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Gartner: Worldwide phone sales shrink 2.3%

Gartner: Worldwide phone sales shrink 2.3%

According to research and analyst firm Gartner, the worldwide mobile phone market shrank by 2.3% in the second quarter of this year compared to the same period last year. Gartner cites the worldwide economy as the reason for the decline, and also points to current smartphone owners holding off on upgrading their handsets as the release of the next iPhone looms large.

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MediaTek partners with Twitter on feature phone integration

MediaTek partners with Twitter on feature phone integration

MediaTek made headlines not too long ago when it promised to bring dual-core processors to phones costing $199 and under. Now the company has announced a partnership with Twitter that will see the social network integrated with devices featuring MediaTek chips so that users in emerging markets can get in on the tweeting action. MediaTek will bundle Twitter into its reference design for phones as a result of the partnership.

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T-Mobile teams with Dollar General stores for Monthly4G and prepaid services

T-Mobile teams with Dollar General stores for Monthly4G and prepaid services

This week it appears that T-Mobile USA will be heading to the dollar store for some fabulous feature phone sales on a Samsung tip. The device you see below is the Samsung t139, a device that T-Mobile will be offering at more than 6,400 Dollar General stores across the nation starting in July. T-Mobile's prepaid and Monthly4G No Annual Contract services will be offered up on and in addition to this device soon.

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Nokia intros more entry-level Asha handsets

Nokia intros more entry-level Asha handsets

Nokia may be firmly committed to Windows Phone across large parts of the world, but its still intent on bringing low-cost devices to developing nations with its range of Asha feature phones. The Finnish company is introducing three new Asha phones today: the Asha 305, 306, and 311. All phones come in around 3-inches in size with touch screens, but offer slightly different features and price points.

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ETSI considering embedded SIMs for mobile

ETSI considering embedded SIMs for mobile

Apple has reportedly been wanting to use embedded SIMs in its iPhones and now it looks like the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) may be leaning that direction. The ETSI just gave Apple a victory this morning, by approving the company's nano-SIM design as the new standard, snubbing the design submitted by Nokia and Microsoft. The organization is now deliberating over rules for an embedded SIM standard for M2M (machine-to-machine) applications that could eventually find its way to consumer products and mobile devices.

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NYC phone booths to be replaced by smart screens

NYC phone booths to be replaced by smart screens

New York City will soon be retrofitting its phone booths into "smart screen" stations. The pilot program will start by replacing 250 public pay phones with 32-inch touchscreens that are connected to the internet. The aim is to eventually replace all 12,800 of the city's phone booths once the franchise contracts for the pay phones with the city expire in October 2014.

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Motorola’s Android Home Phones visit the FCC

Motorola’s Android Home Phones visit the FCC

Motorola is preparing two cordless phones for your home that run on Android and potentially on the latest Ice Cream Sandwich version. The models HS1101 and MBP2000PU showed up at the FCC en route for launch that will bring some of the more advanced smartphone features to your good old landline phone.

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Nokia tests show solar-powered phone not practical

Nokia tests show solar-powered phone not practical

Nokia has finished a research project that's been testing the feasibility of harvesting solar energy to power a mobile phone. The test involved five prototype feature phones equipped with built-in solar chargers that were distributed to various regions around the world to test under different climate conditions. Overall, Nokia finds that solar-powered phones are possible but very challenging and, at its current state, impractical.

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