In IDC’s latest report on worldwide smartphone share, Samsung was able to recapture its title as the world’s number one phone maker, recording its biggest quarterly profit in three years. Not only that, the global smartphone industry also showed remarkable improvement by registering 4.3 percent growth in the volume of shipments around the world, easily beating the 3.6 percent growth projected by IDC.
Just like Verizon Wireless, the second biggest wireless carrier in America has decided to increase its activation and upgrade fees. According to a report published by Droid Life, AT&T has hiked the charge for activating or upgrading a device on its network from the previous $20 to $25.
According to the latest information published by market research firm Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP), owners of iPhone devices in the United States mobile market are holding on to their smartphones way longer today than in previous years. In gathering its data, CIRP looked into mobile users who have upgraded from an old iPhone device to a new model, and the firm found that the age of the old iPhones has risen in the last few years. In other words, iPhone owners are actually waiting longer before deciding to go purchase a new iPhone.
Apart from introducing its newest iPhone (the 4 inch iPhone SE) during its event held in its headquarters in the city of Cupertino in California, Apple also took the opportunity to announce iOS 9.3, the launching of the latest version of its iOS mobile operating system, at the same time highlighting the many new features that come with the software update.
It was reported back in January early this year that Samsung had plans to launch a smartphone upgrade of its own, particularly one for its Galaxy line of mobile devices. Well, the South Korean tech giant is now realizing those plans this week by officially rolling out an upgrade program that should encourage more Android mobile users to get newer Galaxy models. But alas, this program is only made available in the South Korean mobile market.
No doubt about it -- a lot of iOS mobile users out there are looking to replace their old iPhone devices with a new model, but they just do not have the cash needed to pay the rather high upfront payment required to get one. Sure, monthly payments are good and all, but committing to purchasing every new iPhone model every year might be a tad too much for these users. Fortunately, Apple has something they might want to check out.
As a way of gaining customers, Verizon Wireless has decided to bring back its bonus monthly data offer. Under this offer, both new and old customers can get an extra 24 gigabytes each year for free. On a monthly basis, this offer will reward each customer 2 gigabytes of data. This free data deal will be rewarded to anyone who activates either a new line and smartphone or decides to upgrade their device under the carrier's XL and XXL plans or higher.
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