Smartphone makers are seeking to emulate and put their own spin on Apple's success as more than just a device maker but as a services provider and maybe even a lifestyle brand. The question is whether device companies can provide services and products to consumers beyond smartphones that actually make their lives better.
BARCELONA, Spain--Orange is taking a chance by launching a new $40 (€35) smartphone and data package for the Middle East and Africa markets, according to Marc Rennard, the operator's EVP International for Africa, the Middle East and Asia.
BARCELONA, Spain--BlackBerry introduced a new touchscreen device and promised to release a new phone later this year with a dual-curved screen and slideout keyboard.
BARCELONA, Spain--Mobile World Congress kicked off with a bang this year, with a plethora of device announcements. Dozens of OEMs are on hand to offer their wares and meet with carriers. Here is a small sampling of some of the high-profile device launches thus far at the conference.
BARCELONA, Spain--BlackBerry is going to flesh out its future device strategy tomorrow here at Mobile World Congress, but in the meantime the company is offering more of its core software and services to larger smartphone platforms, including Google's Android, Apple's iOS and Microsoft's Windows.
BARCELONA, Spain--Microsoft reiterated that it will release at least one flagship Windows phone when it rolls out Windows 10 later this year, even as the company unveiled new mid-range Windows smartphones, the Lumia 640 and 640 XL, here at Mobile World Congress.
BARCELONA, Spain--Samsung Electronics unveiled the next versions of its flagship line of smartphones, the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, with high hopes that these devices will be a bigger hit than their predecessor, the S5. The two smartphones are dramatically different from the plastic-backed progenitors of the Galaxy S family because they have metal bodies.
BARCELONA, Spain--As expected, HTC debuted its new flagship smartphone, the One M9, which will available in mid-March from AT&T, Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile US and Sprint. The company also revealed a new fitness tracker geared toward serious athletes and surprisingly announced its entrance into the virtual reality market with a VR headset.
My favourite week in the mobile industry trade fair calendar is rapidly approaching. Yes, I am talking about Mobile World Congress in Barcelona--the show that has ballooned from a modest event in Cannes to a rather bloated celebration of anything that has the remotest connection to mobile or wireless technology (including smart toothbrushes with Bluetooth for optimal brushing!).
The fourth-quarter earnings season is coming to a close, so now it's time to see how the nation's top wireless carriers stacked up against each other in terms of key metrics. Jackdaw Research analyst Jan Dawson has assembled these slides that provide an in-depth look at how Verizon Wireless, AT&T Mobility, Sprint and T-Mobile US performed in the fourth quarter. Dawson's research covers relatively standard metrics including revenue growth and net adds, but also includes deep dives into prepaid vs. postpaid performance, subscriber acquisitions vs. losses, and more. Special Report