Posts Tagged ‘Pricing’

Microsoft Unleashes Slew Of Surface Updates, As Pricing For The LTE Surface 2 Leaks

Microsoft released a bundle of software updates this morning for its Surface line of tablets, including support for the Power Cover, which just went on sale, and improved touchpad input. Also out this AM is a leaked price point on WPCentral for the coming Surface 2 64GB SKU that includes LTE: $ 679. That’s quite a step up from $ 549, the normal price for a Surface 2 with that much storage. It’s… Read More

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Uber adds surge pricing push notifications to its iOS app

A week after Uber CEO Travis Kalanick promised push notifications were on the way to help riders cope with surge pricing, the outfit has added the feature to its iOS app. With the latest update, those handset-based pop-ups alert you when the dreaded…

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AT&T tweaks Mobile Share pricing to significantly discount 10GB or larger plans

AT&T is making its shared-data family plans a lot more appealing starting tomorrow. The carrier is slashing the price of Mobile Share Value plans that come with 10GB or more of data; depending on your setup, you could be saving anywhere from $ 50 or $ 100 per month with the adjusted plans.

The carrier’s Mobile Share plans have long operated the same way: you purchase a bucket of data (alongside unlimited talk and text) to share with everyone on your account, and then pay an additional fee per month to add devices. AT&T recently overhauled its pricing structure to give discounts to off-contract customers and those using the Next early upgrade plan, and now it’s making a tweak to make large data plans less expensive.

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Apple gets slapped by Taiwan’s trade commission over iPhone plan pricing

Apple has been fined 20 million New Taiwan dollars (roughly $ 667,000) over its alleged involvement in setting carrier plan pricing with the country’s local network operators, The Wall Street Journal reports. The country’s Fair Trade Commission (FTC) levied the fine this week, claiming that “email correspondence” revealed that Cupertino interfered both with plan rates and iPhone retail pricing on Chunghwa Telecom, Far EasTone, and Taiwan Mobile in violation of local laws. How those emails got to the FTC is unclear, but Apple is allowed to appeal the ruling — if it ultimately loses, the fees could run as high as NT$ 50 million (about $ 1.7 million). Seeing how Apple made $ 7.5 billion in profit in the most recent reported quarter, that…

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Taiwanese FTC fines Apple for interfering in iPhone handset and contract pricing

Taiwan’s Fair Trade Commission has ruled that Apple’s been naughty rather than nice this holiday week, fining it for 20 million Taiwan dollars (around $ 670,000) after it specified pricing to iPhone carriers. Once Apple sells distribution rights to an …

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Taiwanese FTC fines Apple for interfering in iPhone handset and contract pricing

Taiwan’s Fair Trade Commission has ruled that Apple’s been naughty rather than nice this holiday week, fining it for 20 million Taiwan dollars (around $ 670,000) after it specified pricing to iPhone carriers. Once Apple sells distribution rights to an …

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Sony’s PS Vita TV launching in Asia in January, regional pricing TBA

Sony's PS Vita TV launching in Asia in January, regional pricing TBA

Earlier this month, SCEJA president Hiroshi Kawano announced that the PlayStation 4 would hit Japan on February 22nd, a full three months after the console’s mid-November launch in the US. To help ease that pain, however, Sony introduced a new product at the same event: the $ 100 PS Vita TV. The compact device, which offers Vita-like functionality but with a DualShock 3 controller and TV output, is scheduled to launch in Japan on November 14th. Now, at a pre-Tokyo Game Show event in Japan, we’ve received word that the same box will hit stores in other Asian countries, such as China and Korea, come January 2014, with pricing for those countries yet to be announced. Sadly, it’s still unlikely that the Vita TV will debut in Europe or North America.

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Time Warner Cable CEO vows to end CBS blackout, proposes a-la-carte pricing

Time Warner Cable CEO vows to end CBS blackout, proposes alacarte pricing

Time Warner Cable CEO Glenn Britt today sent an open letter to CBS CEO Leslie Moonves today, expressing a desire to resume negotiations and end the current programming blackout. In the document, which was reportedly received by CBS executives at the same time it was sent to reporters, Britt proposes that TWC make the network’s stations available to consumers with an a-la-carte pricing model — the cable company will hand over the entire tariff to CBS. While the terms are being discussed, Britt expects CBS to give permission to resume broadcasts immediately, and to re-enable CBS.com access for TWC internet subscribers as well. The bizarre “open” nature of this letter makes it possible to conclude that today’s action was simply a public-relations ploy, giving the impressions that Time Warner is being generous by bringing this peace offering to the table. We imagine the situation is significantly more complex than this single-page letter would make it seem, however.

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Adobe releases latest Creative Cloud apps, surveys disgruntled customers about pricing

Adobe's latest Creative Cloud apps now available, upgraders get 40 percent off until July 31st

Love it or hate it, Adobe’s Creative Cloud subscription-based software is now the only way to get your favorite apps like Photoshop, Premiere Pro and the like. The company has just released the latest versions of most of those programs, now dubbed CC, which can be installed alongside the current apps for those afraid to change mid-project. Meanwhile, Adobe’s trying to tempt previous suite or apps owners to transition to the new system for up to 60 percent off for CS6 owners during a 12-month period, or 40 percent off for those on CS3 to CS5.5. According to Photo Rumors, Adobe is also considering a new pricing structure in response to a massive online backlash against the subscription model from existing clients, who feel it’s too expensive. It sent out a survey asking some of them what they thought about paying $ 10 per month for three years for Photoshop, or $ 30 for the entire suite, while being able to keep a permanent CS6 copy of either at the end. Considering the level of vehemence we saw earlier, we’ll have to wait and see if that’ll fly — meanwhile, check the PR after the break to see what’s new in all the apps.

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While It Mulls Global Pricing, BlackBerry May Also Be Prepping Its Z10 For A March 22 AT&T Launch

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BlackBerry’s top brass eagerly danced around the issue of a U.S. launch date for its new Z10 smartphone during its grand BlackBerry 10 unveiling, but the folks at Bloomberg may have shed some new light on the Canadian company’s plans. Bloomberg reports that AT&T is preparing to release the BlackBerry Z10 on March 22, though AT&T has been unsurprisingly quiet on the matter.

If other recent reports hold true, AT&T’s Z10 won’t be by itself for long — it’s been said that T-Mobile is gearing up for a mid-March Z10 launch of its own (though a leaked carrier roadmap has the launch pegged for later in the month), and Verizon Wireless is expected to push its version out the door sometime in April. On the other hand, Sprint has chosen to skip the all-touch Z10 entirely, opting to carry only the QWERTY keyboard-packing Q10 later this year.

With general interest in BlackBerry waning over the past few years thanks to some ambitious competitors, RIM has its work cut out for it if it wants to make another splash in the United States. If comScore’s most recent mobile market share report is to be believed, BlackBerry devices only account for 5.9% of the U.S. smartphones in use (down from roughly 7.8% in October 2012). Granted, RIM still seems to have a better handle on things than Microsoft and its Windows Phones, but a solid domestic launch could see the company solidify its position as the third major mobile OS.

Of course, part of BlackBerry’s continued resilience has to do with its performance in developing markets, and CEO Thorsten Heins recently shed some light on the company’s plans for shoring up its positions there.

According to a recent Q&A with Bloomberg, Heins and the rest of the company don’t intend to take on low-cost handset manufacturers like ZTE and Huawei, which have made significant inroads not only in China but India and parts of Africa as well. Their major draw is their ability to churn out reasonably robust, sub-$ 100 Android smartphones, and that’s the sort of game BlackBerry doesn’t seem eager to play.

“This is not BlackBerry,” Heins said, adding that this year would see the release of multiple LTE-enabled BlackBerry 10 devices “geared towards those price bands where people need to be.”

While the company could surely pick up some points for churning out low-cost, no-frills hardware in the right markets, its current approach seems to be doing well for now. The company has already released the Z10 in India, and despite the fact that the device costs Rs 43490 (roughly $ 794) Heins says the Z10 was sold out within two days.

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