News Scan: Isis is nationwide; Unlock cell phones or bust, more
>> Isis Mobile Wallet finally rolls out nationally
After years of delay, the NFC-powered Isis Mobile Wallet rolled out across the United States on Thursday. Developed by a joint venture of Verizon Wireless, AT&T and T-Mobile, the Isis Mobile Wallet enables consumers to make purchases using an NFC-enabled smartphone, a SIM card and a free app from Google Play, as well as a special NFC-enabled point-of-sale terminal. Phones not supported include those running iOS and Windows Phone. Isis began the rollout of its Mobile Wallet in Salt Lake City and Austin last year. Read more about the Isis nationwide launch.
>> Samsung to launch flexible display smartphone next year
Samsung is planning to launch next year a smartphone with a Youm flexible display that wraps around the device's edges, enabling users to read messages from an angle, according to a report by Bloomberg. The flexible display could be used in the Galaxy S or Note series, sources tell the newswire. Each side of the three-sided display would operate independently, the report adds. Read more about the Bloomberg report.
>> Microsoft to become one of the largest wireless chip buyers with Nokia buy
Microsoft is expected to become one of the world's largest buyers of wireless chips with the acquisition of Nokia's mobile handset business, according to research firm IHS. Next year, Microsoft is forecast to move up to fourth place in chip spending for wireless applications behind market leaders Apple, Samsung and Huawei Technologies. IHS forecasts that Microsoft will spend $5.9 billion on chips next year, 37 percent of which will be for wireless devices. Nokia shareholders are set to vote on mobile handset business sale on Nov. 19. Read more on the IHS report.
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>> Marketers could be missing 'selective mobile-only' consumers
Markets could be missing "selective mobile-only" consumers with their advertising efforts, warns eMarketer. Selective mobile-only users are those who use only their mobile device to access certain channels, such as social, search or music. These users are "essentially unreachable for marketers that aren't specifically targeting mobile. In effect, certain desktop sites have a 20 percent to 30 percent blind spot--an important consideration in the planning, execution and measurement phases of campaigns," advises eMarketer. Read more on the eMarketer stats.
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>> FCC chief tells carriers to unlock cell phones or face agency action
Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler is telling the cell phone industry to voluntarily unlock consumers' cell phones once they have fulfilled their contract obligations or face regulatory action. In a Nov. 14 letter to Steve Largent, president and CEO of CTIA–The Wireless Association, Wheeler writes that the FCC staff has been working with CTIA for eight months to amend its consumer code so that consumers can unlock their mobile wireless devices once their contracts end. "Enough time has passed, and it is now time for the industry to act voluntarily or for the FCC to regulate. Let's set a goal of including the full unlocking rights policy in the CTIA Consumer Code before the December holiday season," Wheeler writes. Read more on the FCC letter.