Samsung Forms Carbon Fiber Joint Venture with SGL
Samsung and SGL Group have combined forces to create a new joint venture that focuses on carbon fiber composite materials. The joint venture, which is 50% owned by each company, will be called Samsung SGL Carbon Composite Materials. The goal of the joint venture is to provide Samsung with a steady supply of carbon fiber that Samsung can use in its various products, including consumer electronics. The companies expect the transaction to be completed by the middle of July, pending regulatory approval, and it will commence operation immediately thereafter. Samsung did not specify exactly which product lines will begin to use carbon fiber, but some of Samsung's competitors, such as Motorola, have used carbon fiber in their smartphone designs for years.
Google's Fiber Phone Bridges Home and Mobile Service
Google today announced the Fiber Phone, a home-phone service for its Google Fiber internet customers. The service includes unlimited nationwide calling, caller ID, voicemail, privacy controls, spam filtering, and do-not-disturb tools.
Qualcomm and TDK Partner Up On RF Joint Venture
Qualcomm and TDK today said they've agreed to form a joint venture that will see the companies create RF front-end modules for a wide range of devices. The two companies have created a venture called RF360 Holdings, which will be the legal parent of the new firm.
Samsung to Reward Samsung Pay Users
Samsung today announced the pending launch of Samsung Rewards, a loyalty program for its Samsung Pay mobile payment service. Moving forward, people who sign up for Samsung Rewards will be able to earn points with Samsung when they use Samsung Pay to pay for goods and services.
Sprint Expands Retail Deal with Dixons Carphone to 500 Stores
Sprint today announced a joint venture between it and Dixons Carphone to open 500 Sprint stores around the U.S. The joint venture follows a pilot program the two companies launched last year that saw them test Dixons' best practices in some 20 Sprint stores.
Verizon Picks Up XO's Fiber Network to Beef Up Backhaul
Verizon Communications today said it has agreed to acquire XO Communications' fiber business for $1.8 billion. The deal, says Verizon, will help it serve its enterprise and wholesale customers, as well as allow Verizon to further densify its cellular network.
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Definitely, you always have the coolest stories
Choice is absolute in a consumer market, but the direction of migrating "everyone" to new materials and claiming they can't without eliminating certain ingredients like removeable batteries, seems peculiar and suspicious. As I stated above, I'm not for adding extra dollars...