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Motorola’s value could spike following split

Motorola Inc. (MOT) is expected to be worth more as two separate companies when it splits into Motorola Mobility and Motorola Solutions next month. There is a range of value predictions coming out for both companies, but in almost every case analysts are saying...

Motorola's value could spike following split

Motorola Inc. (MOT) is expected to be worth more as two separate companies when it splits into Motorola Mobility and Motorola Solutions next month. There is a range of value predictions coming out for both companies, but in almost every case analysts are saying...

Device news: Nokia unveils netbook pricing, Storm’s price drops and Boost intros slider

Nokia announced pricing for its 3G booklet would run more than $800 if it is sold without carrier subsidies. The world's largest handset manufacturer showed the netbook at its annual Nokia World event in Stuttgart, Germany.The netbook runs on Microsoft Corp.'s Windows operating system...

The Pre season at Sprint: Analysts have high hopes for handset and what it can do for Palm, Sprint

Sprint Nextel Corp. is looking for a hero and it may well find one that fits in the palm of your hand - pun intended. In this case, Sprint Nextel is banking on the exclusive, hero handset from Palm Inc. dubbed the Pre. And...

By the numbers: Top 10 most popular U.S. handsets in December

Editor's Note: The following lists ranks the 10 most popular handsets in the United States for the month of December. Rankings were provided by AvianResearch L.L.C. The firm derives its ranking via its Monthly Retail Store Survey, which is based on responses from 100 service...

Hero handsets = ARPU and ROI: Platform battle beginning in earnest

The fourth-quarter slugfest between Research In Motion Ltd.'s BlackBerry Storm, HTC Corp's G1 and Apple Inc.'s iPhone 3G - all heavily subsidized and marketed exclusives - reflected several major currents running through the consumer-based wireless industry. Carriers need to drive data usage to pay...

Analysts seek vendor commentary to clarify handset picture: 2009 could be ‘year of decision’ for mobile devices

In about two weeks, when the world's leading handset vendors deliver their earnings statements for fourth-quarter 2008, analysts will be expecting not just numbers but some critical commentary to understand how the world may have changed. With mobile phones and service increasingly becoming a...

By the numbers: Top 10 most popular U.S. handsets in November

Editor's Note: The following lists ranks the 10 most popular handsets in the United States for the month of November. Rankings were provided by AvianResearch L.L.C. The firm derives its ranking via its Monthly Retail Store Survey, which is based on responses from 100 service...

‘Deteriorating situation:’ 2009 mobile device sales to be sluggish: Smartphones sales also may slow

The first half of 2009 may see alarmingly slow handset sales worldwide and, even if the back half of the year improves markedly, all sources point to negative growth for the coming year. Forecasts for the magnitude of the anticipated slowdown, however, vary widely...

Lowered expectations: U.S. handset market may not be “meltdown”

The swirl of events last month and their possible implications for the domestic handset industry are several-fold, analyst said last week. First, despite an outlook tempered by drastic economic headlines, the wireless market in the United States may not be the "meltdown" many are...

By the Numbers: Top 10 Most Popular U.S. Handsets in October

Editor's Note: The following lists ranks the 10 most popular handsets in the United States for the month of October. Rankings were provided by AvianResearch L.L.C. The firm derives its ranking via its Monthly Retail Store Survey, which is based on responses from 100 service...

Bullish analyst on Palm goes bear-ish

Palm Inc. saw its stock drop this morning - and then rebound - after downgrades by Morgan Keegan and Avian Securities L.L.C.The downgrade by Morgan Keegan appeared significant because analyst Tavis McCourt has been consistently positive on Palm's prospects for a turnaround in its...

PHOTOGUIDE: How will the economy affect sales of ‘halo’ devices?: ‘There’s no question we’re seeing the best devices ever at the lowest prices’

Uncharted territory. It's a phrase bandied about in many quarters since mid-September, when Wall Street's facade began to crumble. But it's particularly relevant to the wireless industry as it heads into the year's strongest quarter for handset sales and contract renewals. Make that "traditionally"...

By the Numbers: Top 10 Most Popular U.S. Handsets in September

Editor's Note: The following lists ranks the 10 most popular handsets in the United States for the month of September. Rankings were provided by AvianResearch L.L.C. The firm derives its ranking via its Monthly Retail Store Survey, which polls 100 service representatives at retail stores...

Handset market evaluation: Analysts to focus on Nokia’s outlook on Thursday: Third-quarter earnings moot, due to meltdown

Financial analysts typically gauge companies on their future prospects, not past performance. That is acutely so for the current moment in history, a couple weeks into the critical fourth quarter. The collapse of the financial sector, tightened credit markets and global repercussions that began...

ECONOMIC DOWNTURN: Handset sales, the canary in the coal mine: Wireline first to go if push comes to shove

Editor's Note: This is one of a series of stories examining the current economic downturn and how it affects the wireless industry. For more on this topic, visit RCRWireless.com/EconomicDownturn.WE'VE ALL READ THE SURVEYS: don't leave home without it. As the handset has become a...

The (new) American handset market: Fall brings debut launches, large displays, hot competition

American consumers may well be treated to "a moveable feast" this fall. Unlike the sketches of 1920s Paris by Ernest Hemingway by the same name, however, this one is more akin to a mobile smorgasbord for buyers: more choice, cutting-edge models, attractive prices and...

Samsung handset performance: mixed bag

Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. solidified its position as the world's No. 2 handset vendor in the second quarter, with less than half the volume of Nokia Corp. but nearly twice the volume of closest rival LG Electronics Co. Ltd.Handsets proved to be the industrial...

Nokia Siemens scores China Mobile pact

Nokia Siemens Networks said it won an $874 million deal to expand China Mobile's network.The company, a joint venture between Nokia Corp. and Siemens AG, said it will design, build and maintain the network, including base stations and mobile switching systems. China Mobile said...

Second quarter: prelude to a handset ramp? : Analysts to parse vendors’ language for clues to 2H

Handset vendors' second-quarter earnings are expected to be ho-hum, based on a global lull in new product launches during the quarter. As usual, however, analysts will carefully parse the language used by leading vendors - most prominently, Nokia Corp. - to describe their outlook...

Palm’s long, hard climb continues

Despite delivering a bona fide hit handset, the $99 Centro, Palm Inc. continued to struggle with revenue and profit in fiscal fourth quarter.For the quarter ended May 31, Palm reported that revenue was $296 million, down 26% from the year-ago quarter, and net...

RIM results likely strong next week: Analysts differ on next quarter’s outlook

Research In Motion Ltd. reports fiscal first-quarter earnings on June 25 and, driven by sales of its Curve at Verizon Wireless, two analysts said the company's results likely would be at the high end of current guidance."Our view is based on very strong retail...

iPhone on the cheap: Apple seizes the day to pursue content revenue

APPLE INC. IS THE NAME and, now, sheer volume is the game.Before the "wow" factor for his much-hyped handset fades or is eclipsed by competitors, Apple CEO Steve Jobs has abandoned his initial business model for plunging into wireless and has gone with a...

Conservationists call for freeze on tower registrations

Conservationists called for a freeze on all tower registrations and re-registrations until the Federal Communications Commission complies with environmental statutes at issue in a court ruling earlier this year, likely signaling no let-up in a long-running feud over how to protect migratory birds from...

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