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posted in May 2007
According to J.D. Power and Associates, Americans are keeping their phones an average of 17.5 months, up from 16.6 months since last fall. That means more and more people are opting for 2-year contracts...and opting against the latest technology. Do people care about high tech?
Speaking to Walt Mossberg at yesterday's D: All Things Digital conference, Apple CEO Steve Jobs gave us some interesting tidbits of info regarding the iPhone. The OS is the full Mac OS X with a different user interface. Third-party apps? Maybe. QWERTY keyboards? A waste of valuable space. FMC? Sort of. 3G? Well, Wi-Fi is faster. Oh, and current music phones stink.
For once, the rumor sites had it completely right. If you heard a gunshot around 11:30 AM Pacific Time this morning over in Carlsbad, Calif., that was Palm shooting itself in the foot. Rather than spend its time and money developing the next kick-butt smartphone for the enterprise, Palm thought about the future and decided to give us a laptop that isn't even a laptop. Post a Comment
Well, as to be expected, tech and gadget rumor sites are already running pieces on what Palm will be announcing today. The one rumor that looks more substantive than the others (because it's based on an errant Palm press release) speaks of a Linux-based UMPC-type device. Hmm. Is this a market Post a Comment
Palm, one-time innovator of the PDA market and maker of the Treo line of smartphones, has announced that it will be showing off a brand new category of mobile devices tomorrow. A new category? Something other than a PDA, smartphone, or glorified hard drive? My interest is piqued.
We all know the iPhone has Wi-Fi. The new HTC Wing, launched by T-Mobile last week, also has it. RIM CEO Jim Balsillie said in a speech that we'll see Wi-Fi on a BlackBerry device by year's end. Will this new crop of devices convince U.S. carriers to offer Post a Comment
Well, strike me down! In the spirit of saving lives (because dead cell phone users aren't very profitable), Nokia has applied to patent the use of FM and GSM technology that will detect potential lightning strikes and warn users to head for the nearest tree, er, shelter. If Benjamin Franklin could only see this!
That lovely statistic comes from a recent Strategy Analytics' Wireless Device Labs study on the perceptions of technology. I have to find a small amount of fault in their methodology, though. The study participants' reactions were based on a video they watched of the iPhone, and not actually using the iPhone itself. Would the results be the same with hardware on the table?
Defying logic, enterprise users flocked to Windows Mobile 5 in droves during the first quarter of 2007, despite the announcement that Windows Mobile 6 would be available in the second quarter. The PDA market actually grew 40% compared to the year-ago quarter, fueled by strong WinMo5 sales.
According to The 451 Group, tech vendors that sell mobile office and productivity apps will see their market consolidate with few survivors remaining. The research also highlights that the number of premium enterprise-device users will remain limited when compared to the overall mobile market, which will be dominated by consumers. This is not good news for the mobile enterprise.
I smell a publicity stunt. Seriously. I've been an armchair climber of Mount Everest for about 12 years now. I think I've read every book on the subject, and I follow each season's news of summit attempts. What makes the news seem less spectacular is that China set up mobile (i.e., temporary) base stations so the call could be completed, and the climber's trip was sponsored by Motorola. Did the parties involved really prove anything new here? No, they didn't. They do, however, get bragging right
No, Denny Strigl wasn't talking about T-Mobile's new smartphone. Verizon Wireless' COO recently said in an interview that Verizon is preparing to battle the iPhone with a product it will release later this summer. He even went so far as to take a potshot at AT&T's network, saying, "The is
According to The Boy Genius, the answer to that question is yes! It is showing off some internal AT&T screen shots that indicate the iPhone will be available to prepaid customers. The beauty of the prepaid model is that you can enjoy all the positive aspects of the iPhone without being locked into a multiyear contract.
At the tony little Spanish restaurant Boqueria in Manhattan's Flatiron district, T-Mobile hosted a small gathering for tech industry press and analysts to show off its newest gadget. The Wing, which is available starting today for $299, is the first Windows Mobile 6 smartphone to hit store shelves in the United States. The informal launch party featured tapas, sangr
According to a new report from Celent, mobile banking will outstrip online banking in growth over the next three years. It says 35% of online bankers also will use mobile banking. Today that figure stands at less than 1%. Who will lead the way? Gen Y.
We've only waited six months for the combined AT&T/Cingular Wireless entity to decide what its brand will be going forward. Looks like the AT&T globe is kicking the orange-colored Cingular Happy Jack out the door. Even though I think Cingular has better brand equity, I am glad that AT&T has stopped equivocating and finally made a decision.
Let's face it. Not all enterprise workers are deemed worthy or important enough to use a smartphone (i.e. BlackBerry or Treo). Many millions of knowledge workers are stuck using regular, cons
The research from iGR shows that in 2006 all mobile data customers sent and received about 0.73 terabytes of data per month. iGR expects that number to climb to 6.94 terabytes in in the next four years. That's a lot of bytes flying through the air. Will the networks be able to handle it all?
It's stories like this that make bloggers cringe. Yesterday, tech blog Engadget received supposed insider information about a delay of the iPhone until October, and another delay for Leopard, pushing the new OS to January of 2008. Duty bound to report to its readers,
Well, not exactly. Today Samsung announced that is has developed an 8 gigabyte microSD card. Since many phones are equipped with microSD card slots, they'll be able to carry just as many songs or videos as the forthcoming iPhone. The experience probably won't be quite the same. But what the heck, that's a lot of stor
According to the Wi-Fi Alliance, we can expect 802.11n products at our local electronics retailer in the near future as its certification program creeps towards a launch set for late June. The WFA also says products th
Many states already have laws on the books that ban talking on mobile phones while driving. Since composing text messages is even more distracting than typing a phone number, it seems pretty obvious that texting while driving is dangerous. The lawmakers in Washington agree. Starting January 1, 2008, dri
This morning in a studio in Chelsea on the west side of Manhattan Motorola unveiled a slew of mobile devices that will be hitting the market in coming months. The portfolio marks what's next for Motorola. Too bad it was a rehash of the devices announced three months ago at 3GSM. The one new device was, well, read on to find out...
With only one new device being announced today, audience members were left wondering what's really next for Motorola. The hype meter definitely misled many of the tech press on this one. We actually expected Motorola to make a significant step forward. It didn't.
Didn't anyone teach Research in Motion co-chairman Jim Balsillie to never say never? Apparently not. In a recent interview about last month's BlackBerry email service outage, Balsillie said, "It shouldn't have happened, and it won't happen
According to people familiar with the negotiations, T-Mobile (the one based in Germany, not the U.S.) is the front runner in Europe to carry the iPhone. Some analysts don't believe that the German company is the best match for Apple's product, though. What
A recent study by The Equs Group shows that 55.5% of U.S. consumers would purchase a mobile device made by Google or Yahoo if such hardware existed. That's a lot of trust in brands that have no history in actually designing, engineering and manufacturing mobile devices.
With RIM's recent product announcements, it's clear the Canadian smartphone maker isn't ready to cede any market share to Apple's yet-to-be-released device. And in an interview this week, Motorola CEO Ed Zander leaked Motorola's plans to launch a new "media monster" device next week. The battle is joined!
ABI Research says cellular data modems that attach to computers via USB, rather than PC Cards or ExpressCards, may be the wave of the future. As a user of a laptop without an ExpressCard or PC Card slot, a USB modem became my only choice. You know what? It works just fine.
Palm released yet another incrementally updated version of the Treo smartphone yesterday. The 755p bears CDMA technology and will be found on Sprint's network first. The biggest step forward this time? No more external antenna. It may be the first Treo device to offer built-in Microsoft Direct Push Technol
Even I am getting sick of it. But it's my duty to report, so deal. The latest findings from the ChangeWave Alliance show that 9% of respondents are likely to buy an iPhone when it launches sometime next month. ChangeWave surveyed one of the largest samples yet, nearly 3,500 people. The most
HP lifted the curtain on more than a dozen new laptops at the HP Mobility Summit in Shanghai, China, today. On the ultrahigh-end for consumers you'll see HP's new 20.1-inch (yes, you read that correctly, t-w-e-n-t-y inches) multimedia laptop. HP didn't mention if it comes with its own dolly to cart it around. Business customers will also find a slew of new ultraportables aimed at them, starting with a 12.1-inch laptop that weighs a mere 3.6 pou
AT&T's unified messaging product has been available to small businesses for about three years. AT&T has scaled the product for medium-sized businesses and supports up to 100 access lines. Now slightly bigger companies will know the joy of the single in-box.
Announced at the JavaOne show in San Francisco this week, the 5th Edition of Series 40 offers developers new API support and the newest advances in Java technology. The goal? Easier development for the highest-volume platform available, i.e., better stuff on mobile phones for plebs.
Samsung takes another shot at the Ultra Mobile Personal Computer (UMPC) with an updated model. Can the Q1 Ultra overcome the major shortcomings of its predecessor, which was named one of the biggest tech flops of 2006?
According to Boy Genius, AT&T has circulated an email to its retail outlets limiting personal vacation requests from June 15 to July 15. The reason? AT&T is saying those 4 weeks might be the "biggest selling period we have seen in a few years." Does this all-but-confirm the iPhone's lau
Korean teenagers send an average of 60.1 text messages per day. That's 2,000 per month. I did a quick calculation on how Americans might stack up. Americans are sending about 20 billion text messages per month. Divide that by 236 million wireless subscribers and you get 84.75 messages per month per user, or 2.82 per day. That's assuming everyone sends some text
New data suggests that there is indeed some interest in mobile TV services. According to Research and Markets, between 60% and 85% of people who had experienced video on a handset said something to the effect of, "When can I buy one?" The biggest reason behind peoples' interest? Boredom.
Over The Air reported in the past that T-Mobile was running a trial for a service whereby cell phones that have Wi-Fi on board can roam seamlessly between Wi-Fi hotspots and cellular networks. Looks like the trials w
Research in Motion unveiled its latest prosumer smartphone today, the BlackBerry 8300 Curve. The Curve is RIM's second stab at providing consumers with a tricked-out smartphone that combines the best of business and pleasure. This larger version of the Pearl includes a full QWERTY keyboard, improved media player, and a 2-megapixel ca
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently approved a WiMax laptop card that will connect users to Clearwire's WiMax wireless broadband network. Even though Clearwire's network presence is limited to a few dozen markets
Research firm Markitecture conducted yet another study on the awareness of the iPhone and shed some interesting light on the potential success of the device. Of the 1,300 people surveyed across the U.S., 77% were at least aware of the iPhone, but only 6% said they we
Steve Ballmer seems to be full of bluster these days. In his latest potshot at the iPhone, the Microsoft CEO says, "the future of the mobile handset business will primarily depend on software influence rather than hardware." In other words, Apple's hardware approach to sales won't work and Microsoft's software approach is better. Let's take a real look at the success of Post a Comment
In what looks like an attempt to draw in more customers to its wireless data services, Alltel is offering subscribers the opportunity to sample them for one day. The $1.49 fee buys 24 hours of access to Alltel's Axcess mobile Internet content such as games, news, and sports information. Post a Comment