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Carriers, Apple, Samsung, Microsoft and others put anti-theft measures in place for smartphones

CTIA said that a group of wireless carriers and smartphone makers had implemented a set of voluntary principles aimed at stopping smartphone theft. The announcement came just as a California law requiring smartphones sold in the state to have a "kill switch" went into effect.  

FCC pushes TracFone to start unlocking handsets as part of settlement

The FCC reached a settlement with América Móvil's U.S. MVNO, TracFone Wireless, which will force TracFone to unlock its customers' handsets.

Kantar: Samsung's Galaxy S6 helps cut into Apple's share of U.S. smartphone market

Thanks in large part to the introduction of Samsung Electronics' Galaxy S6 smartphone, Google's Android platform saw its market share in the U.S. inch up at the expense of Apple's iOS, according to a new report from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech.

AT&T offers $200 bill credit for new and existing customers who choose Next plan

In a last-gasp effort to boost its second-quarter subscriber and smartphone sales numbers, AT&T Mobility said customers can get a $200 bill credit when they buy a smartphone through its Next equipment installment plan and activate a new line of service. The offer applies to both new and existing customers--but the two-day only deal ends today.

Analysts: Samsung, HTC and OEMs in general are losers in shift to equipment installment plans

U.S. carriers' embrace of equipment installment plans, and consumers' newfound appetite for such plans, helps operators' bottom lines. But analysts say that as consumers hold onto their phones for longer than they used to under two-year contracts, it is likely going to cause pain for smartphone makers that had grown accustomed to consumers upgrading to new phones more often.

Sprint expands 'Direct 2 You' smartphone setup program to Denver, LA, NYC and SF

Sprint expanded its "Direct 2 You" service, in which sales representatives meet customers at their homes, offices or other locations to set up their new smartphones, to four new major markets: Denver, Los Angeles, New York City and San Francisco. The carrier plans to keep rolling out the offering to new markets throughout 2015, including Dallas, Tampa, Fla., and Washington, D.C., in early July.

T-Mobile unveils 'Jump On Demand' program, lets customers upgrade 3 times per year

T-Mobile US introduced a new version of the "Jump!" handset upgrade program that will let customers upgrade their smartphones up to three times every 12 months.

BlackBerry's Chen doesn't entirely close door on Android device

BlackBerry CEO John Chen declined to comment on a recent Reuters report that the company is thinking of using Google's Android software in an upcoming smartphone for the first time, but he did not entirely foreclose the prospect of doing so in the future.

Ho's Perspective: Arms and arms dealers in the wireless switching war

There's a war going on out there in the wireless space and it's for switchers. Longtime industry veterans will note that the business of switching isn't new but lately has been more pronounced than in years past. Carriers know that pricing and network play dominant roles in the switching war. What are some of the arms that carriers employ and who are the arms dealers that fuel and benefit from the situation?

Analysts: BlackBerry's push into software isn't picking up steam yet

BlackBerry is likely going to report less software revenue when it posts earnings on June 23 than Wall Street is expecting, and financial analysts and the wider market should lower their expectations for how quickly the company can increase software sales, according to a report from analysts at Wells Fargo.