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Monday, November 30, 2015

Review of Blu Products

Times are changing, and so are the rules about cell phones. The market for more affordable phones is steadily growing, and with it, our willingness to be locked into 2-year contracts rapidly declining.

Consumers have actively been looking for better alternatives to expensive, locked phones for years, but it’s been tough for up-and-coming companies to establish themselves in an existing market dominated by billionaire giants. But then one company did just that.

Blu was founded in 2009 after CEO Sammy Ohev-Zion, a 17 year veteran in the distribution industry, realized the growing demand for affordable yet quality phones. Since its inception, more than 10 million Blu devices have been sold world-wide, and that’s not at all surprising. At about one third of the cost of other major competitors, Blu’s sleek design and large screens appear to be a worthy adversary. But how do these phones really stack up? We wanted to know, so we first reviewed the specs and then the phones themselves.

The comparison chart below is based purely on the technical features of each product.

Blu Life One
Blu Life 8 XL
iPhone 6
Galaxy S6
120 g (4.23 oz)
149 g (5.26 oz)
129 g (4.55 oz)
138 g (4.87 oz)
Display Type
IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
LED-backlit IPS LCD, capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
720 x 1280 pixels (~294 ppi pixel density)
720 x 1280 pixels (~267 ppi pixel density)
750 x 1334 pixels (~326 ppi pixel density)
1440 x 2560 pixels (~577 ppi pixel density)
8 GB, 1 GB RAM
8 GB, 1 GB RAM
128GB, 1GB RAM
128GB, 3GB RAM
Dual SIM (Micro-SIM, dual stand-by)
Dual SIM (Micro-SIM)
Quad core, 1200 MHz, ARM Cortex-A7
8-core, 1400 MHz, ARM Cortex-A7
Dual core, 1400 MHz, Cyclone ARMv8-A 2nd gen., 64-bit
8-core, 2100 MHz, ARM Cortex-A57 and ARM Cortex-A53 , 64-bit
3 megapixel
3 megapixel
1.2 megapixel
5 megapixel
Talk Time
Up to 26 h (2G) / Up to 15 h (3G)
Up to 30 h (2G) / Up to 18 h (3G)
Up to 14 h (3G)
Up to 17 h (3G)

(specs from www.gsmarena.com)

With the display type and resolution comparable to the iPhone 6, Blu is off to a decent start. While the Galaxy S6 clearly knocks the competition out of the park here, we’ll give Blu a chance to redeem itself later with user experience.

The biggest and most noticeable difference within the technical specifications here is built in storage and RAM. Because we were aware that Blu offered Dual Sim capabilities, we weren’t initially worried about this, however, we did later come to realize that the internal and external sim cannot be used in conjunction. But with a comparable processing unit, camera capabilities and noticeably good talk time, we were excited to pass this phone to a couple of our employees to try for themselves. After a week of examination, we were happy to have a consensus for both the Life One and Life 8 XL.

  • Based on our initial analysis, it was of no surprise that a majority of testers reported concerns with storage space and RAM. However, since both Blu phones support expandable memory via an external microSD card, most were easily able to forgive this lack of built-in space.
  • To our surprise, although we suspected that lagging might occur when playing high resolution games or streaming videos, we received no reports backing up this hypothesis.
  • All of our users commented on the bright display and large screen, and we found that although the resolution specifications for both phones were lower than other comparisons, they noticed no obvious differences which would keep them from purchasing the phone based on display alone.
  • Additionally, this phone has a great battery life, which means you can enjoy hours of seamless streaming on a beautiful screen for one third of the cost.
Our overall impression of Blu is great. These phones have a lot to offer for the price, and we strongly recommend them for consideration, whether you’re shopping on a budget, looking for a second more affordable phone, or researching a first phone for a child. Today’s Wholesale Closeout is proud to be a top distributor of Blu products; check out our inventory here!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

5 Reasons People Should Buy Used & Refurbished Phones

We live in an age where phone companies are scrambling to offer consumers sleeker phones with larger screens and more features than anyone could ever actually use. Sometimes getting a new cell phone is necessary at times— if it’s broken or stolen. However, people mostly just want the latest thing available and are willing to fork over $700 or more every year. If you are not one of those people, we’ve rounded up 5 reasons you should consider buy a used or refurbished phone!

  1. Significant Savings
  2. It’s a no brainer, a used phone will cost significantly less than a new phone. You’ll be able to save anywhere from 50-75% on older models. You’re sure to snag a great deal and save money on a cell phone if you purchase from a reputable dealer!

  3. Eco-Friendly
  4. Everyone wants to do their part in protecting the environment and the materials used in many electronics are especially harmful. Cell phone materials include lead, cadmium, and copper that can be hazardous if they’re not disposed properly. In many states it’s actual legal to throw away your cell phone in the trash! Cell phones are considered e-waste and should be disposed of properly. You can do your part by purchasing a refurbished phone and keeping it out of the landfill.

  5. Great Gifts for Children
  6. Kids need a phone to be able to talk to their parents and friends. They might not, however, be as careful with an expensive cell phone. By purchasing a used phone, you’ll be able to save money and they’ll be able to receive a cell phone in great condition that really isn’t that “old.” It’s a win-win situation for parent and child!

  7. Can’t Part with your Favorite
  8. Sometimes a phone model arrives and it’s like you’ve never seen such a perfect cell phone. You love the shape, color, size, and capabilities. It’s the one for you and you want to treasure it forever! Then you drop it in the toilet and it’s beyond saving. Replace your favorite phone with the exact same model at a fraction of the price from buying it in-store.

  9. Avoid a long-term contract
  10. Cell phone companies offer discounts on new phones only after you lock into a two-year contract. Even now, many companies like AT&T are adding programs that won’t even give you the discount on a new phone. They’re simply dividing the entire cost of a new cell phone into smaller payment installments that will be added to your monthly bill. Is that supposed to be a good deal? Avoid all those extra payments and hassles with a used phone! A used or refurbished phone doesn’t equate an “old” brick phone without smart phone capabilities. It simply means a newer model has arrived with a few modifications. Since when is something that’s less than 14 months considered old? Hardly ever! Be a smart shopper and buy used for the best deal on a cell phone. Today’s Wholesale Closeout has great deals, come shop today!

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Sony Cell Phones Wireless Charging Coming

Future Sony
​ cell phones and​ Xperia
recharge wirelessly in just 

Yes, it's futuristic, but that 
​ recharge
 isn't great for impatient types. Sony
​ has a plan to resolve the problem of​
 slow wireless charging with its latest 
​wireless charging ​
​ for cell phones.​
 The new unit, based on a forthcoming version of the Qi standard, promises to pump 10 to 15 watts of energy into your device 
​allowing you to charge your cell phone in just 1 hour.
​Using that much power would usually cause 
your smartphone to overheat
​, but ​
chip and power company Rohm promises that its new 
​cell phone charging chips
 can handle the temperature issues. 
​We expect the technology to be release mid

​Considers buying
 Canadian Smartphone 

​ (China)​
 is considering a bid for all of BlackBerry according to people 
 with the matter, 
 has signed a non
disclosure agreement with 
​the Blackberry cell phones company​. 
A Lenovo purchase of BlackBerry would be one of the biggest and most noteworthy Chinese acquisitions of a Western company
​. ​
Lenovo, a late comer to the smartphone market, has gained traction in its home market and now ships more smartphones than BlackBerry. 
he proposed deal would be certain to face government scrutiny in both Canada and the U.S.

O2 United Kingdom
 18-carat gold HTC One

​announced today
 that one lucky customer who buys a HTC One from an O2 store between Thursday 17 and Sunday 20 October will get more than just a multi-award winning phone – they'll get a HTC One made out of 18 carat gold. The 18 carat Gold HTC One, one of only five in the country, is worth over £2000 and is the most exclusive and expensive phone ever made by HTC. To win the device each HTC One sold in an O2 shop between Thursday and Sunday will come with a Golden Ticket – entering that code online will give customers a chance of winning the golden phone. They'll also keep the HTC One they purchased in the O2 store, meaning they can share the HTC One love with another person too.

AT&T Announces $5 Tablet Day Passes, Deal to Power Tesla’s In-Car Wireless

While consumers are clearly buying tablets in droves, getting them to fork over to connect them to cellular networks has been another story. Buyers have overwhelmingly chosen Wi-Fi-only models, and, even when buying cellular-capable devices, they aren’t always connecting them to the network. AT&T is hoping that a new $5-per-day option will convince more customers to try out cellular, perhaps going with that option over hotel Wi-Fi when traveling. Another plan aimed at less-frequent users allows customers to pay $25 for 1 gigabyte of data that can be used any time in a three-month period.  Separately, the company is also announcing that electric-car maker Tesla is using AT&T’s wireless network to power in-car diagnostics, infotainment and other services. The deal, though only now being talked about, has been in place for a while. Earlier this year, GM said it was using AT&T for the next generation of its OnStar service, replacing Verizon.

Samsung's Galaxy S4 Zoom leaked

Samsung's Galaxy S4 Zoom appears to be coming, Images of the smart camera appeared on Twitter today, hinting that the device could be forthcoming. The 16-megapixel Zoom is an intriguing mash up between the Galaxy Camera and the Galaxy S4 Mini.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Wholesale Cell Phones Samsung, Nokia, Apple, i-Watch


We wish you a very successful & refreshing weekend!

Industry News Updates Below...


Apple fans worried about someone breaking into their iPhones may only have to sweat it out for a few more days. Unnamed sources have told German iPhone fan siteiFun that Apple will “likely” release a major security patch for iOS 6.1 sometime next week. As9to5Mac notes, these same sources had previously told iFun the correct release date of iOS 6.1.1, so the website has accurately reported information on iOS updates in the past. A user on Wednesday uncovered a major security hole in iOS 6.1 that makes it incredibly easy to bypass the iPhone’s unlock screen pass code. Apple acknowledged the problem and said it was working to patch the vulnerability as quickly as it could.


More bad news for struggling vendor BlackBerry emerged on Friday as a report surfaced suggesting Samsung (005930) is planning to enter the enterprise space. Boston-based brokerage firm Detwiler Fenton said in a note on Friday morning that Samsung plans to unveil a new enterprise platform at the Mobile World Congress trade show later this month that will compete with BlackBerry’s next-generation BlackBerry 10 operating system. No other details were provided, but the news comes as a huge blow to BlackBerry considering its reliance on the enterprise market. BlackBerry shares were trading down more than 2.5% on the news.


Samsung’s rise as a top smartphone vendor may be costing it business as a component supplier. An unnamed hardware industry source told AppleInsider that Nokia may be planning to follow Apple’s lead in dropping Samsung as a supplier for smartphone parts to avoid boosting a company that has become a top competitor. While Samsung seems capable of surviving the loss of Apple’s business, losing Nokia could put a squeeze on the company since Nokia is still the second-largest mobile phone vendor in the world. On the other hand, Samsung seems to think it can make up for lost business simply by supplying parts for its own Galaxy S and Galaxy Note devices, both of which have become premier smartphone brands and are some of the best-selling devices of the past year.


Technology news sites are set aflutter any time they catch a whiff of a potential new product from Apple (AAPL), but the latest rumors might not be exciting for the reasons you think. Reports this week from The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg have renewed chatter surrounding a possible “iWatch” in development at Apple, and some industry watchers think it might be just what the company needs to remind investors that it can still innovate. As Sector & Sovereign Research analyst Paul Sagawa notes, however, even a very 
successful iWatch launch would barely be a blip on Apple’s revenue radar. 

Sagawa believes that the most likely explanation for Apple and Google’s newfound interest in smartwatches and wearable devices is simply experimentation. “Building an attractive smartwatch will take innovations to make the electronics small enough, power efficient enough and flexible enough to fit comfortably on a wrist, run familiar apps and relay information from a smartphone for at least a full day,” the analyst wrote. “In this context, a connected smartwatch need not be a multi-billion-dollar business to be valuable.”

Wholesale Cell Phones Samsung, Nokia, NYPD, DMCA


We wish you a very successful & refreshing weekend!

Industry News Updates Below...


Nokia is shifting the focus of its turnaround strategy to regaining domination of cheaper handsets after a stuttering campaign to catch up with Apple and Samsung in high-end smartphones. Company sources said it would introduce cut-price basic phones to compete with the likes of Huawei and ZTE and a new, lower-price model of its Lumia smartphone on Monday at the Mobile World Congress convention in Barcelona. Nokia, once the industry's undisputed leader, is struggling to close the yawning gap with Apple's iPhones and Samsung's Galaxy smartphones and is also losing share in the low-end market which still accounts for the bulk of its sales. While some media reports have said that Nokia will announce a tablet in Barcelona, the company is not yet ready to unveil one, one of the sources said.


Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. must narrow their patent-infringement lawsuit case scheduled for trial in 2014, a judge ruled. U.S. District Judge Lucy H. Koh in San Jose, California, today told lawyers from both companies that they must “focus and streamline” their cases to 25 patent claims, or elements of the patents at issue, and 25 accused products. Koh made the request from the bench today in the latest of two related patent cases. The lawsuit was filed last year and covers technology in newer smartphones made by both companies, including Samsung’s Galaxy S III and Apple’s iPhone 5
. “We’ll keep narrowing and narrowing,” Koh said. “You’ve already been litigating this thing for a year; you must know something about what’s your best case.” In a filing last week, Cupertino, California-based Apple included Samsung’s Galaxy Note smartphones and tablet computer in the case. Samsung claimed “all generations” of Apple’s iPhone and iPads infringe at least three of its patents, according to its filing. Koh last month rejected Apple’s request to add additional damages to the first patent-infringement case between the two companies in San Jose. In that case, a jury awarded Apple $1.05 billion, finding the Suwon, South Korea-based company infringed six of the iPhone maker’s mobile-device patents.


A petition asking the White House to rescind a government ruling restricting consumers from unlocking their cell phones crossed the 100,000-signature threshold Thursday, meaning the Obama administration will need to formally respond to the petition. The pet
ition, started Jan. 25 by OpenSignal co-founder Sina Khanifar, asked that "the White House ask the Librarian of Congress to rescind this decision, and failing that, champion a bill that makes unlocking permanently legal." Currently, if U.S. mobile customers want to unlock their handset and bring it to another carrier, they now need express permission from their current carrier to do so, according to a government ruling that went into effect Jan. 26. CTIA has pushed for the new rules, in part because it protects wireless carriers that pay to subsidize handsets in exchange for customers agreeing to two-year contracts. "According to the Librarian of Congress, who agreed with CTIA, the exemption for unlocking was not necessary because 'the largest nationwide carriers have liberal, publicly available unlocking policies,' and because unlocked phones are 'freely available from third party providers--many at low prices,'" CTIA wrote in a blog post last month.


The theft of Mobile devices is so rampant in New York that a team of cops has been assigned to work with the tech giants to get the stolen gadgets back, Every time a wholesale mobile phone device is stolen, detectives attempt to get tracking numbers from the victim or online records. That number, known as the International Mobile Station Equipment Identity, is then shared with the officers in Police Headquarters who pass it on to the mobile company's who then informs the NYPD of the device’s current location — and it can track it even if it was re-registered with a different wireless provider. “We’re looking for ways to find individuals who have stolen wholesale cell phones and return the products to their original owners,” said NYPD spokesman Paul Browne. “It is being done to learn the pattern who is stealing.” Cops also hope the partnership helps catch the crooks who are taking and reselling the devices. One stolen iPad was tracked to the Dominican Republic and recovered with the help of an NYPD intelligence cop assigned to Santo Domingo. In another case, it busted a man suspected of selling stolen iPads at a city bus stop by tracking them with Apple’s help.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Wholesale Cell Phones Industry News 02/08/2103


We wish you a very successful & refreshing weekend!

Industry News Updates Below...


There are already smartphones powered by Android, iOS, Windows Phone, BlackBerry, Bada and Tizen, and soon Ubuntu will be added to that long list. In an interview withThe Wall Street Journal, Mark Shuttleworth, the founder and CEO of Canonical, said that smartphones running the company’s Linux-based Ubuntu operating system will be available to customers starting in October 2013. He also said that application developers will be granted early access to a version of the operating system that has been optimized for the Galaxy Nexus later this month. One of the smartphone’s unique features will allow it to be docked to a larger display for use with a keyboard and mouse. The operating system can also support Windows-based applications streamed to devices from corporate servers, giving business users access to all corporate data through a single device.


The Evad3rs Jailbreak Team on Monday released their evasi0n jailbreak tool for Apple’s wholesale iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices running iOS 6.0 or iOS 6.1. Jay Freeman, the man behind the jailbroken app store known as Cydia, announced that nearly seven million iOS devices have been freed from Apple’s walled garden in only four days, Forbes reported. The astonishing number makes evasi0n the fastest-adopted jailbreaking solution of all time. As of Thursday night, numbers from Freeman’s alternative app store revealed that 5.15 million iPhones, 1.35 million iPads, and 400,000 iPod touches were jailbroken with evasi0n. Jailbreaking an Apple device is similar to rooting an Android smartphone or tablet, and allows greater customization and opens the door to features such as wireless tethering.


Tablets have continued to bleed the traditional PC market dry. The latest numbers from research firm Canalys revealed that wholesale tablets accounted for over a third of PC shipments in the fourth quarter of 2012. Worldwide PC shipments were found to have increased 12% year-over-year to 134 million units with 46.2 million units qualifying as tablets, a 75% year-over-year increase. Apple continued to lead the industry thanks to strong iPad sales, shipping 27 million units and taking a 20% share of the market for the first time. The iPad mini was a hit for the company and accounted for more than half of Apple’s total iPad shipments. Due to supply issues and cannibalization of the larger iPad, however, Apple’s tablet share dropped below 49% and for the first time the company did not control over half the tablet market.


If you thought March was far away, be prepared to thumb your calendar to an even further date for the BlackBerry Q10. According to AP, CEO Thorsten Heins has said that the physical keyboard iteration of BlackBerry's new OS will arrive around 8-10 weeks after the Z10 makes its eventual appearance on American shores. Heins added that release dates would vary between the major carriers, but the company maintains that the Q10 will arrive in other markets (likely including parts of Europe) some time in April. Guess we'll hold onto our aging Bold until then.


Canalys has published its final mobile phone shipment estimates across the 50+ countries that it tracks. The total mobile phone market, at 438.1 million units, was flat year-on-year, while the worldwide smart phone market grew 37%. Android smart phones accounted for 34% of all phone shipments and iOS phones 11%. Smart phones now represent almost 50% of all the phones that shipped in Q4 2012. In the smart phone market, Android handsets accounted for 69% of the 216.5 million shipped. Samsung had a very strong quarter, growing 78%, while the vendors Huawei, ZTE, Lenovo and Yulong all grew by triple-digit percentages. Android’s share did, however, dip sequentially from 74% as Apple’s share grew from 15% to 22% on the strength of the iPhone 5. BlackBerry and Windows Phone shares remained unchanged sequentially at 4% and 2% respectively.

‘BlackBerry, Microsoft and Nokia, as well as other Android vendors, have strategies and devices in place to attack, but the task is daunting to say the least,’ said Pete Cunningham, Principal Analyst. ‘When we look at the whole of 2012, Nokia remained the number three smart phone vendor, shipping 35 million units, but Apple in second place shipped 101 million more handsets. First-placed Samsung shipped 74 million more than Apple – the gaps are colossal. But there is still a big opportunity as smart phone penetration increases around the world. Vendors left in the wake of the top vendors must at the very least improve their portfolios, time-to-market and marketing, as well as communicate their differentiation  Microsoft, BlackBerry and other new OS entrants, such as Mozilla, must make the OS switch as simple as possible and drive and localize their respective app and content ecosystems.’

Friday, December 21, 2012

Wholesale Cell Phones Update 12-21-12

RIM is less than two months away from releasing BlackBerry 10 and the images we’ve seen of the operating system so far look good. Now Tihnte has posted some pictures showing off BlackBerry 10′s home screen along with its notifications system and several key apps such as Twitter, Facebook and FourSquare. Some of the most interesting images are the ones featuring BlackBerry 10 Hub, RIM’s one-stop message center that lets users handle messages from multiple email accounts, BlackBerry Messenger, social networking sites and text messages all in one location. Even more intriguingly, it looks as though RIM has developed its own Siri-like application that will give users the ability to use voice commands on their smartphones.


Following its recent loss against Nokia at a recent arbitration tribunal, Canadian smartphone giant RIM has decided to put an end to its outstanding patent fights against the Finnish mobile maker, agreeing a deal that will see it license Nokia’s patents, with both parties withdrawing “all existing patent litigation.” As part of the agreement, RIM has agreed to make a one-time payment to Nokia, following up with ongoing royalty payments. This is similar to a deal that the company signed with Apple, which continues to pay royalties after signing a licensing agreement in March 2011. “We are very pleased to have resolved our patent licensing issues with RIM and reached this new agreement, while maintaining Nokia’s ability to protect our unique product differentiation,” said Paul Melin, chief intellectual property officer at Nokia. “This agreement demonstrates Nokia’s industry leading patent portfolio and enables us to focus on further licensing opportunities in the mobile communications market.”


Samsung’s impending Galaxy S IV may not feature an unbreakable or flexible screen, but that doesn't mean the company isn't working hard to get such high-tech displays onto its phones within the next year. Engadget reports that Samsung display panel spin-off Samsung Display is preparing to demonstrate a 5.5-inch, 720 pixel flexible screen at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Engadget cautions us not to set our expectations too high, however, because the display at CES will be “merely a component that could one day find its way into a smartphone, rather than a finished product that’s meant for consumers.”


T-Mobile has announced a major expansion to its iPhone-compatible HSPA+ network. The company on Thursday revealed its high-speed network is now available in 14 new markets, including large metropolitan areas such as New York City, Newark, Boston, Providence, Philadelphia, Detroit, Dallas, Austin, San Antonio and Tampa, among other locations. The network operates on the 1900MHz frequency, which means popular devices sold by AT&T, including Apple’s iPhone 5, will be able to access HSPA+ data speeds on T-Mobile. The company’s improved network is now available in more than 30 markets across the country and covers 100 million people.


Verizon Wireless flipped the LTE switch on in 29 additional markets throughout the country on Thursday, in addition to expanding coverage in 36 existing markets. The reach of the company’s high-speed network is unmatched and is now available to more than 250 million people across 470 markets nationwide. Verizon has previously announced that it expects its 4G LTE network to match its 3G footprint by the end of 2013.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Wholesale Cell Phones Industry News Digest 08/03/2012

Wholesale Cell Phones News

RIM chief: we looked 'seriously' at Android, didn't want to join the herd

RIM's current CEO Thorsten Heins has been very candid about his company's plans and past, but he has usually given the impression that the company wouldn't even consider deviating from its one true vision of a BlackBerry OS future. Although BlackBerry 10 is very much the center of RIM's universe today, Heins has revealed to The Telegraph that his firm's eyes did stray briefly -- at one point, it "seriously" investigated Android as a platform. The company ended up backing away after deciding a "me-too" strategy didn't fit the productivity-obsessed BlackBerry crowd, the executive says. RIM decided, like Nokia, that it couldn't differentiate enough in Google's ecosystem. There's still some time to go before we learn whether or not the gamble on the in-house OS pays off. If Heins' comments still leave you dreaming of what might have been, though, don't worry: at least a few companies are providing their own visions in a slightly more tangible form.

Samsung starts mass-producing 4x faster mobile flash memory, kickstarts our phones and tablets

Samsung isn't content to leave fast NAND flash memory to traditional solid-state drives. Its Pro Class 1500 promises a big jolt to the performance of frequently pokey smartphone and tablet storage. By how much? That name is a clue -- it reaches 1,500 IOPS (inputs/outputs per second) when writing data, which along with 3,500 IOPS data reads is about four times faster than any previous embedded flash chip Samsung has tested. In the real world, that leads to as much as 140MB/s when reading data and 50MB/s for writes. The speed comes after Samsung has thrown virtually every trick in the book at its new chips, including a dense 20-nanometer manufacturing process, quick toggle DDR 2.0 memory with its own controller and a new JEDEC memory standard with 200MB/s of bandwidth to spare. Samsung hasn't named customers for the 16GB, 32GB and 64GB parts that are rolling out of the factories, although we'd do well to remember that a flourishing phone business doesn't guarantee that the only major customer is Samsung itself: even in the face of legal challenges, Samsung still has at least one noteworthy client that tends to snap up much of its flash supply.

Stocks soar on jobs report

Stocks rallied nearly 2% Friday as investors welcomed a stronger-than-expected July jobs report.The Dow Jones industrial average surged 250 points, or 1.9%. The S&P 500 and the Nasdaq were both up 2%. The U.S. economy added 163,000 jobs in July, an improvement from an increase of just 64,000 in June, according to a government report. Economists surveyed by CNNMoney were predicting 95,000 jobs were added last month. "It was the perfect number for the market," said Mark Luschini, chief investment strategist at Janney Montgomery Scott.

Apple is freaking out over top-secret market research being used in patent trial

Remember when Steve Jobs famously said that Apple (AAPL) did “no market research” to figure out what consumers want? Well, it turns out that wasn’t exactly the case, as new documents unearthed during the Apple-Samsung (005930) patent trial reveal. Network World’s Yoni Heisler writes that Apple is positively freaking out about the possibility that its extensive market research surveys of iPhone and iPad users could be made public, thus revealing the company’s special sauce recipe for attracting and keeping loyal users. All Things D reports that Apple has now lost its bid to keep the market research secret and Samsung will be allowed to use it as evidence in the trial. In particular, Heisler found a declaration to the court submitted by Apple VP of product marketing Greg Joswiak explaining why Apple’s customer surveys should remain sealed away from the public eye. “The surveys reveal, country-by-country, what is driving our customers to buy Apple’s iPhone products versus other products such as the Android products that Samsung sells, what features they most use, our customers’ demographics and their level of satisfaction with different aspects of iPhone,” Joswiak wrote. “All of that information is set out in exacting detail in the proposed exhibits. No other entity could replicate this research because no other entity has access to the customer base that Apple has.” Heisler also notes that Joswiak claims the market research reports are even kept under tight wraps within the company itself and are only revealed to “a small select group of Apple executives” and cannot be shared with anyone outside of the group without Joswiak’s express permission. In other words, part of the secret to Apple’s success is that it has been run like one of the Pentagon’s black ops teams.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Your wholesale cell phones news digest 07/27/12

Wholesale Cell Phones News

More evidence that Samsung smartphone sales steamrolled Apple in Q2

Samsung may not have figured out how to do tablets effectively yet, but it sure has smartphones nailed down. The latest numbers from IDC show that Samsung shipped 50.2 million smartphones in the second quarter of 2012, nearly double the 26 million iPhones shipped by Apple over the same period. Taken all together, IDC found that Samsung and Apple accounted for nearly half of all smartphones shipped on the quarter as rivals Nokia, HTC and ZTE all registered smartphone market shares of under 7%. The report essentially backs up Juniper’s findings from earlier this week that Samsung smartphone shipments roughly doubled Apple iPhone sales in the second quarter.

Sorry, Motorola: Google only loves you for your patents

Google’s love for Motorola is only as deep as its patent portfolio. Per the Wall Street Journal, Google recently filed documents with the Securities and Exchange Commission stating that nearly half of the $12.4 billion it paid to acquire Motorola reflected the value of Motorola’s intellectual property holdings. In all, Google paid $5.5 billion for Motorola’s “patents and developed technology,” $2.9 billion for cash acquired, $2.6 billion in goodwill, and less than $1 billion each for “customer relationships” and “other net assets acquired.” In other words, Google placed vastly more value on Moto’s patents — and its ability to help Google combat the likes of Apple and Microsoft in court — than it did on the company’s consumer electronics business.

Big banks pump the brakes on Apple following huge earnings miss

Apple (AAPL) was and still is the darling of Wall Street. Sure, investors get the jitters from time to time, but sky-high price targets and big long-term bets are the norm for the world’s most profitable smartphone maker. Apple reported its third fiscal quarter results on Tuesday, and the company shocked the Street when it missed earnings expectations by a huge margin. Initial reactions were predictable — shares of Apple stock dipped more than 5% in after-hours trading on Tuesday — and now some big banks are pumping the brakes… albeit temporarily. Price targets on Apple’s stock are dropping all over. Some analysts like Canaccord Genuity’s Mike Walkley, who lowered his price target by $3 to $797, are making minor adjustments. A number of analysts at big investment banks are being more cautious with their clients, however — Morgan Stanley cut its price target on shares of Apple stock from to $720 from $738, and Goldman Sachs slashed its target to $790 from $850.

LG manages $138 million profit in Q2 with increased smartphone efforts

LG Electronics on Wednesday reported its financial results for the second quarter of 2012. As the company continues to push forward and pin hopes on the booming smartphone market, it has found a way to profit from its efforts with Google’s Android platform. LG saw a healthy 46% increase in net profit, which rose to $138 million.

Your wholesale cell phones news digest 07/13/12

Android accounts for more than half of all smartphones sold in U.S. and Europe

wholesale cell phones For the first time ever Android now accounts for more than half of all smartphone sales in the U.S. as well as the biggest markets in Europe and Australia, according to an analysis firm Kantar Worldpanel ComTech. Android sales recorded over the last 12 weeks across Europe ranged from 49.6% of all smartphone sales in Italy to 84.1% of all smartphone sales in Spain, TechCrunch reported. Spain saw the largest year-over-year increase of Android sales, up 42.8%. Android sales in the United States declined year-over-year from 57% to 50.2%, however, while sales of iOS devices increased from 28.7% to 37.4%. Despite Apple’s increased legal pressure on Android in Australia, the operating system’s share of the market there grew from 36.4% to 56.9% while iOS fell from 36.9% to 30.5%. As expected, both Research in Motion and Nokia’s old Symbian OS saw sales declines in all markets covered by the study.

Kantar data shows Apple’s grip slipping as Samsung surges

The big Eastern European mobile operator MTS recently released interesting numbers about the Russian handset market. They showed Samsung’s share of Russian smartphone market revenue exploding between the first quarters of 2011 and 2012, while Apple’s share actually declined a bit. Now Kantar has come out with its latest survey tracking the smartphone market in a variety of countries, and it contains some intriguing data points. The sampling period spans 12 weeks and ends on June 10th, so it captured some of the Samsung Galaxy S III surge as well as the strong reception to cheaper new Samsung Android phones such as the Ace 2. What’s fascinating about the new Kantar data is that is seems to affirm what the European phone industry has been buzzing about this year: Apple’s grasp of the market in Germany and France seems a lot more tenuous than its grip on the United Kingdom. 

LG looks to challenge Samsung and HTC with new super phone

LG is reportedly developing a new flagship smartphone that will help the company further compete with Samsung and HTC. According to a report from The Chosunilbo, the South Korean smartphone vendor will launch a new super phone using parts manufactured by its subsidiaries LG Display, LG Chem and LG Innotek, which have long supplied parts for other companies such as Apple. The device will be equipped with a quad-core processor and will be the first LG smartphone to feature a camera with a resolution of more than 10 megapixels. The device is slated for a September release, the report claims.

Amazon is reportedly making a phone and it just poached another Windows Phone executive

The likelihood that Amazon will launch a smartphone — or a “phablet,” as the case may be — at some point in the next six to nine months seems to grow more likely each day. Bloomberg reported last week that the company is testing a smartphone with manufacturing partner Foxconn, and The Wall Street Journal would later add that the device will likely feature a display measuring between 4 and 5 inches when it launches later this year or early in 2013. Now, Richard Williams, former director of business development with Microsoft’s Windows Phone unit, has left Microsoft to join Amazon as director of the Amazon Appstore. Williams is the second Microsoft executive to leave the company’s Windows Phone division and join Amazon, following Brandon Watson, who made the switch earlier this year.

RIM CEO tones down the happy talk, says he’s ‘not satisfied’

RIM CEO Thorsten Heins has wisely decided to ditch his “there’s nothing wrong with the company as it exists right now” talking point. During his remarks at RIM’s 2012 Annual General Meeting today, Heins said that while he was optimistic that his company could make a comeback, he was “not satisfied” with the state of the company and acknowledged that the “next several quarters will be very challenging.” Heins also identified three key reasons for RIM’s decline in the United States: The consumer appeal of iOS and Android, the rise of bring-your-own-device policies in corporate IT departments and RIM’s own lack of an LTE-capable smartphone. He said that the release of the BlackBerry 10 operating system in early 2013 would put the company back on competitive footing in all three of these areas.

Cell phones are being monitored more than ever before

Law enforcement agencies in the United States have requested more user information than ever before, according to wireless providers. Personal text messages, locations and other information was requested more than 1.3 millions times in 2011, The New York Times reported. Wireless companies were prompted to turn over thousands of personal records each day in response to police emergencies, court orders, law enforcement subpoenas and other requests. In some cases, however, carriers rejected demands that were considered “legally questionable or unjustified.” The U.S. congress requested reports from nine carriers, including Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile and AT&T, in regards to law enforcement agencies’ increase use of cellphone tracking. Over the past five years, AT&T has seen normal request triple to 700 per day, 230 of which were classified as “emergencies” and allowed access to a users texts, calls and locations. Sprint reported the largest number of request in 2011 with an average of 1,500 per day. Other carriers reported annual increases of between 12% and 16% in the last five years.

Nielsen has Android near 52 percent of US smartphone share in Q2, iPhone ekes out gains

If there was doubt as to whether or not Android would soon become the majority smartphone platform in the US, that's just been erased by Nielsen. Google crossed the tipping point in the second quarter after getting close in the winter, with 51.8 percent of current smartphone users running some variant on the green robot's OS.