AT&T’s latest addition to its feature phone lineup is the Pantech Swift, hitting shelves today. The quick messaging phone has a slide-out keyboard, 2.8-inch touchscreen, 2 megapixel camera and is preloaded with social media apps including Facebook and Twitter. The device retails for $70 with a two-year contract and $50 mail-in rebate.
Sequans Communications says its SQN3110 baseband chip for LTE hit downlink throughput of 150 Mbps during recent interoperability testing. The chip was in a laptop dongle operating over a 20 MHz FDD LTE channel. The test complied with 3GPP specifications with all key Release 9 features activated, including H-ARQ recombining and encryption.
One-quarter of all smartphone owners used tablets between February and April, according to new numbers from comScore. Tablet use among feature phone owners was lower at just 10 percent, “suggesting that smartphone ownership is highly predictive of tablet adoption in the current market,” comScore said. Tablet owners tended to be older than smartphone users and have higher household incomes.
Samsung is throwing cold water on rumors that it may buy out Nokia. The speculation is “groundless,” the company told Reuters in a brief statement. Samsung’s share of the global handset market surpassed Nokia’s earlier this year.