Verizon gets on board with device upgrade plan

first_img Previous ArticleMicrosoft takes $900M charge on tablet misstepsNext ArticleWeak Europe takes its toll on Vodafone numbers Amazon reels in MGM The largest operator in the US, Verizon Wireless, has followed AT&T and T-Mobile in announcing a tariff that enables consumers to upgrade to a new handset during the standard two-year contract, an expected response to its rivals.Under the Verizon Edge plan, a consumer must pay the retail cost of a phone in 24 monthly installments, alongside their monthly service change. However, an upgrade to a new phone is possible after six months if 50 per cent of its retail cost has been paid off by the user.After the old phone has been handed in, the consumer is not due for any more payments on it, and starts the same process again with a new device.Unlike AT&T and T-Mobile, the Verizon scheme is also available for featurephones and not just smartphones.Despite speculation to the contrary, Verizon Edge does not require any additional subscription beyond a consumer’s existing subscription.However, the Verizon Wireless plan, which launches 25 August, has been criticised for offering insufficient inducement for consumers to change tariff.“You’d have to be out of your mind,” to accept this offer, said Moffett Research analyst Craig Moffett in a Bloomberg report.“The plans Verizon and AT&T are talking about where they’re cutting subsidies upfront without lowering the service price are unlikely to have any impact in the market whatsoever,” he said.Speaking at yesterday’s results, Verizon CFO Fran Shammo said the new plan would not impact future financials. He did not expect a large percentage of customers to opt for the tariff.Shammo’s comments were covered by The Verge, whose report was linked to by John Legere, T-Mobile’s frequently outspoken CEO, with the tweeted comment: “What! We actually agree? They all want Jump [T-Mobile’s equivalent tariff]. Verizon CFO doesn’t think most people will sign up for Edge”. Home Verizon gets on board with device upgrade plan AT&TServicesT-MobileVerizon Related Author Verizon shuffles executives Richard is the editor of Mobile World Live’s money channel and a contributor to the daily news service. He is an experienced technology and business journalist who previously worked as a freelancer for many publications over the last decade including… Read more Verizon sorts sensor supremo Richard Handford Tags AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 19 JUL 2013 last_img read more

Asian consumers take tablets for voice connectivity

first_img Consumers in Asia Pacific are showing no reluctance to using large-format devices to make voice calls. In fact, they increasingly are falling in love with bigger screens – particularly tablets that are at the same time gaining voice capability and shrinking below 10 inches.A quarter of tablet shipments in Q2 in the region (excluding Japan) were voice-ready models – that’s up from 15 per cent a year ago, according to IDC.IDC said regional shipments of tablets (screen sizes of 7 inches or more) hit 13.8 million units in the quarter. The 3.5 million units that had voice calling over cellular networks as an option built-in to the device represented 60 per cent growth year-on-year in unit terms. All the units were Android-based. Joseph Waring Smartphone shipments to ride 5G wave Author In Malaysia, the percentage was even higher, with 58 per cent of the tablets sold in the first half of 2014 allowing voice calls, according to GfK. Rising 5G demand to fuel smartphone market growth Previous ArticleVodafone Australia’s core upgrade to pave way for VoLTENext ArticleMicrosoft picks Opera for feature phone browser iCharts Joseph Waring joins Mobile World Live as the Asia editor for its new Asia channel. Before joining the GSMA, Joseph was group editor for Telecom Asia for more than ten years. In addition to writing features, news and blogs, he… Read more HomeDevicesNews Asian consumers take tablets for voice connectivity Related Demand for tablets in the country is moving towards smaller models. A H1 report from GfK shows 81 per cent of tablets had 7- to 8.9-inch screens compared with 59 per cent during the same period last year. The 10-inch screen category now accounts for just 10 per cent of sales, down from 29 per cent in H1 2013.With the shift towards smaller tablets, the average selling price in Malaysia dropped 27 per cent to $322 from a year ago.Avinash Sundaram, a senior market analyst at IDC Asia Pacific, said the addition of voice highlights the consumer interest, at least in emerging markets, in having a single device for watching movies, taking pictures, texting and making calls, even if the device has a huge 7-inch screen.“It also helps that these devices are quite affordable,” he added.Sundaram said tablets with built-in voice capability now account for almost 50 per cent of the tablet market in some emerging countries, including India and Indonesia.He expects this trend to gain momentum as the devices address consumer needs for a single converged mobile device that is also great value for money. Tags AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 21 AUG 2014 Devices Tablet market gets shot in the arm from pandemic Asia-PacificGfKIDCphabletsTabletsvoice capabilitylast_img read more

Investigation continuing into burglary in Ballybofey

first_imgHomepage BannerNews Investigation continuing into burglary in Ballybofey Google+ Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Twitter By News Highland – March 2, 2021 Previous articleGrounds of local soccer pitch vandalisedNext articleGarda warning after high level of drink/drug driving detections News Highland WhatsApp Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Facebook An investigation is continuing into a burglary in Ballybofey. The incident happened yesterday at a house in the Meencarrigagh area between 3pm and 7.30pm.The resident of the house came home from work to discover their front door laying open and a number of TV’s had been moved from bedrooms and the sitting room to the hallway.Upon further inspection of the house they discovered that their wallet containing bank cards and their Playstation 5 had been stolen from their bedroom.Gardai are appealing to residents in the area of Meencarrigagh to contact them in Letterkenny on 074-9167100 if they observed anything in the area yesterday evening that may assist with their investigation.center_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter WhatsApp Google+ News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Pinterest Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Facebook Pinterest Community Enhancement Programme open for applicationslast_img read more