Deutsche Telekom CEO Stepping Down Next Year
Deutsche Telekom today announced that CEO Rene Obermann will vacate his leadership post in December 2013. The company has already announced that current CFO Timotheus Höttges will succeed Obermann after he leaves. Obermann has been CEO of Deutsche Telekom for seven years, and with the firm for a total of 16 years. Obermann will work closely with Höttges to ensure a smooth transition. Deutsche Telekom is the parent company of T-Mobile USA. Obermann played a vital role in attempting to sell T-Mobile USA to AT&T in 2011, and later merging the company with MetroPCS. The MetroPCS merger should be finalized by mid-2013, before Obermann's departure.
Alcatel Announces the Idol 5S with Stereo Speakers
Alcatel today marked the debut of the Idol 5S, the latest in its flagship series. Like its predecessors, the 5S features an aluminum frame, curved glass front and rear surfaces, powerful stereo speakers, and a rear-mounted fingerprint reader.
Samsung Makes the Galaxy J7 and Galaxy J3 Available Unlocked
Samsung today added the Galaxy J7 and Galaxy J3 to its list of unlocked smartphones. The two inexpensive handsets will be available to purchase directly from Samsung's web site as well as select retailers starting July 28.
Nokia 6 to Be Available from Amazon Next Month
HMD Global, the company that makes Nokia-branded handsets, today said it will sell the Nokia 6 smartphone in the U.S. via Amazon.
Alcatel's A30 Plus Bumps Up the Screen, Processor, Camera and Battery
Alcatel today announced the A30 Plus, an improved version of the A30 we saw earlier this year. This entry-level Android handset includes a 5.5-inch 720p HD screen (up from 5.0 inches) and a 1.5 GHz quad-core MediaTek processor (up from 1.1 GHz) with 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of storage.