Qualcomm is the dominant smartphone chipset supplier around the world and in the U.S. market, but MediaTek hopes to change that, especially as average selling prices for phones continue to drop. MediaTek is the premier silicon provider in the entry-level and mid-range smartphone market in China and the company has been steadily boosting the performance of its chips, especially by combining them with LTE modems. Now, MediaTek is looking beyond China and East Asia.
Apple likely sold more iPhone units in China in its most recent quarter than it did in the United States, according to a Financial Times report. If the report proves accurate, this would be the first time iPhone sales in China have outpaced those in the U.S. market.
T-Mobile US is looking to give its customers discounts when they upgrade to a new smartphone, hoping to ameliorate the cost of a new phone since the carrier does not offer subsidized devices.
Cablevision announced the soon-to-be-launched Freewheel, its Wi-Fi phone service with unlimited data, talk and text, marking the first all-Wi-Fi service from a cable provider. Offered initially with the Motorola Moto G smartphone, it will work exclusively over Wi-Fi when it launches next month.
Fingerprint authentication will account for the overwhelming majority of biometric apps in the medium term.
Qualcomm is expected to provide Samsung Electronics with a new version of its Snapdragon 810 chipset in March for the next version of Samsung's flagship Galaxy S smartphone, according to a Wall Street Journal report. The report came after Bloomberg reported that Samsung would not use Qualcomm silicon in the next version of its phone because the Qualcomm chipset overheated during testing. Instead, Samsung will reportedly use its own chipset.
To step up its efforts to fend off rising competition from T-Mobile, Sprint is offering to guarantee all T-Mobile customers a minimum of $200 in instant trade-in value when they go to participating Sprint stores and trade in their current working T-Mobile smartphone and switch to Sprint.
Don't expect Verizon Wireless to join its rivals in offering a rollover data plan, according to Verizon Communications CFO Fran Shammo.
T-Mobile US is giving every customer with a monthly voice plan who has made or makes 12 consecutive on-time monthly bill payments access to zero-down financing for smartphones regardless of their credit score.
Microsoft demonstrated how its forthcoming Windows 10 operating system will work on phones and tablets as well as PCs and other devices, and previewed several key features on devices powered by the next generation of the company's main software platform. The software giant is creating a unified operating system that will let developers write universal apps for multiple device sizes, in a bid to jumpstart Microsoft's weak market position in mobile.