Archive by Sarah Reedy

Distracted drivers get mixed messages

The potential of consumers talking while driving was a fear that kept Martin Cooper, Motorola engineer and the inventor of the first cell phone, awake at night, according to an interesting report in the New York Times today. He suggested a lock on the dial to keep users from making calls while in motion. This idea got lost as the business of in-car calling became more attractive, but other options have since arisen. The latest comes from ZoomSafer, which today launched a new Web site and partnered with cell-phone retailer Wirefly to offer free ZoomSafer-equipped BlackBerry smartphones to encourage safe driving. more

Will Apple plus LaLa mean streaming nirvana?

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Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) confirmed its acquisition of music streaming company Lala today, a potentially huge move if – but only if – it leads to music streaming for all Apple products. While the service as it is today takes more of a “taste-and-buy” approach to music than a pure subscription model, some believe Lala will mean a streaming subscription service is in the cards for Apple.

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Nokia plans, previews Symbian UI overhaul

At Nokia’s (NYSE:NOK) Capital Markets Day yesterday, the handset maker reiterated its commitment to Symbian, but promised a makeover to the user experience, which many think has been hindered by a clumsy user interface. Rather than start from scratch or phase out Symbian in favor of Maemo, Nokia CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo promised to take the Symbian UI to “a new level.”

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Usage-based pricing key to AT&T’s iPhone woes, analyst says

By now it’s commonly known that consumer data habits on Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPhone haven’t been friendly to AT&T’s (NYSE:T) overloaded 3G network. The average iPhone user consumes five to seven times the monthly bandwidth of an average wireless subscriber, and two times the amount of an average 3G smartphone user, according to Bernstein Research senior analyst Toni Sacconaghi. As smartphone penetration continues to increase, his belief is that usage-based pricing is inevitable in the US. more

Clearwire CEO: WiMax smartphones by Christmas 2010

Clearwire (NASDAQ:CLWR) wrapped up its 2009 WiMax rollout ahead of schedule today, announcing commercial launches in Seattle and Honolulu. Encouraged by the momentum, the WiMax provider has also put a deadline on its plans for WiMax smartphone introductions – CEO Bill Morrow told MocoNews today that WiMax smartphones would be on the market by Christmas of 2010. more

VZW: iPhone for girls, Droid for boys? - video

Verizon Wireless’ (NYSE:VZ, NYSE:VOD) rebuttal to AT&T’s (AT&T:T) latest commercial painted a pretty clear message that the iPhone may be pretty (a “tiara-wearing digitally clueless beauty pageant queen” if you will), but the Droid is fast, not to mention perfect for men who enjoy destruction and explosions.

Since the release of the Droid on VZW, Motorola (NYSE:MOT) has beaten out Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) in brand loyalty amongst men 18 years and up, so VZW is clearly playing up that angle. It may be alienating some of its potential women buyers, but that appears to be its intention.

Whose court is the ball in now?

AT&T & VZW continue to duke it out on the air – video

Verizon Wireless (NYSE:VZ, NYSE:VOD) and AT&T (NYSE:T) won’t be calling a truce anytime soon. The competing carriers continued their commercial attacks on one another today. For AT&T, actor Luke Wilson shares the value of AT&T’s rollover minutes compared to VZW, a message that AT&T has been driving home in most of its commercials to date. AT&T lets users keep their unused monthly minutes, but they do expire after a year of non-use.

Roll-over minutes are nice, but there seems to be a lot more pressing issues (the network!) that AT&T could be addressing. Is it time to pick a new marketing message, AT&T?

Are MIDs over before they started?

Mobile Internet Devices (MIDs), that category of not-quite-smartphones and not-quite-netbooks, has been the subject of skepticism since Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) first introduced (i.e. made up) the category last year. Today it appears that even MID supporters are losing faith. The DigiTimes reported today that several members of Intel’s Mobile Internet Devices Innovation Alliance (MIDIA) have quit development of MIDs due to very weak shipments. more

Open mobile in search of a definition — here’s a few options

This post is the final in a series leading up to an upcoming Connected Planet feature story on open mobile. Read the cover story HERE. Road to Open: Read part 1 HERE, part 2 HERE, part 3 HERE, part 4 HERE, part 5 HERE and part 6 HERE.

How open is defined depends largely on who is giving the definition and their interest in the answer. To some it’s a buzzword, but to others it has been a game changer. Connected Planet asked several developers and industry analysts to take a shot at defining open. Here’s what they said: more

Tarsin, Hallmark tackle write once, run everywhere challenge

This post is part of a series leading up to an upcoming Connected Planet feature story on open mobile. Road to Open: Read part 1 HERE, part 2 HERE, part 3 HERE, part 4 HERE and part 5 HERE.hallmark.jpg

When popular card maker Hallmark decided to break into mobile, program manager Mike Adams knew it couldn’t do it alone. Having run into roadblocks when working with carriers in the past, the company decided to team up with Tarsin, a platform-agnostic development house. Adams said he wanted to create a greeting card delivery app that worked across carriers, something they were unaccustomed to doing at a time when most apps followed the ringtone or wallpaper carrier-specific model. more

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