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Unlimited Plan Price War Developing - Virgin Mobile Announces $50 per Month Plan

MetroPCS Communications and Leap Wireless started the price war by offering customers an unlimited prepaid service in limited areas for between $35 to $50 per month. In January 2009, Sprint Nextel responded with a $50 unlimited plan under its own prepaid brand, Boost Mobile. It appears that it's Virgin Mobile USA's turn to lower its prices.



Virgin Mobile USA Inc. is dropping the price of their unlimited service plan from $80 per month to $50



Who's next? AT&T? T-Mobile?… Continue

Added by Dan Kusnetzky on April 13, 2009 at 6:30am — No Comments

Mobile Televion Trial Launching in Washington DC This Summer

A consumer test of mobile TV broadcasts is scheduled to launch this summer in Washington, D.C. Another trial of similar technology is scheduled to appear in both Atlanta and Seattle in the coming weeks. This, on top of a trial that launched in Raleigh, N.C. a short while ago.

The technology (mobile bandwidth, mobile handsets and the like) has been available to bring video and movies to mobile…

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Added by Dan Kusnetzky on April 21, 2009 at 8:32am — No Comments

Searching for a simple mobile phone

Recently my wife's old Nokia 6103b phone died an ignominious death. It had been dropped many times and now had trouble making calls or receiving calls. T-Mobile was more than happy to replace the phone if she was willing to tack on another two year subscription. She wasn't at all interested in leaving her month-to-month arrangement with T-mobile. So, the search for a simple mobile phone began.



It seems that most of the handset suppliers have forgotten that there are those who want to… Continue

Added by Dan Kusnetzky on March 27, 2009 at 7:20am — No Comments

As the DTV Transition for US Homes Nears, What About Mobile TV’s Uptake Status in the US?

As analog and mostly over-the-air TV consumers in the US gird themselves for what has been a tumultuous and delayed digital transition, at the opposite end of “the spectrum” is TV moving out of the home and becoming ultimately mobile for those consumers who aren’t satisfied only watching their favorite programming when stationary at home. Mobile broadcast TV has been available for a few years now, and there are estimates that worldwide mobile… Continue

Added by Robert A. Clark on June 10, 2009 at 12:30pm — No Comments

T-Mobile Joins the Move to Lower Plan Pricing

T-Mobile has joined the move to reduce program pricing (see Unlimited Plan Price War Developing - Virgin Mobile Announces $50 per Month Plan. Here are the changes we've noticed:

  • T-Mobile's Family myFaves plans have been changed. Now the top two subscription programs have…
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Added by Dan Kusnetzky on April 16, 2009 at 11:05am — No Comments

SlingPlayer Mobile for BlackBerry Now Generally Available



Sling Media recently let us know that its SlingPlayer Mobile for BlackBerry has officially exited public beta and is now available as an over the air download from mobile.slingmedia.com using a BlackBerry Smartphone’s web browser. It is available for a one-time charge of $29.99 and you can try it out for free for 30 days to see if you like it. As we discussed before, SlingPlayer Mobile lets you… Continue

Added by Brian Mahony on March 30, 2009 at 10:00am — No Comments

Will People be Forced to Purchase a new Phone to Get Windows Mobile 6.5?

I read an interesting article, Windows Mobile Users Complain About Upgrade Policy, by Nancy Gohring of IDG News Service. It appears that Microsoft's facing another challenge brought on by its own business model. Even though Windows Mobile 6.5 was launched a while ago and quite a few of today's mobile devices could use that software, the upgrade…

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Added by Dan Kusnetzky on April 9, 2009 at 8:01am — No Comments

Move over, Android is moving in to your home

What’s an Android? Android™ is an operating system for home automation, developed by Google, a complete set of software for mobile devices, middleware and key mobile applications that will be on the shelf by year end.. Look for wireless web-connected devices operating on your home network that will to act as a home control center for locking the doors, turn on the lights, lifting the shades and control the temperature. New remotes devices will work on… Continue

Added by Ellen Veden on August 17, 2009 at 8:00am — No Comments

T-Mobile Planning to Launch Herd of Google Android-Based Devices for the Home - Who Cares?

I came across an article by Ashlee Vance in the New York Times this morning, T-Mobile to Use Google Software in Devices for Home. I've enjoyed reading Ms. Vance's articles and thought this would would be of interest to you as well.

While it is interesting that T-Mobile is hoping to heard a…

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Added by Dan Kusnetzky on April 6, 2009 at 7:51am — No Comments

CES Communications Round-Up Part 4: Networks In Motion and Logic Wireless

While we are speaking about communications devices, I would be remiss not to mention two new mobile convergence technologies, one that is becoming mainstream and another that has a good chance to be.



Most folks don’t know the name Networks In Motion (no, not the BlackBerry maker RIM), but they are the leading provider for mobile GPS applications in North America, surpassing 3.5 million paid… Continue

Added by Brian Mahony on January 22, 2009 at 9:00am — No Comments

Skype application for iPhone should hit iTunes Tuesday

Skype demonstrated a native iPhone application at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). The application is to be released in Apple's iTunes store on Tuesday (tomorrow). Although it doesn't appear to be a complete implementation, Skpe users will welcome a native application. To date, others have offers ways for iPhone users to connect to Skype to send instant messages through a small piece of client software that accessed the developers' websites which then, in turn, accessed Skype's services.… Continue

Added by Dan Kusnetzky on March 30, 2009 at 1:09pm — No Comments

Telemedicine Device Market to Reach $3.6 Billion According to New Study

The market for telemedicine devices and services will generate $3.6 billion in annual revenue within five years, a new study claims. The study by the Silver Spring, Md.-based research firm Pike & Fischer, says mobile-services companies, such as AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and… Continue

Added by Joyce Pellino Crane on December 4, 2009 at 6:59pm — No Comments

3D Reaches a Tipping Point in Theatres: Is 3D in Homes and Even on Mobile to Follow?

As Hollywood revels in the success of the new animated picture “Up” that was released in both 2D and 3D, and the early 2009 release of “My Bloody Valentine 3D”, and with some Cannes Film Festival movie producer claims that this year’s festival was a “defining 3D moment” - we felt it was time to take stock of the 3D trend that may be past the theatre tipping point and on the horizon for both home and mobile viewing.



There were a dozen or so… Continue

Added by Robert A. Clark on June 19, 2009 at 11:00am — No Comments

Technology, Media and Telecom Outlook for 2011

Informa Telecoms & Media recently revealed the top ten anticipated trends during 2011 -- for the telecoms and media sectors -- at its annual Industry Outlook event in

London, England.



"We have identified the key trends across our research areas that we

think will shape the converging global telecoms and media markets over

the next 12 months. In addition, our annual industry survey gave us some

insight into how the…

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Added by David H. Deans on December 3, 2010 at 12:30pm — No Comments

New Verizon Wireless In-Home Display Phone Product Dubbed “Verizon Hub” Debuts

This new Verizon Wireless product (www.VerizonWireless.com/Hub), rather generically referred to as the “Verizon Hub”, signals and confirms two things. The first is confirmation of some consumers choosing their cellular service over landline service as their primary phone service in the home. The second is consideration of the primary phone device, the “hub” phone in effect, as potentially being located where it is most used or needed. In many… Continue

Added by Robert A. Clark on April 7, 2009 at 9:00am — No Comments

Will OTT be assimilated into existing Pay TV business models, or destroy them?

I know this might sound trite, but 2014 could be the year of "Over-the-Top." Perhaps not the year it became so mainstream that it rivaled the decades-old Pay TV business model, but at least the year when seeds where planted, some with roots that might break concrete.

Consider the recent announcements by HBO, CBS, Univision and others. It used to be that these content players had too much to risk to upset the Pay TV apple cart,…

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Added by Brian Mahony on October 27, 2014 at 11:10am — No Comments

What is the future of location based services?

Everything today is in context. You can't read a news story, talk to a neighbor, watch a sporting event, or plan a vacation without understanding context. Who you are. Where you want to go. Your habits. Your friends and family. Finances. You name it.

 

So it is no surprise that advertisers for a long time have figured out that understanding the context of their target audience is worth more to them that just a static list of names and addresses. And in today's mobile world,…

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Added by Brian Mahony on January 16, 2012 at 10:14pm — No Comments

How Teens See the Mobile Movement

As time evolves, so does the functionality of certain objects. The television started out simply to enable us to watch programs, but has evolved to being able to use the Internet and play video games, among other things. Gaming systems were plain and simple, but now have evolved into allowing us to watch movies, stream the Internet, download photos, and download apps. The device that has gone through the most change, however, is the mobile phone. It started out as basic as can be, just for…

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Added by Akshay Bhardwaj on August 13, 2014 at 12:44pm — No Comments

Ode to the iPhone

I didn't get it at first. I was resistant, a near luddite.



I ribbed him for purchasing an iPhone as soon as it came out. The phone appeared to be superglued to his palm for a month. On occasion, I'd peer over during dinner and spy a game of poker going down. I'd grimace, he'd smile, and we'd finish our spaghetti. I sat on our couches, trying not to be embarrassed as I flipped open my mangled hot pink Motorola Razr and mashed the keys to text.



I ribbed him again for… Continue

Added by Leigh Steele on February 8, 2009 at 7:39pm — 1 Comment

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