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Sprints Plan by 2015: Unlockable Phones
By Joe Rizzo
Until recently, when T-Mobile announced its Un-carrier plan, the two year contract with fees for early termination was just one of the ways that mobile carriers kept their subscrib…

AT&T Device Installment Plans are Shaping Device Revenue Trends
By Gary Kim
AT&T first quarter 2014 results will provide reason for both optimism and concern. AT&T posted better earnings than anticipated by analysts, with revenues up about 3.5 percent

Cell phones Prove Surprising Boost To Literacy In Developing Countries
By Steve Anderson
Sometimes tools have unexpected, and even unintended, new uses. From the first time someone used a rock for decoration up until the modern day when screwdrivers proved surprisingly…

Comings & Goings: OpenPeak Appoints Former AT&T Executive Chris Hill as President
By Matt Paulson
OpenPeak Inc. is one of the nation's premier enterprise mobile device and application management providers, and this week the company announced they were welcoming Christopher K. H…

LG G Flex, World's First Flexible Smartphone
By Steve Anderson
There's always something to be said for flexibility; a flexible investment strategy can beat some market downturns, being flexible at work can get respect, and a generally flexible…

Satellite Cellular Tech Looking to Take the Reins from Terrestrial Towers when it Comes to Expanded Coverage
By Oliver VanDervoort
A new report by Frost & Sullivan, Satellite Backhaul of 3G and LTE Radio Access Networks, has shed some light on the best way the industry analyst believes companies can extend the…

Lean to the Left, Open a Menu: New Amazon Smartphone May Have Tilt-Based Controls
By Steve Anderson
What's more, there are also reports that scanning through blocks of text might be as simple as leaning the phone backward or forward, as though the text in question were mounted on…

The Blue Sky of Frequencies: Finding the Middle Air
By Carl Ford
About twelve years ago Wi-Fi began to find its way into the market and into the mainstream, forever changing the practice of accessing the Internet for users worldwide.

Restricting Bidding at Spectrum Auction Will Not Necessarily Reduce Revenue
By Joe Rizzo
In an effort to increase LTE deployments and extend the network, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is preparing to auction off airwaves that would be worth billions to wi…

Microsoft to Acquire Nokia Handset Business on Friday
By Matt Paulson
According to an official statement from Microsoft, the long-delayed agreement for the company to purchase Nokia's handset business will finally close this Friday, on April 25. Thou…

Apple Filing to Patent Gesture Unlocking Tech for Mobile Devices
By Joe Rizzo
According to Apple Insider, several new documents came to light last week showing that Apple may be gearing up to deliver a gesture-based unlock function for its mobile devices. On…

The Sum of the Samsung Galaxy S5's Parts Revealed In IHS Teardown
By Steve Anderson
The whole is more than the sum of its parts. That's usually the case in just about anything, where it's not only the value of what goes into something's construction, but the value…

Apple & Shazam Want iOS 8 To Know What Song Is Playing
By Steve Anderson
You know that annoying feeling when the name of a song is on the tip of your tongue but can't quite get the words out? Apple and Shazam are partnering to make that a thing of the p…

Toshiba Unveils 4K Ultra HD Display Laptops
By Oliver VanDervoort
There is very little doubt that 4K devices are just starting to take off. While most people are only thinking about 4K televisions, there are a host of other devices that are start…

Will AT&T Participate in the Incentive Spectrum Auction?
By Joe Rizzo
In 2015, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is set to auction off airwaves worth billions to wireless companies. Next year's highly anticipated auction will involve buying…

Comings and Goings:Ericsson Announces Search For New Senior Vice President
By Oliver VanDervoort
Ericsson has been working hard to make itself a strong company over the last few years. The firm has decided it is best to shake up the team running the company. Ericsson announced…

Google Testing Balloon-Based Internet Access Using Licensed Frequencies
By Gary Kim
Up to this point, it appears that Google's Project Loon has been testing high altitude balloons providing Internet access using unlicensed frequencies. Now Google is testing such b…

Lattice to Provide Chips for Google Modular Phones
By Christopher Mohr
Lattice Semiconductor was chosen recently by Google to develop field-programmable gate array (FPGA) chips for modular smartphones based on the Project Ara initiative.

T-Mobile US Effort is Working; Is it Sustainable?
By Gary Kim
Whether the furious T-Mobile US marketing assault will significantly shift U.S. mobile market share, and whether that shift is sustainable, is emerging as a key question.

Mobility TechZone Week in Review
By Matt Paulson
Mobile technology connects people and ideas from locations all over the world through a combination of cellular and Internet services. Of course, these technologies are rapidly adv…

Hipcricket Engages Birders with Mobile Central Garden and Pet Website
By Casey Houser
Mobile engagement solutions company Hipcricket is now working to engage birders who shop at Central Garden and Pet. By developing a website specific to Pennington Wild Bird product…

Tablets Will Play Important Role in Q1 2014 Net Account Additions
By Gary Kim
Tablets, it appears, will represent a significant portion of net new account gains when mobile service providers report first quarter 2014 results. Tablets currently account for…

A New Google Glass Update Means Longer Battery Life & More
By Steve Anderson
With the recent Google Glass one-day sales event now just a memory, looking at the future of Google Glass takes on a whole new importance. There are more Google Glass units out in …

98 Percent of Mobile Network Sessions are Data
By Peter Bernstein
If you are like me, the headline was one of those, "So who knew?" moments. It should have been intuitive given how few calls I make versus how many text, emails, etc., I initiate. …

Super Wi-Fi Continues To Evolve
By Carl Ford
The battle in Washington over spectrum is about to take a major shift, with the emphasis placed on investing in alternative spectrum solutions.

Samsung and Peel Team Up Again to Expand Second Screen TV App
By Joe Rizzo
Here is a description of Peel that I found on an Android site from a while back. It starts with, "Do you hate your cable or satellite TV channel guide?" It seems that the guys at P…

Has the iPhone 6 Screen Leaked Out?
By Steve Anderson
Virtually every new Apple product comes with a panoply of rumors surrounding it, and the iPhone 6 will prove no exception. But one key point may have slipped out thanks to the Appl…

Boingo to Provide Wi-Fi for EnergySolutions Arena
By Casey Houser
Boingo, a provider of small-cell and distributed antenna systems (DAS), will soon provide Wi-Fi services for EnergySolutions Arena, the home of the Utah Jazz basketball team. The t…

Wheelings & Dealings: Motorola's Tracking Technology Goes to Zebra for $3.5 Billion
By Joe Rizzo
Motorola has not only gone through a lot of changes over the past couple of years, it also seems to have gone through quite a few hands as well. Back in 2011, Motorola divided itse…

Gigabit Wi-Fi Should Get a Boost as FCC Opens Up Unlicensed Spectrum
By Joan Engebretson
Wi-Fi equipment capable of supporting speeds of a gigabit per second should get a boost from the FCC's recent decision to open up 100 MHz of spectrum in the 5 GHz band for unlicens…

Will Samsung Suffer as Smartphones Become Less Innovative?
By Steve Anderson
Back when the iPhone first made an appearance in 2007, there was simply nothing else to which to accurately compare the device. It was the first of its kind, really, an unexpected …

Windows Phone 8.1 Shows Significant Promise Over Predecessor
By Matt Paulson
When the Windows Phone 8 first came out, consumers found the release to be lackluster, and hardly an improvement over the Windows Phone 7.5. While Microsoft is in a unique position…

US Mobile Local Ad Revenue Could Reach $4.5 Billion This Year
By Joe Rizzo
Last week, a new report forecasting mobile local ads in the U.S. was released by BIA/Kelsey. The prediction is that locally targeted mobile ads will represent more than half of the…

WiLAN Acquires Automotive Portfolio, Providing Additional Information on Carrier License
By Joe Rizzo
WiLAN, a technology development and intellectual property licensing company with headquarters in Ottawa, Canada, licenses patent portfolios that it owns in addition to partnering w…

Gogo 2Ku Will Boost In-Flight Internet Speeds to 70Mbps
By Shawn Hebert
Chances are if you have flown domestically within the United States over the past several years, you may already be familiar with Gogo, an in-flight broadband provider.

T-Mobile Ends Overage Charges
By Gary Kim
More than 20 million Americans were hit with punitive overage charges in 2013, T-Mobile U.S. maintains, representing about $1 billion in incremental revenue. The point is not so mu…

Ericsson Partners with Far EasTone On LTE Services
By Oliver VanDervoort
When it comes to successful tech companies and diversifying, Ericsson is one in the top in the world. The company has recently taken another big step in the cellular provider statu…

Two Contracts for InterCloud to Deploy Small Cell Networks
By Joe Rizzo
The Small Cell Forum is an organization that supports the wide scale adoption of small cells. Its mission is to accelerate small cell adoption to change the shape of mobile network…

Firefox Fans Now Have Virtual Brower for Apple iOS Devices
By Michelle Nicolson
Firefox fans will finally have a way to use their favorite browser on their iOS devices, after Xform Computing announced the company's VirtualBrowser for Firefox app is available f…

Mobility TechZone Week in Review
By Matt Paulson
Mobile technology is currently undergoing a revolution that is making devices more powerful, easier to use, and more integrated into society with every passing day. Especially cons…

New Survey Says Local Businesses Need to Focus on Mobile
By Jonathan Keane
A new survey has shown that consumers are unsatisfied with the quality of service from small and local businesses when it comes to their mobile platforms, which can affect the cons…

IBM Makes a Mark in the World of Mobile Consulting and Technology Services
By Lavanya Rathnam
The usage of mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets has increased by leaps and bounds during the last few years. To reach the growing mobile customer base, companies are de…

Accenture Positioned as 'Leader' in Mobile App Services Space
By Rory Lidstone
IT services company Accenture has been positioned as a "Leader" in IDC's latest vendor assessment report of the worldwide mobile application development, testing, management and in…

Comings & Goings: Creator of the iPhone User Interface Leaves Apple After Clash with Jony Ive
By Joe Rizzo
The Apple rumor mill is churning again, and the latest tidbit to roll out of the mill is that iPhone interface creator Greg Christie is leaving the company. This comes after a supp…

Samsung's Graphene Breakthrough Could Mean Lighter, Faster Electronics
By Shawn Hebert
Graphene is made of a single layer of carbon atoms that are bonded together in a repeating pattern of hexagons, making graphene one million times thinner than paper - so thin that …

Sri Lankan Airlines Brings Mobile and Wi-Fi Access On Board
By David Gutbezahl
One of the most inconvenient parts of flying is that when you're up in the air you are essentially cut off from the world below. Internet is off-limits, cell-phones are off-limits.…

Lightroom Mobile for iPad Now Offered by Adobe
By Ed Silverstein
Adobe is now offering the Lightroom Mobile app for iPad - which is available as part of the Adobe Creative Cloud service.

SpeedCast to Improve Australian Mobile Satellite Communications Market
By Casey Houser
SpeedCast announced this week that it will be providing a demonstration of its new ReadyCONNECT TA12 mobile satellite communications system at the APPEA Conference and Exhibition t…

Simple Starter Plan from T-Mobile Launches Soon for $40
By Joe Rizzo
T-Mobile is basically extending its Un-carrier plan as a strategy towards entry level customers. T-Mobile said this new plan also qualifies for the company's program where it pays …

Comings & Goings: The New President and COO of Motorola Mobility is Rick Osterloh
By Joe Rizzo
As of a memo issued on Wednesday from Motorola and written by designated COO was Jonathan Rosenberg,the new chief operating officer there is now Rick Osterloh.

Is The LG G Pad 8.3 Living Up to Expectations?
By Miguel Leiva-Gomez
LG and Verizon together announced the release of the LG G Pad 8.3 LTE tablet about a week ago. in response to a trend by other manufacturers-the introduction of 8-inch tablets vers…

What Next if Sprint Can't Buy T-Mobile US?
By Gary Kim
It's starting to look as though the Comcast bid to buy Time Warner Cable will face far fewer hurdles than the Sprint bid to buy T-Mobile US.

WhatsApp Offers Prepaid SIMs in Germany on E-Plus
By Ed Silverstein
WhatsApp, a messaging service, has partnered with E-Plus, a mobile telecom operator, to offer prepaid SIMs in Germany. They provide unlimited WhatsApp usage.

Verizon Targets Customer Retention with TV and Internet Loyalty Program
By Bob Wallace
Verizon is looking to make the post-sales experience rewarding as part of a new loyalty program for residential and small business users of its high-speed Internet services and FiO…

New Report Suggests Big Gains for Smartphone App Processors
By Steve Anderson
While the mobile device market in general is working on some very impressive gains, the various parts that comprise or work with the mobile device market aren't having a tough time…

Easy Fixes for Battery Drain on iOS Devices
By Steve Anderson
For most users, the iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad is a great device that offers a host of benefits, including the ability to have information on-hand nearly everywhere a user may go. …

Comcast Pondering Wi-Fi-First Mobile Network?
By Gary Kim
Comcast reportedly is looking at a Wi-Fi-first approach to mobile service, hopefully supplementing Wi-Fi access with wholesale mobile capacity, an approach used by Republic Wireles…

Lextech's New Guarantee Make Enterprise Apps More Affordable than Ever
By Karen Veazey
App developer Lextech has raised the bar for enterprise developers by instituting a return on investment guarantee. The Return on App (ROA) program guarantees a full return on the …

Copper Linings: Long Live the PSTN
By Carl Ford
While there are some who still believe we will finally turn off the PSTN (Public Switched Telephone Network) in 2018, there are strong indications that the end is actually nowhere …

CommAgility, MIMOon Launch Complete LTE Layer
By David Delony
CommAgility, a developer of signal processing technology, and MIMOon, an LTE small cell software vendor, have announced that MIMOon's mi!SmallCellPHY software will be bundled with …

Kickstarter Campaign Launches for Portable Wireless Charging Device
By David Gutbezahl
On April 14, 2014, OEM/ODM/EMS supplier Wireless Efficiency will launch a Kickstarter campaign to crowdfund its newest design, the QiPack. The QiPack is a newly designed inductive …

U.S. Cellular Joins Marketing War
By Gary Kim
Simple Connect plan customers can choose to pay up front for their device and month to month services, or finance their device and receive a bill for financing and service.

Will a Majority of Entertainment Video Shift to Mobile?
By Gary Kim
Some $750 billion worth of global revenue will be "in play" by 2020, Ericsson now predicts, with half of all video entertainment content being consumed over the top and on demand. …

Brendan Eich Resigns as Mozilla CEO, Leaves Foundation Board Amid Controversy
By Joe Rizzo
It never ceases to amaze me how one comment or gesture can have such an effect on a person. Just last month, co-founder of Mozilla Brendan Eich was appointed as its CEO. However, t…

Looking for an Apple Device? Prices Starting to Drop
By Steve Anderson
Buying anything with that Apple brand on it-be it an iPad, iPhone, or iPod with any combination of words or numbers after the base term-has never really been an inexpensive process…

Second Loss in Three Quarters Hits HTC Hard
By Joe Rizzo
Unfortunately, a dwindling market share for HTC smartphones had led to the company's first ever quarterly loss. In addition, HTC also saw a 54 percent decline in its share price la…

What Do Fans' Mobile Devices Have to Do with the Final Four?
By Oliver VanDervoort
As America settled in to watch the beginning of the Final Four and eventually the game that will determine this year's NCAA Basketball national champion, one company decided to com…

Google Looking At Launching MVNO in Google Fiber Areas
By Oliver VanDervoort
Google might be looking to get deeper into the smartphone business, especially in areas where it has already rolled out its fiber services, according to recent reports.

Wheelings & Dealings: Apple Acquires Another Automated Speech Recognition Company
By Tracey E. Schelmetic
When Apple first debuted its speech-enabled virtual assistant, Siri, in October 2011, the world was amazed and amused. Until that point, most people's knowledge and experience of s…

Wheelings & Dealings: Cincinnati Bell Sells Mobile Business to Verizon Wireless
By Gary Kim
Cincinnati Bell is selling its mobile spectrum licenses and tower-related assets to Verizon for $210 million after 16 years as a regional mobile provider. The sale is part of a pat…

Move Over, Dashcams: Police Now Have Body-Worn Video
By Tracy Shevlin
Vievu has announced the release of "Straight Shooter 25", a new program designed to gear up police with "Body Worn Video" cameras while on duty.

Is the Battle Between Carriers and OTT About to Get Ugly?
By Doug Mohney
Facebook rolled out free voice calling within its updated Android Messenger app last week. The company will also roll out free voice calling into its 450 million WhatsApp customers…

Mobility Techzone Week in Review
By Matt Paulson
In today's world, there are already more wireless devices than there are people, and innovation in this field continues with each passing week. Just in the past week alone, new tec…

Verizon Cuts the Price of Its Top of the Line Family Plan
By David Gutbezahl
The competition to control the mobile lives of families is fierce, but Verizon, one of the four top mobile service providers, has made an announcement that may help push their sale…

Juniper Systems Combines IDBLUE RFID Reader to its Rugged Handhelds
By Frank Griffin
The Internet of Things (IoT) will connect billions of devices to the Internet so consumers, businesses, and governments can access and control the products and infrastructure we us…

AWS-3 Auction Will Feature 'Shared Spectrum' for First Time
By Gary Kim
The Federal Communications Commission has announced its intention to hold an auction for 65 MHz of new mobile spectrum in the 1695-1710 MHz, 1755-1780 MHz, and 2155-2180 MHz bands.

For Tesla Drivers, the Dashboard Keeps Up With the News
By Steve Anderson
Quantcast, who focuses on advertising measurement and targeting, took a look at the results of browser measurement from one of the over 25,000 Tesla Model S cars on the road today,…

Frost & Sullivan Reveals Enterprises Want Mobile Apps
By David Gutbezahl
Enterprises are looking to increase their efficiency, and the go to means of doing so appears to be through the usage of mobile apps on employee devices. Frost & Sullivan, an agenc…

Virgin Mobile Partners with NETGEAR to Create Mingle Mobile Hotspot
By Casey Houser
Telecommunications company Virgin Mobile continues to innovate within the mobile hotspot market. Alongside its computer equipment manufacturing partner, NETGEAR, the pair announced…

600-MHz Auction Rules Will Be Difficult
By Gary Kim
You might think it would be an easy call for the Federal Communications Commission to design auction rules for the upcoming 600-MHz auctions of former TV broadcast spectrum. Intend…

The 4 HD Voice Questions Sprint Needs to Answer on April 29
By Doug Mohney
Sprint is turning up the hype on its national HD voice rollout with an April 29 event in New York City. I'm trying to get an invitation in the hopes I might be able to get the answ…

Low-end Phones Expected to Drive Smartphone Growth
By Tracy Shevlin
Amid speculation that the tremendous growth rate of smartphone sales can't be sustained as markets become saturated, a new study from iGR predicts more growth from 2013-2018. Accor…

European Parliament Passes Rules Ending Wholesale Mobile Roaming Charges, Instituting Net Neutrality
By Gary Kim
European Union Connected Continent legislation ending all roaming charges within the EU, creating a network neutrality framework and also circumscribing the ways Internet service p…

FCC Continues to Review Spectrum Use
By Ed Silverstein
The FCC is a key player in deciding how to use any available spectrum in the United States. Some of it may be shared or reassigned, if it can be done efficiently and safely.

FCC to Auction Wireless Spectrum Band
By Lavanya Rathnam
This auction is the largest amount of spectrum that was made available for mobile broadband since 2008, when the 700 MHz band was auctioned. This auction also comes along the heels…

vMobile Lets Vitelity Revolutionize Cell Phones for Business Use
By Ed Silverstein
Vitelity is a privately owned, international Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) provider. It offers wholesale voice, fax, SMS, and hosting services.

Super Wi-Fi Provides Alternative Wireless Access
By Ed Silverstein
Super Wi-Fi is getting a lot more attention in the tech sector. Basically, it includes alternative wireless access solutions, such as TV White Space, hetnets, spectrum sharing solu…

Apps Overwhelmingly the Biggest Part of the Mobile Landscape
By Steve Anderson
The new Flurry report focuses on January 2014 to March 2014, and this microcosmic slice of the field shows some surprising developments afoot. Time spent on a mobile device, for ex…

Finnish Telecom's DNA Opts for 4G Expansion, Selects Ericsson to Supply LTE 800 MHz Network to Improve Coverage
By Daniel Brecht
Yesterday, Finnish telecommunications company DNA Ltd. signed a deal with Ericsson to expand its mobile communication network with a new, nationwide LTE 800 MHz network. The partne…

New Report Foresees Small Cells Market Hitting $10 Billion by 2018
By Joe Rizzo
Small cells have been getting a lot of attention lately. Back in October 2013, Infonetics Research released its small cell report entitled "Small Cell Mobile Backhaul Equipment." T…

Chromebook Shipments to See Steady Growth Through 2019
By Rory Lidstone
Chromebooks seemed like nothing more than a curiosity when the first models from Acer and Samsung were first introduced in 2011, but the cloud-centric laptops have managed to carve…

Viber Updates Windows 8 Phone App to Allow International Calls
By David Gutbezahl
Is the world heading to a point where people will only pay mobile service providers for 3G access, forsaking voice and texting minutes? The answer is most likely no, as it is highl…

Apple Has Eyes on Chipmaker Renasas Electronics
By Steve Anderson
Apple is one of the biggest names in smartphones, but with its own share of the market reportedly on the decline, it's not surprising to see Apple take an active interest in branch…

Carlson Wireless Turns TV White Space into Affordable Rural Wi-Fi Connectivity
By Laura Stotler
Touting themselves as the "leaders in TV white space," Carlson Wireless Technologies has an interesting strategy when it comes to bringing Internet connectivity to rural and hard t…

100 MHz of Spectrum in 5 GHz Band for Unlicensed Wi-Fi Made Available by the FCC
By Joe Rizzo
In what has been referred to as a "rare bit of bipartisanship," both the Democratic and Republican commissioners of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted unanimous…

Mobile Packet Core Spending to Reach $18 Billion Fueled by Mobile Broadband Demand
By Steve Anderson
The first thought for many when the phrase "valuable commodity" comes up are many of the great standards: oil, gold, platinum, even silver. But few think of bandwidth until the tim…

T-Mobile's U.S. License Agreement with BlackBerry Ends This Month
By Joe Rizzo
In September 2013, T-Mobile announced that while it would continue to offer BlackBerry devices to its customers, it would no longer stock the smartphones on their shelves. The reas…

Nokia to Deploy 30k Phones to CaixaBank Employees
By Jonathan Keane
Nokia has struck a deal with Spanish financial group CaixaBank, which will see the bank choose Nokia smartphones as the preferred device for its employees. Along with the agreement…

Will Wi-Fi 'Only' Ever Be Sufficient to Run a National Mobile Network?
By Gary Kim
Perhaps it is not literally true that the distinction between licensed and unlicensed spectrum is now essentially irrelevant, a relic of the analog era of communications, as FCC Ch…

The Disconnect Between Services and Networks
By Carl Ford
We think of OTT (Over the Top) as competitors to the carriers these days, but before the Internet went commercial the network was designed to be over the top of the carrier network…

For Mobile Technology, MEMS Microphones Are a Must
By Steve Anderson
There are always some parts of technology that just don't bear a lot of consideration, yet are absolutely vital to the successful operation of said technologies. While the individu…

iHookup Social Partners with Sprylogics for its SDK Solution, Offering Social Networking for Mobile Daters
By Daniel Brecht
Sales of smart mobile devices (SMDs) - smartphones and tablets - will continue to grow, predicts IDC. In fact, the IDC predictions team suggest continued full-blown high-stakes com…

New iPhone 6 Screens Hit Production with May Flowers
By Steve Anderson
The old saying goes that April showers bring May flowers, and while whether or not one expands on the May flowers to note the arrival of pilgrims depends on a matter of personal ta…

Broadcom Launches 5G Wi-Fi System on a Chip for Indoor Use
By David Delony
Broadcom has announced a new System on a Chip (SOC) based on 5G Wi-Fi that will offer indoor connectivity.

FCC Moving Beyond 'Licensed, Unlicensed' Spectrum Framework
By Gary Kim
The Federal Communications Commission has moved to make 100 MHz of spectrum in the 5-GHz (5.150-5.250 GHz) band available for Wi-Fi or other uses. The move will increase the total …

University of New Hampshire Plugfest Leads to Product Certification
By Casey Houser
The University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (NHU-IOL) provides interoperability and conformance testing for a wide range of network, telecommunications, storage pro…

Thuraya and Airtel Partner to Bring Mobile Connectivity to Remote Africa
By Oliver VanDervoort
Thuraya Telecommunications has recently announced a partnership with Bharti Airtel International in a move the two companies say will "bridge the digital divide" in Africa. The agr…

AirWatch is a Two-time Winner at the GSMA's 19th Annual Global Mobile Awards
By Daniel Brecht
The growth of BYOD and mobile consumerization has led to the explosion of the use of mobile applications in the enterprise.

Apple and Android - The Testing Irony
By TMCnet Special Guest
Every organization testing mobile apps asks the same question: "What devices should I be testing on? Android or Apple, or what combination of the two?" According to a recent market…

Mobility TechZone Week in Review
By Matt Paulson
Not only are new devices and software shaping the market and how people use mobile tech, but the ways in which mobile tech is used is also studied heavily.

Microsoft Office Freemium Apps Take iPad By Storm
By Steve Anderson
It's always something of a big deal when major platforms cross over, and word about Microsoft apps showing up on Apple devices has been getting its share of discussion for a while …

Starhome MACH Speeds Up Availability of LTE Roaming
By Peter Bernstein
At the recently concluded Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, I had the opportunity of discussing the critical area of LTE roaming with Zurich, Switzerland-based Starhome MAC…

Fourth Quarter Losses are Less Than Expected for BlackBerry But Revenue Drops Below $1 Billion
By Joe Rizzo
Early this morning, BlackBerry announced the results of its latest quarterly earnings report. If you remember, six months ago there was talk that BlackBerry was looking into the po…

Wheelings & Dealings: Mobile App Sector Development Continues to Grow with AppGyver Raising $2.5M from Investors
By Ed Silverstein
In another sign of the strength of the mobile app sector, AppGyver, a provider of tools for mobile developers, has raised $2.5 million from investors in an angel round.

Worldwide Tablet Hybrid Device Shipments Can Reach 50 Million by 2018
By Joe Rizzo
What exactly is a tablet hybrid device? It is a tablet that turns into a laptop, or a laptop that breaks apart into a tablet. It is a fairly simple idea. If there more than one pie…

BT Implements GENBAND Diameter Signaling Controllers for Cost-effective Roaming for Global MNOs
By Matt Paulson
BT is one of the top providers of communication services and solutions around the world, so the decisions that they make carry an extra weight in the industry. One of their most re…

Deployment Costs for Small Cells is Affected by Installation Location
By Joe Rizzo
A few months ago, in December 2013, Infonetics Research released a brief synopsis of its Small Cell Mobile Backhaul Equipment report. This report is used to track and forecast outd…

Aicent to Top Two Million Monthly LTE Roamers This Month
By Rory Lidstone
Aicent, a multi-service IPX of mobile data network services and solutions for mobile carriers around the world, is getting ready to celebrate a major milestone. According to its ca…

Bell and Howell Launch Mobile Mail App with Xplor
By Michael Guta
An electronic document is a piece of data that requires a computer or any other electronic device to display, interpret and process what is on the document. Even though the process…

Are You Ready for BYOD?
By Susan J. Campbell
The idea that the world has gone mobile is not a new concept. Cell phones have been a mainstay for sales teams and field professionals for a number of years. What has changed in th…

What Does BYOD Have to Do with Sesame Street?
By Susan J. Campbell
When you think about Sesame Street, do you think about big furry puppets, fun songs that taught you letters and numbers, and loveable characters that were practically part of your …

Regarding Blind Men and the UC Elephant
By Carl Ford
The world of unified communications these days is similar to the parable of blind men describing an elephant. Your point of view depends on the particular angle from which you're c…

Cortexica Makes Choosing Shoes Much Simpler
By Michael Guta
The fashion industry uses the latest available technology to get customers to buy its products and services, and shoes are no exception. Cortecxa Visual Systems Ltd., a London base…

The GameOn Project Launches Smart Locator Application for Mobile Games
By Mandira Srivastava
Mobile gaming is increasing so fast that it's expanding the traditional video game. These games are becoming an increasingly important component of the global industry. A few years…

No Mobile Price War?
By Gary Kim
Some will look at the numbers and conclude there is no mobile price war under way in the United States, despite the many changes in retail packaging and pricing we have seen over t…

SOTI Helps Drive Channel Partner Growth with the Altitude Partner Program
By Rory Lidstone
SOTI, a provider of enterprise mobility management (EMM) and BYOD policy management that has been working to make Android more enterprise ready in recent months, has launched a new…

SIM Provisioning Made Simpler Through SaaS Offering
By Miguel Leiva-Gomez
To mobile operators, time is money. New subscribers are coming in every year in droves. People move from one carrier to another constantly, and prepaid subscribers need their numbe…

Prototype Smartphone Alleviates LTE Networks by Operating Through TV Whitespace
By Matt Paulson
Mobile devices are simply becoming a fact of life these days, but more people checking their email and browsing the Web on mobile devices means that data networks are placing an in…

Voxofon on OTT Monetization and Revenue Models
By Miguel Leiva-Gomez
According to Moctezuma there are many possibilities for monetizing opportunities in OTT as the world's moves to smart mobile devices for its communication and computing needs. The …

Cuts at Sprint See the Layoff of 330 Techs and Closure of 55 Stores
By Joe Rizzo
Roughly six months after Japan's SoftBank acquired Sprint, there were announcements concerning the company's plan cut costs with layoffs and closures. Sprint did not end 2013 on a …

Could iTunes for Android Be Apple's Big New Hit?
By Steve Anderson
There is no shortage of places from which to get streaming music. Pandora, Spotify, even YouTube can supply many of the songs that drive our lives. But iTunes-already a major porti…

Closing of Microsoft's Nokia Acquisition Delayed Until April
By Rory Lidstone
If you've been thinking that since Microsoft announced its intentions to acquire most of Nokia's mobile operations for the sum of $7.2 billion way back in September, the deal must …

Top Mobile and Telco Predictions for 2014
By Wayne Adam
Prior to the opening of the opening of the 2014 Mobile World Congress, tyntec, a mobile interaction specialist, enabling businesses to integrate mobile services into business-to-bu…

Google and Facebook Will Dominate Mobile Ad Market in 2014
By Michelle Nicolson
The rapid integration of mobile technology by consumers has resulted in a whopping increase of 105 percent in global mobile ad spending by marketers in 2013, with another 75.1 perc…

How Much Longer Will President Obama Have His BlackBerry?
By Joe Rizzo
It seems that for every step that BlackBerry takes moving forward, it runs into a brick wall. It is not an impossible barrier, but it is one none-the-less and it requires devising …

Mobility TechZone Week in Review
By Matt Paulson
It seems that every time you look away, more mobile devices appear on the shelves of stores and in the pockets of consumers. Mobile technology is expanding at an increasing rate ev…

Lenovo Lands Massive Patent Score In Nine-Figure Deal With Unwired Planet
By Steve Anderson
Lenovo has reached a deal valued at $100 million in cash with the firm Unwired Planet, taking on an entire portfolio of patents from the company.

ChinaCache and Nokia Team Up to Combine CDN With New Liquid Application Solutions
By David Gutbezahl
With strict guidelines regarding internet services, it should be little surprise that the People's Republic of China is not known for having many options when it comes to content d…

Huawei Licenses NQ Mobile Music Radar
By David Delony
NQ Mobile has announced that Huawei is licensing its NQ Mobile Music Radar audio search and music discovery tool.

Comings & Goings: Hipcricket Promotes Alan Sultan to Chief Strategy Officer Position
By Daniel Brecht
Headquartered in Bellevue, Wash. is Hipcricket Inc., a U.S. Mobile Advertising and Marketing Company with offices also in other major U.S. cities (New York, Atlanta and Chicago). T…

'Winner Take All' in Mobile Ad Markets
By Gary Kim
For observers long accustomed to the relative fragmentation of advertising revenues and market share across television, radio, newspapers, and magazines, the extreme concentration …

Facebook Brings Messenger App Beta Program to Android
By Andre Revilla
Facebook has been pushing for ad revenue since it's IPO in 2012, trying to prove that they can successfully monetize and grow profits using their desktop and mobile platforms. Ther…

Bsquare Working with Google's Project Tango to Develop New Technologies
By Frank Griffin
Project Tango is being developed by Google's Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) to evolve mobile devices so they can have a human- scale understanding of space and motion. Wha…

New Apple Patent Details Stylus with Multiple New Features
By Steve Anderson
The stylus is not commonly something that is thought to have more than one feature. After all, the stylus in its truest sense is designed to be a small plastic nib that makes it ea…

GSMA 2014 Report Cites Licensed Spectrum Best for Mobile Broadband
By Wayne Adam
GSMA's (Group Speciale Mobile Association) 2014 report has been released, and it stated that shared spectrum can complement but in no way replace the need for exclusive-access spec…

Mobile and Wearable Technology Continue the MEMS Combo Sensor Market Growth
By Joe Rizzo
Combination sensors have taken a prominent position at center stage in the MEMS, which stands for microelectromechanical systems, inertial sensor industry. This is due to the fact …

The iPad 2 Set to Be Replaced By Upgraded iPad 4
By Steve Anderson
With the coming of a new year also comes the approach of new Apple hardware, at least in a lot of people's minds, so wondering just what Apple's plans are in terms of new technolog…

Satellite Services Provider Globalstar Working on Hotspot and Wi-Fi Solutions for Mobile Users
By Laura Stotler
Louisiana-based satellite voice and data services provider Globalstar has been hard at work on some exciting new solutions that will change the way mobile communications are delive…

To Get the Most Out of Your Apps - Should You Go Native?
By Susan J. Campbell
If you're like nearly every other professional in the workforce, you have some sort of mobility worked into your day. Even if you spend most of your day at your desk, you're still …

Spectrum Sharing Plan Gets Google, AT&T, Verizon Support
By Gary Kim
Virtually anything the U.S. Federal Communications Commission wants to do has greater chance of success when rival stakeholders can agree on the principles and framework proposed b…

Alcatel-Lucent, Mitel and snom Intro New IP Phones at Enterprise Connect
By Doug Mohney
Orlando, Florida - Alcatel-Lucent, Mitel and snom introduced new phones and features this week at Enterprise Connect 14. Of the three, Alcatel-Lucent had a couple of surprises with…

Apple Releases 8GB iPhone 5c in Hopes of Boosting Sales
By Rory Lidstone
The iPhone 5c was a baffling addition to the iPhone family when it was first revealed last year. On the one hand, here was the low-end Apple phone seemingly every analyst said the …

Wireless BTS Market Grew 23 Percent in 2013
By David Delony
EJL Wireless Research has released a new report on the growth of the wireless base transmitting station (BTS) worldwide market.

Can T-Mobile US Maintain Pace of Subscriber and Revenue Growth?
By Gary Kim
Nobody knows now whether T-Mobile US can keep its turnaround humming, but there is no doubt its performance, between the start of 2012 and the end of 2013, has been among the more …

LifeProof Launches First National Smartphone Case Televised Ad Campaign
By Andre Revilla
Although they are first to bat for televised advertising, they interestingly aren't putting any money into new material it seems. They have two commercials, the first is entitled "…

Jabra Offers Intuitive Tool for the Workplace
By Andre Revilla
The Jabra office solution will also function under a Class 1 Bluetooth, meaning that it will provide a 100-meter range to its connected devices. Most Bluetooth devices will only fu…

Opera Mediaworks Unifies Services Under One Platform
By Rory Lidstone
Indeed, Opera Mediaworks' maneuvers over the last year or so have seemingly signaled this change in its operation - or at least some change. That's because the company has been exp…

Oppo Find 7 Uses Software Trick to Take 50MP Photos
By Rory Lidstone
The Find 7 also has the distinct advantage of offering high-resolution photos without an obtrusive camera hump. In fact, both versions of the phone are pretty sleek and about as po…

AmeriSys Reveals Latest Development in Wireless Technologies
By Michelle Amodio
Among the many technologies demonstrated at this years ITEXPO Miami, what stands out among them all is the topic of "super Wi-Fi." What is super Wi-Fi and why does it matter?

iQsim Makes it Easier to Send out Millions of Messages
By Ed Silverstein
SMS messages are important to many companies. iQsim, a France-based maker of mobile communication routers and SIM server platform products, provides key technology so that message …

MWC 2014: As the Mobile World Turns-Part 2: Top 5 Sights and Sounds
By Peter Bernstein
In the first part of my multi-part series on things, companies and people that got the juices flowing at the recently concluded Mobile World Congress (MWC), the focus was on the cr…

Yamaha Reduces Power Leakage by Half in Its Mobile Chips
By Michael Guta
Power leakage in portable devices such as smartphones, tablets and M2M modules is a great concern for everyone in the value chain. Whether it is chip manufacturers, software develo…

I Can Understand the News Getting it Wrong, But NPR?
By Carl Ford
When it recently declared the Internet to be 25 years old I wanted to dial the NPR editor's desk because I know that it is the World Wide Web that is celebrating its 25th birthday,…

Wheelings & Dealings: Yandex Purchases Geolocation Firm KitLocate to Boost Mobile Searches
By Matt Paulson
Yandex, a Google-like Russian group that provides search engine and email services, just expanded its operations with the purchase of an Israeli geolocation firm. The company, call…

Digital First Media and Rumble Partner on Mobile Solutions Innovations
By Oliver VanDervoort
Digital First Media has recently announced a brand new partnership with Rumble that the companies feel will be mutually beneficial. The deal allows Digital First Media to use Rumbl…

Legislation to Expose the Risks of RF Radiation
By Lavanya Rathnam
One of the most significant debates in today's tech world is cell phone radiation. It has been debated by scientists and lawmakers for the past few decades because of the potential…

Sprint Offers New Prepaid, No Data Cell Phone Plans
By Oliver VanDervoort
Sprint is the latest mobile phone company that seems to understand how important it is to offer its customers more prepaid handset options. The company recently announced it is goi…

Tango Networks Brings Mobile UC Message to Competitive Wireline Providers
By Paula Bernier
Three of the nation's largest wireless service providers rely on Tango Networks technology to power their business mobility solutions. But Tango also caters to competitive service …

Mobility and March Madness-Perfect Together
By Peter Bernstein
I realize that many of our loyal readers do not reside in the United States but my suspicion is that nearly everyone is aware that the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship…

Aviat Networks CTR 8000 Microwave Networking Platform Raises the Bar in Mobile Backhaul
By Peter Bernstein
There are very few areas in mobility that are getting more attention than that of backhaul. The reasons are simple. Backhaul of mobile traffic is the largest cost component of prov…

AirWatch Announces Same-day Support for iOS 7.1, Apple Device Enrollment Program
By Michael Guta
Organizations are integrating mobile devices in the corporate network as part of bring-your-own-device (BYOD) initiatives, or volume corporate purchases to supply the entire workfo…

New, Cheap iPhone 5C May Launch March 18
By Steve Anderson
While the iPhone line is an impressive sales juggernaut by most any standard, especially once all the sales are considered from the various lines that comprise the breed, the iPhon…

Samsung Follows Up its Original Chromebook with Two New Models
By Rory Lidstone
It was tough to say whether or not Chrome OS would become a success back when the first devices running Google's largely cloud-based platform started popping up. However, it seemed…

Apple's iOS 7.1 Tweak Improves iBeacon
By Oliver VanDervoort
Apple might take quite a bit of pride when it comes to its operating system, but that doesn't mean the company won't admit when changes need to be made. The company has already let…

Shift in Revenue Models Forecast 130 Million Mobile Video Calling Users by 2018
By Joe Rizzo
Thanks to technological advancements in Voice over IP (VoIP), Voice over LTE (VoLTE), along with the continuing global deployment of 4G LTE networks, data streams are becoming fast…

WhatsApp Voice Calling Screenshots Hit the Web
By Rory Lidstone
Eager WhatsApp users probably already know that voice calling will be introduced to the app at some point in the near future. In fact, WhatsApp co-founder and CEO Jan Koum stated a…

Once Apple Fixes Battery Bug iOS 7.1 Should Be a Home Run
By Karen Veazey
Though Apple's iOS 7.1 update is meant to fix a few bugs and add CarPlay, an interface with touch screens installed in new vehicles, the change making waves isn't any of those that…

Mobility TechZone Week in Review
By Matt Paulson
Mobile devices promise to deliver the power of entire banks of computers within a pocket-sized package through the use of cloud computing, wearable technology and more. To back tha…

BlackBerry 10 Being Adopted by Enterprises in Australia
By Michael Guta
By any measurable standard, since the smartphone was introduced by Apple, BlackBerry has been a dismal failure. Considering the strong market share the company controlled, especial…

Umeng Report Shows China Uses Over 700 Million Smart Devices
By Casey Houser
Mobile app analytics provider Umeng released its annual insight report, "China Mobile Internet 2013 Overview," this week. The report notes a number of features about the smartphone…

European Mobile Operators Need Cable More than Cable Needs Mobile
By Gary Kim
Do mobile operators need cable TV network assets more than cable TV operators need mobile assets? Maybe, one might conclude from recent transactions.

In-Flight Movies with United Airlines Coming Exclusively to iOS This April
By Matt Paulson
Apple customers looking to book a flight with United Airlines at any time after April are in for a special treat if they bring their mobile devices along for the ride. United Airli…

VEVO Branches Out from YouTube with Mobile SDK
By Tara Seals
VEVO, YouTube's No. 1 streaming channel, is venturing out from under the auspices of viral videoland with a mobile SDK and iOS app that will expand its distribution footprint to ne…

Is the LG G Pad 8.3 Everything It Panned Out to Be?
By Miguel Leiva-Gomez
LG and Verizon together announced the release of the LG G Pad 8.3 LTE tablet about a week ago. This was in response to a trend by other manufacturers to start introducing 8-inch ta…

Comtec A.S. Becomes a Value Added Reseller for Actelis Networks
By Joe Rizzo
Actelis Networks is a company that is taking full advantage of existing copper networks to deliver high-speed broadband Ethernet services with fiber-like speeds. It is able to deli…

4G to Be Left in the Dust by New Technology
By Steve Anderson
When it comes to the networks on which our devices run, no speed is ever really too fast. No amount of bandwidth is ever too much for our ever-increasing demands, with gaming and s…

Small Cell Is an Outsourcing Opportunity
By Gary Kim
By 2018, 20 percent of mobile service providers surveyed by Real Wireless expect to have deployed large small cell networks of over 100,000 locations, excluding Wi-Fi-only hotspots…

Comings & Goings: SoftBank Hires Bruce Gottlieb as an Executive VP
By Casey Houser
SoftBank Corp., a Japanese telecommunication and Internet company, announced Tuesday that it hired Bruce Gottlieb as its newest vice president. A Business Wire report indicates tha…

iOS 8 Offering Better Apple Maps Application
By Oliver VanDervoort
When it comes to Apple's next big iOS release, this time version 8, it appears the focus will be on improving the Apple Maps application more than anything else. iOS 8 is on the ho…

Liberty Global to Launch Pan-European MVNO
By Gary Kim
Liberty Global plans to create a pan-European mobile virtual network operator operation, beginning in the Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Austria, and the United Kingdom, someth…

Enhanced eLTE Broadband Trunking Solution is Introduced at CeBIT 2014 by Huawei
By Joe Rizzo
Chinese multinational network and telecommunications company Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. is considered to be the largest telecommunications equipment maker in the world. It has de…

Instagram Android Update Brings Cleaner Experience, Broader Device Support
By Rory Lidstone
There was a lot of excitement late last year when Instagram finally made its way to Windows Phone users and for good reason; Instagram was one of a few major holds outs yet to reac…

Apple Reduces iPhone Return Policy Time
By Joe Rizzo
Anyone who has purchased any Apple device directly from an Apple retail store or its online store knows that the return policy on these items is 14 days. There was one exception to…

WhatsApp for Android Glitch Exposes Conversations to Hackers
By Matt Paulson
A recent flaw in the interaction between WhatsApp and several Android phones has made the privacy of these conversations somewhat questionable.

What's New for Mobile Collaboration?
By Susan J. Campbell
If you haven't noticed, the world has gone mobile. Consumers are taking their communication devices with them on the road. As they show up for work, the same devices are playing an…

ResNet Provider Apogee Reports Mobile Devices Connected on College Campuses Triple
By David Gutbezahl
Apogee, the largest provider of on-campus residential networks (ResNet) for colleges and universities, has reported that the usage of Wi-Fi connected devices on campuses has been g…

Quietly, Apple Improves Loyalty Pricing for Big Spenders
By Joe Rizzo
Something that you normally do not hear from Apple is that it is offering discounts or sales on its products. Although Apple says that the program has been around for some time, it…

Multiple System Operators (MSOs) have Business Opportunity with Small Cells
By Peter Bernstein
It is no secret that the deployment and management of small cells has created significant challenges for mobile operators. From general network configuration and local zoning sitin…

Wheelings & Dealings: Anonymous Confession App Whisper Raises $30 Million
By David Delony
With the rise of social media, it seems like everyone is sharing everything these days, even things most people would rather not see. Whisper, on the other hand, has its users shar…

Aruba Mobility-defined Networks Accelerate Move to All-wireless Workplace
By Peter Bernstein
There is no denying or fighting certain inexorable trends causing disruption and creating opportunities for enterprises and their vendors around the world. The adoption of the clou…

GlassesOff is an App that Aims to Improve Your Vision
By Rory Lidstone
With the growing ubiquity of smartphones, it's easy to forget that they offer some really groundbreaking functionality, functionality that grows by the day thanks to the efforts of…

Aereo Needs a 'CarterFone Decision' for the Home Network
By Carl Ford
Aereo is a server farm in the cloud that provides a private VPN-like service to customers that want to watch their local broadcast TV stations. It is a strictly broadcast area solu…

One Clear Measure of Telecom Market Change
By Gary Kim
One measure of how much the telecom market has changed, in Western Europe and elsewhere, is market share. Consider that former U.K. monopoly provider BT, which once had 100 perc…

Global Mobile Data Hits 1.4 Million Terabytes per Month in 2013
By Michelle Nicolson
The combination of new mobile subscribers and the desire to stay connected via bandwidth intensive applications has led to exponential growth in the amount of mobile data traffic, …

RADCOM Secures Deal with Major Brazilian Operator
By Rory Lidstone
Tel Aviv-based RADCOM has had a successful year so far thanks largely to its MaveriQ solution. In fact, the company states that the momentum it has gained from MaveriQ was a factor…

Creating Mobile Solutions for the Modern Business
By Alisen Downey
Yapmo, short for "yap mobile," is a mobile software company providing work-flow tools to help businesses communicate more effectively and efficiently. Its flagship offering, also c…

GameXtend Helps Users Game Longer with the Samsung Galaxy S5
By Rory Lidstone
When Samsung's new flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S5, was unveiled last month, there was obviously a lot of analysis and criticism. After all, a new Galaxy device is more or less …

Without T-Mobile US, Sprint Will Not Rearrange U.S. Market Share
By Gary Kim
Must Sprint acquire T-Mobile US to have any hope of dislodging either AT&T Mobility or Verizon Wireless from their current positions at the top of the U.S. mobile market? SoftBank …

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite Powered by Marvell Low-cost Platform
By Rory Lidstone
Samsung has been expanding its Galaxy Tab 3 line of tablets over the last few months with interesting variants like the Intel-powered Galaxy Tab 3 10.1-inch and the colorful Galaxy…

Apple Recruits TSMC for Chip Production, Reduces Samsung's Role
By Rory Lidstone
It seems that no matter what they do, Apple and Samsung are inextricably linked in one way or another. At the most basic level is the fact that the two companies together dominate …

Due to Increased 4G Coverage Wireless Network Data Quality Has Greatly Improved
By Joe Rizzo
We are seeing a lot of headway being made in the deployment of 4G/LTE networks. The European Union (EU) spent a lot of money during 2013 to expand its coverage, and China awarded l…

There is Collaboration Between Britain and Germany on 5G Next Mobile Network
By Joe Rizzo
During the summer of last year, the European Union (EU) invested a lot of Euros towards the development of a fifth generation (5G) network. This is the type of network that will en…

Google Prepares for Android Apps on Wearable Devices
By Matt Paulson
Android apps may soon be coming to a car, smartwatch or other wearable device near you in the foreseeable future. On Sunday, Google executive Sundar Pichai made the announcement th…

Latest 2014 Count for HD Voice: 69 Countries, 96 Networks
By Doug Mohney
Last week, the Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA) issued its latest report on mobile HD voice around the world. GSA surveyed HD voice in over 69 countries on 96 networks as …

Samsung Launches Milk Music Service for Galaxy Devices
By Oliver VanDervoort
Again, the big drawback is the limited number of devices that people can use Milk on. At launch, the Samsung branded Galaxy S3, the Galaxy S4, the Note 2, the Note 3 and GS4 varian…

Skyroam Offers Cheaper Global Roaming with 3Gmate
By Rory Lidstone
Unless you're with T-Mobile, which recently stopped charging for international data roaming, it's likely that global roaming is a concern. After all, most carriers charge quite a p…

Widespread Public Wi-Fi Increases Competition in Mobile Market
By Gary Kim
Widespread public Wi-Fi access both helps and harms mobile service providers. In the positive sense, U.S. cable operators and telcos (both fixed network and mobile) have used pu…

U.S. Mobile Price War Expands
By Gary Kim
Beginning March 9, 2014, AT&T is launched a new pricing plan (the offer expires at the end of March 2014) that extends savings of the "Mobile Share Value" plans to customers with o…

Mobility Techzone Week in Review
By Matt Paulson
The past week has brought exciting change to the mobile tech industry. Between new products that revolutionize the way people use technology on the go to new studies that show exac…

Tablet Market is Slowing
By Gary Kim
The global market for new tablets will grow at about a 19 percent rate in 2014, slowing from the 52 percent pace of 2013, according to International Data Corporation, representing …

Strong 2014 Start for Apple
By Joe Rizzo
A breakdown of a recent survey shows that for the first month of the year, 159.8 million Americans own smartphones. That represents a 66.8 percent mobile market penetration.

Carl Zeiss' Cinemizer OLED Now Supported by EON Studio
By Rory Lidstone
Interactive 3D software provider EON Reality has added a new offering, the Cinemizer OLED, to its list of supported visualization products. Created by prominent optics and opto-ele…

Comings & Goings: Apple Facing Challenges in Wake of CFO Oppenheimer's Retirement
By Christopher Mohr
Apple announced Tuesday that its CFO, Peter Oppenheimer, will retire at the end of September. Former Xerox CFO, Luca Maestri, will take over Oppenheimer's position during a transit…

CasePoint Now Available in a Mobile Version
By Frank Griffin
One of the most time-consuming aspects of litigating a case is researching case laws before, during, and after the case has settled. While there is a concerted effort to digitize t…

Plantronics Voyager Edge Bluetooth Headset Utilizes the Power of Bluetooth 4.0 among Other Innovations
By Lavanya Rathnam
Wearable technology has seen big leaps in the last few years as more and more companies are coming up with simple wearable devices with powerful features. Even ordinary devices lik…

Qualcomm, Sprint and NASCAR Conduct First Hyper-dense Small Cell Network Trial
By Frank Griffin
According to the Cisco Visual Networking Index Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast for 2013 to 2018, the global mobile data traffic will reach an annual run rate of 190 exabytes by…

Taplytics Mobile A/B Testing Platform for Native App Optimization
By Daniel Brecht
A/B testing (sometimes called split testing) refers to an interdisciplinary approach used to test new ideas, performance, or new features. It implies the use of two groups (A and B…

Comings & Goings: Shai Gerably Joins Rumble as Vice President of Research and Development
By Frank Griffin
Gerably was also professional services chief technology officer at Microsoft and led presale efforts for Microsoft services supporting the value selling of Microsoft's product port…

Enhanced UMTS Test Tools Announced by GL Communications
By Ed Silverstein
Enhanced UMTS (Universal Mobile Telecommunications System) analysis and emulation tools have been announced by GL Communications.

BlackBerry Confirms Ads in BBM Channels, but Promises to Keep Ads Off-limits in Chats
By Matt Paulson
Amid rumors that BlackBerry would be pushing sponsored content across their devices, BlackBerry has stepped forward to clarify the situation. BlackBerry confirmed that they would i…

U.S. Government Sues Sprint for Alleged Overcharging on Court-ordered Wiretaps
By Ed Silverstein
The U.S. Government is suing Sprint for allegedly overcharging $21 million on complying with court-ordered wiretaps.

Fotolia Awarding 'Cash' Credits for Best iPhone and Android Images of 2014
By Karen Veazey
It's a good week for bloggers, designers, and anyone who uses stock photography with today's announcement that Getty images are making at least a portion of their wealth of images …

Gamebase Unveiling New Reach3dx Cross-platform Mobile 3D Game Engine
By David Gutbezahl
On March 17 2014 game developers will be gathering at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco, California. Mobile game developers especially may have something to tru…

Parks Associates: Mobile App Revenue in North America On Huge Climb
By Steve Anderson
The phrase "there's an app for that" used to be just clever marketing. Used to be, of course, before there really was a mobile app for just about any "that" under the sun a person …

ip.access Announces New Breed of 'Presence' Small Cells
By Ed Silverstein
ip.access has announced a new kind of small cells which the company says are designed around "Presence Cells" and provide lucrative opportunities.

The Global Optical and Image Sensors Market Gets a Boost by the Smartphone and Tablet Boom
By Joe Rizzo
Thanks to a new report from Frost & Sullivan entitled "Strategic Analysis of the World Optical and Image Sensors Market," we have information that suggests that there will be signi…

Like it or Not, French and U.S. Mobile Markets Eventually Will Shrink from 4 to 3 Leading Providers
By Gary Kim
Regulators in the United States and France will have much to say about mobile market structure in their countries, as proposed mergers are sought by contestants in both markets. In…

During T-Mobile's Trade-in Promo, 94 Percent of BlackBerry Users Switched to Another Platform
By Joe Rizzo
In September 2013, T-Mobile announced that while it would continue to offer BlackBerry devices to its customers, it would no longer stock the smartphones on their shelves. The reas…

Impressive Growth Seen from TD-LTE Revenues in Q4 2013
By Joe Rizzo
According to a recent report, Time-Division Long-Term Evolution, or TD-LTE -- which is sometimes referred to as Long-Term Evolution Time-Division Duplex (LTE-TDD) -- witnessed reve…

MasterCard, Syniverse Developing New Services Based on Location of User, Mobile Device
By Ed Silverstein
A new pilot-phase program by MasterCard and Syniverse will be able to limit credit card-based transactions when a user's mobile device is in a specific location, along with the con…

Jagermeister Launches 'JagerBonds' Mobile App-Drink Responsibly!
By Peter Bernstein
If you are someone who occasionally appreciates a good liqueur you probably are familiar with the brand name Jagermeister in the headline. This means I have your attention. Transla…

Global Operator Billed Service Revenues will Reach $90 Billion for Mobile Roaming by 2018
By Joe Rizzo
This week we have a new report from Juniper Research. This report is entitled "Mobile Roaming: Regulations, Opportunities & In-flight Strategies 2014-2018." This is the second edit…

Comings & Goings: Kony Names New CEO, Thomas E. Hogan
By Jonathan Keane
Thomas E. Hogan has been named the new chief executive officer of enterprise mobility company Kony, Inc., which will be aiming to drive sales and expansion with the help of his bac…

Verizon Refurbishes Prepaid Plans, Adds Rollover Data
By Michelle Amodio
There's some good news for folks using Verizon prepaid plans. Big Red unveiled a new set of offerings for prepaid customers that add a bit more flexibility for those on a budget, b…

Aeroflex Undertakes 5G Research and Development
By Lavanya Rathnam
5G (Fifth generation mobile networks) is the next phase of telecommunication development as it denotes speeds that far exceed the ones that are currently being offered by 4G networ…

'Tutume 7, this is Facebook Droning On and On'
By Carl Ford
The idea of Facebook buying Titan to cover the African continent in Wi-Fi seems noble enough. But like past events that didn't turn out as planned, we need to proceed carefully.

StickNFind's Enterprise BLE Technology Now Available via the Samsung Solutions Exchange
By Rory Lidstone
StickNFind Technologies is probably best known for the StickNFind Bluetooth location sticker, a crowdfunded product that helps users find easily lost items, like the television rem…

The Future is Mobile: Are You Ready?
By TMCnet Special Guest
Do you remember Doc Brown, Marty McFly and their stunning time machine? After having messed things up in the first "Back to the Future" movie (letting Biff get his hands on the alm…

LTE Capacity and Interoperability Tests for Public Safety Communications Research Reaches Completion for Aviat
By Joe Rizzo
The goal of the Public Safety Research Communications Demonstration Program (PSCR) is designed to provide objective technical support, with a focus on fostering public safety commu…

U.S. House Approves Compromise Cell Phone Unlocking Bill
By Ed Silverstein
The U.S. House of Representatives recently approved a bill regarding the unlocking of cell phones: H.R. 1123. Not everyone is happy about the current version.

Wheelings & Dealings: AccountNow Acquisitions Allow Customers Prepaid Wireless Services
By Wayne Adam
AccountNow, one of the largest prepaid card companies and a trusted brand in providing alternative online banking solutions, has recently acquired www.prepaidwireless.com from Gene…

MWC 2014 Wrap-up: A New Era for Mobile Video Waits in the Wings
By Tara Seals
Opera found that while LTE networks in certain countries had better results than existing 3G and 2G networks - such as in the United States, where 18 percent of videos on LTE netwo…

Vodafone Expands Partnership with Ericsson through Project Spring
By Matt Paulson
Major telecommunications leader Vodafone recently announced that they have awarded a five year agreement with Ericsson in accordance to the Project Spring organic investment progra…

Texas Instruments and NSN Push Innovation on Base Stations
By Miguel Leiva-Gomez
Texas Instruments - a major manufacturer of electronics and analog technology components - has teamed up with Nokia Solutions and Networks - a major specialist in mobile broadband …

Wheelings & Dealings: Westell Buys Cellular Specialties as In-building Wireless Heats Up
By Paula Bernier
Westell Technologies Inc., a well-known name to long-time telephony types, today revealed it has purchased indoor wireless solutions company Cellular Specialties Inc. for $39 milli…

Web-based Messenger Line 'Not Talking with SoftBank,' Though They Should Be
By Karen Veazey
Masayoshi Son, CEO of Japanese based telecom SoftBank, isn't letting up in his apparent effort for telecom dominance; the latest development surrounds rumors of SoftBank's interest…

Fogg Mobile to Deploy Affirmed Mobile Content Cloud
By Rory Lidstone
Fogg Mobile, a Stockholm, Sweden-based mobile connectivity start-up, has turned to Affirmed Networks to handle network virtualization via the Affirmed Mobile Content Cloud. Accordi…

Long Term Evolution 4G Boosts 3 UK Revenue, Profit, Indirectly
By Gary Kim
Long Term Evolution 4G networks are expected to boost mobile service provider revenue, though in some cases the revenue is generated only indirectly.

Mobility Techzone Week in Review
By Matt Paulson
This week, the state of mobile technology was rocked by the 2014 Mobile World Congress, which closed their doors yesterday. This year the MWC was held in the beautiful Barcelona, S…

Texas Instruments Offers a Two-chip Wireless Backhaul Solution, TCI6631K2L
By Daniel Brecht
Meeting the mobile backhaul challenges in handling Ethernet and legacy TDM traffic at a reduced system cost and power consumption is Texas Instruments (TI). The company has met tho…

2013 Was a Year to Remember for NAND eMMC Memory
By Ed Silverstein
NAND memory saw an impressive year in 2013 - with records broken. The embedded multimedia card (eMMC) sector saw shipments of more than one billion units in 2013.

An Effort to Standardize G.fast Technology is Led by Study Group from ADTRAN and ITU
By Joe Rizzo
What exactly is G.fast? It is a standard for digital subscriber line (DSL) under development by the ITU-T which enables aggregate uplink and downlink data rates of up to 1 Gbit/s o…

Indoor Small Cells Generate Heat, But Infonetics Lowers Overall Small Cell Forecast
By Paula Bernier
Discussions of small cells dominated Mobile World Congress in 2011 and 2012 as carriers and vendors talked about the need to fill in coverage gaps and increase capacity - both with…

ZTE Flare Offers a Faster Way to Leverage LTE Advanced CAT6
By Rory Lidstone
For some, ZTE is probably best known as the creator of mobile devices, like its line of high-end nubia phones, even if those devices are relatively scarce outside of China. On the …

Mobile Video Consumers Like Video Better When the Sound is Good
By Tara Seals
For mobile users watching streaming video, it turns out that the audio track is a key component for user enjoyment and engagement. Overall, they prefer to "watch" video with their …

Presumption: Worldwide Smartphone Growth Will Ease to Single Digits by 2017
By Joe Rizzo
The latest tracker report from IDC predicts that worldwide smartphone shipments will dramatically slow down in the next two years. By 2017 we can expect to see single digit growth …

Nokia Courts Android App Developers
By Michelle Nicolson
With the recent launch of the Nokia X mobile operating system under its belt, Nokia has turned to the next stage of its strategy to regain the company's former glory in the mobile …

Aricent Partners with Octasic to Develop 3G and LTE Small Cell Platforms
By Casey Houser
According to tech news site Voice & Data, global technology services company Aricent has partnered with semiconductor manufacturer Octasic. The two organizations will link their kn…

New bigtincan Study Shows Users are Getting Active with Mobile Content
By Steve Anderson
Content engagement is one key that drives not only the use of the mobile platform as we know it today, but also what goes on that platform. It's useful for advertisers, and useful …

MWC 2014: Samsung Shows Pair of New Processors in Exynos 5 Line
By Steve Anderson
This year's round of the Mobile World Congress (MWC) event has given us plenty to consider already, what with the rapid growth of machine to machine (M2M) communications and a host…

Everything Old is New Again for BlackBerry
By Joe Rizzo
We have seen a lot of changes from BlackBerry in the past couple of years. Sometimes it seems like you can go from one extreme to the other and then just a little too far. In Janua…

PowerVR V2500 Imaging Processor from Imagination Gives Smartphones More Power
By Frank Griffin
As smart mobile devices become part of the corporate infrastructure with BYOD initiatives, cloud computing and other integrations, the hardware within these devices has to provide …

iwunta Integrates Samsung Gear 2 Into its Geo-relevant Social App
By Frank Griffin
The marketplace is full of applications that perform specialized tasks very well, but as more devices come into the market it is essential to integrate them with a seamless platfor…

Investment from Global Multinational Companies in BlackBerry Using its Enterprise Mobile Solutions
By Joe Rizzo
Last year most of the articles that were written about BlackBerry mostly referred to the fact that the company was losing customers to Android and iOS devices and platforms. Back i…

By 2019 Expect to See Over Two Billion Global LTE Subscriptions
By Joe Rizzo
On a worldwide level, there are still many regions that will not see 4G LTE services for quite a while. This is not because mobile operators do not want to invest the time and fina…

New Nokia X Smartphones to Address Affordable Market
By Frank Griffin
Two companies that were leaders in their field, Blackberry and Nokia, basically fell asleep at the wheel during the smartphone revolution. Now both companies are trying to reinvent…

PureWave and Texas Instruments to Work Together to Develop Hercules Platform for Small Cell Base Stations
By Christopher Mohr
At the Mobile World Congress (MWC), Texas Instruments (TI) and PureWave announced that they would be working together to develop small cell 4G base stations for the OEM market thro…

Firefox OS Appears on ZTE's Two Latest Phones
By Miguel Leiva-Gomez
Firefox OS is one of the youngest mobile operating platforms to enter the market. However, its anemic introduction was made up for by a genuine interest by hardcore fans of Mozilla…

Aerohive's Public Education Campaign on the Evolution to Controller-less WLANs
By Daniel Brecht
Aerohive Networks, a developer of controller-less wireless LANs and provider of cloud-based management solutions for the enterprise market, "announced the launch of a public educat…

Ubuntu Smartphones Are All Set to Hit the Markets
By Lavanya Rathnam
Ubuntu smartphones have created a lot of interest in the last few months because of the many superior features that are included. These smartphones are likely to offer a fresh UI f…

Texas Instruments Provides Airspan Networks with Small Cell Solutions
By Frank Griffin
The growth of smart mobile devices with broadband capability is forcing service providers to find new solutions to handle the enormous amount of data being transmitted in their net…

Huawei Makes the Case for Mobile Broadband as Key Enabler of 'Next Industrial Revolution'
By Peter Bernstein
This year's theme at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona is "What's Next." You will note that the theme does not include a question mark. The reason is that the annual gathering…

ZTE's nubia Phones Use Cypress TrueTouch Gen4 Touchscreen Controllers
By Rory Lidstone
ZTE may not be as popular a name as Samsung or Apple in North America, but sales of its devices in China and other areas of the world have certainly propelled the company to a stro…

Clean Master: Men Are from Android, Women Are from Apple
By Steve Anderson
The eternal dichotomy of men and women has been fertile ground, so to speak, for discussion in the past. This was perhaps best given form with the 1992 release of "Men are From Mar…

Qualcomm's Latest 2net Hub Release Adds BLE Integration
By Rory Lidstone
While Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) may have some competition in the area of beacon-based payment systems, it is now more or less the undisputed standard in the area of health and fit…

BlackBerry Targets the Enterprise with eBBM Suite
By Rory Lidstone
BlackBerry has been effectively fighting for survival over the last couple of years. Much of this has been through the release of new, exciting devices sporting a new, refined OS, …

Sprint Spark and HD Voice Hit Salt Lake City, Jacksonville, Fla.
By Rory Lidstone
It's no secret that competition in the U.S. wireless market is stiff, but few know that fact as well as Sprint. While the carrier has struggled to keep up with Verizon and AT&T in …

WiMAX Forum Partners with Global TD-LTE Initiative
By Rory Lidstone
The WiMAX Forum has entered into a strategic partnership with the Global TD-LTE Initiative (GTI) meant to serve as the foundation to guaranteeing that WiMAX Advanced is fully compa…

Wysips Crystal Uses Light to Charge, Receive Data on Smartphones
By Michael Guta
Even though most people think using light technology to transmit information is new, the fact of the matter is Alexander Graham Bell invented his Photophone in 1880. With this inve…

Failure to Launch: Challenges Hold Back Small Cell Tech
By Christopher Mohr
A recent survey by Infonetics paints a somewhat disappointing picture of a small cell market that fell short of initial predictions in 2013. A variety of challenges stood in the wa…

Who Blinked on the Video Stream?
By Carl Ford
Today I am trying to get my arms around what happened this past weekend, what with Netflix and Comcast making peace. Comcast being a content operator, does the agreement mean that …

PCTEL's New In-building Scanning Receiver Turns Heads at Mobile World Congress
By Matt Paulson
PCTEL is already in the business of making simple solutions to wireless problems in private and public networks, but their newest product seems to take the cake in both effectivene…

AirWatch Hosts TAG Conference Regarding BYOD
By Miguel Leiva-Gomez
Last Thursday, members of the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) met inside of AirWatch's headquarters to have a nice, long talk about "bring your own device" (BYOD). Just whe…

BlackBerry Z3 is an Affordable All-touch Device for Indonesia
By Rory Lidstone
With its recent struggles, it's a safe bet that expectations were low for BlackBerry going into Mobile World Congress. However, just because bigger names in mobile are unveiling ne…

4G's Positive Impact on Mobile Operators' Business is Demonstrated by LTE Usage
By Joe Rizzo
Mobidia is a leading mobile analytics provider. It has the largest global sample of smartphone and tablet users. The mobile analytics and metrics of Mobidia's platform provide a un…

AT&T Adds 'No Incremental Cost' International Texting
By Gary Kim
Starting February 28, 2014, AT&T's Mobile Share and Mobile Share Value plans will include unlimited text messaging from the United States to more than 190 countries worldwide.

AT&T's Next Big Stab at T-Mobile Takes to the Text Message
By Steve Anderson
AT&T has been seen, of late, taking on competitor T-Mobile with a variety of different tools. Price cutting, expansions in phone lines, some really quite impressive incentive packa…

Marvell Unveils 64-bit Mobile SoC with Five-Mode Modem
By Rory Lidstone
Since the launch of the iPhone 5S late last year with its 64-bit A7 processor, it seems that mobile chipmakers have been rushing to get their own 64-bit offerings to market. Qualco…

To Improve Voice Coverage, Sprint Adds Wi-Fi Calling
By Joe Rizzo
Last week, Sprint announced plans to rollout software updates that will allow users to place calls using available Wi-Fi networks. However, it will be a rather slow rollout. So far…

Mobile Strategy: Seven Secrets of Building Mobile Apps That Matter
By Sam Ganga
The power of mobile devices is incredibly alluring. The smartphones and tablets that we carry have the potential to transform the way enterprises do business. They can empower inst…

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