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Motorola revenue up on strong smartphone sales‎

An app on the Motorola Droid X. (Michael Tercha/Chicago Tribune)

Motorola Inc., reached a milestone Thursday as its mobile division reported an operating profit a quarter ahead of schedule, and the company said its smart-phone sales will near 14 million units for the year.

The company’s Mobile Devices unit reported operating earnings of $3 million on Thursday, versus a year-ago operating loss of $183 million. During the quarter, the company’s shipments of smart phones rose to 3.8 million and included 22 new products introduced this year.

Smart-phone shipments totaled 2.3 million units in the first quarter and 2.7 million in the second quarter. Analysts had expected ships to total about 3.7 million in the third quarter. The company said smart-phone sales will near the upper end of its previously announced guidance of between 12 million and 14 million units for the year. Get the full story »

Verizon Wireless to pay up to $90 million in refunds

Verizon Wireless in a statement Sunday said it will pay millions of dollars in refunds to 15 million cell phone customers who were erroneously charged for data sessions or Internet use.

Wal-Mart introduces branded wireless plan

Wal-Mart is introducing the first cell phone plan that uses the chain’s own branding, further demonstrating its clout in getting special deals from wireless carriers.

Report puts Android at No. 2 this year

Google Inc.’s Android software will become the world’s second most popular operating system for cell phones this year, leapfrogging offerings from Microsoft Corp., Research in Motion and Apple Inc., according to a new report.

By 2014 Android will account for nearly 30 percent of all cell-phone operating system sales, according to research firm Gartner, putting it in position to challenge Nokia Corp.’s Symbian,  the top mobile operating system for years. Get the full story »