An increased percentage of iPhone buyers in the second quarter were switching from Android phones, with 20% of iPhone buyers surveyed by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners saying they were doing so. Former Android owners accounted for just 14% to 17% of iPhone sales in the previous three quarters, said Josh Lowitz, partner and co-founder of CIRP.
Motorola has added a dual-lens camera system and developed a thinner design for its Moto Z2 Force smartphone. The device is said to have a nearly indestructible screen.
The Federal Communications Commission is moving "as quickly as [it] can" to process license transfers from the mostly smaller wireless carriers that won spectrum in the recent auction, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai told a congressional committee recently. The carriers' licenses take longer to approve partly because they received bidding credits, an additional step for the FCC to vet, Pai said.
Motorola has cast a wide net for its new Moto Z2 Force phone, with T-Mobile and U.S. Cellular joining Verizon Wireless as retailers for the 5.5-inch Android handset, which Motorola introduced this week for an Aug. 10 rollout. T-Mobile will offer a free phone to those who buy one, while U.S. Cellular will give away a large-screen projector to anyone who buys the handset.
Sprint has expanded its push to open retail outlets with a schedule of about 90 launches across five states, with stores to open in Washington state, Oregon, Florida, New York and New Jersey. The carrier predicts that the new stores will employ about 700 people.
The Federal Communications Commission has been asked if states have the authority to run their own core network operations if they decide to opt out of the FirstNet emergency services network. Oklahoma and Missouri were the latest states to seek alternatives to FirstNet, while New Jersey became the sixth state to sign on to the consortium.
Rapid product innovations and high expenses have prevented many states from adopting and implementing electronic waste recycling laws. "A big challenge is designing consistent, cost-effective collection programs due to issues like falling commodity prices and increased cost to recycle cathode ray tubes," said Jason Linnell, executive director of the National Center for Electronics Recycling.
CPR Cell Phone Repair has opened a store in Beaufort, S.C. The franchise has also announced a location in South Everett, Wash.
Nationwide has partnered with Amazon to improve its SmartRide program, which tracks a driver's habits to offer future insurance savings. Under the partnership, Nationwide customers can receive personalized information captured by their plug-in devices by activating the Nationwide skill on Alexa-enabled devices.
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