Archive for December 10th, 2009

Prepaid reaches the high, low ends

Prepaid wireless users are no longer relegated to out-of-date flip phones or the bricks that once symbolized the contract-free market. More and more sophisticated handsets are being introduced by carriers and being embraced by younger text- and Web-oriented wireless customers, according to New Millennium Research (NMRC). more

Sprint prepaid guru taking over 4G business

Matt Carter, the brains behind Boost Mobile’s $50 unlimited plan, is moving from prepaid to Sprint’s WiMax group, where he will take on the newly reinstated title of President of 4G. After Sprint (NYSE:S) acquired prepaid MVNO Virgin Mobile last month, Virgin CEO took Dan Schulman took over all prepaid operations, but Sprint has found a new task for Carter: performing the same black magic that revitalized Boost and launched the ‘unlimited wars’ in the US on Sprint’s newest business division, 4G.

Carter is stepping into shows that were originally filled by Barry West, Sprint’s former chief technology and President of 4G, who left for Clearwire (NASDAQ:CLWR) after the two companies’ merger of WiMax assets last year. After the divestiture, Sprint became the controlling stakeholder in Clearwire and began to offer service over its WiMax service as a MVNO. While Clearwire was still in few markets, Sprint kept the 4G President role vacant, turning over 4G operations to vice president of mobile broadband Todd Rowley. But with Clearwire expanding its footprint to 20+ markets, covering 30 million pops, this winter, Sprint appears to be renewing its efforts in WiMax, bulking up its local and nationwide ad campaigns and reinstating the 4G President’s role.

“Matt Carter has led Boost Mobile prepaid service to unprecedented growth in the last year, and he has the executive and marketing skills to maximize Sprint’s industry leadership in 4G,” Sprint CEO Dan Hesse said in a statement.

Cox, Comcast launch Mozy online backup storage

Cable providers Cox and Comcast (NASDAQ:CMCSA) are starting to offer online storage services this month with plans to expand them next year. Both are powered by Mozy, the online backup service offered by Decho, a unit of EMC (NYSE: EMC).

Cox Business is launching free online backup this month in two markets — Roanoke and Hampton Roads, Va. — with plans to expand it to all markets next year. Cox, which also launched wireless service in Roanoke and two other markets this week, is offering its small and medium business Internet customers between 2 gigabytes and 10 GB of storage for free, with the storage capacity determined by the customer’s Internet speed. Users can also buy up to 100 GB of storage at prices ranging from $10 to $70 per month, Cox said. more

Blogging Telco 2.0: Mobile data and ‘voice 2.0′ opportunities explored

Reporting live from Day Two of STL Partner’s first Telco 2.0 event here in Orlando. Read yesterday’s report here.

We’ll follow the conversation throughout the day as it bounces from topic to topic. Up first: mobile data trends and voice 2.0 opportunities.


The Best and Worst of 2009 - Survey

There was no shortage of events, trends, new products and services to remember in 2009 - even some that we’d like to forget. But as 2009 comes to a close, we’d like your opinions on the year past. What were the top technology trends? What was the most unexpected event or most game-changing product? We know our readers have opinions, and we’d like to hear them.

Connected Planet and Telephony Online readers, please take a moment to fill out our survey on the good, the bad and the ugly in telecom for 2009. The first 100 respondents will be entered in a drawing to win a $50 American Express gift certificate.

Take our short survey here: Best & Worst of 2009


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