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Aug 1, 2013

Google bets on custom colors with first flagship Moto X phone

NEW YORK/SAN FRANCISCO, Aug 1 (Reuters) – Motorola on
Thursday unveiled its highly anticipated Moto X smartphone,
which will be customizable with different colors for AT&T
customers and marks the cellphone maker’s first flagship device
since Google Inc bought the company in 2012.

The Moto X will go on sale in the United States at the end
of August or the beginning of September for a suggested retail
price of $199.99 to customers who sign a two-year contract at
five of the biggest U.S. mobile network operators.

Jul 30, 2013

Sprint posts wider quarterly loss on steep costs

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Sprint Corp (S.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), the No. 3 U.S. mobile service provider, posted a wider quarterly loss due to hefty costs from shutting down its older Nextel network and it lost more customers than some analysts had expected.

Sprint, which sold 78 percent of its shares to Japan’s SoftBank Corp (9984.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) in the quarter, has been struggling with Nextel customer losses on the Nextel network since it bought that company in 2005. It finally shut down that network in the second quarter.

Jul 25, 2013

MetroPCS doubles operating markets to compete with Leap

NEW YORK, July 25 (Reuters) – T-Mobile US Inc, the
No. 4 U.S. mobile service provider, said on Thursday that its
MetroPCS prepaid wireless business has doubled the number of
markets where it operates, putting it head-to-head against
smaller rival Leap Wireless in many of its new markets.

Both Leap, which agreed to be bought by No 2 U.S. mobile
service provider AT&T Inc and MetroPCS, which merged with
T-Mobile less than three months ago, target cost-conscious
customers who pay for calls in advance.

Jul 23, 2013

AT&T quarterly profit misses Wall Street estimates

NEW YORK (Reuters) – AT&T Inc (T.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) posted a quarterly profit on Tuesday that missed Wall Street expectations as it was hit by rising costs, and its shares fell 1 percent in late trade.

AT&T’s revenue was better than expected — helped by growth of its wireless and enterprise businesses. But strong wireless growth comes at a cost because the company has to pay hefty subsidies for each new wireless customer it adds to its network.

Jul 23, 2013

Verizon unveils three Droid phones from Motorola

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Verizon Wireless, the biggest U.S. mobile service provider, on Tuesday announced three new phones under its Droid smartphone brand from Google Inc’s Motorola and said that Motorola would be its exclusive Droid phone vendor going forward.

The phones, the Droid Mini, Droid Ultra and Droid Maxx will go on sale for $99, $199 and $299 for customers who sign a two year contract and will be available in Verizon stores August 20, according to Verizon Wireless.

Jul 23, 2013
Jul 19, 2013

Samsung close to mobile-device deal with FBI: sources

By Euan Rocha and Sinead Carew

(Reuters) – Samsung Electronics Co Ltd is close to signing a deal to sell its popular line of Galaxy devices to the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation, sources familiar with the situation said on Friday.

The deal would be a boost for Samsung, which is increasingly seeking to cater to the needs of government agencies, a niche long dominated by Canadian smartphone maker BlackBerry Ltd.

Jul 18, 2013

Verizon rules out service fee changes in new phone offer

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Verizon Wireless will let customers upgrade cellphones more frequently if they pay for their devices in installments, but analysts expect few takers unless the leading wireless provider lowers monthly service fees as well.

Analysts said customers would effectively be paying for their smartphone twice under Verizon’s plan and a similar offering announced by No. 2 U.S. mobile service provider AT&T Inc (T.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) on Tuesday.

Jul 18, 2013

Verizon quarterly revenue misses estimate, shares down

By Sinead Carew

(Reuters) – Verizon Communications Inc said strength in its wireless business was tempered by weakness in its traditional wireline unit, producing weaker-than-expected revenue growth for the quarter and sending its shares down 1 percent.

The company said it was seeing cost-cutting from corporate and government customers, partly offsetting better-than- expected wireless customer growth. Also, its wireless profit margins were hurt by higher costs.

Jul 16, 2013

Mobile talks about wanting Leap’s customers rather than bidding

NEW YORK, July 16 (Reuters) – Wireless service provider
T-Mobile US indicated on Tuesday that it will compete
to lure customers away from rival Leap Wireless rather
than make a bid for the company.

Several Wall Street analysts have speculated this week that
T-Mobile or another company could also bid for Leap, after AT&T
Inc on Friday bid $1.2 billion, or $15 per share, for it.

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      "Sinead is a telecommunications industry correspondent. Her coverage area spans U.S. service providers, cellphone makers and chip makers. Before joining Reuters in 2002, she covered technology and telecoms for various trade publications."
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