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Increase Marketing Spend in a Recession

February 14, 2008

Telco 2.0 - the Microsoft way

February 14, 2008

The following are comments from Ovum SVP, Brett Azuma on Microsoft and what they are up to in service provider communications. I thought this was worth passing along.

Microsoft provided an update on its Telco 2.0 vision. The analyst telebriefing indicated that Microsoft's revenues for the Communications Sector exceeded $2bn in 2007.

Forbes on Mobile World Congress

February 12, 2008

Mobile World Congress Key Terms

February 10, 2008

As you may know, Mobile World Congress kicks off this week and to get the ball rolling the event has put out some of the key terms you will be hearing more about this week. I have posted them here with their definitions in case you need to brush up on your acronyms.

Also be sure to check out the Mobile World Congress News Page to stay up to date on the show.

3G

3G, or third-generation, is loosely defined as offering high data speeds, always-on data access and greater voice capacity, enabling operators to offer customers fast internet access, live, streaming video and other multimedia or "converged" applications over a wireless network. There are several 3G technology standards.





Is AT&T a Runaway Winner?

February 6, 2008

Is AT&T going to win the IP services wars? I get the feeling they are really doing a fine job in this regard and will only do better over time. Jon Arnold agrees and in a  recent article he talks about how well AT&T is doing but also explains how in the new world of Internet Protocol communications, there will be mistakes and successes along the way.

He discusses, events that took place at ITEXPO and explores standalone versus bundled services while mentioning Verizon, Covad, XO, 8x8, Cbeyond and many others. There is good insight here and this article is worth a read.

Here is an excerpt:

Moving further along the spectrum, however, these two pieces begin to diverge, and the incumbent carrier must share the pie with competitors and over-the-top operators.






Big Things, Small Packages

February 6, 2008

Voce Signals Failed MVNO Experiment

February 6, 2008



Is it safe to say that if Sprint itself can barely make it as a mobile carrier, then companies that have to pay Sprint and others for their network to resell their services will have an even harder time?

This seems to be the case as recently, Beverly Hills based Voce closed up shop with no warning to subscribers. All of a sudden it seems people's diamond-encrusted telephones became instant fashion accessories with no other function.

In addition to this problem it seems just before closing down the company tried to charge subscribers twice in a month for service. Well, at least we know most Voce users could probably afford to pay twice.

It seems that except for rare instances, the MVNO market makes no sense. There are just too many high-profile companies that tried and died in this game.

Like I opened with, if Sprint can't make it (or at least you might say they are barely holding on), how will these MVNOs stand a chance if they aren't either master marketers or in a niche the majors don't want to or can't touch?

Of course I would eat every one of these electronic words if Steve Jobs decided Apple was getting into the MVNO biz.

See this LA Times story for more.













Apple Doubles Capacity

February 5, 2008

Out of guilt -- I really don't think it is important news, I need to share with my readers that today Apple doubled the capacity of the iPhone and iPod Touch. The new 16 GB iPhone will cost $499 and 32 GB iPod Touch is $499.

The iPod Touch 8 GB model still costs $299 and the 16 GB model is $399.

Why guilt? I don't know really. It seems that whatever Steve Jobs does must be blogged.



Garmin and Dell in Cells

January 31, 2008

Motorola Explores Spinning off Handset Business

January 31, 2008

Word is according to CNBC is that Motorola is looking for strategic alternatives for its mobile phone business. I wonder if this move makes sense for the company as this product line is where everyone seems to want to be. Apple, Google, Microsoft and others.

It seems the company just needs to figure out how do get their mobile house in order. It will be interesting to see who wants this business and if it can return to its former glory with other leadership.

At a time when consumer electronics products are literally on fire it is still surprising to me that Motorola has not been able to grow this business and make it the leader in mobile phones that it really should be.

Let's see what the next chapter holds.

See also Greg Galitzine's blog, Is Motorola Finished with Handsets?







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