According to the results of a survey recently conducted by Cowen Equity Research, 32.2 percent of mobile users based in the United States use their smartphone devices for at least a couple of years. That percentage represents a significant increase compared to the 23.7 percent surveyed as recently as 2015. In conducting its survey, Cowen polled over 1,100 consumers in America for its newest quarterly report.
Back in October of last year, there were reports that T-Mobile’s Jump! On Demand program was no more. Apparently, this is not the case because the third biggest wireless carrier in the United States is actually updating the program, albeit quietly. This time around, the mobile operator is now allowing its subscribers to upgrade to a new handset every 30 days.
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. With these numbers, various industry watchers now expect that the world of mobile will achieve a full recovery this year, after a rather slow 2016.
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. A spokesperson for the mobile operator has stated that the move only counts as a minor adjustment, but for mobile users currently on AT&T’s network or for those looking to sign up, it makes a difference.
A year and three months after launching Jump! On Demand, the third biggest wireless carrier in America has apparently decided to quietly end the program. According to a report published by PhoneArena, staff from one of T-Mobile’s retail outlets has revealed that the program is no longer made available as an option for new customers, or for current subscribers looking to get additional lines of service to their account.
According to a report published by TMoNews, T-Mobile is planning to introduce a new $20 Assisted Service fee that will be applied to a select group of subscribers beginning on July 31st of this year. The Assisted Service fee is essentially applied to subscribers who are choosing to upgrade their mobile devices, but are not signed up under the wireless carrier’s Jump!, Jump!
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.
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