Brightstar Acquires and Rebrands LetsTalk.com
Brightstar Corporation today announced that it has acquired LetsTalk.com for an undisclosed sum. Brightstar provisions and sells cell phones and LetsTalk.com provides activation services to U.S. carriers. Brightstar is rebranding LetsTalk as Consensus, which will remain headquartered in San Francisco. The acquisition expands the breadth of Brightstar's product and service offerings, which it believes will lead to more profitability for its carrier customers and a better phone-purchasing experience for consumers.
Apple Offering Credit for Some Android, Windows Phones
Apple has expanded the scope of its Reuse and Recycling Program to include smartphones, tablets, and PCs not made by Apple. Customers can take their old smartphones directly to Apple Stores and receive credit towards new Apple gear for turning them in.
Sprint Separates Device Leasing Business to Manage Cash
Sprint today sold part of its device financing business to a newly formed entity called Mobile Leasing Solutions for $1.2 billion. The new company is being backed by a group of equity investors, including Sprint's parent company, SoftBank.
Alcatel to Bring Innovation Center to San Francisco
Alcatel OneTouch today announced the expansion of its innovation accelerator program to North America. The company believes the new San Francisco-based center will encourage developers and startups to use its resources to create apps and services.
Motorola Solutions Acquires PTT Provider Kodiak Networks
Motorola Solutions today said it has agreed to acquire Kodiak Networks for an undisclosed sum. Motorola Solutions is the not the Lenovo-owned company behind Motorola smartphones; rather, Motorola Solutions is a separate corporation that handles first-responder and push-to-talk hardware, and wireless networking equipment.
Carriers Have to Unlock Eligible Phones Beginning Today
Wireless network operators are now required to unlock customers' phones once the phones are paid off or no longer under contract. Today's change follows an agreement forged between the FCC, the CTIA Wireless Association and carriers in December 2013.