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Sprint comes close to profit in Q3 2015, continues to attract more customers

Sprint

Sprint has published the company's financial earnings report for Q3 2015. The major U.S. carrier made an operating loss of $197 million, which is a substantial improvement over Q2's $585 million in the red. The company also added the highest number of porting postpaid phone customers in three years. Net additions for this most recent quarter totalled 501,000, which is an improvement of 471,000...

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BlackBerry Priv now available from T-Mobile

BlackBerry Priv now available from T-Mobile

If you've been waiting for T-Mobile to launch the BlackBerry Priv, your wait is now over. As announced previously, the Un-carrier has now made BlackBerry's first Android-powered smartphone available online at T-Mobile.com and in T-Mobile stores. Pricing for the Priv from T-Mobile starts at $0 down and $30 a month for 24 months through T-Mobile's standard leasing program while JUMP! On Demand...

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Mobile Nations Weekly: Silly season commences in 3… 2… 1...

Mobile Nations Weekly: Silly season commences in 3… 2… 1...

Rumors of leaks, leaks of rumors, updates on suppositions of tales of releases. We're entering something of a lull in tech news. Well, lull might not be the right word. It's not like the end-of-year holiday hiatus slash pre-CES quiet time. No, this is more like that period of time at the restaurant between the appetizer and the main course. In this metaphor, CES was the appetizer, and now we'...

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Firstmonie, MMIT and BlackBerry team up to enable social commerce through BBM in Nigeria

Back in November, Matthew Talbot, Senior Vice President of Emerging Solutions at BlackBerry noted that BlackBerry was expanding BBM Shop payment options for Nigeria by making use of the Firstmonie mobile wallet, provided by Nigeria's largest bank, First Bank of Nigeria Limited and teaming up with Mobile Media Info Tech (MMIT) to bring secure payments to the BBM Shop. Those partnerships have now...

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Amazon UK has £10 off any order of £50 and above for one day only

Amazon UK

For one day only, Amazon UK is offering £10 off any order of £50 and above. All you need to do to avail the discount is add products totaling £50 or above to your cart, and use the promo code BIGTHANKS at checkout. The retailer is offering the promotion after coming out on top in the UK's customer satisfaction survey for January. The only limitations to the deal include digital items — such...

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BlackBerry hosting Good Dynamics App SDK webcast for Enterprise Developers

Now that the acquisition of Good Technology is wrapped up, BlackBerry has been hosting several webcasts that offer a look into how the Good and BlackBerry world's meet. One such webcast is scheduled for February 2, 2016, at 11 am ET where Ed Bourne, Senior Enterprise Solutions Manager and Richard Schaefer, Senior Enterprise Solutions Manager will discuss the BlackBerry and Good product...

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Verizon publishes strong report for Q4, adds 1.5 million new postpaid lines

 Verizon

U.S. carrier Verizon released the network's financial report for Q4, showing some solid performance and higher-than-expected earnings. The company brought in $34.25 billion in revenue, which is slightly higher than the previous quarter of $33.2 billion, and a further 1.5 million new postpaid customers were signed up. Today's report ($1.32 in earnings per share) also shows a slight increase...

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BlackBerry Priv now available from Saudi Telecom Company

BlackBerry Priv now available from Saudi Telecom Company

As BlackBerry noted back in December, the Priv is now seeing a broader release in the Middle East. Saudi Telecom Company (STC) is now offering the first-ever BlackBerry smartphone powered by Android to their customers through their website and retail outlets. As expected, pricing for the Priv has been set at SAR 2899 ($772 USD) but is available with lower pricing through postpaid bundles...

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BlackBerry Priv now available from KPN in the Netherlands

BlackBerry Priv now available in the Netherlands from KPN

Adding to the already existing availability of Priv through ShopBlackBerry in the Netherlands, BlackBerry has announced their first Android-powered smartphone is now also available through the various KPN channels including KPN retail stores, KPN XL stores, KPN B2B channels and online through KPN.com. The suggested retail price for Priv is set at Euro 779 including taxes and for reduced...

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ToySoft has brought their popular BlackBerry 10 app Power Tools to the Priv

Although we haven't heard from many BlackBerry 10 developers looking to move their apps to Android, the folks at ToySoft have slowly been releasing a few of their popular BlackBerry 10 apps onto the Google Play Store as well as creating new apps for the platform. The latest Android app for them is the well known BlackBerry 10 app, Power Tools, and it's jammed packed with features, options and...

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Verizon begins beta testing its sponsored data service FreeBee Data

Verizon now beta testing its FreeBee sponsored data service

Verizon has announced that it is now ready to begin beta testing its sponsored data service, called FreeBee Data. With this service, Verizon and partners hope to drive engagement with mobile content on its network by allowing customers to access various content without it impacting their data allotment for the month. We've seen T-Mobile offer music and video streaming that doesn't count...

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O2

O2 has launched a new service called Travel Alerts, which will allow the mobile operator to alert your credit card issuer or bank if your smartphone is currently roaming abroad. This will then allow you to use your cards while away without fear of having them decline because your provider believes it to be a fraudulent transaction. Initially, O2 will be partnering with UK credit card issuer...

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BlackBerry Priv now available in the UK from EE

BlackBerry Priv now available in the UK from EE

If you live in the UK, you now have another outlet to pick up a BlackBerry Priv from. EE has now made the BlackBerry Priv available to customers through their website for consumer and business accounts. If you're a consumer account holder, Priv pricing starts at £109.99 but can be had for as low as £29.99, depending on your chosen tariff and contract terms. For business customers, Priv...

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Dept of Vet Affairs is using BlackBerry's Athoc

BlackBerry's AtHoc division has scored yet another big contract, this time with the Department of Veterans Affairs to power its crisis communications. The deal, which is valued at $20 million, will have AtHoc assist the organization for multiple-year delivery of its emergency communications through pager, phone, fax and more. The system, which is known as VA-PAS is actively used by the VA for...

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WhatsApp gets rid of annual subscription fee

WhatsApp

WhatsApp has announced that it will axe its $1 annual subscription fee starting today. The Facebook-owned messaging service is nearing a billion users, and will start exploring alternate business models. WhatsApp failed to monetize in emerging markets due to low debit and credit card penetration, which led to the service being offered for free. Today's announcement reflects a change of...

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Mobile Nations Weekly: Winding down and ramping up

Mobile Nations Weekly: Winding down and ramping up

As we recover from the CES blitz, MWC looms on the horizon. {.intro} After a week of recovering from the madness of CES, it's time to get back into the swing of things, and the tech industry's wasting no time. Google has set their dates for I/O 2016, bringing the annual Google confab back to their Mountain View, California, headquarters. Speaking of annual confabs, the always-insane Mobile...

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Competition and Markets Authority in the UK clears the BT and EE merger

Competition and Markets Authority in the UK clears the BT and EE merger

BT is set to merge with EE, and the company has just received the green light from the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) in the UK. This body has approved the merger, which clears BT's £12.5 billion acquisition of EE to become the UK's largest mobile telecoms company. The CMA found that the merger of the two companies would not result in substantial lessening of competition in the UK....

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Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

Canada's recently-elected Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made a quick stop at BlackBerry's Network Operations Centre in Waterloo. Trudeau toured the facility that handles the messages sent by BBM users to customers. BlackBerry stated: "We're extremely proud to have shown off the NOC to the Prime Minister. It, along with our BlackBerry Infrastructure, is where we manage the immense amount...

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BlackBerry

BlackBerry is defending itself against claims that a Dutch forensics unit has found a way to decrypt messages from a BlackBerry smartphone. The company has issued an official statement, saying it was unaware of the method that was used and added that its phones "remain as secure and private as they have always been." According to BBC News, the Netherlands Forensic Institute (NFI) claims to...

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