Cell Phones – Young Money http://finance.youngmoney.com Money: Earn it, Invest it, Spend it Wed, 20 Sep 2017 17:33:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.6 Newest iPhone Receives Positive Reviews in Advance of Release http://finance.youngmoney.com/entrepreneur/newest-iphone-receives-positive-reviews-in-advance-of-release/ Fri, 14 Oct 2011 13:00:00 +0000 http://finance.youngmoney.com/careers/newest-iphone-receives-positive-reviews-in-advance-of-release/ The newest iPhone has received largely good reviews.A little more than one week after the introduction of the iPhone 4S, early reviews have begun to pour in with praise, comments and concerns about Apple’s new device.

The Wall Street Journal reports that the most important change to the device is not actually any upgrade to the hardware or the new cloud-syncing service, but the new artificial intelligence program, Siri. Distinguishing the program from older voice recognition programs with a limited set of fixed commands, the Journal notes that Siri allows for context and substantial variation in speech patterns.

Biran Chen of Wired attempted some of the most out-of-the-box tests for the program, telling the phone had a flat tired, he was drunk or was going to kill himself. Siri’s responses were, respectively, listings of nearby towing services, cab services and mental health agencies.

The New York Times reports that the majority of reviews were positive about the latest iteration of the iPhone, though some remain disappointed about the lack of exterior updates and limited hardware upgrades. Nonetheless, AT&T reports preorders for the phone have already broken records as the country waits for its release on Friday, October 14, according to Bloomberg.

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Smartphone market sees Nokia slip http://finance.youngmoney.com/technology/smartphone-market-sees-nokia-slip/ Fri, 06 May 2011 11:02:22 +0000 http://finance.youngmoney.com/careers/smartphone-market-sees-nokia-slip/ The iPhone is slashing into the smartphone market, to the chagrin of Nokia.Apple is mushrooming.

The Cupertino, California-based company is making significant headway in the burgeoning smartphone market, according to a press release from IDC Insights. Previously held by Nokia, the dominant position in the market is progressively slipping yet the industry will continue growing rapidly.

“Conditions in the smartphone market are creating a perfect storm for sustained smartphone growth,” according to a statement from senior research analyst Ramon Llamas of IDC.

He said there are three primary components to that perfect storm.

“First, vendors are increasingly emphasizing smartphones as the key to their own growth,” Llamas noted. “Second, selection has proliferated from mostly high-end devices to include more mid-range and entry-level offerings. Third, pricing has become increasingly competitive, with even high-end devices available at low price points. Finally, users continue to seek greater utility from their mobile phone beyond voice, and smartphones have been the ideal solution. Altogether, these add up to continued smartphone growth throughout the year.”

Though the Finnish company shipped 12.6 percent more smartphones during the first quarter of 2011 as compared to the same period of 2010, Apple shipped 114.4 percent more between the two periods. Nokia’s market share sank from 38.8 percent to 24.2 percent while Apple’s increased to 18.7 percent from 15.7 percent.

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White iPhone4 not immune from criticism, not even 0.2 millimeters-worth http://finance.youngmoney.com/technology/white-iphone4-not-immune-from-criticism-not-even-0-2-millimeters-worth/ Tue, 03 May 2011 10:45:55 +0000 http://finance.youngmoney.com/careers/white-iphone4-not-immune-from-criticism-not-even-0-2-millimeters-worth/ Amidst much acclaim, the white iPhone finally came out last week -- and it is 0.2 millimeters thicker than the block model.The long-awaited white iPhone4 taxed the patience of anxious consumers who really wanted the device.

And now that they have it, CNN reports, complaints about it have not ceased.

The white model that was released last Thursday is 0.2 millimeters thicker than the black iPhone4, which has been on the market for 10 months, according to wired.com.

The difference is not a big deal to many people but others expressed apprehension about the newly purchased handheld not fitting in the precision cases. But bigger cases are OK.

In any case, many close observers of Apple now have new ammunition to broach during conversations about Apple devices.

Though the Cupertino, California-based company has given no definitive answer as to why, vice president Phil Schiller did note the white color interferes with proximity sensors on the iPhone.

That would seem to bolster theorists’ lead belief: The extra coating is necessary to prevent light from interfering with the camera.

Both the black and white models’ aluminum antenna band that circles each device is the same. Only the painted glass casing is thicker.

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Apple Files Patent for Fitness App http://finance.youngmoney.com/technology/apple-files-patent-for-fitness-app/ Fri, 29 Apr 2011 13:24:26 +0000 http://finance.youngmoney.com/careers/apple-files-patent-for-fitness-app/ Apple won a patent for a fitness app that has social media components. As Apple’s dominance in the app world is threatened by Google’s Android, the technology giant is working to keep its competitive edge. Recently, the company filed a patent for a Fitness Center App with social media components, Mashable reports.

The United States Patent Trademark Office published Apple’s patent on Thursday, and since then industry watchers have speculated about when the app will be released. The app would help connect fitness enthusiasts with the gyms they frequent; it will also enable iPhone users to find workout partners and track their workouts.

Moreover, the app also has a LivingSocial-esque feature that allows gyms to offer coupons to potential customers. By connecting users, the app could also cultivate competition among friends and even strangers, aiding weight loss and spurring good eating and exercise habits, analysts contend.

The app’s individual features are available in a number of other apps, but Apple’s patent is the most comprehensive of them all. Health and fitness apps are growing in popularity as public health experts have shifted their strategy in fighting obesity, moving away from mainstream advertising to more locally focused initiatives.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple won 563 patents in 2010, a sharp rise from the 289 it won in 2009. Last year, it was ranked in a list of the top 50 companies for patents.

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Report: White iPhone 4 on Its Way to Store Shelves http://finance.youngmoney.com/technology/report-white-iphone-4-on-its-way-to-store-shelves/ Thu, 14 Apr 2011 14:34:24 +0000 http://finance.youngmoney.com/careers/report-white-iphone-4-on-its-way-to-store-shelves/ Apple is rumored to be close to releasing a white version of the iPhone 4.Gadget lovers tend to be a finicky bunch, and though Apple fanboys are usually the first to form lines when the company readies the launch of a new product, they are not without their own set of complaints. Many Apple lovers have long called for the company to increase the number of white iPhones available and, according to recently published reports, they could be on the way.

Bloomberg reports that following nearly 10 months of delays, Apple is set to unveil a white version of the iPhone 4, its newest version of the smartphone. According to unnamed sources, the newest white iPhone will be available from AT&T and Verizon by the end of April. The white iPhone will take longer to hit store shelves because of manufacturing delays that resulted from the paint peeling under heat, one person familiar with the situation told the news service.

Apple has unveiled a new generation of the iPhone every year since it first launched the smartphone back in 2007. This year, however, it is not expected to, according to sources. Apple executives are hoping the new white iPhone will spur demand for the device as consumers await the newest edition of the smartphone.

Some executives from the world’s most valuable technology company have said the new white iPhone could be on its way. Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of marketing, alluded to the release of the new white version, writing on Twitter that it would be available for purchase sometime this spring.

Along with the iPod, the iPhone catapulted Apple into extreme profitability; since the company launched the iPhone, its stock has soared as has media attention surrounding the company. In the company’s first fiscal quarter, iPhone sales accounted for 39 percent of its sales – a huge percentage for a company whose bread and butter has historically been laptops and computers.

According to industry analysts, white has long been a popular color choice for Apple’s electronics offerings. White has been a popular shade of the iPod since its unveiling over a decade ago, and its new iPad 2 is offered in white as well and has been a hot seller.

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Gartner: Google’s Android to Dominate Smartphone Market by 2012 http://finance.youngmoney.com/technology/gartner-googles-android-to-dominate-smartphone-market-by-2012/ http://finance.youngmoney.com/technology/gartner-googles-android-to-dominate-smartphone-market-by-2012/#comments Thu, 07 Apr 2011 13:14:24 +0000 http://finance.youngmoney.com/careers/gartner-googles-android-to-dominate-smartphone-market-by-2012/ Google's Android software is predicted to dominate smartphones by 2012.As Google expands its reach beyond its core search engine and advertising businesses, the technology giant has had its share of successes and failures. One area where the company has found great success, however, is in the increasingly lucrative smartphone market. Google’s Android software is currently the most popular platform among smartphone users and according to a recently published report, Google’s market share could jump precipitously by 2012.

Industry watcher Gartner issued a report that states Android could grow from its current 31.2 percent market share to 38.5 percent by the end of 2011. Moreover, the reports posits Android’s market share will then rise to 49.9 percent by 2012. Considering Google is a relatively new player in the world of smartphones and tablets, the numbers are significant, analysts assert.

Such dominance amongst smartphone users would effectively give Google a leg up on its competition in the lucrative mobile advertising sector. Smartphones have surged in popularity over the past two years and in the fourth quarter of 2010, smartphone shipments outnumbered those of personal computers for the first time ever – and at a much faster pace than many industry watchers had expected.

Gartner principal analyst Roberta Cozza affirmed that “by 2015, 67 percent of all open OS devices will have an average selling price of $300 or below, proving that smartphones have been finally truly democratized.” Google is well positioned to command an increasingly large market share as smartphone sales jump outside of the U.S. “Android’s position at the high end of the market will remain strong, but its greatest volume opportunity in the longer term will be in the mid- to low-cost smartphones, above all in emerging markets,” Cozza said.

Google offers its Android software free which has helped fuel its popularity and widespread adoption. Apple, on the other hand, will remain the second-biggest platform worldwide through 2014, according to Gartner, but the world’s most valuable technology company has historically been more interested in keeping its margins high than pursuing market share by lowering prices.

Research In Motion, maker of the popular BlackBerry smartphones, is projected to lose market share over the next few years as more offerings hit the market.

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Research In Motion to Challenge Apple, Launch PlayBook Tablet April 19 http://finance.youngmoney.com/technology/research-in-motion-to-challenge-apple-launch-playbook-tablet-april-19/ Tue, 22 Mar 2011 15:41:52 +0000 http://finance.youngmoney.com/careers/research-in-motion-to-challenge-apple-launch-playbook-tablet-april-19/ The RIM PlayBook goes on Sale April 19. Research in Motion once dominated the smartphone market with its Blackberry offering. However, with the advent of the Android platform and the iPhone, it has quickly lost ground in the profitable sector. Now, RIM looks to take on Apple in the tablet market, announcing it will release its PlayBook tablet on April 19 in the U.S.

This is one of the most important launches in the Canadian company’s history, according to analysts. While Blackberry was once the dominant player in the smartphone market, it is hemorrhaging its market share: In the fourth quarter of 2010, for example, Android became the most popular operating system on smartphones, climbing 7.7 percent in the last three months of the year, while Blackberry’s share dropped by 5.4 percent to only 30.4 percent of the total market.

The iPhone has also eaten into Blackberry sales, with the Apple smartphone offering claiming 24.7 percent of market share among all smartphones; Apple’s success in the market is especially impressive considering it only offers one smartphone, while there are many devices that use Google’s Android and RIM has multiple Blackberry models.

Nonetheless, RIM is hoping its PlayBook tablet can compete with the likes of Apple; the company is looking toward businesses as a primary buyer of the tablet as it features a tight interface and protections that businesses find appealing. RIM will sell the PlayBook through retailers like Best Buy and is hoping to quickly make an imprint amongst tablet buyers.

The PlayBook will vary in pricing: According to RIM, a 16-gigabyte model will retail for $499, with a 32-gigabyte model selling for $599 and a 64-gigabyte model going for $699. RIM has a lot of catch up work to do if it hopes to outsell the iPad, which Apple sold 15 million units of in 2010. Apple recently released its second-generation iPad 2 a few weeks ago and demand has been robust.

RIM’s bread and butter has been its relationship with businesses, but according to Bloomberg, over 65 percent of Fortune 100 companies are either testing or deploying the iPad, including Lowe’s and Hyatt Hotels. In an interview last week, RIM’s senior vice president of software and business services, Jim Tobin, said RIM has shown the PlayBook to a portion of Fortune 100 companies, which he asserts have shown “very high” interest in the device.

The PlayBook goes on sale in 20,000 stores next month – more than double the amount of stores that carry the iPad.

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Smartphones Could Take the Place of Credit Cards http://finance.youngmoney.com/technology/cell_phones/smartphones-could-take-the-place-of-credit-cards/ http://finance.youngmoney.com/technology/cell_phones/smartphones-could-take-the-place-of-credit-cards/#comments Sat, 07 Aug 2010 12:09:59 +0000 http://finance.youngmoney.com/careers/smartphones-could-take-the-place-of-credit-cards/ Droid and iPhone could be the new Visa and MasterCard.A simple wave of an iPhone or a Droid might replace the old-fashioned swipe and sign ritual of credit cards, reports Bloomberg/BusinessWeek. AT&T, Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile have reportedly partnered with Discover Financial Services – the fourth-biggest payment network after MasterCard, Visa and American Express – to transform smartphones into mobile payment systems.

Some early applications merging mobile phones with credit payments already exist, including a device that turns an iPhone into a credit card reader.

BusinessWeek was not able to elaborate on the technical details of the new system, which will apparently be tested in Atlanta and three other cities. The report did say that many major retailers would welcome it, since the companies resent the major payment networks’ transaction fees.

Visa and MasterCard controlled 79 percent of the $3.1 trillion in U.S. consumer credit and debit spending last year, but the widespread adoption of cellphones may end up undermining that.

Other nations are far ahead of the U.S. in terms of mobile banking and payment, and Mastercard has actually helped implement such systems in Japan, Turkey and the U.S., according to BusinessWeek.

Of course, the new technology does leave one unanswered question – if your cellphone becomes your credit card, how do you pay your phone bill?ADNFCR-3389-ID-19920774-ADNFCR

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Why “Free” Cellphones Aren’t Actually Free http://finance.youngmoney.com/technology/why-free-cellphones-arent-actually-free/ http://finance.youngmoney.com/technology/why-free-cellphones-arent-actually-free/#comments Fri, 02 Jul 2010 23:26:19 +0000 http://finance.youngmoney.com/careers/why-free-cellphones-arent-actually-free/ Cellphones have hidden costs.The iPhone 4, the latest and hottest gadget to hit the markets, carries an astonishingly low up-front price tag. On AT&T’s website or in its stores, bright orange letters blare out the bargain – only $199 for the pinnacle of Steve Jobs’ engineering and design.

But as with all things, there’s no free lunch – and there are no real free phones, either. In the tech industry, products like the $299 Xbox 360 and $199 iPhone 4 are called loss-leaders. The company will lose money up front on the hardware, then make it all back on the software and services.

With an iPhone, you must sign up for a two-year deal to get the $199 price. The cheapest data package, at $15/month, is far too small to handle typical iPhone traffic, so you have to upgrade to at least $25/month, then add in a minimum of $40/month in minutes and $5/month in texts, for a total of $70/month – before taxes and fees. Over a 24-month period, you will shell out $720 extra on top of the most basic phone minutes plan for the privilege of using your $199 phone.

T-Mobile takes a different approach. Two-year contract plans – the ones which net you free or discount phones – always cost $10/month more than the regular ones. That’s at least $240 for the life of the contract.

Either way, watch out for hidden costs – and budget accordingly. Once in the contract, it costs a lot to get out.ADNFCR-3389-ID-19872637-ADNFCR

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Holiday Shopping: Coupon Apps & Comparison Apps http://finance.youngmoney.com/credit_debt/holiday-shopping-coupon-apps-comparison-apps/ http://finance.youngmoney.com/credit_debt/holiday-shopping-coupon-apps-comparison-apps/#comments Fri, 11 Dec 2009 05:00:20 +0000 http://finance.youngmoney.com/?p=6630 Best iPhone Apps for Holiday Shopping

No more clipping coupons and then leaving them at home. Now, you can use your iPhone to save money with a variety of coupon and comparison apps. The comparison apps should come in handy when shopping this holiday season.

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COUPON APPS

Coupon Sherpa. Coupon Sherpa finds coupons on the Internet; it lets you create lists of your favorite stores, email good coupons to friends and the app has a barcode that can actually be scanned. This is a pretty good one but I wish they had more stores and offered more coupons. They do have a lot of coupons for popular clothing companies.

Free

Yowza. Another coupon app. This one lets you choose how far away from where you are to look for coupons, it also comes with a map. It doesn’t have very many stores. And the search function lets you search for locations such as cities and states, not stores. It’s free so there isn’t any harm in downloading it to see if you want to shop at one of the few stores listed.

Free

Coupons.com. This app actually has coupons you might use. Instead of just a few stores, it has coupons for dozens of products—products you might actually want, like brand name cereal, dog food and treats, frozen vegetables, frozen pizzas and much, much more. You simply “clip” the coupons by checking a button and then you can either email them to yourself or print them. If you could scan the coupons in your phone this app would be one of the best.

Free

MobiQpons. Just like the other coupon apps this one show you savings at stores, restaurants and services near you.

Free

Coups.com. This iPhone app and website lets you search for discounted gift certificates at nationwide restaurants. It looks like you can buy gift certificates for up to 60 percent off. You can buy $50 gift certificates for $20. I even saw a $20 gift certificate for $4. This could be great for gifts or if you just like to go out to eat.

Free

GROUP DEALS

There is power in numbers. These group discount sites promise to deliver large crowds so the places let them offer big discounts. Both of these sites work about the same way: each day the site features a new, super discounted deal, if enough people take advantage of it then the deal is “on” and whoever purchased the deal is charged. If enough people don’t bite then the deal is off and no one is charged. Think of these as group discount rates.

Living Social Deals. Cities currently covered: Washington, D.C., New York, Boston, San Francisco, Seattle and Atlanta. Has a free iPhone app.

Groupon. Cities covered: Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Tampa, and Washington DC. I’m sure the Groupon iPhone app isn’t very far behind.

COMPARISON APPS

These apps let you compare prices to keep you from spending too much on something. Wouldn’t you like to know if you could save $20 by driving 5 minutes down the road?

Amazon. The Amazon app let’s you compare prices with… you guessed it, Amazon. If you are out shopping you can quickly look something up and see if Amazon has it for cheaper.

Free

Shop Savvy. This app looks pretty cool. Apparently, you “simply” scan the barcode with your iPhone and it brings up a list of nearby places where you can find it with comparison prices. However, I tried to scan something and couldn’t do it. It was more annoying then helpful.

Free

CompareMe. I often find myself standing in the supermarket staring at two products, looking at the unit price and trying to figure out which is the better deal. CompareMe let’s you compare different items based on size and volume. It tells you which one is cheaper and how much you are saving.

$1.99

Save Benji’s. Similar to websites like NextTag.com, PriceGrabber.com, BizRate.com and mySimon, this app searches multiple vendors to compare prices. You can compare based on keyword, product name and even bar code.

99 cents

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