Dramatic structural changes in mobile communications technology supply, with the demise of vertical integration, is forcing those who are developing standard-essential technologies for 4G and "5G" networks to monetise these efforts through patent licensing, as well as their own product sales.
Fueled by the popularity of its new products, such as the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, Apple's market capitalization soared to a record $700 billion in intraday trading Tuesday, a milestone that no other U.S. company has reached. By close on Tuesday, Apple's market cap had fallen to $690 billion, but that still makes the company significantly more valuable than Exxon Mobile, which is No. 2 in market cap, at $401 billion.
Sprint is trying to make the Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus even more appealing to consumers by offering a 30-month lease program as part of the company's previously announced iPhone for Life program. The 30-month plan will reduce the monthly cost of the iPhone to $18 for the 16 GB iPhone 6 or $23 for the 16 GB iPhone 6 Plus.
Verizon Wireless), AT&T Mobility, Sprint, T-Mobile US and U.S. Cellular have unleashed a bevy of deals on smartphones, tablets, wearable devices and accessories this week to drive store traffic and online sales ahead of Black Friday, the traditional start of the holiday shopping season after Thanksgiving.
Sony can enjoy greater success as a supplier of smartphone components than a manufacturer in its own right, analysts say.
BlackBerry really wants former BlackBerry users who switched to the iPhone to give the company another chance. The smartphone maker is offering up to $550 if customers trade in their iPhone for a new Passport smartphone.
Sony is cutting the number of models in its smartphone lineup to boost profits in its mobile unit. The Japanese company acknowledges it has lost substantial ground to Samsung Electronics, Apple, Xiaomi, Lenovo and other market leaders.
Apple is on track to sell a record 71.5 million iPhones in the fourth quarter of 2014, according to estimates from one financial analyst. However, analysts in general are divided over how long demand will last for Apple's new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.
Samsung Electronics may remove co-CEO J.K. Shin as the head of the company's key mobile division, according to a Wall Street Journal article, a move that would strip him of the co-CEO title.
Lenovo continued to increase its share of worldwide branded tablet shipments during the third quarter of 2014, although Apple is expected to reverse a nine-month slide in the fourth quarter.