Bah: Unlocking Your On-Contract Phone Will Be Illegal Next Week

DSC_0088This is rather unwelcoming news. In October of last year, the Librarian of Congress added new rules to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. This new rule is one that’s very touchy: unlocking subsidized phones you bought on a 2-year contract with your carrier. Specifically, if not given permission or the consent of the carrier your phone was purchased from, it is illegal to unlock it and use it on another network. Most carriers lock their phones anyway, but under the new law, even if you’re able to unlock it, it would be illegal, unless you were already using an unlocked phone from the start; Apple’s $650 unlocked iPhone 5 and Google’s $300 unlocked Nexus 4 are legal examples.

Via: TND

AT&T Sold 8.6 Million iPhones, 1.6 Million Of Everything Else In Q4 2012

AT&TAs hard to believe as it sounds (or maybe no), AT&T’s amazing catalog of Android smartphones still are dominated by the bread-and-butter of phones — the iPhone. In the fourth quarter of 2012 8.6 million iPhones were activated, 16% of which were new customers. On the opposing end, AT&T only managed to sell 1.6 million phones from Android, BlackBerry, and Windows Phone combined. But the combined 10.2M in sales are still something to look at positively.

As for actual profits, AT&T built up $17.6 billion in wireless revenues, with the wireless income at a positive $2.6B. AT&T did have some losses from revised pension plans and the number of subsidies it had to pay out for all of the smartphones it during the quarter, including damages from Hurricane Sandy.

Still, AT&T did pretty well. Additional financial details are at the source.


Twitter Brings Vine: A Way To Show Short Videos In Tweets

twitter-bird-white-on-blueTwitter’s latest creation is Vine. Videos that can be embedded into tweets can be 6 seconds or less, capturing motion and sound into a loop video. There’s also an app that was just published for the iPhone and iPod Touch on the App Store. Users on Twitter can start using Vine right this second on iOS, with plans to bring it to other platforms.

Check out an example of Vine in an embedded tweet with the rest of the post.

Nokia Is In The Positive, Posts $585 Million Profit


For once, Nokia can go around the block saying they actually make money instead of losing hundreds of millions of dollars every 3 months. In fact, for Q4 of 2012,Nokia caught $585 million in net profit. This mostly can be attributed to the better Lumia smartphones running Windows Phone 8: sales were 2.9 million in the third quarter compared to 4.4 million in the fourth— but a yearly drop of 74% in mobile proves it kind of redundant, plus the year of 2012 left Nokia with an operating loss of $3.06 billion.

There’s still a lot of work to be done by the Finnish.

Via: Nokia, Verge

Apple’s Q1 2013 Results: $54.5 Billion In Revenue, New Record

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Another three months pass by: Apple has a new financials report! $54.5 billion in revenue was generated by selling $47.8 million iPhones and 22.9 million iPads.  Earnings per share were above estimates at $13.82 along with the $13.08 billion that Apple actually gets to keep in the bank. The only downside to all of Apple’s success? A continuous decline in Mac and iPod sales: 4.1 million Macs and 12.7 million iPods were shipped during the quarter. Meanwhile, Macs were down in sales 21% year-over-year and 16% for the quarter — it’s not good.

After this? Perhaps Microsoft’s reports, which still comes after Google’s from yesterday. Apple’s press release is available, after the break.

Shhh: The Nexus 4 Is In Stock At T-Mobile

Nexus 4 on t-moArguably, the LG Nexus 4 is the coolest and hottest Android phone. Of course, that’s against Samsung’s own Galaxy Note II and Galaxy S III smartphones, who are also selling like hotcakes. But, back to the topic: the Nexus 4 is very much coveted on Google’s own Play store, but worry not: T-Mobile has the device in stock.

So if you don’t mind T-Mobile’s 4G HSPA+ network and the LG Nexus 4, now is a good time to shell two Benjamins on contract to snag one for yourself, before it’s too late.

Via: T-Mobile

Google And Motorola Rake In $15.24 Billion During Q4 2012


Boom. It’s time for Google’s usual outstanding quarterly report. For Q4 of 2012, on the 3 month period ending on December 31st, 2012, Google generated $14.42 billion in revenue — an outstanding 36 percent increase year-over-year. Keep in mind, all the revenue generated was by Google alone, not by Motorola, which would have pushed the total to $15.24 billion. Motorola alone generated $1.51 billion in revenue during the same time span.

Going back to Google’s own profits: $5.99 billion of total revenue came from the US, with the remaining from international markets. That worked out to be $2.89 billion in net income on American soil. No doubt it’s a solid quarter for Google, considering the fact that there are billions in reserves.

Via: Google

Microsoft Surface Pro Debuting February 9th For $899

Surface ProStarting February 9th, the long-awaited Microsoft Surface Pro (none of that Windows RT business) will debut for $899 for the 64GB model, and $999 for the 128GB version. Both come with pressure-sensitive pens in the box, the full Windows 8 Pro experience, and no keyboard (that will go for $120 or $130, depending on whether you get the Touch or Type Cover). On the flipside, a 64GB standalone version of Surface for Windows RT for $599 will also debut, except it’s the one you really should be weary of (the Windows RT experience is much more limited than Windows 8 Pro).

And also to be included on February 9th? A ton of Surface Pro and RT accessories. And that’s about it from Microsoft, for now.  PR after the break.

Via: Microsoft Surface