Apple and Intel have agreed to stop using conflict minerals in the manufacturing of their products, as part of a tech industry initiative to avoid possible controversy in light of federal regulators’ efforts to ensure ethical global manufacturing, reported Kat Asharya of Mobiledia.com (April 5).
IDC predicted last week (March 29) that the global smartphone market will grow by 49.2 percent in 2011, as more consumers and businesses turn in their feature phones for smartphones.
AT&T announced Sunday (March 20) that it had agreed to buy T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telekom for $39 billion, in a deal that would push AT&T past Verizon Wireless as the biggest U.S. carrier. The merger is expected to take up to a year to close.
On March 3, Gartner lowered its growth projection for worldwide shipments of PCs from 15.9 percent to 10.5 percent. A big reason for the reduction: “growing consumer enthusiasm for mobile-PC alternatives, such as the iPad and other media tablets,” said George Shiffler, Gartner’s research director, in a statement.
Verizon Tri-State Agent Meetings - Overcast skies and snow in New Jersey didn’t dampen the spirits of attendees to the Verizon Tri-State Agent meetings held recently at the Borgata Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City.
In September 2009, we reported on a Wharton study that identified brand experience and engagement as the strongest drivers of customer loyalty (see Buying Experience). Now, manifestations of this ideal buying experience – characterized by an exciting store design and user-friendly atmosphere – are taking shape, particularly through the use of technology.
At a London press conference (Feb. 11) and at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona last week (Feb. 14), Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and Nokia CEO Stephen Elop announced plans to work together to challenge Apple and Google for top spot in the red-hot global smartphone market.
Last week (Feb. 15) at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Google CEO Eric Schmidt predicted mobile phones will one day monitor our health, alert us of nearby sales and “do things that we haven’t even begun to think of,” wrote Charles Arthur of The Guardian.
AT&T Strategic Planning Meetings - South East Region AT&T Executives met in Atlanta last week and iQmetrix's Ken Burdon was there. The-three day Strategic Planning meeting was kicked off with a dinner and vendor fair attended by approximately 100 AT&T employees. Approximately 30 vendors were in attendance to showcase their products and services. The latest iQmetrix offering, the XQ Interactive Retail Platform created a lot of excitement as this group see XQ as a vital part of the evolution of the retail experience in both COR as well as Indirect channels.
On Friday (Feb. 4), after two hours of online sales, Verizon suspended pre-orders of the iPhone 4, calling it the most successful first-day of sales in the company’s history.
AT&T can no longer brandish the iPhone as the flagship smartphone exclusive to its network – a luxury it enjoyed since June 2007. The company’s new muse? The Android-powered Motorola Atrix 4G.
Verizon Wireless agents in New England will converge in Boston this week as the 2011 New England Indirect Agent Kick Off is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 1. iQmetrix’s North American Sales Manager, Ken Burdon, will be in attendance, showcasing all of iQmetrix's business enhancing products and services, including the iQmetrix exciting new Interactive Retail platform: XQ.
Interactive retail devices took center stage at the National Retail Federation’s Big Show 2011, held Jan. 9-12 in New York City, and as Mercedes Cardona of DailyFinance.com wrote (Jan. 16), “merchants seemed to agree on one thing: Shoppers are bored.”