About the only thing sprinting over at Sprint Nextel were customers in recent months, but Sprint has slowed its customer losses thanks to a little boost from Boost Mobile. Sprint currently has about 49 million customers, which is down from about 52.8 million just a year ago, and about 182,000 subscribers dropped the service during the first quarter of this year. This comes as its rivals at AT&T and Verizon Wieless have seen gains.
AT&T currently reaches out and touches to about 78.2 million customers, and saw an addition of 1.2 million subscribers during the last quarter, thanks in no small part to a nifty little handset called the iPhone. Verizon Wireless leads the pack with 86.6 million total customers, and added another 1.3 million during the first quarter of this year. Thus it is easy to see where those Sprint customers may have gone.
But it is also likely that Verizon will continue to gain, and possibly at AT&T’s expense next year, when the iPhone stops being exclusive for AT&T and is released as two models – including the iPhone Lite for Verizon.
However, Sprint did see some good news too. Boost Mobile, which operates as a prepaid no-contract service, saw some notable gains, adding about 674,00 customers during the first quarter. Clearly in bad economic times not being tethered to a contract might be a good thing.
iPhone has Stylish Stylus
The touch screen of the iPhone is very innovative, and quite a snap to use – unless you have very long nails. And the capacitive screen, which responds to the electrical charge of one’s fingers, won’t actually respond to the nails (natural or acrylic). So what’s a user with long nails to do?
Enter the Pogo Stylus from Ten One Design, a new iPhone and iPod Touch compatible stylus that can make typing and navigating just a bit easier. It is made of lightweight aluminum with a conductive material tip so it can safely transfer the charge from the user’s hand straight to the screen.
And of course since this is aimed at those with stylish nails, it too is stylish and available in four colors including cranberry, silver, black or gunmetal. And for under $15 (available at Amazon.com or directly from Ten One Design), it will let users keep their nails and still be able to use their iPhones.
The Game is Afoot From GameLoft
The mobile handset platform is poised to be the next major gaming market, and now comes word that one of the year’s most anticipated holiday films will be heading to the handset in game form. Gaming publisher Gameloft has announced a licensing agreement with Warner Bros. Digital Distribution to develop, publish and distribute the mobile phone game for the upcoming film Sherlock Holmes, which stars Robert Downey, Jr. as the 19th century sleuth, and Jude Law as his trusted colleague Watson. Directed by former Madonna hubby Guy Ritchie, this is likely to be a very new twist on the character originally created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.