T-Mobile US is seeing strong momentum in its sales to small businesses, in large part because of its expanding LTE coverage footprint, according to a T-Mobile executive.
BlackBerry CEO John Chen said the company would consider getting out of the smartphone business in a year if it's not making money selling phones. Chen had previously said that he would consider exiting the handset business if it was not profitable, but had not given a timeframe for doing so.
Comcast Business has introduced its Voice Mobility product, a new phone line that includes a mobile app that allows employees to continue to get messages and calls if they are not at their desk or are on the road.
IDC said new opportunities are emerging for enterprise mobility vendors in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) as more companies are embracing mobility as a tool for increasing productivity and gaining a competitive edge.
At a time when BlackBerry's smartphone hardware business is shrinking, the company confirmed it will release a security and privacy-focused phone later this year called the "Priv" running on a modified version of Google's Android platform. BlackBerry CEO John Chen said the firm is working "with all of the major carriers" on the launch of the phone and thinks the company's security heritage will set it apart. However, BlackBerry reported revenue for its fiscal second quarter that missed analysts' expectations and a wider-than-expected loss.
BlackBerry reports results for its second fiscal quarter tomorrow, and the company's progress on growing its software revenue will again be in focus, as it was last quarter, with some analysts skeptical that BlackBerry can grow enterprise software sales as much as it hopes this year. Meanwhile, a new photo and details of BlackBerry's rumored phone running Google's Android platform leaked online.
Verizon Communications announced a new offering for businesses and government users that allows them to prioritize different enterprise and Internet of Things applications. Verizon said it is the first U.S. carrier to provide this kind of quality-of-service differentiation.
Ericsson and Hewlett-Packard are teaming up to take advantage of HP's $3 billion acquisition of Aruba Networks, a key player in the enterprise WLAN and Wi-Fi market. Ericsson and HP will resell each other's gear, especially in the enterprise market, and also integrate their technologies as they seek to go after the enterprise.
BlackBerry said it plans to buy longtime mobile enterprise rival Good Technology for $425 million, a move that would combine the world's second and third largest suppliers of enterprise mobility management software and would roughly double BlackBerry's market share in the space. The action also will likely simplify the sales enterprise process for wireless carriers; most U.S. carriers resell enterprise mobility management products from both companies.
Apple and Cisco Systems are collaborating to optimize Cisco's networking gear for iOS enterprise users, part of a larger push Apple is making to get its iPhones and iPads into more business customers' hands.