Sprint MVNO FreedomPop is launching its own branded tablets and soon a smartphone for under $100, hoping that the low-cost devices will help drive subscriber growth. The company is still going to support devices from branded OEMs like Samsung Electronics, but is working with contract manufacturers on its own devices, which could help build up its brand.
Consumers are getting savvier about the value of their personal data to businesses and the majority are comfortable with sharing information despite recent furore over personal data privacy, according to latest research.
UAE operator du said it has enough Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus smartphones to meet strong demand for the devices, amid warnings of counterfeit versions being sold in the market.
In an SEC filing AT&T said said it expects total AT&T Next adoption rates to be around 50 percent in third quarter and to have more 400,000 postpaid smartphone gross additions from customers who brought their own phones.
Microsoft has attracted 50 new hardware partners that are making Windows-based smartphones and tablets, a senior executive said. The influx in partners comes after the company decided in April that it would make Windows free for devices with screens smaller than nine inches.
As apps and mobile games get more sophisticated, tools are emerging that are intended to address gaps in some developers' skill sets and foster better collaboration among those who come more from a designer or development background. Special report
BlackBerry plans to release more devices that are differentiated in their design, along the lines of its new Passport phone, which sports a square 4.5-inch screen and a physical Qwerty keyboard.
Google's Project Ara, which is focusing on creating modular-designed smartphones, will come with specialized software that lets users swap out nearly all hardware modules, according to Paul Eremenko, the head of Project Ara within Google's Advanced Technology and Projects group.
Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus will go on sale in China on Oct. 17, giving the company a chance to regain market share in the world's largest smartphone market. Apple received approval from Chinese regulators to sell the phones only after it addressed privacy concerns that the regulators brought up in testing the phones.
The telecoms market in Sub-Saharan Africa is transitioning, as growing revenue from mobile data services increasingly matches mobile voice growth.