There is clearly still a market for flagship smartphones. They excite fans of the brands that make them and often serve as the reference point for the company's design language that filters down to mid-range and lower-end phones. But the days of the flagship smartphone as the be-all, end-all product for smartphone companies are over.
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AT&T Mobility hit back hard against the FCC's proposed $100 million fine for not being transparent enough with its grandfathered unlimited data plan customers about how and when their speeds would be reduced if they use too much data. In its formal response to the agency, the carrier called the fine "unprecedented and indefensible" and said a court would toss it out if the FCC decided to levy the penalty.
Earlier this year social-networking giant Facebook released its source code to its React Native framework. Facebook committed to making publicly available technology that builds upon React.js and applies it to native apps. Special report
Lenovo's Motorola Mobility brand introduced a trio of new smartphones, including two intended for the U.S. market, and the company is embracing the direct-to-consumer route. Motorola is hoping its brand cachet and lower prices compared to flagship phones from Apple and Samsung Electronics that will give it a leg up over other OEMs that are also selling phones directly to consumers.
Regional operator and Sprint wholesale partner nTelos Wireless said it is ahead of schedule in deploying LTE across its footprint. The carrier also reported stronger year-over-year subscriber growth in the second quarter.
Sprint said its network was not the culprit behind a recent media exposé that revealed how connected Fiat Chrysler vehicles were vulnerable to hacking and remote manipulation. Fiat Chrysler has made network-level changes to update the security of its vehicles and announced a voluntary recall of 1.4 million vehicles.
T-Mobile US is partnering with Apple for its latest "Un-Carrier Amped" move and is letting customers who upgraded to a new iPhone 6 at a cost of $15 per month in device fees keep that price and swap the old phone out for the next iPhone for free.
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You can get a lot of great free stuff at a technology conference--T-shirts, food, USB sticks--but Facebook really upped the ante when it offered the source code to its React Native framework earlier this year.