Count down for the Shut down of Qualcomm FLO TV Mobile TV Service Begins

As we reported back in mid summer, Qualcomm  will finally shutter its FLO TV mobile TV subscription service by the end of this year. After hesitantly entering the direct-to-consumer side of the space just a couple years ago, Qualcomm is now cutting its losses on that front and is in the process of shutting down FLO TV.

The company is reportedly in talks with distribution partners AT&T and Verizon about the future of FLO TV, which launched via partners in 2004 and debuted its direct-to-consumer version in 2008. Read more of this post

Let the War finally begin: LTE vs. WiMAX

Both AT&T and Verizon are moving forward with their 4G/LTE networks in 30 US cities, with one launching by the end of the year and the other going commercial by mid-2011. And, with the approval of the first LTE phone by the FCC, the door is opening for flood of new LTE devices. Read more of this post

More oppositions to the Google Verizon Pact as Secret Talks in D.C. over Net Neutrality continues

As the subject on net neutrality heating up, representatives of some of the nation’s largest technology  companies  have been summoned to the K Street offices of the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI), a venerable industry organization that lobbies the government on behalf of a wide variety of tech giants, including Microsoft, Oracle, Cisco, Apple, Hewlett Packard and Dell. Read more of this post

The three Musketiers from the Congress Urging FCC on Net-Neutrality

Since the recent net neutrality fiasco erupted by Google and Verizon earlier this month, it was first Voogle Wireless, then me, then Jon Stewart, and now the three musketiers from the Congress have raised strong opposition against the dictatorship Google and Verizon are about to implement. Read more of this post

The Hilarious Jon Stewart on Net Neutrality

Glad to see Jon Stewart is also on the same page on Net Neutrality. If you are new to the subject, I suggest you read my last coverage on the it before watching the segment below. Read more of this post

The Net Neutrality: The Good The Bad The Ugly and The Nasty

Those of you can’t make any sense of the title, I suggest you read my previous post on the subject which I defined the good, the bad, and the ugly companies on net neutrality. Here is the nasty one, Facebook!

Yesterday, Facebook entered the net neutrality debate with a statement critical of the key provisions of Google and Verizon’s net neutrality proposal.

In a statement, Facebook, which is also part of the coalition, suggested that exempting wireless networks from net neutrality rules, as proposed by Google and Verizon, was the wrong approach. 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

The National Broadband Plan: The Good The Bad and The Ugly – Part II

By now, it should be obvious to everyone that Google has been trying hard to create other revenue generating business models to help them to reduce their dependency on their sole search advertising business responsible for over 90% of their annual revenue. It is also becoming obvious (at least to me) as the company fails more and more with their new businesses like their Nexus One smartphone and Google Wave,  they are becoming more evil than ever.

Google is in talks with Verizon that would kill the Net Neutrality for good once (or if) it goes through. It is certainly time to revoke Google’s “Do No Evil”. What the hell happened to their Public Policy statement?  “Hey FCC, keep the Internet open — and awesome!Read more of this post

Verizon Smartphones Vs iPhone: Which one eats up more data?

Those of you Washingtonians trying to figure out whether to buy and iPhone or an Android based phone, you may want to read this first.

Smartphones operating on Verizon Wireless  network are on average consuming 25% more data monthly than iPhones on AT&T’s network, according to a report from the wireless billing vendor, Validas.

That’s right, on average, Verizon smartphones—Android, webOS, and Windows Mobile phones—pull in 421 MB a month of data. iPhone users only use 338MB.

The report excluded Blackberry devices, I think mainly because blackberry compress data. Read more of this post

No Wonder Every Carrier Wants to Sell iPhone

According to the latest research by Yankee Group, a typical iPhone user generates $5,345 in net revenue over five years for their carrier, after subsidies and bandwidth costs, compared to $5,097 for other smartphone owners.

The research further shows iPhone owners shop more, buy more and remain more loyal to their phones than users of other devices. Well, with all those apps for iPhone over other smartphones, this does make sense.

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