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You know, it's a funny thing -- it seems that while the Big Four compete against one another for wireless sales in the U.S., they sure don't offer a lot of differentiation. Each carrier charges roughly the same thing each money, offers roughly the same portfolio of phones, and after one carrier went all-in with shared data contracts, it looks as if the dominos are falling there as well. Now, there's word that Verizon Wireless may follow T-Mobile's "no contract" lead. Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam recently stated that he'd be open to the thought of getting rid of contracts, but here's the thing: while T-Mobile doesn't do contracts, they still have a grip on customers. T-Mobile's scheme has you on... Read more...
According to a memo obtained by SprintFeed, Sprint is planning a promotion that will let customers upgrade phones even if they're still under contract. The new program is designed to help boost customer morale and provide a way for customers to buy themselves out of their current contract in order to get a new handset. The memo suggests the program will run from February 12 through April 14. Unfortunately, not all Sprint customers will qualify for the program. Customers that have upgraded within the last eight months, corporate accounts, customers who are in collections, Airave and tablet accounts, and iDEN devices are all exempt from the promotion. If a customer chooses to take advantage of... Read more...
The nation's No. 6 wireless carrier, US Cellular, has announced something that we are pretty sure none of the Big 4 (T-Mobile, Sprint, AT&T and Verizon) will ever implement: "The Belief Project." It's a program that encourages loyalty with rewards instead of fear (of early termination fees). The Belief Project states that once a customer finishes a contract, they are done. One and done, they call it. It means that once you finish a two-year contract with US Cellular, you'll get the same perks you would get on other carriers, but only by staying on contract, not month-to-month. You'll get discounted phones every 18 months, points to use for accessories or to upgrade your phone early, and overage... Read more...
Some things in the wireless industry are great for consumers. Like, carriers spending billions in order to improve network quality and infrastructure. And offering more and more smartphones nowadays. And making voice minutes cheaper and cheaper to buy. But some things, as you all know, aren't so great. Like Sprint's $10/month surcharge for WiMAX on the EVO 4G, even if you don't live in a 4G area. Or AT&T's lock-down on the iPhone family. Or the fact that no carrier wants to price-cut another when it comes to mobile WWAN data pricing. And now we can add another negative to this growing list: ETF increases. Last November, Verizon Wireless made headlines by becoming the first U.S. wireless operator... Read more...
If you live in Germany or plan on moving there soon, you're going to want to kiss German Vodafone CEO Friedrich Joussen when you're there.  He and his company just obtained a court order that forces rival, T-Mobile, to sell iPhones without contract to those that want it.“For its part, Vodafone -- which at one time was in the running for its own exclusive contract to sell iPhone to parts of Europe -- claims that it took the matter to court out of fears that other handset makers may follow Apple's example and begin tying their handsets to specific providers, further shredding the German wireless market.Vodafone Germany chief executive Friedrich Joussen in a statement said his firm's goal is... Read more...
Guarding sensitive data is an extremely complex task and often requires a skilled IT team that stays on top of modern technology.  Of course, if your IT team does things like turning off firewalls in order to perform lengthy maintenance on servers (while leaving them connected to the internet), they might not really be a ‘good’ IT team to begin with.Sadly, this isn’t a hypothetical situation, but the true story of Verus, a Washington-based IT company that provides solutions for hospitals. Unprotected private data, which included names, addresses and social security numbers, soon became world-visible. At one point Google indexed the data. A woman searching for the details of a deceased friend... Read more...
NVIDIA has just released a press release today that claims the company has just received another large design contract from Sony. Supposedly a larger deal than the GPU contract for Sony's upcoming Playstation 3 console, both vendors are being curiously vague on what the actual project in question truly is. Given some of the comments made by Sony regarding Cell we expect the new CPU architecture to show up in a variety of consumer electronics. Now which of those will require GPU assistance which would warrant bringing NVIDIA back to the design table is a question we're eager to have answered."We had anticipated that (contract revenue) would drop off, but that's not going to happen," Burkett told... Read more...