Overall it was another strong quarter for Verizon Communications, which added 882,000 retail postpaid wireless customers, plus another 367,000 wholesale and other connections for a total of 1.3 million connections in its third fiscal quarter for 2011. Smartphones accounted for 39 percent of Verizon's retail postpaid customer phone base, up from 36 percent in the second quarter, Verizon said.
AT&T added 2.1 million wireless subscribers during the company's third fiscal quarter for 2011, enough to get over the hump of 100 million subscribers, the wireless carrier announced today. The company also said that sales of Android and other non-iPhone smartphones were nearly half of 4.8 million smartphone sales for the quarter, which has to be news to Google's ears.
One of the big new features in Apple's iPhone 4S is Siri, a "virtual personal assistant" that somewhat understands normal everyday language and will assist with setting reminders, firing off text messages, and other tasks. Android also supports voice recognition, just not to the extent of what Siri's capable of. Don't hold your breath waiting for an Android equivalent.
Nokia posted its financial results for the company's third fiscal quarter of 2011, pulling in revenue of 8.98 billion euros, or about $12.4 billion. That's down 13 percent year-over-year and is 3 percent lower than the previous quarter. Even still, the numbers came out of ahead of what analysts were expecting as Nokia clings to relevancy in its run up to Windows Phone 7.
We get it folks, you don't come here to read Apple content, though the occasional newsworthy blip warrants a bit of coverage every now and then. That includes the iPhone 4S, Apple's latest and greatest smartphone that set a 3-day sales record of more than 4 million devices during its launch weekend. You already know that. But do you know if it will blend? And is the new hardware capable of standing up to 50 caliber armor piercing incendiary rounds? The answers are easy, and the videos demonstrating each one are awesome.
Fast LTE networks are expanding at a breakneck pace, it's just too bad compatible devices aren't coming out at a steadier clip, not yet anyway. The good news is the transition has already begun and it's expected there will be more than 154 million LTE handset shipments by 2015, according to market research firm In-Stat. Are wireless carriers ready?
Twonky is a name many readers of this site will find familiar. Twonky's media server provides DLNA functionality in high-end NAS appliances like the QNAP TS-459 Pro II, and is a great solution for those looking to serve media from their PC. Twonky Beam Browser is a streaming media application for Android devices that makes use of the company's experience with DLNA, but takes it to an entirely new level.
Admit it, you rushed out over the weekend and purchased an iPhone 4S, or you had one delivered to your door that you already pre-ordered, right? Even if you didn't pick up Apple's latest and greatest, plenty others did, with weekend sales (including launch day on Friday) topping four million units, the Cupertino outfit confirmed. One can only imagine what the numbers would have looked like had Apple launched an iPhone 5 like so many people were hoping for.
A study commissioned by the Federal Communications Commissions (FCC) in 2010 found that one out of every six American's have experienced "bill shock" at one point or another. About a third said they received bills that were $50 higher than they expected, and nearly a quarter said it was by more than a hundred bucks. The FCC, along with the CTIA and Consumers Union, will try to make bill shock a thing of a past by implementing industry wide changes designed to keep wireless users better informed.
We love it when the folks over at iFixIt tear into brand new hardware with Dexter-like precision and exposes the guts. The latest piece of hardware to hit iFixIt's operating table is Apple's recently announced iPhone 4S smartphone that started shipping today. Given that the iPhone 4S is really just an upgraded iPhone 4 in the same mold, will there be any surprises waiting inside?