Qualcomm Says Price Cuts Coming to MediaFLO
According to MediaFLO's new CEO, Bill Stone, the company is prepared to drop the price of monthly access to its mobile TV services. Right now, both AT&T and Verizon Wireless offer MediaFLO content — which is run on a separate proprietary network by Qualcomm — for $25 per month. Stone acknowledged that the high price was hurting adoption. He said the new pricing will probably be "less than $10 per month." Stone also said that the lack of MediaFLO-capable handsets has hurt adoption, too. To combat that, the company plans to introduce a stand-alone device that can receive MediaFLO signals and re-transmit them to a cellphone or laptop via Wi-Fi. Qualcomm would then be free to sell its services directly to consumers, rather than through its wireless network operator partners.
HTC Clarifies One A9 Pricing
HTC today issued a statement clarifying that the announced $400 price for its One A9 in the U.S. is only a limited-time introductory sale price.
BlackBerry Cuts Priv's Price By $50
BlackBerry has given the Priv a price cut. The smartphone maker dropped the price of the phone from $699 to $649.
AT&T Bumps Up the Price of Unlimited Plans By $5
AT&T has quietly increased the cost of its old unlimited plans by $5 per month. The price jump is the second in a year from AT&T.
Apple Files Another Grievance Against Qualcomm
Apple is taking another angle in its patent fight with Qualcomm. The iPhone maker is going after one of Qualcomm's core strategies, which is to demand a percentage of the sale price for every iPhone sold in addition to the cost of the processors, basebands, modems, and other Qualcomm chips that may be inside.
Qualcomm Weighing Potential Breakup and Job Cuts
Qualcomm is preparing to conduct an in-depth review of its corporate strategy that could lead to the company breaking into several separate entities, reports the Wall Street Journal. Activist investors have begun to push Qualcomm towards a possible split, which would see the company's chip-production and patent-licensing businesses pulled apart.