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iQmetrix Releases Sales Stats for Most Popular Mobile Phones in North America [INFOGRAPHIC]

VANCOUVER, BC — June 9, 2014 — iQmetrix, the leading provider of retail management software for the North American wireless industry, today released statistics on the phones sold in North America (U.S. and Canada) in the past six months (December 2013-May 2014).

iQmetrix sampled data from 15,000 store locations across North America, identifying interesting trends for the most popular mobile phone manufacturers in a variety of cities, and also for North America as a whole.

Daily Dose of iQ: Study: T-Mobile Ousts Sprint as No. 3 Carrier in U.S.

OEM smartphone market share by carrier Q1 2014 - Source: Counterpoint Research.

New numbers released by Counterpoint Research yesterday (May 21) indicate that T-Mobile USA (along with MetroPCS) is now the third largest carrier in the U.S. based on smartphone sales volumes from the first quarter of 2014.

"Un-carrier strategy is surely working for the carrier attracting a wave of new smartphone subscribers," wrote Counterpoint's Neil Shah in a blog post about the findings.

iQmetrix Releases Sales Stats for Galaxy S5 Launch Weekend [INFOGRAPHIC]

VANCOUVER, BC – April 18, 2014 – iQmetrix, the leading provider of retail management software for the North American wireless industry, today released sales statistics from the new Samsung Galaxy S5's launch weekend (Friday, April 11 to Sunday, April 13).

Daily Dose of iQ: Carriers Remove 'Download Booster' from Galaxy S5

Download Booster: Galaxy S5 website screenshot

The Samsung Galaxy S5 hit store shelves today and although Samsung was touting a new feature called "Download Booster," three of the Big Four U.S. carriers (Verizon, AT&T and Sprint) have removed the feature.

T-Mobile is the only major U.S. carrier offering it. (See T-Mobile's Galaxy S5 web page.)

Daily Dose of iQ: New Samsung Gear Fit 'Best Fitness Wearable Yet'

Samsung Gear Fit - Source: Mashable

Today, Mashable published a full review of Samsung's new Gear Fit smartwatch and called it the best fitness wearable yet.

"The device is only compatible with about 20 Galaxy-branded devices, so you're out of luck for now if you're running iOS or have a non-Samsung smartphone. But for those who fall into that group and are eying a fitness wearable, this is by far your best option yet,” wrote Mashable's Samantha Murphy Kelly.

Daily Dose of iQ: Google Smart Watch SDK Available in 2 Weeks

Google smart watch - Source: TechCrunch

TechCrunch reports that news out of SXSW yesterday (March 9) is that Google will be releasing a software development kit (SDK) for smart watches and wearable devices two weeks from now.

Daily Dose of iQ: Galaxy S5 Fingerprint Scanner Open to Developers

Galaxy S5 fingerprint scanner - Source: CNET

The Samsung Galaxy S5 debuted at Mobile World Congress this week and one of its key new features is a home button fingerprint scanner similar to that of the iPhone 5s.

Daily Dose of iQ: Carriers, Tech Companies Focus on In-Store Experience

Fisheye shot of AT&T Manhattan store - via NY Times

Nick Wingfield wrote a great article for the New York Times (Dec. 15) on the changing landscape of tech stores, a topic we've been watching very closely ourselves.

More specifically, he detailed how many companies (whose redesigned stores we've featured on our blog) are focusing their efforts less on selling per se, and more on the overall in-store experience.

Daily Dose of iQ: U.S. Stolen Phone Database Now Complete, But Will It Prevent Thefts?

Last month (Nov. 27), The Verge reported that the stolen phone database used by the Big Four U.S. carriers was complete. The database allows carriers to blacklist stolen phones and prevent their reactivation. The assumption of this blacklist is that it will deter thieves… which it hasn’t.

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