AT&T Brings Home Automation Digital Life Service to More Cities
May 20, 2013

AT&T is rolling out its new Digital Life home automation service to seven more markets across the country.

Beginning Friday, customers in Baltimore, Kansas City, Minneapolis, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Sacramento, and Washington, D.C., can receive a live demonstration and purchase Digital Life in stores.

The system, launched in April, brings "security, convenience and peace of mind" to AT&T customers in 15 major cities; it is expected to hit 50 markets by the end of the year. The IP-based Digital Life lets users keep tabs on their home from any PC, tablet, or smartphone

AT&T Raises 2012 Smartphone Sales Target
December 5, 2012

AT&T Inc raised its 2012 smartphone sales target to 26 million from 25 million on strong demand so far this quarter.

The company sold 6.4 million smartphones in the first two months of the fourth quarter, AT&T Mobility Chief Executive Ralph de la Vega said at the UBS media and communications conference.

"Traffic in stores has been strong," de la Vega said.

The executive cited strong sales of Apple Inc's iPhones and phones based on Google Inc's Android software and Microsoft's Windows software.

AT&T Said to Discontinue Tablet Subsidies
August 20, 2012

As of August 19, AT&T will reportedly no longer subsidize the cost of tablet devices for customers. The news emerged today when an unnamed source passed an internal document to Engadget revealing the carrier's new policy. The company will still carry tablets, but customers will only be able to purchase them at their full cost, and they will still be eligible for AT&T's shared data plans.

The policy shift eliminates all two-year tablet data pricing plans that were available with the subsidized purchase of a device.

GameStop, Without the Games
August 10, 2012

In an effort to avoid the fate of Blockbuster, Circuit City, and others in the remainder bin of failed retailers, GameStop has embarked on a daring, if inglorious, strategy: refashioning itself from a console game purveyor into a repairer and reseller of Apple gadgets, betting that its retail visibility will prove an advantage. Although Chief Executive Officer J. Paul Raines's 6,600 stores raked in $9.55 billion last year selling the latest Call of Duty shooters, Madden football games, and other blockbusters, the company's stock has fallen 30 percent in 2012 and is among

Why It's Not Doom and Gloom for HTC Yet
July 30, 2012

It's a little too soon to write off HTC.

With Apple and Samsung Electronics cornering more than two-thirds of the industry's sales and nearly all of its profits, it's easy to dismiss every other handset manufacturer. That includes HTC, whose descent from industry darling to embattled company seemingly happened overnight.

The rapid reversal of fortunes have many skeptical about HTC's ability to make a comeback. But there's still a lot to like about the company. It remains profitable, even if those profits are in decline; it still has a recognizable brand

Why AT&T Actually Doesn't Mind when Smartphone Sales Drop
July 24, 2012

You'd think AT&T would be more upset that the number of smartphones it sold in the second quarter fell nearly 8 percent. You'd be wrong.

The Dallas telecommunications giant is probably thrilled that smartphone sales fell, resulting in better wireless margins and driving better-than-expected second-quarter results. It's the contradictory dynamic that all carriers find themselves in: smartphone sales are vital to keeping a healthy flow of revenue and profit growth but come at a more immediate cost in the form of subsidies that are paid to the handset manufacturers.