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Blackberry to Pay You $550 for your iPhone

November 25, 2014

The smartphone wars have gotten out of control with Blackberry paying you up to $450 to switch to the company’s devices. As you can see from the chart below, they are not messing around… There is serious money to be had here for the iPhone user that is looking to switch.

 

 

Trade-In
Value

BlackBerry
Top-Up

Offer
Total

iPhone 4S

up to $90

$150

up to $240

iPhone 5

up to $150

$150

up to $300

iPhone 5C

up to $130

$150

up to $280

iPhone 5S

up to $235

$150

up to $385

iPhone 6

up to $400

$150

up to $550

 

Amazon too has tried to get people to switch to the Kindle Fire phone by giving away a year of Prime service and unlimited photo storage and bundling a Kindle Fire HDX 7” for only 99 cents.

What Skype for Web Means for WebRTC

November 14, 2014

 


Skype has finally decided to bring its VoIP and video platform to the web in an effort to better compete with a new wave of companies leveraging browser-based WebRTC technology. Today, they announced Skype for Web (Beta) which works with Chrome, Firefox and IE 10 or above. Recently, I mentioned how Microsoft has really been making some smart moves lately which make the company more relevant and ORTC/WebRTC support is certainly one of the most important areas in the communications space. My colleague Doug Mohney agrees when he says this isn't your father's Microsoft.

The simple reality about this move is it may make it tougher to compete with Skype as a pure WebRTC video or audio play as Skype obviously has a bigger name and bundles its solution with other Microsoft products.






3M's Role in Improving Cell Phone base Stations

October 9, 2014

It’s quite common for people to look at the cellular industry as a bunch of phones from different companies competing on features and functions but the reality is the towers are often the glue that connects these devices when they aren’t near WiFi hotspots. Towers are rife with innovation and in order for consumers to get better service they need to be upgraded with better radio frequency equipment, antennas and backhaul bandwidth.

3M Communications Markets Division is one company which focuses on perfecting the base station by making them easier to work on while ensuring they need less ongoing maintenance. I spent a good deal of time with the company recently speaking with Omar Flores, Steve King and others at the company to learn about how they are applying many of their innovations directly to the towers and other equipment responsible for interconnecting our tablets and other devices.

This is more of a commercial on what this division of 3M does but it's still instructive



Apple's Positioning Should Scare Intel and Others

October 9, 2014


Will the combination of the ARM processor coupled with 14 nm FinFET process thanks to Samsung change the dynamics of the mobile processor market? That is certainly the logic being put forward by Mark Hibben at Seeking Alpha.

As he explains:

The term FinFET stands for Fin Field Effect Transistor because one of its structural features is a vertical silicon fin.

Alcatel-Lucent aims to Position Small Cells Everywhere

September 22, 2014

With the introduction of Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus with resolution levels the company calls Retina HD at a whopping 1920x1080 pixels, we can expect a significant increase in bandwidth utilization worldwide. Not to mention the Galaxy Note 4 and Edge at a Quad HD resolution of 2560x1440! This number of pixels is likely more than any of your televisions!

Hoping to be a big part of the solution is Alcatel-Lucent, the company has a heavy focus on their small cell strategy designed to ensure carriers are effectively using their bandwidth. As my colleague Peter Bernstein points out, QUALCOMM too is part of the effort to meet this demand.

Rich Tehrani Thoughts From California

September 17, 2014

I've been on the road in Vegas and California over the past ten days or so. Here are my thoughts.

The Venetian Rocks

First off, the Venetian has remodeled its rooms and they are amazingly comfortable and some of the quietest ones on the strip.

Globys Uses the Power of Social to Boost Carrier Sales

September 9, 2014

You may recall a commercial for Faberge Organic shampoo from decades back where the person using the shampoo said when you like it and try it, you tell 2 friends and so on. This is the exact idea which came to mind when I met with Lara Albert and Olly Downs of Globys. They told me recently that the company made some Social graph augmentations to their Globys Mobile Occasions solution. These contextual marketing platform advancements help carriers increase their understanding of the viral impact of social interactions.

Don't Miss Fiber Mountain Session Next Week in Vegas

August 5, 2014

Next week at Software Telco Congress (the NFV and SDN event) in Las Vegas - collocated with ITEXPO, there will be some amazing speakers who will help companies evolve into the software realm from hardware. Specifically, there will be one new speaker who has never spoken at a TMC event. M.H. Raza is the CEO of Fiber Mountain.

Expect Sprint to Lower Prices After 4G LTE Upgrade is Finished

July 31, 2014


Sprint CEO Dan Hesse is watching the price wars in mobile from the outside as he hasn't been able to compete in the latest round of price reductions being led by T-Mobile.

"We're balancing strength of the network versus how quickly we have to move," he said in a CNET interview.

The challenge the company faces is stock analysts say their valuation is high and if they lower prices without getting a large number of new customers, they end up hurting themselves from an earnings perspective.

Here is a good excerpt from an article worth reading on CNET:

The reintroduction of the 30-day guarantee, which Hesse announced last month, is one of the ways Sprint is trying to change its reputation. The announcement came just a week after T-Mobile launched its own Test Drive program.

In markets where Sprint Spark -- the company's name for its enhanced LTE service -- is available, the connection is actually pretty fast. The problem is there are only 27 markets able to get Spark.

A big priority in the marketing will be getting people to understand the improvements to the network, Hesse said. But he acknowledged that there remains a lot of work with the upgrades.
Bottom line: When the network is ready - in other words more competitive with other providers on a nationwide basis, expect the company to more aggressively compete for new customers through lower pricing.













What's the Future of SIP Trunking, IoT, Cloud and WebRTC?

July 2, 2014

Gary Audin shares his insights on the future of technology

Does the cloud have challenges you should be aware of? Is IoT the future? If so, how should carriers react? Weill WebRTC change how companies communicate internally?

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