During 2015 we saw a variety of smartphone manufacturers take steps to tap into the Indian market, one of the fastest growing on the globe. Those steps appear to be justified as the year ends on a report from India’s Telecom Regulatory Authority indicating the number of mobile-phone subscribers has topped 1 billion. India joins China as the only two countries to reach that plateau. Read more
Back in 2011, when the smartphone market was still relatively young, Carrier IQ earned a degree of infamy by being one of the first companies discovered to be collecting detailed user data and information surreptitiously on mobile devices. Since then, Carrier IQ has managed to stay out of the limelight until now when it was announced that AT&T has acquired rights to Carrier IQ’s software and to some staff that is coming on board at AT&T. At the same time, the Carrier IQ web site has gone dark and it is unclear what the status of the company is. Read more
T-Mobile’s version of the BlackBerry Priv might see an official launch by the end of January, if a leaked internal calendar is accurate. The calendar of events marks January 26th as the launch of the BlackBerry Venice, which, if you remember prior to the launch of BlackBerry’s latest and greatest, was the codename for the Priv. Read more
It was only a matter of time. AT&T will finally be ditching two-year contracts come January 8th. Any new or existing customers will only be able to purchase a new phone by paying the full price right away or paying monthly installments over time.
The year is coming to an end and that means companies are recapping 2015 to prove their growth and successes. Today, AT&T revealed that its VoLTE network — the one that allows you to make calls over an LTE connection — is accessible to nearly 300 million people in the United States.
Although large, that number comes down to an estimation of 27 million when counting just AT&T customers. So AT&T is declaring that its VoLTE network is an option to more customers than any other carrier in the United States.
HTC CEO Cher Wang has assured fans that the company will continue to have a presence in the market, despite some predictions saying otherwise.
Reliance Jio, which happens to be a subsidiary of one of India’s private businesses, has announced that they’ll finally be rolling out a 4G network to customers over the next year. Currently, the network has gone live for employees, but the rest of India can expect to see it in 2016. Read more
Earlier this year, Sprint reported that 2-year contracts would be going away at the conclusion of 2015. However, according to a new report, this may not be the case for the U.S. carrier.