All those who couldn't bear the crowds of CES or afford to attend Mobile World Congress will be descending upon Las Vegas for the CTIA convention next week, with one essential question on their minds: why, in 2013, does this organization still use the term "Cellular Telecommunications"?
In the first quarter of 2013, the industry grew by 1.36 million subscribers. New wireless customers chose no-contract over contract by 10 to 1. In an interesting turn of events, this quarter, Tracfone has become the fastest growing carrier in the United States with 839,000 new customers, followed by Verizon Wireless with 720,000 and a resurging T-Mobile with 579,000. The ongoing competitive nature of the wireless industry is impressively displayed by these rapid changes in growth.
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Vodafone will report its annual results on Tuesday and speculation is brewing about what, if anything, CEO Vittorio Colao will say to shed light on the future of the operator's 45 percent stake in Verizon Wireless.
Sprint Nextel is bringing a longtime partner into the fold. The carrier confirmed that it acquired mobile software development and distribution firm Handmark, along with its social media apps and ad unit, OneLouder.
Finnish startup Jolla formally announced the first smartphone running its open-source Sailfish OS, hoping to spark interest in a the fledgling platform as it seeks to compete with goliaths like Apple, Google, BlackBerry and Microsoft in the growing smartphone market.
Now that it's owned by T-Mobile US, MetroPCS has decided to drop its lawsuit against the FCC's net neutrality rules for wireless and wired networks, leaving Verizon Wireless as the sole challenger to the rules.
Another research firm, this time the NPD Group, has predicted that shipments of smartphones will overtake those of basic and feature phones for the first time this year, as adoption of smartphones accelerates.
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