AT&T Mobility said it is bringing its Enhanced Push-to-Talk service to business customers through a new app available for Apple's iPhone 5 and iPhone 4S. AT&T boasted that this will be the first time a U.S. carrier is offering push-to-talk capabilities on the iPhone, and the app's launch comes less than three weeks ahead of Sprint Nextel's planned shutdown of its Nextel iDEN network.
Apple is partnering with wireless device distributor Brightstar to establish an in-store iPhone trade-in program to let customers turn in older models and upgrade to the newer iPhone 5, according to a Bloomberg report.
Apple CEO Tim Cook beat back the notion that the company is losing its "cool" factor, arguing Apple still has several game-changing products up its sleeve. He also said that the company is focused on building the best smartphones it can, and suggested Apple is not that concerned about winning additional market share.
Apple's sales tactics and handset operating restrictions are under the microscope in Europe, where regulators sent a nine-page questionnaire to several mobile network operators asking about their experiences with the company.
T-Mobile US plans to significantly expand the footprint where its MetroPCS brand offers service--by around 100 million POPs over the next six quarters--as it continues to modernize its network and integrate MetroPCS customers following the merger between the two companies that closed earlier this month.
T-Mobile US confirmed that customers who choose its new "Simple Choice" no-contract plans will need to pay $149.99 up front for Apple's iPhone 5, up from $99.99 previously. The $99.99 price was apparently only a promotional price for the first month of T-Mobile's iPhone sales, though the carrier did not indicate that when it announced in late March it was launching the iPhone.
Two hackers claim they can boost HSPA+ data speeds on Apple iPhone 5 smartphones being used on the T-Mobile US refarmed PCS 1900 MHz network.
U.S. Cellular will launch Apple products, including the iPhone, later this year, reversing its earlier position. The company said in 2011 that it would not launch the iPhone because it did not make financial sense.
Apple said it sold 37.4 million iPhones and 19.5 million iPads in its fiscal 2013 second quarter, which ended March 30, beating analysts' expectations for around 35 million iPhones and 17 million iPads. In the year-ago quarter, Apple sold 35.1 million iPhones and 11.8 million iPads.
T-Mobile USA acknowledged that its website and in-store computer systems were briefly out of commission this past Saturday, and the carrier cited demand from customers as the culprit, though it did not provide a specific explanation of what caused the system failures.