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Tech wrap: A bad call for Sprint?

October 4, 2011

Sprint Nextel shares fell as much as 17 percent on Tuesday as investors worried about the cost of selling the Apple Inc iPhone on top of its plans to upgrade its network and its debt obligations.

The decline followed a 10 percent dive in Sprint’s stock on Monday after a Wall Street Journal report that the money-losing company will have to pay Apple $20 billion over the next four years and will lose money on the iPhone until 2014.

Apple took the wraps off a new iPhone on Tuesday, but may have left some fans wishing for more than an updated version of last year’s smartphone. See what analysts had to say.

On the day that Apple launches the fifth generation of its ubiquitous iPhone, the once mighty Nokia is still weeks away from mounting a fightback. On Tuesday, Nokia CEO Stephen Elop promised to unveil its first Windows-based smartphones this quarter but it remains to be seen whether the they will start shipping in time for Christmas.

A new plastic-based tablet designed by a California tech company for school students is going on trial in Russia thanks to funding from the Russian state-run tech giant Rusnano, reports Reuters correspondent Sonia Legg.

FT columnist Richard Waters says Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer received only half the potential bonus he could have made this fiscal year. “While some Microsoft shareholders gripe about their CEO’s performance, they haven’t got a lot to complain about with regards to his compensation,” writes Waters, adding: “His salary and bonus totalling less than $1.4 million last year, was far short of the $15.8 million that his counterparts in peer-group companies stood to make, according to Microsoft’s calculations.”

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