China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology issued licenses for the TD-LTE standard to the country's three carriers, China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom. The granting of the licenses could pave the way for Apple's iPhone 5s and 5c to fnally land on China Mobile.
Apple's lower-priced iPhone 5c was more expensive than many analysts had anticipated, but demand for the gadget, at least in the U.S. market, is coming strongly from lower-income consumers, according to a new report from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech.
Sprint and Verizon Wireless are starting to roll out deals on smartphones and other devices as part of their promotions for the holiday shopping season, and other carriers are sure to be close behind.
U.S. Cellular said its recent billing system conversion, which has caused numerous headaches for the company and its customers, was necessary for it to monetize its LTE network and launch its first Apple devices earlier this month
Apple's iPhone 5s and 5c have only been avaialble for a few months, but the rumor mill is already cranking out speculation on Apple's upcoming iPhones. According to a Bloomberg report, Apple is developing new iPhone designs that feautre larger screens with curved glass and enhanced sensors that can measure different levels of pressure.
T-Mobile US rolled to another strong quarter of subscriber growth in the third quarter, making good on executives' promises that the carrier would continue the momentum generated by its new no-contract plans, handset upgrade program and aggressive new style.
Sprint MVNO Ting, which is owned by Tucows, confirmed it is now providing service to Sprint-issued Apple iPhone 4 and 4S smartphones. The company described the support as a beta program, which Ting said means that it can provide the service to any new and existing customer but that it cannot promote it or market it on its website.
Orange added two new Orange-branded smartphones to its mobile device line-up, and claimed its policy of offering operator-branded devices at more affordable prices is paying dividends in some markets.
Apple sold 33.8 million iPhones in its most recent quarter, slightly above a consensus of analysts and a record for the company's September quarter. Apple also posted quarterly revenue of $37.5 billion and quarterly net profit of $7.5 billion in its fiscal fourth quarter. Overall, Apple's gross margin was 37 percent, compared to 40 percent in the year-ago quarter.
Apple reports its fiscal fourth-quarter results after the market closes today, and all eyes will be on how the company's iPhone business is doing, and to a lesser extent, how well its iPad tablet sales have held up.