Finances

Today Nokia released its financial Form 20-F to the United States Securities and Exchange Commission which outlines its long-term business targets and outlines their relationship with Microsoft. Amongst the dense financial lingo and obvious goals to grow their sales ahead of the market, while keeping costs down, came an interesting tidbit. In 2013, Nokia stands to receive more money from its partner Microsoft than it will pay out in royalties to them.

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Hold your breath everybody, we're publishing positive news about HTC and the company's finances. After a number of reports released by the manufacturer have each displayed signs of continued negativity, the November unaudited financial documentation is a different story. 

According to company numbers, there are possible signs of improvements with revenues of NT$21.2 billion ($729 million), up from NT$17.2 billion ($529) million reported in October. This boost can be attributed to the release of new hardware on the Android and Windows Phone platforms.

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E*Trade Mobile for Windows Phone is now available over in the Windows Phone Store to help you manage all your stock accounts while you are on the go. The official app for E*Trade offers real-time streaming quotes, the ability to place stock trades and manage your E*Trade account all from your Windows Phone.

Even if you don't have an E*Trade account, the app doesn't look too shabby of an option to keep up with the financial markets.

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If you bank in Australia and have a Windows Phone, the National Australian Bank (NAB) has released their Windows Phone app to help you keep track of your banking needs. The NAB App allows you to access services on the go such as:

  • Balance Inquiry
  • Transaction History
  • Transfer funds to linked accounts
  • Pay bills
  • View your NAB online trading portfolio

Your access to the National Australian Bank is secured by a four digit passcode and data is protected with 128 bit encryption.

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Ask WPCentral: Any PayPal apps out there?

Are there any PayPal apps for your Windows Phone? One reader sent us this question and we took a look over at the Windows Phone Marketplace for the answer. There are two apps currently available that have PayPal connections, HelpPayMe and PayPhone Lite.

HelpPayMe allows you to send money, request money, view transactions and view your current PayPal balance.

PayPhone Lite is similar with the ability to view your balance and transactions history but also throws in a Live Tile to show the balance and a PIN to secure the app.

Here's our reservations. Neither of these apps are official PayPal apps and you are basically allowing a third party access to your PayPal Account. With PayPHone Lite you log into your account and grant the app permission to access your account. With HelpPayMe, you have to set up API access with PayPal. While we haven't heard of anything nefarious occurring with either app, we'd prefer an app that provides a more secure, direct access to PayPal.

Hopefully, we will see an official PayPal app hit the Marketplace and eliminate the need for a third party conduit. Until then we suggest proceeding with caution. You can find PayPhone Lite ($.99) here and HelpPayMe ($1.99) here at the Windows Phone Marketplace.

If you've had any experience with either of these apps, feel free to sound off in the comments.

Thanks, Billy, for the tip!

          

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The Scandinavian Bank Nordea has released their banking app, Mobile Bank, over at the Windows Phone Marketplace. It offers customers an easy way to take care of tier everyday banking needs such as check account balances, transfer funds and pay bills.

Additional key features include:

  • Currency converter
  • Mortgage calculator
  • Rate exchange information
  • Stock Quotes
  • News from Nordea's newsroom

The Nordea Mobile Bank is a free application and you can find it here in the Windows Phone Marketplace.

source: Nordea; Thanks, parcp67, for the tip!

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AT&T unloaded 235 if its cell towers last week to Florida-based Global Tower Partners. [via]

Don't worry, Sunshine State. You're not going to lose your coverage anytime soon. It's not that uncommon a practice for a carrier to sell towers, then lease them back. We reported last summer that Sprint did the same thing, albeit in a much larger deal. In that sale, 3,300 towers were sold to TowerCo LLC for $670 million. So, towers don't come cheap.

And hot on the heels of the tower sale comes AT&T's fourth-qarter earnings report. [via] The bad news: earnings per share fell 10 cents compared to the fourth quarter of last year. The good news: The first three quarters of the year made up for that, with the full year EPS up from $1.97 to $2.16. And, yes, we have the iPhone 3G to thank for much of that.

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HTC, everyone's favorite Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer, has released its 2008 numbers, and Digitimes breaks it down for us.

High Tech Computer (HTC) has announced revenues for the fiscal year 2008 (ended December 31, 2008) reached NT$152.56 billion (US$4.61 billion), with 28.65% on-year growth. Net income after tax was NT$28.68 billion, with a net EPS of NT$38.03 for the full year, according to the company.

No mention of straight profits. Fourth-quarter revenue was up about 21 percent over Q4 of 2007.

The Touch Diamond-series phones and T-Mobile's Android-based G1 are cited as movers and shakers on the year. For 2009, HTC plans about 10 new Windows Mobile and Android devices and is looking to grow revenue 20 percent.

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