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Olga Kharif

Kharif is a reporter for Bloomberg News and Bloomberg Businessweek in Portland, Ore. She covers technology, with a particular focus on wireless communications. Kharif joined BusinessWeek in November 2000. Kharif has a graduate journalism degree from Northwestern University.


Huawei Technologies, China's largest phone-equipment maker, forecasts significant growth in Africa.

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Huawei Technologies, China's largest phone-equipment maker, forecasts significant growth in Africa.

Mobile Industry Makes a Long-Distance Call to Africa

With wireless service and equipment sales growth in the developed world slowing, some companies in the mobile-phone industry are setting their sights on Africa. Demand for smartphones and mobile services is poised to grow significantly for Huawei Technologies, Li Dafeng,...

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More than 6 percent of households own more than 15 connected devices, according to the study.

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More than 6 percent of households own more than 15 connected devices, according to the study.

Average Household Has 5 Connected Devices, While Some Have 15-Plus

Good luck unplugging: The average U.S. household owns five devices connected to the Internet via Wi-Fi, wired or cellular networks, according to new research from consultant Chetan Sharma. The survey of more than 1,000 people also revealed this shocker: more...

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Prepaid mobile phone products sit on display at a Family Dollar Stores Inc. location in Sterling, Illinois.

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Prepaid mobile phone products sit on display at a Family Dollar Stores Inc. location in Sterling, Illinois.

Prepaid Wireless Users in U.S. Top 100 Million, Report Says

As the economy continued to sputter, the number of prepaid wireless services users in the U.S. topped 100 million for the first time in the second quarter, according to a report from analyst Chetan Sharma. The prepaid sector — where...

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About four out of five people who check the Internet from their mobile phones report slow downloads of Web pages and e-mails.

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About four out of five people who check the Internet from their mobile phones report slow downloads of Web pages and e-mails.

Half of U.S. Smartphone Owners Find Mobile Data Often Slow, Study Says

Despite the impressive names cellular carriers have come up with for their wireless-data systems, such as 3G, 4G and 4G LTE, subscribers are still reporting issues. Most mobile-phone owners in the U.S. say they sometimes experience slow download speeds and...

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Software makers are having to spend more to attract new users, according to a study by Fiksu.

How to Get Noticed on the App Store: Spend More, Study Says

(This post was updated to correct user definition in second paragraph and downloads time frame in fourth paragraph.) Getting noticed on Apple’s App Store has become more expensive for developers this year, while application downloads haven’t increased much, according to...

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PriceGrabber found that nearly 14 percent of respondents planned to do back-to-school shopping from their mobile phone.

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PriceGrabber found that nearly 14 percent of respondents planned to do back-to-school shopping from their mobile phone.

More Consumers to Use Phones to Compare Prices While Shopping

If you notice more people glued to their smartphones while back-to-school shopping, it might be because they’re looking for a better deal. About 37 percent of consumers said they plan to compare prices on their mobile devices while at brick-and-mortar...

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In the first quarter of this year, China became the world’s first country to have 1 billion mobile subscribers.

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In the first quarter of this year, China became the world’s first country to have 1 billion mobile subscribers.

China’s Potential Smartphone Base Could Double By 2017, Study Says

China, a country where 40 percent of households can afford a smartphone, is expected to double that number in five years as disposable incomes continue to grow, a new study said. By 2017, 80 percent of China’s households will be...

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