Of course, it's a very fair question. I mean, who wants to buy a phone that's not going to get the latest and greatest from Google? We know about the Galaxy Nexus, but as with most Android updates, the outlook is unclear for other devices.
Just over a year after enthusiastically telling CNET that U.S. Cellular, the carrier's CEO has changed her mind.
During the company's third-quarter earnings call today, Mary Dillon said that U.S. Cellular considered adding the iPhone to its lineup, but that Apple's "terms were unacceptable from a risk and profitability standpoint." Dillon didn't offer specifics, Fierce Wireless reported, but she added that the potential strain on the carrier's data network was not a factor.
Though U.S. Cellular's decision may come as surprising following the arrival of the … Read more
You'll notice two things about T-Mobile's new Sparq messaging phone.
The first is that you have to suffer through a "q" in the product's name instead of a "k" as there should be. The second is that the phone is made by Alcatel, which so far has made barely a dent in the U.S. market.
Though the company always shows up at U.S. wireless confabs like CTIA--usually with a bizarre cell phone "fashion show"--this is the first time that it's landed a device at a major carrier. And by all accounts, the Sparq is a modest start.
Also called the Alcatel One Touch, the Sparq has a slider design with a full QWERTY keyboard. Features are built around connectivity and shy away from fancy bells and whistles. You'll find a Bluetooth, an FM radio, 32MBof internal memory, a VGA camera, a microSD card slot, text messaging, and a music player.
The Sparq is available for $79.99 with T-Mobile's prepaid, no-contract service. … Read more
Don't look now, but we're in that all-important final stretch of the year where retailers begin to pull out the big guns. Verizon, for its part, plans to overwhelm consumers with three of the top Android smartphones this November in the form of the HTC Rezound, Droid Razr, and Galaxy Nexus.
Glancing at the specs, any one of these devices could be considered a contender for top phone of the year, and as if these three weren't enough to induce decision paralysis, Verizon looks to have even more in store for the last two months of the … Read more
November 6 is shaping up to be a big day for AT&T, as the carrier will release its first 4G LTE smartphones and expand its LTE network to nine additional markets on that day.
When it comes to devices, customers will be able to choose from the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket or the HTC Vivid, both of which are compatible with AT&T's HSPA+ and LTE networks and run Android Gingerbread. … Read more
If you've been itching to get a Motorola Razr back in your pocket, your wait is almost over. Starting tomorrow, Moto's new Droid Razr will be available for preorder at Verizon Wireless.
Though it may carry the name of one of Motorola's most iconic devices, the Droid Razr is no simple revamp of that original phone. Sure, it's thin, but it packs a hefty feature load into a stunning design with stainless steel, Kevlar backing, and sculpted glass. So while it may be a beauty, it also has enough power to earn it a place in the Droid family. … Read more
Earlier this month, Sprint Nextel's leadership team sat dumbfounded on stage as an increasingly contentious audience of investors questioned the company's strategy of pursuing its own 4G network alone.
The investor presentation, which came mere days after the unveiling of the iPhone 4S, was among the most raucous in recent memory. The agitation only grew when the executives refused to talk about the financial impact of the carrying the iPhone, which came at a hefty price. The meeting ended with the team, led by Sprint CEO Dan Hesse, making a beeline for the exit.
"What we regret … Read more
AT&T and Verizon Communications face billions of dollars in unfunded pension liabilities, which could significantly weigh on their bottom lines, according to one Wall Street analyst.
If the market closed today, AT&T could be on the hook for $41.6 billion in unfunded pension liabilities, while Verizon could see $31.6 billion in liabilities, Sanford C. Bernstein analyst Craig Moffett said in a research note issued today. Moffett downgraded AT&T's stock rating and maintained his already low rating on Verizon.
The pension liabilities could be costly to the companies and shareholders. Moffett estimates … Read more
Android smartphones continue to hit the market at a fast and furious pace, which is great for you and me as customers, but it can also be a little overwhelming as you're shopping around for your next device.
To help you out, we've rounded up some of the top Android devices we've reviewed lately. We've picked a model for each of the four major U.S. carriers, as well as U.S. Cellular and Virgin Mobile. We're sure you have your own opinions about which Android phone is best, so be sure to share your thoughts on what your favorite device is and why in the comments section below.… Read more
The carrier did not announce an exact release date or pricing at this time, but Samsung and Google said last week at the unveiling event that the smartphone would start shipping in the U.S., as well as parts of Asia and Europe, in November.
The Galaxy Nexus is the first device to ship running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, which includes such enhancements as a facial recognition unlocking feature, photo-editing tools, and Android Beam. … Read more