Sprint has cut the price of the iPhone 4S by $50, with the 16 GB model now selling for $149. The price cut was made over the weekend with little fanfare, and comes ahead of Apple’s rumored September launch of its next-generation iPhone.
Growth in the U.S. smartphone sales last quarter was driven mainly by prepaid devices, NPD Group reported today. Sales of postpaid smartphones were found to have remained flat year-over-year during the second quarter, while the volume of prepaid smartphones nearly doubled. Overall, smartphone sales rose 9 percent between the second quarter of 2012 and the same period last year.
The BBB Mobile Giving Foundation has appointed executives from ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership, Verizon Wireless and Cellfish as board members. ASAE President and CEO John Graham has been named chair of the foundatoin’s board of directors, Verizon Wireless general counsel Brian Ashby has joined the board as a director and Cellfish CEO Fabrice Sergent has been appointed chair of the group’s advisory board. The BBB Mobile Giving Foundation is the product of a merger between the Mobile Giving Foundation and the Council of Better Business Bureaus.
Interop Technologies launched a new program yesterday that allows operators evaluate Rich Communications Suite (RCS) services on their own devices. The Load-N-Go program lets operators download Interop’s RCS client onto compatible handsets already on their network, and use the service at no cost for a 30-day period. RCS services are touted as a way for operators to compete with over-the-top content providers.