Mobile payments will inevitably gain more traction with consumers, merchants and retailers as the technology becomes more widely distributed. If one technology eventually prevails in the market, that would be even better for adoption. But the likelihood of a connected device fully replacing our wallets is about zero until battery life turns into afterthought for smartphone users.
T-Mobile's announcements Wednesday that it will offer unlmited international data roaming and free texts in over 100 countries, as well as 200 million POPs covered with LTE, are yet more reasons the un-carrier is succeeding at its mission to become the value offering in America.
Taking all of this into account, the picture gets murky and it’s difficult to choose any potential auction participant worth rooting for. If AT&T and Verizon can help maximize revenue, good for them. If Sprint and T-Mobile can increase competitiveness, good for them. If someone else can snap up some spectrum and put it to good (potentially disruptive) use, good for them. Whoever comes out ahead, it should be a good show.
Save for a few hints derived from FCC patents, there were few clues about Qualcomm’s smartwatch ambitions. So it surprised the crowd at Qualcomm’s Uplinq developer conference in San Diego when CEO Paul Jacobs rather casually unveiled Toq at the end of his keynote address, at almost precisely the same time Samsung was introducing Galaxy Gear.
I recently had an interesting chat with my wireless provider's customer service department, when I told the rep that I was moving my four lines to T-Mobile, which offers a family plan for $120, roughly half what I'm paying now. "How can that be?" she exclaimed. "I hadn't heard of that, and usually we're pretty up to date on the market."
Google's recent move to provide Wi-Fi at all of Starbuck's 7,000 company-owned stores is intriguing. It seems to portend a continued encroachment on the connectivity market from the Internet giant. After all, Google has already launched its uber-fiber project in Kansas City, and Provo, Utah, with more markets on the way...
It used to be so easy to keep tabs on kids’ phone activity. Simply pick up a different phone and try not to breathe too heavily into the receiver. But the kids don’t want a landline anymore and as the functionality of their cell phones have become more impressive, monitoring their activity on them has gotten more complicated.
I was impressed by Ashton Kutcher's keynote at CTIA. In fact, I'm going to go out on a limb and say that he was one of the best keynotes I've seen at either CES or CTIA, and I'm not even a huge fan of the characters he plays on TV. It's possible, that at 35 years old...
When Jennifer Lopez last week showed up at CTIA to announce the new wireless Latino-targeted retailer Viva Móvil, the first question from the audience was about how this could translate to the retail experience for all Verizon customers. The question seemed to suggest, “It’s great what you’re doing for the Latino population, but what can be done do make the wireless retail experience more tolerable for all humans?”
I have to admit that I'm excited to hear what T-Mobile has on its mind tomorrow. I want to know more about what's behind John Legere's devious, trouble-making smile. Basically, I want the specifics on what it means to be the "un-carrier"?
The headline adjectives, like “completely weird” and “baffling,” used to describe Samsung’s unveiling of the Galaxy S4 speak to what the company got right. The video of the whole thing, up now on YouTube, features fantastically bad acting, bad jokes, tap dancing, a symphony orchestra, bridesmaids, a sideways car and tons of difficult to explain additions.
When the stars align for handset and network technology, it must be a thing of beauty. Match an LTE-enabled handset with an LTE network and magic happens. But I wouldn’t know about that because I foolishly bought a 4G phone on a two-year contract five months before LTE was turned on in my market. And it’s killing me inside.
The idea that Mozilla's Firefox OS will compete for significant market share on the same court as iOS and Android is laughable but that's exactly what much of the mainstream media seems determined to report. I have read a number of articles desperate to make the case that Firefox OS...
I started at 178,735. Yuck. That’s the huge registration number I pull, my spot in line for Mailbox, a new Gmail app that’s getting all the attention. My initial reaction was, “Barf. I’m not going to sit here and wait for something that performs a function that my native email app, plenty of more readily available OTTs or even my mobile browser can already do well enough.”
Friday’s announcement of Path’s settlement is illustrative of the way regulation works when you're trying to safeguard consumers from technology that the regulators themselves don't understand. It's also the way regulation works when you're trying to drum...