November 2004
TWICE: This Week in Consumer Electronics;11/22/2004, Vol. 19 Issue 24, p81
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The article presents news briefs on the U.S. telecommunication industry as of November 22, 2004. Audiovox's SMT5600 smartphone, available through AT&T Wireless at $149 after rebates, is smart enough to store and play back music downloads rented on a subscription basis from Napster To Go. Meanwhile, Analyst Mark Lowenstein contends that cellular carriers are neglecting their most valuable high-end subscribers in the pursuit of the youth and family markets, yielding declines in average revenue per subscriber and jeopardizing future profitability. He projects a year-end subscriber base of 170 million for a 60 percent penetration rate, and, pointing to Europe's 80 percent penetration, he warned that the route from 60 percent to those kinds of numbers is heavily weighted toward particular types of subscribers: the very young, prepaid, heavy texters and multidevice users. Also, Phone Labs expanded the selection of cellular phones that connect to its Dock-N-Talk device, which links a cellular phone to a home's telephone wiring. Adapter cables are now available for all current and recent Nextel phones. On two-line home-phone systems, the device let consumers create a dedicated cellphone line on the second tine while maintaining standard landline service on the first. Consumers can also opt to disconnect local landline service entirely, either in a primary residence or in a second home.


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