1Q. Market data from previous quarters revealed smartphone growth was slowing on a global basis....Learn More

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

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

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

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

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

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

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?

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

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

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

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