Mobile payments specialist Isis to rebrand

Editor Mobile

Isis, the mobile commerce joint venture created by AT&T Mobility, T-Mobile USA and Verizon Wireless, is looking to re-brand and distance itself from the name of the militant group ISIS, which has been linked to sectarian violence against civilians and armed forced in Iraq and Syria. As a result of the unwilling sharing of names, the mobile wallet provider is …

EditorMobile payments specialist Isis to rebrand

30 Billion Dollars stand in the way of the Verizon-Vodafone Deal.

Editor UK, USA

WSJ reports that Verizon’s planned bid for Vodafone’s 45% stake is likely to face a big hurdle, particularly because the apparent difference in their valuation is $30 Billion. Verizon believes the stake is worth around $100 billion, while Vodafone believes it’s closer to $130 billion. No formal offer has yet been tabled but Verizon is reported to have hired advisors …

Editor30 Billion Dollars stand in the way of the Verizon-Vodafone Deal.

Best Buy says Bye to Europe. CarPhone Warehouse buys JV stake for $775M.

Editor Mobile

CPW is buying the 50 percent stake in the European JV (Best Buy Europe) owned by Best Buy & CPW. The deal is worth $775 Mn. Best Buy has struggled in recent years in the face of growing competition, offline and online from the likes of Walmart and Amazon. Best Buy reported flat revenue of $50 billion for the last …

EditorBest Buy says Bye to Europe. CarPhone Warehouse buys JV stake for $775M.

T-Mobile & MetroPCS merger complete. Starts trading as TMUS

Editor Mobile Network Sharing, Mobile PrePaid, Mobile services, North America, USA

T-Mobile USA and MetroPCS officially closed their merger transaction and are now trading as one entity under the stock symbol TMUS. The new entity will now be called T-Mobile US. T-mobile will start the process of migrating MetroPCS’s CDMA customers to its LTE network. The new combined entity is called T-mobile US and will be based in Bellevue, Washington. Timotheus Höttges …

EditorT-Mobile & MetroPCS merger complete. Starts trading as TMUS

US Mobile Internet trafic reaches 1.468 trillion MB in 2012: CTIA

Editor 3G, 4G/LTE, America, Mobile Broadband, USA

CTIA released figures showing mobile internet data traffic in the US rose 69.3 percent in 2012 as compared to a year ago. Mobile internet traffic rose from 866.6 Billion MB in 2011 to 1.468 Trillion MB in 2012. There is a sharp drop in terms of rate of growth compared to a year ago. In 2011 the growth rate was …

EditorUS Mobile Internet trafic reaches 1.468 trillion MB in 2012: CTIA

Via.Me mobile app now available on Android (USA)

Editor America, Mobile, Mobile App, USA

RadiumOne has introduced Via.Me for Android, an Android app that makes creating, filtering and sharing pictures, videos, audio notes, across multiple social networks as easy as two clicks. Via.Me is already available as both an iPhone app and destination web site. Via.Me is also the first photo, video and audio platform to provide a seamless user experience across mobile devices …

EditorVia.Me mobile app now available on Android (USA)

Samsung leads handset market segment with 25.6% market share, Apple at 16.3% (USA)

Editor America, Mobile, Mobile Smartphones and Devices, USA

A recent survey by comScore, which analysed the trends in the mobile segment from May to July 2012, reveals that Samsung still continues to be the market leader in the handset segment with a market share of 25.6 percent. As per the report, Google Android continued to lead among smartphone platforms, accounting for 52.2 percent of smartphone subscribers, while Apple …

EditorSamsung leads handset market segment with 25.6% market share, Apple at 16.3% (USA)

Mobile customers to lose out on account of Apple’s victory (USA)

Editor America, Asia, Mobile, Mobile Legal Court Appeal, South Korea, USA

The everlasting infringement battle between the mobile industry’s top players, Apple and Samsung, finally saw a result on one of the cases. A jury in the U.S. found that the Korean handset maker was guilty of infringing on six of Apple’s patents and ordered the company to pay the iPhone maker $1.05 billion in damages. The ruling led to the …

EditorMobile customers to lose out on account of Apple’s victory (USA)

MetroPCS offers 4G LTE Android smartphone along with unlimited 4G data plan (USA)

Editor 4G/LTE, America, Mobile, Mobile Data, USA

MetroPCS Communications now offers more choices for those consumers who want to have it all from their wireless service at unparalleled value with a new even more affordable addition to its 4G LTE smartphone portfolio – the LG Motion 4G. The powerful Android smartphone puts a feature-rich handset experience and exceptional 4G LTE service within reach for value-conscious consumers – …

EditorMetroPCS offers 4G LTE Android smartphone along with unlimited 4G data plan (USA)

T-Mobile to launch unlimited nationwide 4G data from 5 September (USA)

Editor 4G/LTE, America, Mobile, USA

T-Mobile USA announced an industry first — a truly unlimited nationwide 4G data plan. Featuring no data caps, speed limits or bill shock, as well as fast, dependable nationwide 4G coverage, T-Mobile’s new unlimited nationwide 4G data plan offers the ultimate worry-free experience. The new plan is designed to satisfy both data-hungry customers who want to experience all their smartphones …

EditorT-Mobile to launch unlimited nationwide 4G data from 5 September (USA)

Sprint launches ‘Kyocera Rise’ Android smartphone (USA)

Editor America, Mobile, Mobile Smartphones and Devices, USA

Sprint and Kyocera Communications announced the launch of Kyocera Rise, an Android smartphone with a full QWERTY slide-out keypad and high-resolution touchscreen display. Kyocera Rise offers feature-phone loyalists the ability to easily move up to a smartphone without losing their tactile keyboard or spending a lot of money. Equipped with Android 4.0 operating system, Ice Cream Sandwich, Kyocera Rise will …

EditorSprint launches ‘Kyocera Rise’ Android smartphone (USA)