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Rumor Mill: Apple to charge carriers $100 more for iPhone 6

Apple is contemplating charging $100 extra for the iPhone 6, according to a  financial analyst.

Despite price war, U.S. wireless bills are going up

Tier 1 wireless carriers have been falling over each other to change their plans and cut prices in recent months. However, that doesn't necessarily mean that the average U.S. wireless bill has been going down despite investor fears of a price war.

Verizon's Shammo: LTE Multicast opens up new revenue streams

Verizon Wireless could potentially tap new business models thanks to LTE Multicast technology, though it will take a few years for customers to take advantage of it on a widespread basis, according to a top Verizon executive.

AT&T's Stephenson: Device subsidy model is 'fundamentally changing'

AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson said that the model that has prevailed in the U.S. wireless industry for years of customers getting subsidized devices in exchange for signing two-year contracts is radically shifting.

A shift from device subsidies to financing could bring disruption- and be good

LAS VEGAS--I've asked almost every company I've met with so far here at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show the same question: How would a shift in the U.S. market from device subsidies to device financing affect your business and the wider market?  The responses I've received, mainly from handset companies, tended to indicate that if such a shift does take place, the onus will be on OEMs to provide value, either in terms of price or innovation--or both.

Samsung's shares fall amid concern on Q4 results

Samsung Electronics' shares fell today amid concern among investors about the possibility of weaker-than-expected fourth-quarter results and declining profits in its flagship mobile division.

Analyst: Apple could be hurt in shift away from subsidies

Although Apple is the world's No. 2 smartphone maker and, for now, the most popular U.S. smartphone producer, the company's position could be eroded as carriers in developed markets shift away from providing handset subsidies, according to a financial analyst.

Huawei could benefit as U.S. handset market shifts away from subsidies

Huawei is not giving up entirely on the U.S. market, even if it has concluded that it's not worth it to pursue a substantive network gear business amid continuing security concerns. Instead, the Chinese vendor will focus on building up its handset business, and it may benefit from an ongoing shift away from device subsidies.

Analysts: Carriers need to get creative to get non-smartphone subs to convert

Although smartphone penetration is still growing in many markets in Europe and the United States, carriers will need to get increasingly creative to get those remaining non-smartphone users to convert over to smartphones, which have higher average revenue per user, according to a new study by Analysys Mason.

18% of Americans would sign on to a handset upgrade plan, according to survey

The device upgrade plans recently unveiled by T-Mobile US, AT&T Mobility and Verizon Wireless likely won't save too many customers money, but they could boost carriers' margins and increase smartphone sales for handset makers like Apple, analysts say.