We have smart phones, but do we want dumb screens?

Do we only want dumb screens: the ability to get whatever content and services you want over the web instead of locked to a device? Today, the answer is we want it both ways, but in the future, dumb terminals with one exception: the smartphone.

2020 via time machine: networks and systems

At the IEEE Technology Time Machine Symposium last week I heard the world’s leading academics, engineers, executives, and government officials project what the world will look like in 2020. The future brings technology together for everything from enhancing the human experience to improving environmental sustainability.

Ford’s “Talking Cars” Could Reduce Crashes, Fuel Use

Ford is working on a technology that enables cars to talk to each other, and could help cars avoid crashes and reduce fuel consumption. The technology won’t be available at least for another 5 years or so and is based on WiFi and GPS.

Mobile Subs Keep on Trucking With Record Growth

The world the added 196 million mobile subscribers during the fourth quarter of last year, a record amount. The growth is positive for operators, but they are already looking ahead to ensure that when everyone has a cell phone their sales keep trending up.

After iPhone, Connected Devices Emerge as AT&T’s Savior

Connected devices were the top source of revenue growth for mobile operators last year, but without new pricing plans, that growth could stall, according to data released today by Chetan Sharma. And so far AT&T is on a tear when it comes to M2M growth.

At $25 Per MB, No Wonder Carriers Love M2M

Connected tablets will certainly show off the capabilities of the 4G deployed by operators, but the big profits will come from elsewhere. For example? Your medicine cabinet, where a new bill bottle cap sends 20 kilobytes of data per day while costing $15 per month.

M2M Networks Are Ready to Monitor You (and Make Millions)

Sprint is adding another M2M, or machine to machine, device on its 3G network: the BodyMedia armband will capture workout data and shoot it to the cloud. This new “Internet of Things” approach for devices is expected to generate nearly 300 million data subscriptions by 2015.

Carrier Organization Changes Rules to Allow the “Apple SIM”

The GSMA, the organization representing most of the world’s mobile operators, today changed its rules to allow for a programmable SIM card much like we described Apple building with Gemalto a few weeks back. It’s expected devices with remote-activated SIMs to be available by 2012.

Mobile Operators’ Strategies for Connected Devices

Major carriers must overcome the ceiling under which they now find themselves and the growth of their businesses. Solutions lie not in voice-centric mobile devices, but with new non-phone, data-consuming devices like tablets, e-readers and machine-to-machine technology like digital picture frames, personal navigation devices and more.

The Internet of Things: Anywhere, Anytime, Anything

The underpinnings are already being laid for an Internet of things that will bring connectivity to everything from consumer electronics to pets. But a wide variety of challenges from privacy to platforms, must be met as we move toward an always-on, always-connected society.