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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.

RIM PAYS OFF NOKIA TO END PATENT LITIGATION

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 DISPLAY WILL SHOW OFF A 5.5-INCH FLEXIBLE SCREEN AT CES

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’S IPHONE-COMPATIBLE HSPA+ NETWORK NOW AVAILABLE IN NYC, BOSTON AND OTHER CITIES

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 LAUNCHES 4G LTE IN 29 ADDITIONAL MARKETS, INCHES CLOSER TO 500 OVERALL MARKETS

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.

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