Posts Tagged ‘mobile’

Verizon Waives Voice, Text Charges for Sandy Victims

November 8, 2012

Verizon Wireless has announced that it is waiving charges for domestic voice and text usage for customers in areas of New York and New Jersey that were severely affected by Hurricane Sandy.

Affected Verizon customers won’t be billed for their voice and text use from Oct. 29 through Nov. 16, the carrier said in a FAQ detailing the program, which also stated that “no action is required by our customers to be eligible” for the fee waiver.

The program was initiated over the weekend as part of Verizon’s effort to assist Sandy victims and restore service to customers in the hardest hit areas. The carrier had restored service to 97 percent of cell sites in affected areas as of last Friday.

Read more via Verizon Waives Voice, Text Charges for Sandy Victims | News & Opinion | PCMag.com.

With merger, Deutsche Telekom finally has viable plan for US market

October 4, 2012

Eighteen months ago, when AT&T tried to acquire T-Mobile, Ma Bell argued that only it could save the struggling number four carrier. As Ars pointed out at the time, AT&T’s own documents pounded T-Mobile for facing “substantial commercial and spectrum-related challenges,” losing customers “for nearly two years,” and having “no clear path to LTE.”

The conventional wisdom among industry analysts was that Deutsche Telekom, T-Mobile’s parent company in Germany, has been looking to unload its American subsidiary for about a decade either through an initial public offering (IPO), or a direct sale. Telekom needs the money as it still has about €40 billion ($51 billion) in corporate debt and wants to shore up operations in its home markets in Europe.

But with the new announced merger with MetroPCS, analysts say that Deutsche Telekom has given itself a much better path to higher profits in the United States one way or the other.

Read more via With merger, Deutsche Telekom finally has viable plan for US market | Ars Technica.

AT&T to Market Business Mobile Security to Consumers

September 25, 2012

AT&T Inc. (T), the second largest U.S. wireless carrier, is expanding its mobile-security service for businesses and will announce a similar push targeting consumers next year.

AT&T said today it now has a range of security services for businesses such as Toggle, a so-called partition software for companies that lets users switch between secure applications for work and non-work features like Facebook and games for personal use on one phone.

With industry wireless-subscriber growth slowing now that nearly every adult has a mobile phone, Dallas-based AT&T is trying to expand into new markets like home security, mobile- device management and mobile-wallet services to drum up sales growth. AT&T’s mobile-security effort comes as employers move away from issuing workers devices like Research In Motion Ltd. (RIMM) BlackBerry smartphones and try to adapt policies for handsets and tablets that employees bring to work.

Read more via AT&T to Market Business Mobile Security to Consumers – Businessweek.

Remember EarthLink? ISP signs 4G deal with Clearwire

September 10, 2012

EarthLink can now offer its Internet customers a high-speed connection through Clearwire’s 4G broadband network, the companies announced today.

The agreement allows EarthLink customers to access the service through Clearwire, which runs its own 4G WiMax network. The deal also opens the door to Clearwire’s planned 4G LTE network, the companies said in a statement.

EarthLink was a major player in the late 1990s as one of the largest Internet service providers supplying dial-up Web access. But as consumers moved to broadband services largely provided by the big telcos and cable companies, the company saw its user base deteriorate.

Read more via Remember EarthLink? ISP signs 4G deal with Clearwire | Mobile – CNET News.

Why an Amazon Phone Makes Sense … for Amazon

July 12, 2012

Amazon.com’s (AMZN) entry into the mobile-phone market has been the subject of speculation from a variety of technology mavens and market analysts. A recent report from Bloomberg confirms that Amazon indeed plans to develop an Android-based smartphone in collaboration with Foxconn (2354), the Chinese company that also manufactures Apple’s (AAPL) iPhone.

Amazon’s move into phones makes sense for several reasons. First, as consumers increasingly rely on mobile devices to access online content—a trend that is likely to define the future of online communication and commerce—Amazon can ill afford not to have a presence in this fast-growing market. Amazon’s phone can also benefit from potential synergies with Kindle in terms of software platform and device interface.

Read More via Why an Amazon Phone Makes Sense … for Amazon – Businessweek.

All about Windows RT, the OS behind a Microsoft tablet

June 18, 2012

The Internet began boisterously buzzing last week that Microsoft will unveil its own tablet later today, perhaps one powered by Windows RT, the offshoot of Windows 8.

On Monday, the speculation grew even more adamant, with the New York Times claiming that Microsoft sources told it that the company will indeed introduce its own tablet, and that the device would run Windows RT.

While Microsoft has aggressively touted Windows 8 with scores of blog posts spelling out often picayune details of the upcoming operating system, the company has been relatively quiet about Windows RT, the all-mobile OS destined for tablets. How is Windows RT different from its better-known cousin? Why did Microsoft create two versions when Windows 8 also boasts some of the same features and relies, at least in part, on the same design motif and user interface UI?

Read more via FAQ: All about Windows RT, the OS behind a Microsoft tablet – Computerworld.

Where IT is going: Cloud, mobile, and data

April 24, 2012

Cloud computing seems to often get used as a catch-all term for the big trends happening in IT.

This has the unfortunate effect of adding additional ambiguities to a topic that’s already laden with definitional overload. (For example, on a topic like security or compliance, it makes a lot of difference whether you’re talking about public clouds like Amazon’s, a private cloud within an enterprise, a social network, or some mashup of two or more of the above.)

However, I’m starting to see a certain consensus emerge about how best to think about the broad sense of cloud, which is to say IT’s overall trajectory. It doesn’t have a catchy name; when it’s labeled at all, it’s usually “Next Generation IT” or something equally innocuous. It views IT’s future as being shaped by three primary forces. While there are plenty of other trends and technology threads in flight, most of them fit pretty comfortably within this framework.

Read more via Where IT is going: Cloud, mobile, and data | The Pervasive Data Center – CNET News.

Lost Your Phone? The Government Wants to Find it For You

April 12, 2012

If you’re one of the many cellphone owners who’ve ever left their mobile device behind at a crowded restaurant, packed bar or city-crossing taxi, you know the heart-sinking shock felt when you reach for your phone only to find it missing — all because some quick-fingered swindler grabbed it while you were distracted.

You’re also not alone. In Washington, D.C., New York and other major cities, 40% of robberies involve cellphones. In the capital region, the number of cellphone robberies is up 57%.

How can we reduce the number of mobile devices thefts out there? The Federal Communications Commission thinks it has the answer. The FCC announced its PROJECTS Initiative on Tuesday, a three-point plan to fight cell phone theft.

Read more via Lost Your Phone? The Government Wants to Find it For You.

Mobile Internet devices will outnumber humans this year, Cisco predicts

February 15, 2012

Cisco came up with an interesting prediction in its latest forecast of global mobile data traffic: by the end of this year, there will be more Internet-connected mobile devices than people on Earth.

“By the end of 2012, the number of mobile-connected devices will exceed the number of people on Earth, and by 2016 there will be 1.4 mobile devices per capita,” Cisco said in its Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast Update released today. “There will be over 10 billion mobile-connected devices in 2016… exceeding the world’s population at that time 7.3 billion.”

The numbers include not just phones but tablets, laptops, handheld gaming consoles, e-readers, in-car entertainment systems, digital photo frames, cameras, and “machine-to-machine modules.” That latter category includes applications such as using wireless networks to update digital billboards.

Global mobile data traffic doubled for the fourth year in a row in 2011, and will grow 18-fold by 2016, hitting 130 exabytes a year the equivalent of 33 billion DVDs, 4.3 quadrillion MP3 files, or 813 quadrillion text messages, Cisco said. Not surprisingly, streaming content, video in particular, is expected to play a huge role in increasing data traffic. Good news for users: mobile network speeds will increase nine-fold by 2016. Bad news: the days of unlimited data plans seem to be expiring quickly, with few exceptions.

By Jon Brodkin via ArsTechnica.com
Mobile Internet devices will outnumber humans this year, Cisco predicts.


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