This year will be most remembered as:
- The year we all survived – well at least mostly.
- Everyone opened an app store. Applications continued the insane momentum they started last year, but this year, no one was satisfied with just an app. Every handset maker, carrier, operating system and third-party wanted to own the storefront to shop them.
- The year everyone focused on broadband stimulus and nobody got any.
- The year Nortel died.
- Netbooks proved there is room in the MIDdle. Intel’s invented Mobile Internet Devices might have flopped, but netbooks proved there are data devices consumers will pay extra for.
- Everyone got wise to the smart-grid opportunity.
- The year the smartphone, the mobile app, the app store and mobile data services blew up overnight – on some networks in some cities, unfortunately, literally.
- The year the real iPhone challengers emerged aka Android makes a dent on the iPhone…almost.
- Prepaid’s time to shine. The worse the economy got in 2009, the better prepaid providers fared. Competition got more intense, the prices got lower and the handsets got more high-tech. Now the market is hoping its success won’t continue to be inversely related to the economy…if it improves, that is.
- The year the word 4G first appeared in a TV commercial.
Best Reader Response: Advancements in increasing bandwidth and reducing cost
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