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Mozilla Announces Developer Preview Phones for Firefox OS

This year is shaping up to be a big one in the mobile space. iOS and Android are still going strong, Windows Phone 8 is set to make a big push, and BlackBerry OS 10 devices will make their way onto carriers in the near future. We even caught a glimpse of Canonical’s Ubuntu Phone OS. It begs the question: will the market be receptive to even more mobile OS options?

Mozilla seems to think so, as today it outed two developer phones for its Firefox OS — the Keon model and the Peak model. Both will run a preview of Firefox OS, and Mozilla hopes both will be available sometime in February.

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Apple Cuts iPhone Orders in Half, Sees Stock Drop

In response to lower-than-expected sales of its flagship smartphone product, Apple today has cut back on its iPhone production. The news is being reported by the Nikkei newswire.

The move to scale back iPhone production orders didn’t sit well with Apple investors this morning, as the company’s stock fell below $500 for the first time since February 16, 2012. At the time of this article’s publishing, the stock is sitting at $504.24, which is still a long way from Friday’s close of $520.30 per share.

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Apple Could Release Lower-Cost iPhone This Year

Apple already has low-cost iPhone options in the iPhone 4 and 4S, but if The Wall Street Journal’s sources are correct, the company might also be working on a less expensive model of its popular smartphone to release later this year.

The information comes from “people briefed on the matter,” who say that Apple is considering cheaper build materials like polycarbonate plastic (seen in the now-discontinued white MacBook) and recycled parts from other iPhone models.

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Sprint Partners With Zoove To Provide Vanity Phone Numbers

In an effort to reinvent the phone number, Sprint announced today that in a partnership with Zoove, the company is rolling out the ability for customers to have their own vanity phone numbers. The vanity phone numbers will run you $2.99 per month, but in return, will allow you to have super easy to remember phone number.

The vanity numbers start with ** and allow you to select an additional suffix. For example, if I was lucky and signed up for the service early enough, I could grab **Jeff. Of course, as more and more people sign up for the service, obtaining a great StarStar number will be tough. Zoove is also planning to partner with other major US wireless carriers to provide the same service, so if you’re a Sprint customer and are interested in this — now is the time to sign up.

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iPhone Sales Down Pending Release of iPhone 5

As a blogger I rely heavily on numbers and solid facts to be able to form the opinions, viewpoints, and commentary that I share with readers like yourself.  Even though my job as a blogger doesn’t typically ask me to prepare numbers and statistics on my own, the fact of the matter is that without the flow of information that is readily available from the Internet I wouldn’t have anything to base my writings on, as the changes in statistics, information, and developments each and every day are what make the news that I report.  No better example of this concept is the constantly changing market-share in the dog-eat-dog mobile industry where competitors are constantly one-upping each other and releasing better and more powerful products.

This week a new statistical figure from Nielsen has concluded that in the last three months sales of Android handsets have been double that of Apple’s iPhone.  But while this number makes it sound as if Apple has really fallen behind in the mobile market, really following the ups and downs of the mobile industry really does prove that while Android-based handsets are definitely gaining in popularity, Apple is still an incredibly strong player in the industry.  And even though Apple’s sales of iPhone handsets are indeed down right now the numbers aren’t as bad as some people may make them out to be.

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4 Reasons Why the Verizon iPhone Won’t Kill AT&T

On January 11th, Verizon announced that the iPhone will finally be coming to their network starting on February 10th. For many, this announcement excited many people who have been waiting for a Verizon iPhone since the beginning. However, with this announcement, many people have been saying AT&T will see a mass exodus of customers which could potentially hurt them financially.  While I am not fond of AT&T, I think this situation is being blown out of proportion and here’s why:

Size: AT&T is one of the largest cellular companies in the US. Not only that, but they also provide DSL, fiber and home phone services. So, it would take a lot to kill off such a large provider. Just because AT&T will no longer be an exclusive iPhone carrier doesn’t mean other popular phones won’t be on the network. For instance, Android phones are starting to appear on the network. Along with that, AT&T still has a decent relationship with RIM’s Blackberry and Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7.

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We Need To Kill Mobile Phone Contracts

Products becoming outdated is by no stretch of the imagination a new concept. Look at raw materials, clothing, appliances, or essentially any material product and you will see that as time progresses, what was once considered to be the standard or the norm eventually falls behind and is no longer seen as “current”. Marketing is based greatly on convincing people that the products that they own are no longer up to par with the newer products available. While this is evident in pretty much any industry, the turnover rate (the rate at which products become seen as “outdated”) is significantly higher in consumer electronics products and services and services focused towards individuals. However, even when people are willing to part with their “outdated” product and upgrade to the newest and best, they are usually tied up on one thing. Contracts.

Look at the Motorola RAZR mobile phone. In 2005 and into 2006, the RAZR was one of the most highly sought-after phones. People were going gaga left and right, trying to get their hands on the thin and powerful phone. However, as 2007 approached, the novelty behind the Motorola RAZR had died down drastically. People were no longer as interested in the product, and the people who were were able to purchase the phone for a much more reasonable price. More importantly, some of the people who had purchased the RAZR less than a year and a half-before were already looking to ditch the phone that they had jumped through hoops to get, and were looking to upgrade to a newer, better, more feature-rich phone.

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