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Carrier Financing Programs Boost Sales of Higher-End Smartphones
An uptick in U.S. wireless customers using device financing plans has led to an increase in sales of more expensive smartphones, instead of less pricey units, according to a new report from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners.

(Source: TWICE, by Joseph Palenchar, 06/13/14)

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Consumers Warming Up to Smartphone Upgrade Plans
Smartphone buyers are quickly adopting the early upgrade plans offered by their wireless carriers. Upgrade plan enrollment has more than quadrupled since September 2013, going from 7 to 31 percent by the end of the first quarter in 2014, according to a new report from The NPD Group.

(Source: The NPD Group, 06/03/14) ...
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Cellphone Purchase Process Continues to Evolve
Just over a year ago, T-Mobile radically changed its plans for smartphone consumers, eliminating the typical two-year contract, switching to a no-contract model, and getting rid of smartphone subsidy plans.

T-Mobile customers now have lower monthly bills, but they have to pay full price for their phones. Following suit, both AT&T and Verizon are offering similar plans, and by this time next year, the concept could become almost universal.

(Source: Business Insider, by Jay Yarow, 05/15/14) ...
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Price An Increasingly Important Consideration for Smartphone Customers
As wireless manufacturers have struggled to find ways to differentiate themselves with advanced features and technology since 2011, price has become an increasingly important driver in the device selection process, according to a new study by J.D. Power and Associates.

Power's most recent survey showed that 21% of smartphone owners cited price as the main reason they chose their particular device, up from 13% in a similar study from 2011.

(Source: Marketing Daily, by Aaron Baar, 04/24/14) ...
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Food Chains Offer Smartphone Payments, But New Credit Cards May Continue Dominance
Mobile developers are saying: "Move over plastic," hoping the smartphone will be the new way to pay for your meal at several food chains who are using, or at least testing, electronic payments.

McDonald's, Wendy's, Taco Bell, and Subway are among quick-serve restaurants that are trying to make paying as "quick" as their service. Some of the restaurants are simply using GoogleWallet, others are developing their own apps.

(Sources: Let's Talk Payments, 04/24/14; Business Insider, by Jim Edwards, 02/07/14) ...
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Survey Indicates 48% of Adults Likely to Buy a Cellphone in 2014
According to a consumer survey commissioned by FatWallet.com, 48% of U.S. adults will likely buy a cellphone this year, with almost 90% of the purchase intenders planning to get a smartphone.

The poll of 1,000 adults also indicated that 25% of adult consumers will likely buy a tablet in 2014.

(Source: TWICE, by Joseph Palenchar, 03/18/14) ...
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Increased Competition Hasn't Resulted in Lower Wireless Bills
Despite the various individual and multiple-user wireless plans that are constantly being introduced by the major and smaller carriers, consumers are paying more for their phone bills.

Average monthly revenue per postpaid customer across the industry increased 2.2% to $61.15 in the fourth quarter of 2013, according to New Street Research. In the first quarter of 2010, the average was $55.80.

(Source: The Wall Street Journal, by Thomas Gryta, 03/10/14) ...
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Approval Scores for Independent Wireless Stores Improving
The level of customer satisfaction for wireless retailers that are not owned by a specific wireless carrier are getting better all the time, according to the latest research from J.D. Power and Associates.

These stores include such chains as Target and Best Buy, along with independent authorized dealers.

(Source: Marketing Daily (Mediapost), By Aaron Baar, 02/22/14) ...
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