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CTIA MobileCon 2012: Complete coverage

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CTIA's fall show, dubbed MobileCon, is now over. As in past years, CTIA's fall event will focus mainly on mobility in the enterprise, with a dash of mobile content and smartphones for flavor.

CTIA in August announced it rebranded its fall trade show "MobileCon" to focus squarely on the enterprise market in the hopes of attracting a more focused audience to a show that has been searching for a clear identity. The group said the name MobileCon will help draw in enterprise attendees.

As usual, Fierce was on the ground in San Diego. Mike Dano and Sandhya Raman covered all aspects of the show, from the keynotes to the press conferences, and everything in between. 

Location-based services soon to include mobile gambling
October 12, 2012 | By Sandhya Raman
Some mobile location-based services platforms may be adding legalized gambling to their portfolio of services as soon as next year. The initiative, currently in the works in Nevada, uses IP location technology from Location-as-a-Service (LaaS) provider and Fierce 15 winner, Locaid, and identify verification technology from GambleID.

Slideshow: Scenes from the CTIA MobileCon show floor
October 12, 2012 | By Mike Dano
As usual, there was plenty to look at here on the CTIA MobileCon show floor. Although the size of the show was roughly a third of last year's show (CTIA rebranded this year's show to focus on the enterprise and had about 5,000 people attend MobileCon compared to up to 15,000 people that attended last year), the show still offered plenty of notable sights. Specifically, CTIA said the show drew professionals from 43 different nations and 48 states representing more than 1,800 companies, organizations and institutions. Slideshow

Isis, MCX, others butt heads on future of m-commerce
October 12, 2012 | By Sandhya Raman
CTIA President Steve Largent cited a recent Forrester study that said m-commerce sales on smartphones alone would reach 11 billion this year before blossoming to a hefty 45 billion by 2017. He then clarified that reaching that number would not be without its own challenges--a sentiment echoed by the speakers at the final keynote at the CTIA MobileCon trade show here. Article

StrikeForce introduces MobileTrust to thwart mobile hacking
October 11, 2012 | By Sandhya Raman
StrikeForce Technology, a provider of software security solutions for the Web, is expanding its services to mobile with a series of apps for tablets and handsets running Apple's iOS and Google's Android. Article

RIM: 99% of Dev Alpha A, B developers working on BlackBerry 10 apps
October 11, 2012 | By Sandhya Raman
The majority of BlackBerry developers given early access to Dev Alpha A and Dev Alpha B devices are excited to develop for the new version of the platform, said Research In Motion's Senior Brand & Marketing Communications Manager Jeff Gadway. Article

The devices of CTIA's MobileCon
October 10, 2012 | By Mike Dano
Trade shows like the CTIA MobileCon show here are routinely used as the launching pad for a variety of new, innovative smartphones and accessories. Vendors typically hope to cash in on attendees' interest to generate enthusiasm for (and possibly sales of) their products. Slideshow

OpenMarket: 'SMS is not going anywhere'
October 10, 2012 | By Sandhya Raman
With the popularity of instant messaging or over-the-top messaging apps rising, SMS-based providers could be in trouble, however mobile messaging and payments firm OpenMarket does not see it that way. Article

Verizon Wireless to sunset 2G and 3G CDMA networks by 2021
October 10, 2012 | By Mike Dano
Verizon Wireless (NYSE:VZ) plans to shutter its 2G and 3G CDMA networks by 2021, giving the carrier close to a decade to move its customers off those networks and onto its LTE network. Article

RIM: Enterprise customers embracing Android, iOS devices
October 10, 2012 | By Mike Dano
Robin Bienfait, CIO of BlackBerry maker Research In Motion, said an increasing number of the company's enterprise customers are adding iOS and Android devices to RIM's mobile device management service. Article

SAP: Business app popularity paves way for m-commerce
October 10, 2012 | By Sandhya Raman
Business and enterprise apps are quickly becoming the fastest growing app category in application storefronts, with an overwhelming 80 percent of Fortune 500 companies planning to implement their own apps by then end of 2012, reported enterprise software provider SAP. In particular, apps that pave the way for new mobile commerce initiates are gaining traction. Article

RIM now accepting BlackBerry 10 apps
October 10, 2012 | By Mike Dano
Research In Motion is now accepting applications built for its forthcoming BlackBerry 10 operating system. The company said BB10 apps submitted to the company "are guaranteed to be reviewed, tested and ready for publishing when BlackBerry 10 launches in Q1 2013." Article

Leap's LTE rollout to start next week
October 10, 2012 | By Mike Dano
Cricket provider Leap Wireless plans to begin turning on its LTE network starting next week. The carrier said it will flip the switch on one LTE market next week and will then announce additional markets in November. Article

Sprint: 'We don't believe in having our own app store'
October 9, 2012 | By Sandhya Raman
In a move to further distance itself from its competitors, Sprint Nextel confirmed it will not be launching its own branded app storefront. This move comes in contrast to its key competitors Verizon Wireless and AT&T Mobility, which have their own app portals, the Verizon App Store and AT&T Appcenter, respectively. Article

Zipcar CEO: Mobile now main point of access for customers
October 9, 2012 | By Mike Dano
Zipcar CEO Scott Griffith announced that mobile is the primary way that the company's customers interact with Zipcar's services--a telling milestone for a company that launched 12 years ago with a Web-based reservation system. Article

HTC tablets fade from U.S. market, but firm keeps options open
October 9, 2012 | By Mike Dano
HTC has discontinued sales of tablets in the United States. However, a company executive said the Taiwanese handset maker could re-enter the space if it builds a tablet that could "make a splash." Article

Solavei exec says the company made $5M in revenue in first 2 weeks
October 9, 2012 | By Mike Dano
T-Mobile USA MVNO Solavei said it has made $5 million in revenue during the first two weeks its service has been available. In addition, the company now has 30,000 customers, up from 25,000 it had signed up prior to its launch on Sept. 21. Article

Verizon CTO: 35% of data traffic now goes over LTE
October 9, 2012 | By Mike Dano
Verizon Wireless CTO Nicola Palmer announced that 35 percent of the carrier's overall data traffic traveled over its LTE network at the end of September. She said that in "a few months" a majority of the carrier's traffic would be transmitted over its LTE network. Article

Editor's Corner: CTIA expects significant decrease in fall show attendance numbers
October 8, 2012 | By Mike Dano
CTIA said it is expecting around 5,000 people to attend MobileCon, its annual fall show. That figure is a significant decline from the 10,000 to 15,000 conference-goers the trade association said attended its fall show last year. Article

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