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Report: Comcast adds 400 jobs in Minneapolis, but quietly sought $1.4M in state subsidies to do it

A Minnesota state agency said Comcast quietly sought out $1.4 million in forgivable loans and grants before announcing Monday that it hired 400 call center employees in the Twin Cities area as part of its customer-service improvement push.

Apple's iPhone Upgrade Program should worry carriers for 1 big reason: it makes them less relevant

The biggest news from Apple's announcement of its new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus phones yesterday was not the phones themselves, which largely conformed to the leaked specifications that had been circulating for weeks, but rather Apple's decision to launch its own equipment installment plan to let customers pay for the devices directly from Apple. The new program should worry carriers because it makes them much less relevant to consumers, enhances Apple's relationship with customers at their expense and could be a step toward Apple cutting out carriers entirely.

Apple's iPhone 6S launch will put spotlight on leasing and EIP pricing-- and promotions

Apple is likely going to unveil its newest iPhones tomorrow, expected to be called the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus, and every major U.S. carrier will likely announce plans to carry the phones. However, for the first time since the iPhone was introduced in 2007, U.S. operators will be favoring equipment installment plans and leasing over two-year contracts, potentially creating a conundrum for both Apple and the carriers.    

Analysts: Verizon, AT&T could embrace leasing over EIP, might partner with Apple on leasing ventures

U.S. wireless carriers will eventually shift to smartphone leasing and away from equipment installment plans, according to analysts at Macquarie Capital. Further, they think the operators could get a boost in leasing by partnering with Apple, which would stand to benefit from a move to leasing.

Apple, Samsung face new obstacles in China after carriers move to slash device subsidies

Apple, Samsung Electronics and other makers of high-end smartphones could face steeper hurdles in the Chinese market after operators there said they will cut the amount of money they pay to OEMs to subsidize smartphones. According to  Bloomberg, the payment cuts could amount to around $3.9 billion.

Report: Smartphone upgrade plan enrollment hits 31% in U.S.

Enrollment in smartphone upgrade plans among U.S. consumers has more than quadrupled since September 2013, going from 7 to 31 percent by the end of the first quarter of 2014, according to a new report from the NPD Group. The report is yet another data point indicating a major shift in how Americans pay for their cell phones.

AT&T expects 800,000 postpaid subscriber adds in Q2, 3.2M Next additions

AT&T Mobility forecasted sharply higher postpaid subscriber additions for the second quarter than it had in the year-ago period, and also said it expects more customers than ever before to buy smartphones via its Next handset upgrade program.

Verizon tweaks Edge handset upgrade program, as analysts predict installment plans to boom

Verizon Wireless made changes to its Edge handset upgrade program that require customers to pay off 60 percent of a device's costs before upgrading, up from 50 percent before. The changes come as analysts are predicting that more devices will be financed in the U.S. in 2014 than previously expected.

NTelos promises forthcoming device financing plan will be 'competitively priced'

Sprint wholesale partner nTelos Wireless felt that it needed to follow larger carriers by offering a device installment plan, but the company intends to make its offering compelling in terms of price and value, according to an nTelos executive.

nTelos Wireless to launch device installment plan this summer, but impact still unclear

Sprint wholesale partner nTelos Wireless plans to launch an equipment installment plan later this summer similar to offerings from larger carriers, but the financial and competitive impact of the launch is still not clear.