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NPD: 66% of U.S. mobile broadband connections by end of 2015 will be tablets

Tablets are expected to make up a large majority of all mobile broadband connections in the U.S. over the next two years, according to a new report from the NPD Group.

NPD: U.S. Tablets using cellular connections increase 46% in 2013 to 10.4M

The number of tablets in the United States using an embedded cellular connection jumped 46 percent in 2013 to 10.4 million, up from 7.1 million in 2012, according to the a new report from NPD's Connected Intelligence Mobile Connectivity Report. Strikingly, that increase came despite the fact that sales of cellular-capable tablets actually declined from 16 percent of total tablet sales in 2012 to 12 percent in 2013, according to NPD's Retail Tracking Service.

NPD report solidifies online video's growing threat to pay-TV

It's clear that content providers are guarding their brands and that online video is becoming a huge threat to over-the-air and pay-TV services.

NPD: Apple, Samsung grab 68% of U.S. smartphone ownership in Q4

Apple and Samsung Electronics' dominance over the smartphone market, in the United States in particular, is well-known. However, a new measure of just how tight a grip the two companies have comes from research firm the NPD Group, which found that in the fourth quarter the two companies grabbed 68 percent of total U.S. smartphone ownership.

Gartner: Smartphone sales surpassed feature phones for first time in Q2

Smartphone sales overtook feature phones sales globally for the first time in the second quarter, according to research firm Gartner. The move was forecast to happen this year.

AT&T leads the (still small) cellular tablet market with 49% share

According to new data from research firm NPD group, AT&T Mobility serviced almost half of all the tablets in the nation that connected to cellular networks in the first quarter. However, the percentage of tablets that actually do connect to 3G or 4G networks is relatively small--NPD found that only 12 percent of all tablets in the United States connect to cellular networks.

NPD: Global smartphone shipments to outstrip feature phones in 2013

Another research firm, this time the NPD Group, has predicted that shipments of smartphones will overtake those of basic and feature phones for the first time this year, as adoption of smartphones accelerates.

NPD: One-third of U.S. smartphone sales were prepaid in Q1

Nearly one-third of U.S smartphone sales in the first quarter were on prepaid carriers, the highest on record, according to a report from the NPD Group. The statistic is another indication of prepaid's growing momentum in the smartphone market.

BlackBerry, Nokia execs express interest in tablets

BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins and a senior Nokia executive expressed varying degrees of support for tablets. The comments are notable considering some research firms predict that tablet connections will generate billions of dollars in revenue for wireless carriers--but currently most tablet users in the United States continue to rely on Wi-Fi connections, according to the NPD Group.

Analysts: Apple grabs top U.S. handset spot in Q4

Apple climbed atop the U.S. handset heap in the fourth quarter of 2012, becoming the largest U.S. handset maker for the first time in a quarter, according to new data from Strategy Analytics.