Five U.S. wireless carriers told the FCC they're willing bow to the pressure of customers who want their phones unlocked--but they have a few demands of their own. Chief among them, customers better be ready to pony up some cash.
While it didn't exactly sneak up on anyone who's been watching the wireless mobile space, The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Sprint is close to bidding on the purchase of mobile wireless provider T-Mobile in early 2014. In an odd twist, it appears the Department of Justice's antitrust settlement on the merger of American Airlines and US Airways may have given Sprint the final shove it was looking for.
Mobile security software firm Lookout has raised $55 million in strategic funding from investors including Deutsche Telekom, Qualcomm Ventures, Greylock Partners and Mithril Capital Management. Existing investors Accel Partners, Andreessen Horowitz, Index Ventures and Khosla Ventures also participated in the round, which nearly matches the $75 million in funding Lookout has raised since launching in 2007.
Sprint introduced Pinsight Touch, an open platform enabling businesses to integrate Near Field Communications technology into their branded mobile applications.
HTC is rolling out Google's Android 4.3 operating system update to One smartphone owners across the Sprint network. HTC customizations integrated into the over-the-air Android 4.3 update include new Sense user interface features like Instagram support within the BlinkFeed personalized homescreen, as well as new video highlight templates.
AT&T's plans to shut down its 2G network are pushing machine-to-machine customers toward Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile, according to a new report by ABI Research.
The U.S. mobile data market yielded revenues of $21 billion during the second quarter of 2013, up 4 percent quarter-over-quarter and 14 percent year-over-year, according to new research from Chetan Sharma Consulting.
Sprint is partnering with PlayPhone on a new social gaming application that it will preload on forthcoming Android devices, enabling subscribers to discover and play interactive mobile titles with the click of a button. The deal mirrors previous PlayPhone agreements with Verizon Wireless, AT&T Mobility and Claro Brazil.
Google's Android mobile operating system powered 51.5 percent of all smartphones sold in the United States during the second quarter of 2013, down from 52.6 percent in the year-ago period, research firm Kantar Worldpanel ComTech reports.
Deutsche Telekom, Sprint and Vodafone top the rankings of carriers in the connected car market, according to the latest report from Informa Telecoms & Media.