AT&T and the Department of Justice submitted filings in federal court Wednesday regarding the government's lawsuit to block the carrier's purchase of T-Mobile USA. In its filings, AT&T disagreed with assertions by Sprint Nextel and Cellular South that their ability to compete would be harmed by the deal. The DOJ petitioned the judge to let prosecutors provide internal AT&T documents to third-party attorneys and consultants.
Samsung Electronics sold 28 million smartphones in the third quarter, a fourfold jump from the year-earlier quarter, surpassing Apple as the global leader in terms of sales. Strong smartphone demand enabled Samsung to overcome weaknesses in other consumer electronics areas to report a smaller decline in profit -- 23% -- than analysts had expected.
CTIA-The Wireless Association® won a court victory Thursday when a federal judge struck down key provisions of a San Francisco law that would have required retailers to post warnings about potential adverse safety effects of cellphones even though recent studies have shown no such links. The judge said the law violates the First Amendment and can mislead customers into believing that phones are dangerous.
Car dealers have begun turning to mobile applications as an adjunct to their marketing campaigns, but so far, the apps represent an inexpensive incremental element to advertising efforts rather than a major customer draw. One app-building service, MobileAppLoader, costs dealerships $13 a month, plus a $150 setup fee. "What it's been good for is a convenient way for customers to schedule service, and for all of our salespeople to have our inventory in their pocket," said Tim Glockner, who owns several Ohio dealerships.