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Microsoft launches low-end Lumia
Windows may be the language of corporate America, but Microsoft clearly wants to translate it to consumers around the world. The software giant’s newest smartphone offering is a $115 Windows smartphone called the Lumia 530. It’s an HSPA+ smartphone with a curved body, a 4-inch screen and several bright color choices.
Microsoft, which now owns Nokia’s device business, recently said it will discontinue all of Nokia’s feature phones. The company may see the new low-end Lumia as a fit for the entry level market, but the Lumia 530 will have to compete with Chinese Android phones that are manufactured for as little as $40 per handset.
Ericsson wins LTE contract in Costa Rica
Costa Rica has become a favorite North American vacation destination, and now mobile operators are bringing LTE to the Central American country. América Móvil’s Claro has tapped Ericsson as the sole supplier for its LTE network, which is already available to some customers. Claro is purchasing Ericsson’s mobility management entity (MME) and its home subscriber server (HSS), and will rely on Ericsson for services and consulting for spectrum refarming, equipment roll-out, systems integration and optimization, in addition to support for field operations, maintenance and the back office.
If you’ve ever thought the workers at Apple’s retail stores look like they’re constantly in motion, you’re not alone. People who used to work retail for Apple are suing the company for failure to provide timely meal breaks and rest breaks. The first case was filed in late 2011, and this week it was certified as a class action lawsuit.
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