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Mozilla, Dropbox Appointments Stir Healthy Debate

April 14, 2014 | by Andrew Berg | Comments

While I'm not sure that name-calling tactics are necessarily helpful, I am at least encouraged that the public is aware of what's happening in big technology and is active in implementing what appears to be a rough set of checks and balances within that realm.

 

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Video over LTE in March is Madness

March 21, 2014 3:15 pm | by Andrew Berg | Comments

On Thursday, I tuned in to the Wisconsin Badger's first game in the NCAA basketball tournament on a Nokia Icon from Verizon. The phone was a review unit, so I didn't watch for long, but I have to admit that I was impressed by the quality of the picture. In fact, I had a little bit of an epiphany around video on mobile. 

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What If the Moto 360 Really Does Change the Game?

March 19, 2014 4:44 pm | by Ben Munson | Comments

The Moto 360, the newest smartwatch to enter the arena, is Motorola’s first shot at Google’s new Android Wear OS. And the company made it almost all the way through the 360’s two-minute promo video without using the words “game-changer.” But then, right at the end, BAM. Game. Changed.

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New Wireless Plans Could Mean Billing Nightmare for Customers

March 13, 2014 10:09 am | by Andrew Berg | Comments

While competition, especially on price, is undoubtedly a good thing for wireless customers, it could mean major problems when it comes to billing, at least initially. Let's be honest, try as they might, the wireless carriers are failing miserably at creating simple, easy-to-understand plans.

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‘Kill Switch’ Has Merit in Theory More Than in Practice

March 3, 2014 4:29 pm | by Ben Munson | Comments

In the rush to push back against that required theft deterrent, it’s important to recognize how effective a threat deterrent it could be. Maybe not in practice, but definitely in theory. If a potential cell phone thief knows that the device will be rendered useless after they snatch it, it really throws the whole risk-reward thing out of balance.

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Hasty ‘Kill Switch’ Legislation Has Flaws

March 3, 2014 3:57 pm | by Andrew Berg | Comments

The "Smartphone Theft Deterrent Act", a bill that would require OEMs to build 'kill switch' technology into tablets and smartphones, seems like an over-reach to me. Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), a co-sponsor of the bill, said in a statement that the legislation would "help put consumers in control of their cell phone data" through a kill switch’...

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Testing, Testing: T-Mobile’s Mid-Size Market Weak Spot

March 1, 2014 5:02 pm | by Ben Munson | Comments

On nearly a monthly basis, a post will pop up on the Madison, WI sub-Reddit asking about T-Mobile’s coverage in the city and surrounding areas. Unlike AT&T, Verizon and U.S. Cellular—whom, for better or for worse, people in Madison already know very well—T-Mobile is still a bit of a wild card here.

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The Surveillance Economy and the Price of Subscriber Data

February 26, 2014 10:19 am | by Chris Goswami, Director of Marketing and Communications, Openwave Mobility | Comments

“Subscriber data is the new oil” is a phrase we have heard in the mobile industry for a few years now. However, the person who coined that phrase was probably not thinking that, rather like groceries, personal data would be weighed and priced by the bag, but that is the way it seems to be headed. 

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The Un-Carrier Effect: AT&T Is Wide Awake, Is Verizon?

February 3, 2014 4:31 pm | by Andrew Berg | Comments

After AT&T's new Mobile Share plans went live Saturday, I am absolutely certain its customer care departments have heard of T-Mobile. I say this in reference to the Aug. 8, 2013 blog I wrote about a call I made to AT&T customer service.

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Aren’t Regulators Always Skeptical About Mergers?

January 29, 2014 3:21 pm | by Ben Munson | Comments

The Justice Department being skeptical of a potential anti-trust-bending merger is not exactly news. It’s in theirs and the FCC’s job description to be skeptical of things like that. It would have really been news if the DOJ had indicated something like “Sure, go for it! Mergers are cool.”

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Devil's in the Details on T-Mobile's Un-Carrier 4.0

January 9, 2014 5:10 pm | by Andrew Berg | Comments

So you've made the decision to follow John Legere on his crusade against AT&T and business as usual. He's promised you the world - the fastest wireless network on the planet; free international roaming; no contracts; upgrade your device when you want; and he'll give you $650 per line to get out of your contract and onto a new device.

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Is the $99 Moto G a Canary in the Postpaid Market?

January 3, 2014 9:49 am | by Andrew Berg | Comments

Motorola Mobility may have fallen off over the past year, but the company's recent low-end smartphone play may be a game changer. Consider that Verizon is now offering the Moto G off contract for $99. If that's not rattling executives over at Kyocera and Pantech, it's a price point that carrier executives are hearing loud and clear. 

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Could Verizon Hurt Its Enterprise Business With This “IT Guy” Commercial?

December 3, 2013 5:04 pm | by Ben Munson | Comments

It’s extremely likely nothing will come of the commercial. It’s not outlandishly offensive, nor is it particularly funny, so odds are it will just go unnoticed. But on the off chance some company’s IT professional sees that commercial and thinks, “Really?”—then there’s also the possibility they’ll push for their enterprise to take its business elsewhere.

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Wallet Failure at Register 9 and Other Empty Promises of NFC

December 3, 2013 4:37 pm | by Andrew Berg | Comments

The mobile wallet: It's not there yet, it's not there yet, it's not there yet. Let me repeat: The mobile wallet is NOT THERE YET, and NFC is not going to save it. In fact, let me go a bit further and say that the mobile wallet may never arrive in any meaningful way, at least as it’s being conceived right now. 

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Who's Watching Google Glass?

November 20, 2013 10:17 am | by Andrew Berg | Comments

Chalk it up to a recent reading of Dave Eggers' satirical novel The Circle, but I'm skeptical of Google Glass for more than reasons of style. I can hear the cries of Luddite as I write this, but I'm wondering to what extent we really want to live in a world where EVERYTHING can potentially be recorded. 

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Tizen Could be Good for Android

November 19, 2013 7:47 am | by Ben Munson | Comments

If Samsung can attract enough partnerships and a developer base to build out the Tizen ecosystem, it’s likely the company’s shift away from Android will occur and that it will be seismic. It’s hard to imagine who’ll fare worse in that divorce, but it’s nice to at least think the Android kids worldwide will get a more stable home out of it.

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