Mark Hearn#TB

Mark Hearn is a nerd's nerd if ever such a thing existed. Covering the mobile scene for several years, he also has a love for film, sports, gaming and just about anything related to technology. Highly opinionated, you'll often find him sharing his two cents in some dark corner of the Internet.

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Sprint's Total Equipment Protection Plan Switching to Tiered Service This Month (Exclusive)

Sprint's Total Equipment Protection Plan Switching to Tiered Service This Month (Exclusive)

Mark Hearn#TB

Times have definitely changed in the world of wireless. Smartphone suggested retail prices (SRP) are at an all time high; the full retail prices of some phones are in excess of $600, for example. Likely feeling the burn of insuring these high priced devices, Sprint is about to change its equipment protection plans. We've received an internal screenshot from a proven source that reveals...

U.S. Cellular Now Offering Specialized Recommendations in Amazon Appstore

U.S. Cellular Now Offering Specialized Recommendations in Amazon Appstore

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U.S. Cellular’s Android customers using Amazon’s Appstore will now be treated to recommendations from the carrier via a specially “curated app menu.” This new feature will add a U.S. Cellular tab to the Amazon Appstore, which will offer pre-selected and approved applications by the carrier in a wide variety of categories such as games, social media and business tools. It’s unclear how U...

Memo from T-Mobile USA CEO Reveals Additional Layoffs, New Restructuring Plans (UPDATED)

Memo from T-Mobile USA CEO Reveals Additional Layoffs, New Restructuring Plans (UPDATED)

Mark Hearn#TB

Back in March, T-Mobile USA CEO and President Philipp Humm dished details about plans to cut 1,900 job in the company's call centers, but T-Mobile isn't stopping with those initial layoffs. Humm issued company memo today announcing plans for additional restructuring, which will involve "difficult decisions" and further layoffs in an effort to return the company back on a path to growth...

NVIDIA and Intellectual Ventures Team up to Acquire 500 Patents from IPWireless

NVIDIA and Intellectual Ventures Team up to Acquire 500 Patents from IPWireless

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NVIDIA and Intellectual Ventures announced on Monday a joint venture in which both companies will acquire a portfolio of nearly 500 patents from IPWireless. “These patents, acquired in collaboration with Intellectual Ventures, will help support our rapidly expanding efforts in the mobile business,” said David Shannon NVIDIA’s executive vice president and general counsel. Most notable of...

Study Suggests 70 Percent of Mobile App Users Pay "Nothing or Very Little" For Apps

Study Suggests 70 Percent of Mobile App Users Pay "Nothing or Very Little" For Apps

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A recent study conducted by ABI Research notes that 70 percent of mobile app users spend "either nothing or very little" on mobile applications. ABI's study suggests that the mobile application market relies heavily on big spenders as opposed to casual consumers. The highest spending three percent of all app users account for about 20 percent of the mobile app market. It isn't that the...