Between the handset and ultra-portable notebook PC form-factors lies the realm of mobile computing. First explored commercially in 2007 with ultra-mobile PCs (UMPCs) and handheld mobile internet devices (MIDs), mobile computing merges the battery-powered versatility of handsets with the processing power and application versatility found in traditional PC systems. Today, the mobile computing market is most often associated with the emergence and rapid success of tablets.
T-Mobile USA has entered into an agreement with Apple to bring products to market together in 2013, according to T-Mobile parent Deutsche Telekom. For T-Mobile, such a deal would allow it to potentially stop the bleeding of postpaid subscribers, which T-Mobile executives have said has been exacerbated by the fact that T-Mobile does not carry Apple's iPhone.
Research firm IDC predicted weak growth in global handset sales. However, the firm said tablet sales are booming this year and will continue to do so.
FierceWireless compiled a list highlighting the smartphones and tablets that the Tier 1 carriers are promoting during the holidays. This list is not comprehensive, but designed to give you a cross-section of the top devices that carriers are heavily promoting, and in some cases discounting to consumers.
Tablets appear poised to dominate the holiday sales season, according to a number of shopping surveys. The findings could help buoy wireless operators hoping to generate additional data revenues from tablet users who want to connect their device to a cellular network.
Apple has delivered a product at a price that enables the iPad mini to defend itself against rival products from Amazon and Google in the near term and exacerbate an already daunting challenge for Windows RT licensees.
Apple sold 26.9 million iPhones in its fiscal fourth quarter, a 58 percent increase from the year-ago period. The quarter only represented nine days worth of sales of the iPhone 5, which went on sale Sept. 21. Yet Apple's earnings missed analysts' expectations.
Sprint Nextel introduced a suite of new, no-contract data plans for LTE tablets, timed to coincide with the introduction of Apple's new fourth-generation iPad and the iPad mini. Both of the Apple gadgets support LTE and will be Sprint's first iPad offerings.
Apple put the rumors to rest Tuesday and unveiled a smaller, 7.9-inch iPad tablet, dubbed "iPad mini," bowing to the pressure to compete with smaller 7-inch tablets and throwing down the gauntlet to the likes of Google and Amazon.
Having learned a harsh lesson when it introduced an LTE-equipped iPad in March that did not include worldwide LTE capabilities, Apple is said to be readying an enhanced iPad with global LTE that it will unveil alongside its iPad mini on Tuesday.