Is there potential for evolved-EDGE networks?

Forget 4G or even 3G, ABI Research is predicting that an evolved version of 2G EDGE networks could be big if it fulfills its potential – but that is a big if. ABI said today in a research note that the “Evolved” enhancement of today’s widespread EDGE mobile networks (E-EDGE) could generate nearly $3.7 billion in capex for cellular base station upgrades in 2015, but that depends on operators and handset makers adopting the technology. more…

Best of 2009: New services we’d like to see

Call it wishful thinking, but we’d love to see some new – and promised – services in 2010; and not just from Google either:

  •  Completely cloud-based media: photos, music, books, etc.
  •  Augmented reality for mobile goes mainstream
  •  Social search. We want our search engines to anticipate our every move and respond accordingly.

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Flurry, Pinch Media merge analytics businesses

flurry-pinch.jpgSmartphone application analytics start-ups Flurry and Pinch Media announced today they will merge their businesses, making them the analytics authority for the Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPhone and Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android devices. Combined, the two companies will cover more than 80% of all iPhones (or four out of every five on the market), iPod Touch and Android devices (or two out of three) worldwide. more…

Best of 2009: Lessons learned overseas

Not every trend starts in the developed markets and trickles down to emerging markets; some trickle up:

  •  Mobile money matters.
  •  Customers will pay rationally for mobile service – prepaid, tiered pricing, etc – if you ask them. But if you just offer them the world (unlimited usage) it’s hard to take it back from them.

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Best of 2009: Most bizarre applications

With millions of mobile apps on the market, there were bound to be some strange ones:

  •  Baby Shaker. And by bizarre, we mean offensive, inexcusable and how did this ever make it on through the iPhone App Store approval process?
  •  The upskirt iPhone app?

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Best of 2009: Top tech trends – consumer edition

Throughout 2009, consumers were talking (or Tweeting) the most about:

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Best of 2009: Top technology trends

In 2009, these trends stole all the headlines:

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AT&T users take sides as Operation Chokehold looms

Operation Chokehold is set to go down within the hour, but it remains to be seen what affect it will have on AT&T’s (NYSE:T) network – if any. Born from a satirical blog post by the “fake Steve Jobs” that was spurred by comments AT&T CEO Ralph de la Vegas made to analysts, the protest has taken on a life of its own. more…

Best of 2009: Business models

Revenue was harder to come by in 2009, but these business models put a new spin on making money:

  •  Charging competitors for preferred access to the network – CDNs, wholesaling of network APIs, quality of service guarantees for over-the-top players
  •  Whoever successfully moves Google’s Ad Words ad engine (Google itself; someone new) into the world of mobile advertising
  •  Taking advantage of billions of M2M devices plus the possibility of driving mobile penetration among consumers from 80% to 400% (every customer has multiple wireless devices)

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Best of 2009: Rumors we’d like to see come true

In 2009, everyone but the companies in question (okay, mainly Google and Apple) were talking about:

  •  Google buys Sprint.
  •  Cisco and/or Google acquiring everybody – both are back on acquisition trail, they say

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