Mobile Data and the Need for Metering

The surge in mobile data usage will keep ramping up as multimedia-friendly phones continue to gain traction. So network operators are exploring ways to move beyond flat-rate plans to monetize high-end users and minimize the effects of increased traffic on the network.

Smartphone Success Centers on Software, Not Hardware

Telecom gear vendor ZTE will step up its game in the crowded smartphone space next year with an Android-based handset, and Google (s goog) is rumored to be working on its own device. But as the smartphone market continues to heat up, manufacturers are learning the hard way that the key to success in mobile phones lies in the software — not the hardware. Read More about Smartphone Success Centers on Software, Not Hardware

Subsidized Mobile Internet Devices a Not-so-Nuts Proposition for Carriers?

[qi:101] Subsidies for high-end smartphones can be a Faustian bargain for mobile operators, but there are riches in the coming wave of connected devices, according to figures released today from In-Stat. More than 60 percent of all netbooks and other Internet-enabled mobile devices will be sold through operators and their partners by 2013 as more services are bundled for multiple gadgets, the market research firm predicts. Read More about Subsidized Mobile Internet Devices a Not-so-Nuts Proposition for Carriers?

Content Discovery a Lucrative But Dangerous Place for Operators

Mobile network operators can boost data revenues by providing personalized apps and content experiences for their subscribers, according to a report released today by Qualcomm (s qcom). But the carriers will have to walk a fine line between being helpful and being invasive as they try to take their customers by the hand. Read More about Content Discovery a Lucrative But Dangerous Place for Operators

Airport Wi-Fi Users an Affluent Lot: Study

[qi:___wifi] If free Wi-Fi marketing is a good idea, as Om and Stacey argued last week, free Wi-Fi marketing in airports is an especially good idea, according to a new study from JiWire. The San Francisco-based mobile advertising company — which, of course, has skin in the game — found that more than half of airport Wi-Fi users hold an executive or management position, more than half have annual household incomes of more than $100,000 and 75 percent plan to make a big-ticket purchase in the next 12 months. Read More about Airport Wi-Fi Users an Affluent Lot: Study

If Mobile Carriers Don’t Address Demand for Wi-Fi, Ad-Supported Services Will

[qi:___wifi] Mobile network operators must find better — and cheaper — ways of incorporating Wi-Fi access into their data plans, according to a new study conducted by two companies with skin in the game. The study from mobile broadband gateway provider Stoke and international Wi-Fi access provider Trustive found that more than 64 percent of the 300 business users polled said they use Wi-Fi for data roaming — apparently favoring the technology over cellular access — and 42 percent of respondents said they plan their Wi-Fi usage in advance of traveling so they know where and how they can access the Internet. Read More about If Mobile Carriers Don’t Address Demand for Wi-Fi, Ad-Supported Services Will

Rich Carriers Got Richer in Q3

[qi:083] The rich mobile carriers got a little richer in the third quarter, as the nation’s top two operators increased their leads over the rest of the field. Verizon Wireless (s VZ) added a million subscribers and posted revenue of $15.8 billion, up 24.4 percent year-over-year, while AT&T (s T) reported 2 million net adds — thanks largely to the iPhone — and $13.65 in revenue, up 8 percent over the year-ago period. Meanwhile, the increasingly heated prepaid space took its toll on Leap Wireless and MetroPCS (s PCS), as both service providers saw customer growth slide in the third quarter.  Read More about Rich Carriers Got Richer in Q3

Data Usage Be Damned, T-Mobile Losing Its Grip on Customers

T-MoT-Mobile USA lost 77,000 customers and saw revenue continue to slide in the third quarter even as its operating profit margin increased two percentage points. But the nation’s fourth-largest carrier continued to enjoy a surge in mobile data uptake and said it will continue to aggressively — if belatedly — roll out its 3G network next year. Read More about Data Usage Be Damned, T-Mobile Losing Its Grip on Customers

Carriers and Netbooks: To Subsidize or Not to Subsidize?

netbookThe netbook market has grown legs despite a floundering economy, but carriers are still trying to find the best ways to cash in on the pint-sized computers. Netbook sales in 2009 are expected to reach 20 million units, according to  semiconductor research firm Forward Concepts, and that impressive clip will continue, reaching 75 million units sold in 2014. Read More about Carriers and Netbooks: To Subsidize or Not to Subsidize?

Handset Makers Set to Cash In on the Holidays

iStock_000004590550Small The handset market will have much to be thankful for this holiday season, according to new reports out this morning from IDC and Strategy Analytics. IDC said manufacturer shipments increased by 5.6 percent in the third quarter over the previous one as promotions of older devices at lower prices — such as the $99 iPhone 3G — propped up demand. While the 287.1 million handset shipments were down 6 percent from the same period in 2008, the quarter-by-quarter increase in shipments indicates that carriers and other retailers are expecting a better holiday season than last year, according to IDC. Read More about Handset Makers Set to Cash In on the Holidays