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T-Mobile Sees Another Boom In Subscriber Growth

T-Mobile US Inc. (NASDAQ:TMUS) just marked its 17th straight period with more than 1 million net customer additions. The company added more than 1.3 million customers in the second quarter. T-Mobile also posted a record low branded postpaid phone churn of 1.1 percent. More than 800,000 of those customers were branded postpaid subscribers, solidly beating the 596,000 predicted by Wall Street analysts. Prepaid net additions fell to 94,000, a steep decline from the 476,000 added a year ago. T-Mobile’s official customer count declined to 69.5 million... 
 

Qualcomm Seeks To Bar Apple Devices From US Market

Qualcomm Inc. (NASDAQ:QCOM) will ask the U.S. International Trade Commission to bar Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) from selling some iPhones and iPads in the United States. The San Diego-based company wants the injunction approved on the grounds that the devices infringe on six Qualcomm patents. A related lawsuit was filed in federal court in California to request monetary damages. The injunction would be against Apple products that use chips made by competitor Intel Corp. Intel began supplying chips for some iPhones starting with the iPhone 7. Qualcomm’s... 
 

Samsung Investigation Reveals Cause Of Battery Fires

Samsung has announced the official results of an investigation into the cause of the battery fires that sparked a massive Galaxy Note 7 recall last year. Identifying the root cause of the issues with the Galaxy Note 7 was very important to the company. Koh Dong-Jin, president of Samsung Electronics Mobile Communications Business, said in an interview, “Technology innovation is important to Samsung, but our customer’s safety is more important. We want to reinstate trust in the brand.” Samsung recorded record preorders and sales for... 
 

Fake Apple Chargers Deemed Dangerous By Standards Agency

Tests commissioned by the UK Trading Standards organization found that all but three of 400 fake chargers sold as being made by Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) failed basic safety tests. The tests were conducted by Illinois-based firm UL. Leon Livermore, the chief executive of the U.K.’s Chartered Trading Standards Institutes, warned that fakes “could cost you your home or even your life, or the life of a loved-one.” To conduct the tests, investigators bought 400 counterfeit Apple chargers from suppliers around the world from online retailers. The counterfeits... 
 

Samsung Recall Of Galaxy Note 7 Now Official

Samsung and the US Consumer Product Safety Commission have announced a formal recall of the Galaxy Note 7. Roughly 1 million phones sold before September 15 have been recalled in the U.S. The company has stopped all sales and shipments of the Note 7. Airlines have banned customers from using them on flights. The company reports that it is working with government agencies and cellular carriers to provide refunds and exchanges for the phone. Problems with the phone’s exploding battery prompted the formal recall. The CPSC has received 92 reports... 
 

Starting Next Month, T-Mobile Will Offer Only One Plan

T-Mobile U.S. (NASDAQ:TMUS) is doing away its tiered data plans altogether next month, instead focusing on a new unlimited high-speed data plan called T-Mobile One. T-Mobile One begins September 6. While existing users can continue with their current plans, T-Mobile’s will eventually only offer the One plan to new customers. T-Mobile is currently the third largest wireless carrier in the United States. Other large carriers, like AT&T and Verizon, have largely moved away from offering unlimited data because it increases network congestion... 
 

Losses by Samsung and Apple Spell Gains for Huawei

Smartphones have started 2016 rough. The first quarter was the first time in history for the global market of smartphones that a contraction in sales occurred on an annualized basis, said Strategy Analytics an online research firm. That concern was seconded by IDC, which reported 334.9 million mobile handsets had been shipped worldwide during the 2016 first quarter, marking the smallest growth for year over year. The company said that the strong saturation of smartphones in the developed markets, along with a decline of year over year for both Samsung... 
 

Huawei Posts Best Growth In Revenue in Seven Years

Huawei Technologies Co based in China posted on Friday its biggest annual growth in revenue since 2008. The smartphone maker was boosted by the adoption in China of 4G mobile technology as well as strong worldwide smartphone sales. Huawei, one of the largest equipment makers for telecom in the world, said its total revenue increased 37% to over 395 billion yuan equal to $61.1 billion during 2015, which was just above its 390 billion yuan forecast. The company, based in Shenzhen, said it is expecting revenue this year to increase to over $75 billion,... 
 

WhatsApp Ends Nokia and Blackberry OS Support

By the end of 2016, the instant messaging app WhatsApp will no longer work on a number of the old or nearly dead operating systems. WhatsApp said it is intending to focus on just 99.5% of the mobile market that is addressable. Therefore, it will drop support for the Blackberry OS, Blackberry 10, Nokia Symbian S60 and Nokia S40. Along with those particular changes, the company added in a post online that it would drop its support for Windows Phone 7.1 and Android 2.1 as well as 2.2. The company added that it was intending to boost its security features... 
 

New Line Of Midrange Samsung Galaxy Phones Revealed

Samsung has revealed its new line of midrange Galaxy phones today. The reveal showcased the 2016 editions of the Samsung Galaxy A3, A5 and A7. With this new line, Samsung hopes that budget-minded consumers will be attracted by the affordable prices and premium features. The company is also hoping that the phones will give them an edge on the competition. The three new Galaxy A phones are updated and revamped versions of the current Galaxy A3 and A5 and the A7. The new line of phones have frames that combine both metal and glass. The phone also has... 
 
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