HTC unveiled what may be its final Hail Mary to save its stake in the smartphone game. On the HTC One, the struggling company has taken some risks that could make or break HTC.
By Virginia Bridges
South Durham residents fighting a planned cell tower that would be disguised as a pine tree will have another chance to make their case after the Board of Adjustment returned the case to a review panel Tuesday.
An application for the controversial 120-foot-tall tower, which would be located by St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church at 8306 N.C. 751, was submitted on behalf of an engineer who would be developing the tower for the Sprint Nextel Corp.
In general, land-use rules in the city and the county require applications for freestanding concealed towers to be complete and demonstrate that the structure would be compatible with adjacent structures and landscapes. The Development Review Board, an internal review board that approves such towers, determined in June that the application met all the requirements by an 8-1 vote.
It is an all-out smartphone war. The latest attack comes from Samsung with the launch of its latest Android creation on five carriers. This demonstrates not only the swagger that Samsung has, but also some carriers' desire to wean themselves from the pricey iPhone.
Independent mobile testing firm Root Metrics conducted thousands of data, call and text tests throughout the Raleigh area to see which wireless network provided the fastest and most reliable data network, fewest dropped calls and fastest text message delivery.
Building on its effort to distinguish itself among its wireless rivals, Sprint confirms that it will offer unlimited data plans with the next iPhone even if the device is capable of speedy 4G LTE network speeds.
"I'm not anticipating the unlimited plan would change by that point," Sprint CEO Dan Hesse told CNET. "That's our distinctive differentiator."
Sprint has struggled with dominant rivals AT&T and Verizon. The addition of the iPhone did boost the carrier's first quarter. Sprint gained 263,000 phone subscribers under contract, more than AT&T and Verizon.
Currently Sprint's wireless network speed lags behind the 4G networks of AT&T and Verizon. Sprint is planning to build an LTE network of its own to compete.
Wireless carriers make much ado over their network speeds. But which among AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon is the fastest? The big four networks were tested by PCWorld a year since their last wireless shootout. In the 2011 test, Verizon's LTE network and T-Mobile's HSPA+ were top performers, but the wireless landscape has changed.
Apple unveiled a new iPhone with significant hardware and software upgrades, the iPhone 4S featuring the dual-core A5 processor used in the iPad. Apple claims it is up to 7 times faster than the previous iPhone.
If you are reading this then you probably know Apple is expected to unveil a new iPhone Tuesday - maybe even two. Savvy tech fans also know that virtually no one expects an LTE 4G compatible device. Well almost no one.
Sprint reportedly has plans that could lure customers from chief rivals AT&T and Verizon - unlimited plans.
According to Bloomberg, Sprint intends to offer unlimited data plans with its own iPhone expected to go on sale in October. The move would make Sprint the only carrier in the U.S. to offer the iPhone with unlimited data. AT&T and Verizon eliminated their unlimited plans in favor of tiered pricing for new customers.
Apple's new iPhone is reportedly set to join Sprint's smartphone lineup this fall.
The iPhone 5 is expected to go on sale in mid-October and it will be available through at least one more carrier according to the Wall Street Journal.
Sprint is the third largest carrier with 52 million subscribers. Verizon sits at the top with 106 million followed by AT&T with 99 million.
Offering the iPhone is likely to help Sprint retain and perhaps boost its number of subscribers, but the WSJ says it could also aid AT&T's case for acquiring T-Mobile. Sprint is set against the merger.
Meanwhile TechCrunch says it has on good authority that the iPhone 5 will be a world phone capable of using both CDMA and GSM networks. Sprint and Verizon use CDMA technology while AT&T and T-Mobile use GSM technology. There is no mention of LTE which dampens the rumor that the next iPhone will be LTE compatible.
Also, a report from Reuters' claims Apple is working on a lower-cost 8GB iPhone based on the iPhone 4 to appeal to those deterred by the higher price of the iPhone 5.