Stories by Matt Hamblen

A bigger iPhone could push phablet explosion

Big smartphones with screens larger than 5.5-in. are growing so popular that they will make up nearly a third of the entire smartphone market in 2018, IDC said Thursday.

Wireless competition heats up, and so do changes in executive ranks

As competition heats up dramatically in the wireless industry, changes in the executive ranks are taking center stage.

California cell-phone ruling poses big BYOD challenge

A recent California appellate court ruling could hurt efforts to implement bring-your-own-device (BYOD) to work policies nationwide, analysts agreed Tuesday.

Round smartwatches arrive, but users still waiting for Apple to join fray

LG's new video teaser showing off a round-faced smartwatch to debut next week at the IFA show begs a central question: What do users want in a smartwatch?

What matters in the fall smartphone lineup: brand, display size, battery life, LTE

Given that at least five top-flight smartphones will be launched in September, would-be buyers will have plenty of choices.

Sprint drops second shoe: $60 unlimited voice, text, data plan

Sprint on Thursday announced a $60-per-month unlimited talk, text and data plan -- its second price cut in four days -- that's designed to undercut competitors.

Uber builds on being 'best' by linking its ride requests to other mobile apps

The Uber mobile app was already gaining popularity with smartphone users looking to find a ride in a big city, but now the app is on the verge of getting much bigger.

AT&T to get the M8 for Windows, too; it's not just Verizon

Less than a day after the HTC One (M8) for Windows went on sale "exclusively" on Verizon Wireless, AT&T also said it will carry the new smartphone, too.

Sprint's cut in data prices won't help its network woes

Sprint's new lower-priced shared data plan sounds ambitious, but analysts say it doesn't go far enough and won't address the carrier's network performance sore spot.

Why HTC put Windows on its M8 smartphone

HTC announced the HTC One (M8) smartphone for Windows todayl it's available exclusively at Verizon Wireless for $99 on a two-year contract.

Verizon is tops in network performance, reliability, speed in 2014 tests

Verizon Wireless beat out the other three national carriers for overall network performance, reliability and speed in the first half of 2014, according to an analysis by RootMetrics released Tuesday.

Sprint slashes shared data plan prices

As promised by its new CEO, Sprint announced late Monday it will lower its shared data plans to prices below those offered by other national carriers starting on Friday.

Sprint plans price cuts and eventual layoffs, new CEO tells workers

Sprint's new CEO Marcelo Claure addressed employees for the first time Thursday and promised price reductions as soon as next week, according to a report.

AT&T beats other carriers on customer purchase satisfaction

AT&T topped all four national carriers for the third time in a row for customer purchase satisfaction in-store, on the phone or on the Web, according to market research firm J.D. Power.

The news isn't good for Windows Phone

As global smartphone shipments hit a historic high of 301.3 million in the second quarter, third-ranked Windows Phone OS' share of that pie stumbled to well below 3%.