All aboard… LTE is on the roll…

Last week, Verizon Wireless provided more details on its impending LTE network launch.  Their service will be available in 38 markets covering 110 million potential customers before the end of the year. The carrier plans to increase that coverage to 200 million pops by 2012 on the way to covering more than 285 million pops, virtually its entire 3G network, by the end of 2013.

The initial launch markets include: Read more of this post

The Fall of Qualcomm FLO TV means nothing to Mobile DTV testing in Washington, DC. Not yet

It doesn’t look like the recent fall of Qualcomm FLO TV means anything to the Mobile DTV testing  that has been underway in Washington, DC since May of this year.

Open Mobile Video Coalition, a voluntary association of television broadcasters, has been conducting a consumer showcase of the mobile digital TV technology, since May and is expected to wrap up by the end of this month. The survey is termed as the “OMVC Washington Consumer Showcase,” and was conducted as a market research on the growing usage of mobile phones or smart phones especially for watching television on mobile. Read more of this post

War of Words: FCC Vs. Voogle


The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is conducting further investigation into Voogle’s (Google and Verizon) proposed net neutrality framework seeking  public comment on two controversial provisions included in a proposed policy framework crafted by Google and Verizon and opposed by many supporters of network neutrality rules.

The agency’s seven-page public notice, specifically, is seeking comments on how wireless providers should address transparency, devices and applications. Read more of this post

Stop Voogling and Ditch AT&T – You will live



Now that AT&T has also decided to join Google and Verizon with their controversial proposal to kill the net-neutrality, it is time to put a leash on these guys before it’s too late.

Those of you new to the subject, here are the recap: Read more of this post

Droid 2 Hits Verizon Stores


Verizon launched their Droid 2 today on their site. It will hit their stores Tomorrow.

In a statement issued yesterday, Verizon revealed that the device is shipped with Android 2.2, Adobe Flash Player10.1, 8GB of memory, a 5-megapixel camera and a 3.7-inch display.

Verizon’s also confirmed that there will be a special R2-D2 version of Droid 2 in honor of Star Wars featuring a special design, as well as pre-loaded content on the phone.

Droid 2 will go for $199 with a two-year contract on Verizon. It will be interesting to see how the new Droid stacks up next to  Samsung Galaxy S, HTC EVO 4G and Droid X in terms of performance and sales. Read more of this post

AT&T is OK with the Forbidden Apple Swinging Behavior


As Apple getting reading to become a swinger and ends her three years exclusive relationship with her man, At&t,  AT&T is gearing up to assure their suger daddies, the investors that the Apple’s threesome or possibly foursome with other carriers will not have a “material negative impact” on their earnings.

Although, most media and bloggers are not buying At&t’s arguments listed below, but I think the company  has a case here. Here is why and how: Read more of this post

iPhone on Verizon or Sprint?


As we are getting closer to the end of exclusivity between At&t and iPhone, Apple has been busy customizing its iPhone to work on networks  run by other carriers. The company is gearing up to sell their smartphone either via Verizon or Sprint by early next year.

From various sources including a very good friend of mine who works at Qualcomm, it looks like Apple has ordered millions of CDMA chipsets from Qualcomm. CDMA is the wireless technology used by both Verizon Wireless and Sprint. This means we are going to see either Sprint or Verizon on iPhone sometimes next year – Jan or Feb 2011. The two carriers are the main players in CDMA space. Read more of this post

Our Smartphone as our Credit Card?


Finally, our carriers have decided to join the 21st century to get on with the over due project that has been going on in the Europe and many of the Asian countries for the past three years. According to Bloomberg AT&T Mobility, Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile are all working on a smart-phone payment system using Near Field Communications (NFC) that would displace credit and debit cards. Read more of this post

Job Openings around Washington, D.C. – July 25, 2010


– Area Vice President with Verizon Wireless, Arlington, VA

Responsibilities:

  • Extensive knowledge of wireless retail sales concepts and practices.
  • Provide leadership to Sales Managers (District Managers) to achieve company sales and profit goals.
  • Partner with other Area VP’s and the  Sr. Vice President of Sales to design and recommend sales programs and short and long-term sales strategies.
  • Evaluate and implement appropriate sales techniques to increase the areas sales volume.
  • Ensure the physical appearance and condition of area stores comply with company standards. Read more of this post

Top 10 Paid Executives in the U.S.


The most interesting one is  Clearwire CEO, Bill Morrow.  I have been covering them since the launch of Awesome DC.  Given the company is losing money, burning about $500 m annually,  far from being profitable,  their mommy, Sprint just announced they are considering LTE as their future strategy; which in a way, it’s the sign of slowly saying goodbye to all the $$$ billion they already invested in WiMAXBill is number 6 in the list!

Either I am clueless in this business or someone is on crack at  Clearwire 🙂 Which one is it?

No. 1 Randall Stephenson, AT&T CEO

Salary: $1.45 million

Other Compensation: $27.8 million

Total Compensation: $29.3 million

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