iPhone Subsidies Working Out Well for China Telecom

China Telecom’s decision to offer Apple’s iPhone 4S fully subsidized is proving to be strategically wise move.
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LevelUp’s Plan to Supercharge the Mobile Payments Market: Make It Free

LevelUp is hoping that merchants and consumers will quickly adopt its mobile payments service, because it doesn’t cost either party a single cent to use.
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Carriers Willing to Live With High iPhone Subsidies for Now

If there’s a handset subsidy battle to be fought, it probably won’t happen until after the debut of the LTE iPhone.
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Apple CEO: Enough of This iPhone Subsidy Silly Talk

Relax, people.
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Contracts With Apple Should Blunt Any Carrier Pushback on iPhone Subsidies

A new analysis from CLSA indicates that a carrier revolt over iPhone subsidies paid to Apple is unlikely.
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Analyst Cuts Apple Rating on Prospect of iPhone Subsidy Revolt

An Apple downgrade? What’s that?
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Sprint to Sell Samsung Tablet for $400

Sprint Nextel Corp. said it plans to sell Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.’s Galaxy Tab tablet computer for a third less than Verizon Wireless, though Sprint will require a long-term contract. Sprint will sell the device for $399.99 in exchange for a two-year commitment to a data service plan. Sprint will begin selling the Galaxy Tab on Nov. 14, three days after Verizon Wireless.

IPhone 4: $188 in Parts, $411 in Magic

The components in the 16GB version of Apple’s iPhone 4 cost $8.55 more than those in its predecessor. That’s the conclusion of iSuppli’s tear-down analysis of the device, which estimates its bill of materials to be $187.51.

AT&T’s New Early-Termination Fee for the iPhone: $325

A word of warning to AT&T subscribers who would switch carriers when the company’s iPhone exclusivity deal with Apple finally ends: The cost of doing so will soon rise–substantially. Come June 1, AT&T is raising its early-termination fee on smartphones to $325 from $175.
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So Much for That Free Google Phone Idea

A quick update on the Nexus One, the Android phone Google will likely uncrate at the Jan. 5 media event it announced yesterday. According to documents leaked to Gizmodo, Google plans to sell the device unlocked and unsubsidized for $530 or with a two-year T-Mobile contract for $179.99.
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Google Rocks Real-Time Search

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Palm Pixie in November?

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