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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...