Consumer Reports has conducted a new survey between 60,000 users of wireless carriers within in the United States, and it comes as no surprise to see that none of the big four take the top spot. It seems that consumers crave the simply things in life, good customer care, and of course to feel like they are getting a deal.
AT&T has revealed that it is launching three new smartphones to its network. Two will be Windows Phone devices, the new Microsoft Nokia Lumia 830 and the HTC One M8 for Windows, while another HTC device is also coming to Ma Bell in the form of the Android powered Desire EYE.
Samsung's Galaxy Note Edge is ready to make its debut in the US market with some of the largest carriers in the country confirming the device. As you would expect from an exclusive device that carries some innovative features, the Note Edge is properly expensive. Considering it is not as rounded as the Galaxy Note 4, the Edge is really for those who must have new tech or want to stand out from the smartphone crowd.
T-Mobile, AT&T, and Verizon have all announced their third quarter earnings recently, leaving us waiting on the last of the big four US carriers, Sprint. Whereas T-Mobile impressed, Verizon and AT&T stayed put, but for Sprint it is bad news once again as the nation's third biggest carrier slumped once more through a period and this time it is costing people jobs.
Ever wanted to take advantage of a trial period? These carrier deals let you test a device and network for a limited amount of time before deciding whether to jump on board and buy the handset or join the carrier. Sounds like a pretty good deal doesn't it, but a MobileBurn investigation shows that it is actually a very costly thing to do; so much for a free trial.
T-Mobile released its third quarter financial results last night and once again the company saw huge growth in a number of department. However, even though the Magenta Network continues to outgrow its rivals Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint, it still struggles to grow profit.
Verizon, the largest carrier in the United States, posted its third quarter financial results and revealed a mixed bag in terms of performance. Big Red fell below analyst predictions for per share price, clocking in at $0.89 instead of the estimated $0.92 through the period. However, there was some growth for the carrier through the period.
You may remember the AQUOS Crystal, the screen to edge device launched by Sharp a couple of months ago and confirmed to be heading to US carrier Sprint. Well, I have played around with the handset and can say that the lack of bezels around the edge is just mind blowing, and it is a decent mid-range workhorse too. Sprint has now rolled out the device on its pre-paid purchase plan, while subsidiary Boost Mobile has also confirmed it will be carrying the handset.
It still amazes me that carrier exclusives are a part of any smartphone manufacturer's business model. While success have been had in the past (the iPhone and DROID for example) more often than not these days such exclusivity limits a handsets appeal and they are often poor sellers. So, it is a little puzzling why HTC has decided to make its pretty darn fantastic Desire EYE and exclusive with AT&T.
Virgin Mobile may not be up there with the big four of Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile, but it is trying to make itself a bit sexier to the budget minded. With consumers spoilt for choice across the flagship, the budget end of the market is the next war to be fought and won, and Virgin Mobile has today detailed some new plans.