A new study from broadband connectivity provider iPass bemoans the unpredictability of data costs for workers when they are traveling. The study delves into the various costs most road warriors incur by using a combination of cellular data (both domestic and international data plans) and Wi-Fi day passes to cover their mobile data needs for multiple devices such as smartphones and tablets.
All of the nation's Tier 1 U.S. carriers have indicated they will probably launch Voice over LTE technology in the near future. But how will Sprint, T-Mobile US, Verizon Wireless and AT&T Mobility position VoLTE when they launch the technology here?
To say that the connected car space is a massive new opportunity for wireless carriers is probably an understatement. Research from the GSMA predicts that this area will be worth $39 billion by 2018, an increase from $13 billion in 2012.
connections, according to Sharma. That growth was driven largely by continued momentum from Verizon Wireless and AT&T, but more importantly by a rejuvenated T-Mobile. Here's a quick breakdown on the nation's top wireless carriers and their general strategic position at the close of the third quarter:
Including more Internet companies in the GSMA membership would get the carriers out of an insular mindset that treats over-the-top players as enemies. On the flipside, social networking and media distribution companies would benefit from having a seat at the table with wireless carriers.
There is mounting evidence that a large and growing number of the nation's 911 operators aren't able to locate your cell phone when you call 911. This despite FCC rules dating way back to 2006 that wireless carriers need to provide 911 operators with the latitude and longitude coordinates, within 300 meters, of all mobile 911 callers. What's the problem here?
U.S. operators are spending billions to build out their LTE networks--but are they reaping the rewards of their efforts? Currently, there is a huge discrepancy between what operators are charging for data, with some charging a premium and others offering free data.
Google's Motorola division made a splash by unveiling Project Ara, its open-source modular phone project that will work with Phonebloks, a similar effort, to craft a system that will let users around the world customize the hardware of their phones. It's an entirely laudable goal, both from an environmental perspective. I just don't think it can get off the ground and practically function.
While T-Mobile's "free data" for tablets strategy is smart, it does make me wonder about the overall message wireless carriers are sending to consumers about LTE data and its value in the market. There's a huge discrepancy in the pricing of LTE data among the operators with some offering free data and others charging a premium.