May 5, 2009 |
For the moment, Apple Inc.'s iPhone has been unseated from its throne. Research in Motion's BlackBerry Curve replaced the iPhone as the best-selling smartphone among consumers in the first quarter, the NPD Group said Monday. The iPhone came in second, with two other BlackBerry models -- the Storm and the Pearl -- right behind.
February 16, 2009 |
Get ready for a week of phone porn. The Mobile World Congress, the cellphone industry's version of the Consumer Electronics Show, kicks off in Barcelona, Spain, today. Thousands of mobile-industry professionals will converge on the city to show off new gear, announce previously secret products and try to convince one another that the sector will weather the economic downturn. Research group Strategy Analytics predicted last month that the global mobile phone market would shrink 9% in 2009.
February 15, 2009 |
Verizon Wireless has started selling a device that boosts cellphone signals in a home for $250, making it easier for people to rely solely on wireless. The Verizon Wireless Network Extender is a device known as a femtocell and needs to be connected to a broadband Internet line. It then acts like a miniature cellular tower, listening for signals from a subscriber's cellphone. It covers up to 5,000 square feet. Verizon, the nation's largest carrier, is following in the footsteps of Sprint Nextel Corp.
January 16, 2009 |
Shares of Leap Wireless International Inc. and MetroPCS Communications Inc. tumbled after Sprint Nextel Corp. said it would introduce an unlimited-calling plan to compete with the pay-as-you-go wireless carriers. The Boost Mobile program will include unlimited calls and text messages for $50 a month starting Thursday, Sprint said. Leap and MetroPCS also offer unlimited plans at $50 a month. Leap shares fell $2.47 to $25.23. MetroPCS dropped $2.10 to $13.87. Sprint Nextel rose 2 cents to $2.29.
January 7, 2009 |
Not long after I returned from a recent trip to Canada, I was surprised to find a $400 cellphone bill in the mailbox. This seemed odd because I'd made only two phone calls when I was there, the longer one for 15 minutes. But when I looked closer at the breakdown, I saw what was going on. It wasn't I who'd been making dozens of long-distance calls back to the States -- it was the phone itself. While I thought my iPhone was sitting "unused" in my jacket, it had been constantly checking my e-mail for 72 straight hours.
December 24, 2008 |
Google Inc., owner of the world's most-used search engine, is giving employees cellphones instead of cash gifts this year as it reins in costs during the recession, according to a person familiar with the matter. About 85% of workers will get a handset powered by Google's Android operating system as a holiday gift, said the person, who asked not to be identified. Google handed out $1,000 cash gifts to most employees last year.