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Google's New, Free WiFi - Not For iPhones or iPads

September 11, 2012

Just before the launch of the new iPhone, Google Play has inked a deal with Boingo to give free WiFi access to virtually all devices – just not the mobile ones from Apple. The over 4,000 sponsored Wi-Fi locations include 15 airports as well as Boingo-enabled Manhattan subway stations, and thousands of hotels, shopping malls and cafés.

Google has sponsored free WiFi in airports and other locations so this isn't necessarily a new strategy. To date however, I am not aware of them excluding other devices. 

Is Anyone Really Surprised Unpaid Student Workers Make iPhones?

September 11, 2012

It is commonly understood that working conditions in China are quite inferior to those in the US so I find it interesting that the New York Times once again has come out with an article which seems to be designed to embarrass Chinese contract manufacturer Foxconn with a story which says students are forced to work there for free in an effort to pump out iPhone 5 devices. The article tells us Foxconn says the students are able to leave while some students say they are required to work there by their teachers.

We need to take a step back and look at the situation objectively. Life in China is difficult – there is no social safety net, no Medicaid, no food stamps, etc.

Apple to Launch a Pandora Competitor Next Week?

September 6, 2012

Apple is said to be getting into the music streaming business and there’s a chance we’ll hear more about it at the iPhone 5 launch event next week. As you may recall I surmised Apple would get into the home streaming market when it purchased LaLa in December of 2009. At the time I thought they would likely compete with Sonos and moreover mentioned there would be obvious implications for Pandora and the rest of the group.

Integration with iOS and possible tight links with iTunes were some of the areas of differentiation I pointed out we may see.

Amazon Rockets Upmarket with Kindle Fire HD Devices

September 6, 2012

Amazon has shown the world it is possible to compete against the iPad if you offer a smaller device and charge a lot less for it. When the Kindle Fire was released it cost $199 while the equivalent WiFi-only iPad cost $499.

Since that time, Apple has released the New iPad with a Retina Display at $499 and the iPad 2 saw its price drop to $299.

Now, Amazon has taken a page out of the Apple book and dropped the price of the Kindle Fire to an impossibly low $159.

Does the iPhone 5 have the Wrong Form Factor?

September 5, 2012


We all know that in the past many iPhone and iPad rumors have been wrong so we shouldn’t get overly excited about leaked news regarding the form factor of the new iPhone 5.

But since there are photos and videos which back the rumor up this time and they do seem authentic, let’s assume they are accurate.

I will start my analysis of the new phone by saying it absolutely stinks. I hate the form factor.



Business Insider: Super WiFi a Billion Dollar Market

September 4, 2012

I read with interest news from the Business Insider touting the Super WiFi Market as a huge thing for 2013. I agree of course since TMC and its partner Crossfire Media have been running the Super WiFi Summit for a number of years now and it is growing nicely.

I have always believed white space technology has the potential to be the most disruptive technology ever. Think about how IP communications disrupted telephony and imagine Super WiFi doing the same thing for wireless data. Of course the technologies in my comparisons are very different but the disruption potential is similar.

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Is Hotel WiFi About to Start Sucking?

September 4, 2012


I like to see myself as the glass is half-full kind of person but I really try to be realistic so yes, sometimes it is one-half empty. And the two sides are tearing at each other as the news breaks regarding hotel Wifi. You see there is huge news as Accor Hotels which has in its portfolio the Sofitel, Novitel, Ibis and Mercure brands has decided to make all its WiFi at its hotels free.

This is a major hotel chain and global at that – some of the company’s hotels in fact play in markets where the charges are as high as £8.50 (13 dollars) an hour!

No doubt this move will be followed by other chains who will fear losing customers.

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