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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...
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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
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September 21, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
This is Apple's seventh time releasing an iPhone, but it's the first time since U.S. carriers launched early-upgrade plans. Led by T-Mobile, U.S. carriers this summer rolled out new plans that make it possible for customers to upgrade their smartphones more frequently than once every two years. Sprint became the latest to offer such an option Friday when it introduced its One Up plan. Prior to this year, users really only had two options when it came to buying a new iPhone from a major U.S. carrier.
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November 23, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
AT&T has begun selling what could be the first refurbished versions of the iPhone 5, and they're going for as much as $100 off the regular price. The Texas-based carrier lists its refurbished iPhone 5 models as $99 for the base 16 GB model , $199 for the 32 GB model and $299 for the 64 GB version of the smartphone. The phones are available in black or white versions. To get the price, you must be eligible for an upgrade or be a new customer and sign up for a new two-year contract.
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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.
BUSINESS
March 5, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Would the iPhone have sold as well if it was called the "TelePod"? Apple Inc.'s former advertising lead Ken Segall told a college marketing class that the Cupertino company considered naming its phone the TelePod because it sounded like a futuristic twist on the word "telephone" and had similarities to Apple's iPod, which was very popular at the time. Speaking to students at the University of Arizona, Segall also said Apple considered some other names, including iPad, which the company eventually used for its tablet instead.
BUSINESS
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.
BUSINESS
May 23, 2012 | By Michelle Maltais
Google Search for iPhone has gotten a complete overhaul that makes the app much cleaner, speedier and a bit user-friendlier, if you will. The updated app, complete with the day's Google Doodle, now automatically fills the screen in both portrait and landscape orientations with search results. You scroll down, and the controls are hidden. You scroll up to reveal them again. Across the bottom of the screen, you find the categories of search areas including images, videos, news and blogs.
BUSINESS
January 16, 2012 | By Justine Griffin
Show everyone how special you think your iPhone 4S is — have it gold-plated. For a little more than $1,500, you can have an iPhone gold plated by Laban Roomes, an entrepreneur looking to expand his England business into the U.S. Roomes plans to make his American debut in south Florida next month. "Florida is kind of like my second home," he said, adding that he has family in Fort Lauderdale. Roomes is the founder and owner of Goldgenie, a business that began by gold-plating car emblems and has grown to plate phones, computer mice, flowers, game consoles and iPads.
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January 27, 2014 | By Chris O'Brien, This post has been updated with the latest developments.
Apple reported iPhone sales Monday that fell well short of analyst estimates as well as guidance for the next quarter that also was lower than expected, sending the stock falling more than 5% in after-hours trading.  Apple said it sold 51 million iPhones in the first quarter of its 2014 fiscal year, which ended Dec. 28. That was a new record, up from 47.8 million last holiday season. But sales fell short of analysts' expectations that the company would sell 55 million iPhones in the quarter.
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