Morgan O'Brien, co-founder of Fleetcall (Nextel), is at it again. You might remember that he almost single-handedly convinced the FCC to allow 2-way radio channels to be aggregated and used for cellular-like services. O'Brien changed the entire 2-way radio industry, and Nextel became a serious competitor to cellular operators.
1Q Tallies Carrier Churn Net Adds Total Subs ARPU CapEx Cingular Wireless 1.90% 1.70M 55.8M $48.48 $1.40B Sprint Nextel 2.10% 1.30M 51.0M $62.00 $1.10B
Adoption of mobile content is modest overall, although it's higher in the younger age categories. Only 20 percent of online adults purchased mobile content, such as ringtones, while 47 percent of teens bought mobile content within the six months prior to the survey. Mobile content revenues amounted to more than $2 billion in the United States in 2005, reports JupiterResearch.
According to an AberdeenGroup report, enterprises face two major challenges in controlling wireless costs: employee resistance and lack of visibility into device inventory and usage. In fact, 46 percent of respondents say their companies have no formal limits in place for wireless services consumption.
Business wireless users who have been assigned a dedicated channel to contact for service issues record significantly higher satisfaction ratings than customers at companies that do not, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2006 Business Wireless Satisfaction Study. Other findings include:
In this age of converged telecom services where competition is coming from new sources such as cable companies and MVNOs, it's tough to be a staid old-time telecom company like Cincinnati Bell. One of the most challenging issues facing the firm is how to make its services appeal to young adults – a demographic segment with which the company has struggled to maintain its market relevance.
Brightpoint subsidiary Brightpoint North America forged a supply agreement with Newegg. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Verizon Wireless and UTStarcom Personal Communications have launched a new handset specifically designed for Verizon's new V CAST music- and video-on-demand service.
Come Super Bowl Sunday, as more than 100,000 visitors descend on the Motor City, Verizon Wireless wants to make sure each and every one of its customers can make that mid-game call to ticketless friends from their seats inside Ford Field.
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Visto Corporation raised $51 million in financing, which the company plans to leverage to increase its subscriber base. Along with the funding news, Visto announced the appointment of America Online's former chief to its board.
Game publisher Namco Networks is growing its game portfolio by partnering with Japanese publisher M-Mode, which is known for its large catalog of casual games.
Couple a well-known brand with a time-sensitive application and the result will likely be a winner.That’s the strategy behind Mapquest Mobile, a direction application based on the popular Mapquest Web site and published by Zingy.
Reality TV is hittingthe mobile channel.GoTV Networks and Zingy have teamed to produce “Primped,” a reality series featuring Vida Guerra, the Cuban-born model and video star featured on the current cover of “Playboy” magazine.
Cingular Video—the mobile video service Cingular launched last spring in its UMTS/HSDPA markets—is increasing its content portfolio. The mobile video service now will feature MTV content and will have the first HBO mobisode based on the popular “Entourage” series.