Handsets

In India, Broadband means a 3G connection

When it comes to broadband, it seems Indians will increasingly use 3G wireless connections to access the Internet. At the end of the first quarter of 2011 there were 11.5 million wired broadband subscribers in India, a pittance versus the explosive growth in 3G connections.

Why Carriers Still Hold the Key to Handset Sales

Microsoft was forced last week pulled the plug on the Kin, a two-phone lineup that debuted not long ago on Verizon Wireless. The flop is just the latest knot in a string of evidence suggesting that, when it comes to selling handsets, carriers still hold the key.

Verizon Whittles Down Date for LTE Phones

Verizon Wireless said it will launch its first LTE handsets by the middle of 2011. But the super-fast handsets are likely to come with usage pricing models that will see high-end users pay substantially more for 4G service than they’re currently paying for 3G.

Are Virtual Keys the Key for NFC?

Apple has patented a system that would enable consumers to use their phones to replace keys for the cars, homes and offices. It’s an effort that could finally move the needle for NFC, which has failed to gain any real traction at the retail counter.

Younger Cell Phone Users Mean More Cell Phone Sales

The Pew Internet and American Life survey today released data showing that younger teens are getting cell phones, with 56 percent of 12-year-olds toting the devices. Based on life expectancy of phones and people, these teens will use almost 50 cell phones in their lifetimes.

Will Chinese Users Buy Android Phones Sans Google?

Sony Ericsson, Motorola and Lenovo are moving ahead with their Android plans in China despite Google’s recent decision to postpone the launch of two new phones. But are Chinese consumers interested in purchasing Android phones that don’t feature Google’s mobile apps?

With Market Share, BlackBerry Gets the Buzz

The BlackBerry generated the most positive buzz of any mobile brand in 2009, according to new figures from Zeta Interactive. The news comes just a day after Nielsen said RIM’s 8300 series is second only to the iPhone in the U.S.

Nokia to Halve Its Smartphone Portfolio

Nokia, like an aging boxer who’s put on too many pounds, is hoping to shed some extra weight to better compete with the young up-and-comers: The Finnish handset maker said today that it will cut its smartphone portfolio in half in 2010.

Why Nokia Needs New Symbian OS in 2010

Nokia said today that it plans to re-engineer its Symbian user interface — which has long been a serious vulnerability — and deliver two “major product milestones” in both the first and second half of next year.

Nokia Sues LCD Manufacturers Over Alleged Price Fixing

Nokia followed AT&T’s lead by filing a price-fixing lawsuit against Samsung, LG and nine other manufacturers of LCDs. The suit claims the LCD manufacturers colluded to inflate the price of products that were used to make the Finnish manufacturer’s phones from 1996 to at least 2006.