Verizon to Continue Offering Premium Smartphones at $200

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Rather than going completely un-carrier like rival T-Mobile U.S., Verizon Wireless will instead continue to offer customers the option to purchase a phone with a two-year contract, meaning that a high-end flagship phone could cost around just $200-$300 after subsidies are applied. The two-year contract will mean that customers are locked in with Verizon for […]

Can Amazon Succeed Where Google, Apple Failed in Transforming Mobility?

After transforming tablet computing, Amazon could turn business models for wireless mobility on its head with a rumored Kindle Phone offering.

Amazon has long been rumored to be eyeing the smartphone market after having launched its Kindle Fire tablet based on a forked version of Google’s Android operating system, and now there is chatter that Amazon is looking to do what no others before it have even attempted. The move by Amazon to introduce the Kindle […]

AT&T Already Prepping Customers for iPhone 5S Upgrades [Updated]

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AT&T customers may be treated for a surprise when they log in to their accounts online as AT&T is presenting some iPhone 5 customers with the option to qualify for a discounted upgrade already. In the past, AT&T Mobility offered current iPhone customers in the middle of a two-year contract the option for a discount–depending […]

Verizon Customers Petition to Go UNcarrier

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After Deutsche Telekom-owned T-Mobile‘s lead in abandoning two-year contracts and the promise of cheaper service plans as a result of not having to subsidize devices, Verizon Wireless customers are asking their carriers to do the same and adopt T-Mobile’s UNcarrier movement. Customers now have turned to Change.org‘s petition to ask Verizon to ditch contracts and […]

T-Mobile Unveils UNcarrier Plans Ahead of Media Event

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Two days ahead of a scheduled media event for Tuesday, T-Mobile USA has unveiled its new UNcarrier plans, which attempts to do away with contracts and phone subsidies that have been a staple of the U.S. wireless market for years. The carrier had argued in the past that such a move will give customers more […]

The ‘Un-Carrier’ Era May Impact Android the Most

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In the U.S., T-Mobile is believed to be announcing a new era this month that will mark the end for smartphone subsidies. Though the nation’s fourth largest carrier may be doing away with subsidies, it will allow customers to finance their handsets over installment payments, making it more affordable to walk out the door with […]

Get Ready to Pay More for Your Smartphone on Verizon Next Year

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Verizon Wireless has announced some broad plans for its growing LTE network in the U.S., and the end result could cost customers more in terms of up-front costs when purchasing a smartphone on contract. Speaking at the Deutsche Bank’s Media, Internet, and Telecom conference, Verizon CFO Fran Shammo advises that the carrier will start reducing […]

Sprint Latest to Consider An End to Phone Subsidies

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Following T-Mobile‘s lead in the industry of ending subsidies on smartphone purchases with a two-year contract, Sprint is the latest to consider such a move after rival Verizon Wireless said it would observe how the market reacts to T-Mobile USA’s plans. Sprint Nextel CEO Dan Hesse said that Sprint would wait and see before making […]

Verizon May Also Stop Subsidizing Smartphones, Be Prepared to Pay Full Retail

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T-Mobile USA had made a controversial announcement in the U.S. wireless industry by saying that at some point in the future, it would stop subsidizing phones in exchange for a two-year service agreement. However, it seems that T-Mobile‘s decision isn’t just controversial, but may be industry-leading as rival carrier Verizon Wireless has announced that if […]

Google Failed in Attempts to Subsidize Android Data Plans for $10 Per Month

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In addition to learning what the original Google Android smartphone hardware would look like–the design that predates Google’s and HTC’s G1 which is also known as the world’s first Android phone–we’re also hearing about how Google had once hoped to revolutionize data plans through revelations from its court case against Oracle. According to that information, […]