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November 15, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Although Apple no longer sells the iPhone 5, Wal-Mart said customers can still pick up the 2012 smartphone at its stores, now available for $29 with a two-year contract from AT&T or Verizon. Wal-Mart has been selling the device since September, when Apple introduced its latest iPhone models and discontinued the iPhone 5. Previously, the giant retailer sold the iPhone 5 for $79; it cut its price by $50 on Friday. The iPhone 5 at Wal-Mart is a nice option for users interested in an iPhone with a 4-inch screen.
December 5, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
It hasn't even been three months since the iPhone 5 released and already rumors about an iPhone 5S, or even an iPhone 6, are starting to spread on the Internet. Apple comes out with a new version of its smartphone each year, so these rumors are expected on an annual basis. But typically the off-season for iPhone rumors feels like it lasts longer than this -- I mean, the iPhone 5 hasn't even come out in most countries yet .  Regardless, they have begun, and there's nothing we can do about it. So what exactly is all the buzz about the seventh-generation iPhone?
September 13, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
The iPhone 5 will be coming to Cricket Wireless and C Spire Wireless beginning Sept. 28. The two smaller U.S. carriers announced Thursday that they too would sell the new smartphone, which Apple officially unveiled Wednesday. Neither company has given more details besides a launch date, but it's safe to assume that Cricket, a prepaid carrier, will offer the iPhone 5 for more than $200 since it does not require customers to sign a service contract. Cricket began carrying the iPhone 4S this summer, and it sold the phone starting at $499.99.
May 31, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Cricket announced Thursday that it will become the first U.S. carrier to offer a prepaid iPhone starting in late June. The company said it'll begin carrying 16GB versions of the iPhone and iPhone 4S beginning on June 22. in its announcement , Cricket said it will sell the phones online, at its stores, at select dealers and over the phone for $499.99 for the 4S and $399.99 for the 4. Users of the service who choose to buy the prepaid...
August 3, 2010 | By David Sarno, Los Angeles Times
Google-powered Android phones are outselling Apple's iPhone, according to a report released Monday by Nielsen Co. Among consumers who purchased a smart phone in the first half of 2010, 27% opted for Android phones, compared with 23% who bought an iPhone, according to the study. The numbers add to the pile of evidence that Google's Android empire has become a serious threat to the iPhone. In May, NPD Group released a report noting that Android had outsold the iPhone in the first quarter of 2010.
February 6, 2011 | By Judi Dash, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Now you can take your guitar on the road and polish up your pickin' with the help of the little Guitar Sidekick ($29.99). A clamp that mounts on a guitar neck, the Sidekick can hold an iPhone or other smart phone or media player in place so you can take video lessons, tune your guitar, follow a lyrics teleprompter or use other music apps. The company's website provides links to video tutorials and accompaniments. Rolling Stones, anyone? Info: Castiv
April 26, 2012 | By David Sarno
Everyone knows Apple is popular in China -- so popular that people riot outside Apple's stores, or set up fake stores, or just crank out fake iPhones. On a recent trip to an electronics bazaar in Shanghai, we spotted a few of the most blatant of these knockoffs. Amusingly, the phones on display didn't look anything like actual iPhones -- instead, the manufacturers concentrated their piracy efforts on attempting to replicate the spelling of the names of popular devices and brands.
September 12, 2013 | By Jonathan Kaiman
BEIJING -- If anything indicates how China's Apple fans feel about the company's latest product release this week, it's how Nicole Zhou spent her Wednesday afternoon.  One day after the Cupertino-based company unveiled two new iPhone models -- the 5s, with an upgraded processor and fingerprint security system, and the slightly cheaper 5c, with a colorful plastic back -- 30-year-old Zhou, an employee at a state-owned enterprise, bought herself a...
August 3, 2011 | By Amrita Jayakumar
Your freeloading iPhone can now start paying for itself. Maybe even take you someplace nice for dinner. A 2-month-old app called Gigwalk pays you to use your iPhone. Users who download the app act as on-the-ground inspectors for big companies, checking local menus and store displays or verifying street signs. The Gigwalkers, as they're known, snap photos of the task and send it to Gigwalk, which pays anywhere from $3 to $90 per gig. As users prove themselves and earn "StreetCred," they can unlock higher-paying gigs that are more complicated.
December 5, 2013 | By Chris O'Brien, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
Apple may have finalized a deal with China Mobile, that nation's largest carrier, to sell the iPhone.  Such a deal would give Apple access to China Mobile's 700 million customers for the first time. Though analysts have been predicting such a deal was close for months now, it's still expected to give a major boost to Apple in one of the world's most important smartphone markets.  The deal was reported Wednesday by the Wall Street Journal, which said a source had indicated that it would be announced Dec. 18 at a China Mobile conference.  [Updated, 6:47 a.m. PST Dec. 5: In a note to clients Thursday, Gene Munster, a Piper Jaffray analyst, said China Mobile iPhone sales could add as much as 5% to Apple's revenues in the current fiscal year that ends September 2014.
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