New research from Nielsen in the USA shows that two out of three people who bought a new mobile phone in the past three months chose a smartphone and not a feature phone.
It means that 54.9% of US mobile customers currently own smartphones.
Brightstar European operations will continue under a wholly-owned subsidiary
Brightstar Corporation has agreed to sell its 50% share of mobile communications distributor Brightstar Europe to Tech Data Corporation. The two companies, which both operate international distribution businesses, formed the joint venture in 2007.
Tech Data will pay Brightstar around $165.6 million for the deal, which is subject to regulatory approval. Brightstar Europe’s handset protection & insurance and buy-back & trade-in customers will be transferred to Brightstar as part of the agreement.
Turn your smartphone into a document scanner
Mark Bridge writes:
Every so often, I see a new product that I’d like to review. I’ll usually send a note to the relevant company, borrow a review copy and send it back when I’ve finished.
And every so often I’ll be approached by a company that wants me to review a product. Sometimes I’ll say yes, sometimes I’ll say no. It all depends whether or not I think I’m the right person for the job.
When IntSig offered me a copy of a mobile application called CamScanner, I wasn’t too sure. It seemed very clever... but I wasn’t convinced I’d have much use for it.
A network problem that disrupted O2’s mobile phone service in the UK yesterday is gradually being restored. O2 says all 2G services were returned to full working order this morning, with full 3G service expected to be restored today.
The problem prevented tens of thousands of mobile phones from making or receiving calls, text messages and online communication.
From 10 million units this year to over 100 million by 2017
A new report from Juniper Research says ‘smart accessories’ that connect with mobile phones will become a major new market for manufacturers over the next five years. Examples of these wireless accessories include health monitoring equipment, fitness accessories and payment devices.
It forecasts that just over 10 million task-specific smart devices will be produced this year, with annual sales expected to exceed 100 million units by 2017.