Verizon to position itself as high quality service at expense of bargain shoppers


As wireless services, especially high-speed data service, increasingly become a commodity with the corresponding race to the bottom in terms of price, Verizon has largely avoided being sucked into the price wars. Despite the goading of T-Mobile’s John Legere and Sprint’s pricing moves, Verizon has resisted making wholesale changes to the way it does business. According to the latest financial report for Verizon, shared by Verizon CFO Francis Shammo today, the company lost 138,000 postpaid customers in the last quarter and they seem to be okay with that. Read more

Rogers activates its LTE-A service in 12 new markets


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Rogers has broadened its horizons by upgrading and expanding its LTE-A connectivity services to an additional twelve new markets in Canada. The announcement was made in a press release on the carrier’s website, where it lists the benefits that new subscribers of the service are likely to receive, in addition to download speeds of up to fifteen times faster than the standard 3G network.

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Xiaomi’s sales in China soar at Samsung’s expense


Samsung’s been experiencing a financial slide here in the United States, and it seems that it’s experiencing some poor sales overseas as well.

According to Q2 statistics, Xiaomi now represents a bigger chunk of the pie than Samsung, which was not the case just a few months ago.

This trend certainly has to do with Xiaomi’s low price points on their devices, something the Chinese market values highly. We’ll soon see if the trend continues in other countries as well.

Source: Canalys 


Android gobbles up 85 percent of global smartphone shipments in Q2 2014


According to new industry data from Strategy Analytics, Android is doing pretty well.

The numbers show that the operating system shipped on roughly 85 percent of all smartphones in Q2 2014 — the total shipments came out to 295 million units worldwide.

This can’t be good news for Apple, Microsoft and Blackberry, although their numbers are most likely much better when the statistics are including only American shipments.

To see the full report, hit the source link.

Source: Strategy Analytics

2K display devices may be limited in 2014


A few days ago we reported on some analyst predictions for market penetration by 8-core processor devices during 2014. More research shows that another component key to the next iteration of “flagship” devices may not see much adoption until 2015. According to reports, production of 2K displays will be constrained while producers continue to ramp up production, so widespread adoption may not occur until 2015. While many of the major vendors made noise about 2K displays during MWC 2014, it seems likely they will continue to promote full HD resolutions running at 1920×1080 for most of 2014. Read more

Sprint to buy out T-Mobile? Regulators could stop deal short


In a move that would leave the United States mobile carrier market dominated by three carriers rather than four, Sprint could be soon buying out T-Mobile to set up a merger for the ages.

The company still hasn’t decided on the action it will take, but Sprint could post a bid in the first half of 2014, and the deal could be worth more than $20 billion.

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HTC says competing in cheap phone market is a ‘fool’s game’


It looks like HTC is finally starting to catch on— however, it may be too late.

Following the release of its newest high-end device, the One Max, the company’s head of marketing, Jeff Gordon, released a statement regarding their smartphone manufacturing strategies. “HTC will not suddenly shift strategy to become a budget smartphone maker. Competing against Huawei, ZTE, and eventually Amazon, for low end, razor-thin margins is a fool’s game.”

A fool’s game, you say?

He’s certainly right— but while HTC continues to bash other companies (which are blowing them out of the water with their sales numbers), the tech world continues to bash HTC for their verbal assault on competitors.

The company will try to focus its efforts on higher-end flagships, aiming to dethrone Samsung and Apple as the world’s leading smartphone manufacturers. It will be hard, and maybe even impossible for HTC, but it will certainly be fun to see them try.

Source: CNET

HTC sells back remaining stake in Beats by Dre (25%) for $256 million cash injection


We all know that HTC is suffering, so this news probably won’t come as much of a surprise:

HTC has accepted an offer to sell back the rest of their stake (25%) in Beats by Dre. They had originally purchased 50.1% for $300 million, making HTC the majority shareholder,  but just a little over two years later, HTC is no longer in the picture.

The deal should be complete by the end of the year, and it’s a nice cash injection for HTC ($256 million), considering their 3rd quarter projections do not look too good right now.

We keep saying we’ll have to wait and see what the future holds for HTC, but right now, it isn’t looking good.

Source: Nasdaq

Lenovo eyes U.S. smartphone market for 2014 and beyond


Chinese manufacturer Lenovo wants to enter the U.S. smartphone market within the coming year, as the company’s CEO, Yang Yuanqing, says “smartphones are our new opportunity. As a public company, you always have to consider how to grow.”

Lenovo has enjoyed much success in China thus far, as the company is the second leading smartphone vendor there, trailing only Samsung. Last year, Lenovo focused on entering markets including Russia, Indonesia, and India. This year, their sights will be set on the United States and Europe.

If Lenovo wants to make any kind of dent in the smartphone market in the U.S., you should expect them to release some high-end devices in the coming year.

Source: Wall Street Journal