Archive for April, 2009

T-Mobile: 1 million Android phones sold

Deutsche Telekomrevealed one particularly interesting tidbit when it released T-Mobile’s Q1 subscriber numbers Monday: T-Mobile USA has sold 1 million G1 Android phones since the Google-powered deviceemerged in October. While1 millionis still small compared to AT&T’s salesof the Apple iPhone (AT&Tjust reportedactivating1.6 million iPhones in the first quarter alone), for tiny T-Mobile, its still quite a feat, especially considering its 3G networks are stillgoing throughpuberty. more

LG thrives in mid-tier, but moves higher up

Despite posting a 7% year-on-year decline and 12% decline from the previous quarter, LG’s first-quarter earnings beat estimates, and the company is expecting sales to improve going forward. The world’s third-largest handset maker had the most success in its mid-tier handsets, but is looking towards the higher-end to fuel its growth into Q2. more

NAB: What consumers really want from IPTV

I’m in my fifties and a lot of the people I interview are within 10 years of my age, so it’s no surprise thatwhen we talk about the future of video services — or any services — our conversations are laden with anecdotes about what our kids are doing. It’s that kind of reasoning by anecdote that lead Accenture to conduct its Global Consumer Broadcast Survey, now in its second year, according to Ross Sonnabend of Accenture. more

TI: Phone inventory scare abating

Wireless bellwether Texas Instruments said device makers have begun ordering its silicon once again asthey’ve plowed through their inventories and are ready to start building new phones. In TI’s first-quarter earnings call Monday, CEO Rich Templeton said that pick-up in orders, by no means, signaled an end tothe handset sector’s troubles, butthose troubles don’t appear to be mounting. more

Reliance, Yipes CMO turns VC

S. Keao Caindec, the former chief marketing officer of Reliance Globalcom, has left the India-based global carrier to join venture capital firm Panorama Capital.

MagicJack forced to rethink its customer service

MagicJack, maker of the small voice-over IP device made popular by late-night infomercials, today reached a settlement with Florida’s attorney general over allegations that it charged customers for long-distance calling during its advertised 30-day free trial. Without admitting guilt, the company agreed to make changes to its tech support and reimburse the state the $125,000 the investigation cost. more

The new US CTO’s broadband views

Aneesh Chopra
The United States’ first chief technology officer has been a champion of rural broadband, and will likely continue to be, but it’s unclear exactly how his experiences driving broadband availability at the state level will manifest on the national stage.

Verizon: Calling all LTE developers

Verizon Wireless is getting a head-start on long-term evolution device development, long before its first commercial network is launched. The operator today published specifications for future LTE devices on its open developement Websiteand scheduled a Webcast for May 13 to answer questions and provide further details. more

Sony Ericsson joins Nokia en route to the bottom

When Nokia announced a 90% dip in profit yesterday, the company and investment community celebrated the fact that it wasn’t any worse. But when Sony Ericsson today announced a 36% drop in sales for the first quarter of 2009, the optimism wasn’t as widespread. The company reported staggering losses, and while the bottom is in sight, it hasn’t hit it yet. more

ISPs need to rally around metered billing

Time-Warner Cable’s decision to suspend its Consumption Based Billingtrial is being hailed asa victory for consumers, but is it really? Time-Warner says the suspension is temporary, and the company will now do more consumer education around the idea of paying for how much Internet access you consume. I think consumer education is always a good thing, but in this circumstance, one company can’t take on that task and succeed. more

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