Nextbit makes the bold claim that its smartphone will actually get better over time thanks to software tweaks. It plans to sell it for $300 to $400.
Japan carriers are offering some iPhone 5S handsets for free with a two-year contract.
The likely introduction of the iPhone 5S and/or 5C by NTT DoCoMo is a hot topic in Japan.
NTT Docomo, which began offering the iPhone for the first time last fall, is seeing mostly positive results so far in Japan, where the iPhone has been red hot.
Messages just 12 bytes long seem absurdly short for networking. But they're the foundation for this French company's growing network business.
Traditional carriers hope to profit from the push to connect all manner of electronic devices to the Net, but a French startup just took a little wind from their sails.
After a two-year wait, Samsung takes the wraps off a handset significantly scaled back from original ambitions.
Google's mobile OS still leads in worldwide smartphone sales, but Apple saw its share rise in virtually all countries surveyed by research firm Kantar Worldpanel ComTech.
At CES, the Swedish company says it will release network gear this year that will boost today's LTE networks by drawing on wireless spectrum more often used by Wi-Fi.
Japanese mobile phone suppliers are in trouble as the iPhone becomes NTT DoCoMo's biggest single product, Nikkei reports.