Editor's Corner

Live from CTIA IT: Day Three

It's day three here at CTIA IT and the show is finally winding down. While this show may have been a little more schmooze than news, I have learned a lot.

During my briefings yesterday, I met with both Ericsson and Motorola about their new hosted mobile content services for carriers. Both companies are offering similar services--hosted content management and retailing along with some content aggregation. Motorola's new offering combines its technology with the mobile retailing platform of July Systems, whose solution I first saw at last year's CTIA IT. I think the July Systems piece, which brings Amazon-like e-tailing intelligence to the distribution of mobile applications, might give Motorola's system a slight edge--although Ericsson's solution may offer more access to content. Either way, these solutions add up to more competition for the content aggregators and will allow the carriers to further squeeze the content marketplace.

Finally, I want to thank everyone who came to the FierceWireless party last night. We had over 925 attendees. In order give you a better look at last night's festivities, we are skipping our Deals table this week in order to bring you BackPage, our special FierceWireless party supplement. Stay tuned for tomorrow's issue of FierceWireless for my CTIA IT 2005 show wrap-up. Safe travels to everyone heading back home from San Francisco. - Stephen