Wireless billing vendor Validas analyzed the billing records of 20,000 wireless customers from January to May 2010 and discovered that Verizon Wireless customers top the charts in smartphone data usage. According to the compiled data, Verizon Wireless smartphone users consume 421MB per month, a figure that surprisingly tops iPhone users on AT&T who consume an average of 338MB of data per month. Despite the popularity of the iPhone — and its perception as a data-hungry device — Verizon Wireless also saw the largest increase in data usage per user, jumping from 48.2MB to 147.2MB per month. Verizon Wireless customers also topped AT&T amongst heavy data users with 4% of customers using 2GB or more per month as compared to 1.6% on AT&T. Not surprisingly, only 1/5th of 1% of Verizon and AT&T customers consumed more than 5GB per month, presumably due to usage caps imposed on some data plans. Wonder how those tiered data plans already in effect on AT&T (and rumored to be coming to VZW) will effect these numbers in the second half of the year? More →
In an interview with the Nikkei Business Daily, NTT DoCoMo’s president Ryuji Yamada revealed that Japans’s largest wireless carrier may go SIM-Free in 2011. The move would allow customers to easily switch to and from NTT DoCoMo by merely swapping out a SIM. With its quality network, and soon-to-be unlocked handsets, NTT DoCoMo is hoping to snag customers from rival Softbank which has a slight competitive advantage over its larger rival by being the exclusive carrier of the iPhone in Japan. The Nikkei responded favorably to this news with shares of NTT DoCoMo up a moderate 1.68% at the writing of this post. More →
Well, here we go… We’ve received information on what WIND (Canada’s new wireless carrier) will offer, so without further ado, the WIND lineup:
- BlackBerry 9700
- Samsung Gravity 2
- HTC Maple
- Huawei U759
- Huawei E181 data stick
You might be wondering about what their rate plans will offer, and while we don’t have specific pricing yet, here are the features and what you can look forward to seeing in the “WIND Mobile experience”: More →
Thus far, Verizon Wireless has made good on 66 percent of its promise to unlock GPS on its latest Windows Mobile handsets. First we had an update for the HTC Touch Pro and today we have an update for the Samsung Saga. Left behind and still waiting for GPS freedom, for the time being, is the Samsung Omnia. Samsung Saga owners, though, should take a closer look at the newly-posted CE07 Software Upgrade which includes “Open Standalone LBS Supported and Performance Enhanced. (This may support 3rd party applications)” as part of its change log. Users who have updated their Sagas are initially reporting that the GPS is now unlocked on COM 9 and ROM cookers are already in the process of extracting the new ROM in order to embed the GPS unlock into custom ROMS. Interested parties can obtain the software update directly from Verizon’s support page for the Samsung Saga. Happy GPS-ing!
Following the failed launch of Pivot, a joint venture with cable providers Comcast, Time Warner and others, the Wall Street Journal is reporting Cox has plans to build and launch a new cellular network on its own. In a market dominated by four major players surrounded by various regional carriers and MVNOs snatching up crumbs at their feet, Cox is planning to enter a highly competitive space that is historically a tough nut to crack. Beyond that, it will be a very expensive endeavor — according to the report, Cox’s network will operate on a portion of the spectrum it purchased along with other Cable providers back in 2006. In other words, we’re not just looking at a series of licensing deals with established carriers.
As far as differentiating factors that could lead to success, Cox seems to be eying mobile TV (not a great idea), an app store (better idea) and service bundles (excellent idea) as strong sales tools when launch time comes. As the third largest cable provider in the country, Cox will presumably offer its customers discounted wireless service alongside TV, broadband internet and VoIP services. Forget the triple play offers you’re spammed with now… Apparently it’s quadruple play time. The WSJ article lines up with earlier reports of Cox’s interest in a solo cellular venture that surfaced back in October of last year, so it looks like we could be seeing movement from Cox pretty soon. The more the merrier, we suppose.
The iPhone dev team released a teaser video on Sunday hinting that they are closer than ever to unlocking the iPhone 3G. The video shows a custom application running on the PMB8878 baseband processor. They successfully connected to the baseband, used a custom AT command to launch their baseband application and voila they return a list of all the tasks running on the Nucleus OS. Now that they can inject and execute code in the baseband, full unlocking is right around the corner. Carrier independence here we come!