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.
Have Motorola and Sprint had a falling out? It has been revealed today the Motorola's new flagship, the Moto X, will not be available via Sprint, the third largest carrier in the United States. The handset went live through AT&T and T-Mobile today, with a Verizon variant due later in the month, but Sprint has been left out.
HTC has been beefing up its range in the United States of late across a number of the country's carriers, including the Desire 816 and the Desire 610. The latter of those handsets has been available with GoPhone, but is now getting bigger support as it has been picked up by Verizon, the biggest carrier in the US. The handset has also landed on AT&T recently, so now has some serious carrier support.
T-Mobile has gone update crazy as the Uncarrier company has lavished a slew of its flagship handsets with a new patch. The fourth largest carrier in the US has sent out an update for a number of its partner flagship devices from 2013 and 2014, including the HTC One M7 and M8, the Samsung Galaxy S4, and the LG G3.
The HTC One M8 has been getting the bump to Android 4.4.3 over the last month, with handset variants all over the world receiving the update. In The US AT&T, T-Mobile , and Sprint have sorted out their updates, but in typical fashion Verizon is running late to the party. Big Red inexplicably delayed the roll out last month, but has now at least confirmed that Android 4.4.3 will arrive on its HTC One M8 variant on September 10th (tomorrow).
Sprint has confirmed that the HTC One E8 will be arriving for its customers and the handset is available now on the third largest carrier in the US. The E8 is in some ways a watered down version of the HTC One M8 flagship, featuring plenty of flagship specs but getting a plastic body instead of the M8's ultra-premium metal unibody.
When the HTC One M8 launched on Windows Phone yesterday it caused a significant stir for all kinds of reasons. However, like other Windows devices, it was tied to one carrier, in this instance Verizon, with the general thought being that the M8 for WP was exclusive to the biggest carrier in the United States. However, it seems that is not entirely the case as Big Red?s big rival AT&T is also getting in on the act.