Its push-to-talk (PTT) location app with Sprint was just announced this week, and Pacific DataVision already is hearing from some unexpected prospects.
As consumers demand ever-increasing amounts of content, device manufacturers must seek out new radio technologies.
The economy isn’t going to destroy the mobile music industry just yet.
It’s that time of year, and advisory firm inCode is taking its annual stab at predictions.
The shrinking global economy is expected to see a marked slowdown in handset sales, with both the No. 1 handset manufacturer, Nokia, and the research firm Gartner predicting a single-digit decline in mobile phone sales worldwide in 2009.
It’s that time of year for predictions and prognostications, so here’s my 2 cents worth. Following are not necessarily predictions, so much as things I’m going to be interested in watching this coming year.
The corporate responsibility portions of Nokia and Vodafone’s Websites are a good indicator of the importance that companies now place on their environmental image. These pages are full-color media extravaganzas. They offer flashy video content and links to notable environmental and humanitarian organizations.
The mobile advertising industry takes great pride in its ability to target consumers. Rarely does a press release from a mobile advertising vendor come out that doesn’t mention the word “target.”
If you’ve seen some mobile WiMAX demonstrations at trade shows, you might get the idea that mobile WiMAX is about driving around a local area watching video from the back seat. But for many areas, that’s not the use case – at least, not yet.
For a number of years, the big hope for new revenues has been in providing wireless data services and in delivering content. Riches from content – the so-called “killer app” – have remained somewhat elusive, but revenues from data services in general are finally beginning to make an impact.
Broadly speaking, people use the cloud when they open the browser on their mobile phone and access the Internet. More specifically, Apple’s MobileMe service stores e-mail, contacts and calendars in the cloud and sends updates instantly to the iPhone or iPod Touch. The service keeps all the information in an online server, or cloud, so everything stays in sync.
According to a recent Virgin Mobile USA poll, 87% of Americans are changing their spending habits. However, when asked to prioritize expenses, customers said they would spend less on groceries before they would be willing to change the way they use their cell phones.
Analysts and other industry figures paint a clear picture of what’s coming in 2009 for data plan pricing trends. Big carriers will copy the simplicity of smaller competitors, or possibly just acquire them, while the smaller competitors copy the technology of big carriers and may even offer some postpaid services of their own.
The recession is reducing handset sales. Declining handset churn is bad news for manufacturers and a mixed blessing for carriers. Outside developing nations, handset sales are almost entirely replacements.
Clearwire’s CEO said the company might look at rolling out LTE in a few years. Does that mean Clearwire is tipping its hand, indicating it might participate in the 700 MHz auction and challenge the incumbents even more?