Category Archives: Wireless


Steve Jobs 02/24/1955 – 10/05/2011

As the whole world mourns one of the greatest minds in history, we should really take a look at just what kind of impact Steve Jobs has made on mankind.  You can compare him to any of the innovators of history, Ben Franklin, Alexander Graham Bell, Galileo, he fits right up there at the top. Continue reading “Steve Jobs 02/24/1955 – 10/05/2011” »


Sprint Spends $20 Billion

Sprint is banking on customers who want an iPhone on the Sprint network. Banking so much that they committed to give Apple $20 Billion, regardless of whether you’re gonna buy one. What does $20 Billion buy, 30,500,000 iPhones. That puts the cost to Sprint at $655.74 per phone. Granted this $20B is spread over 4 years. Continue reading “Sprint Spends $20 Billion” »

Motorola Brewing another Tablet

Based on an FCC filing for August 25th, it looks like Motorola has submitted a tablet for the governing body to approve.  As of now, all that can be deciphered about the device is that it is a tablet, and may have a camera.  Motorola has contracted Compal, a Korean ODM (Original Device Manufacturer) to manufacture the device, according to the letter of authorization submitted to the FCC. Continue reading “Motorola Brewing another Tablet” »


Wow! AT&T & T-Mobile….

So I wrote last week about how Sprint was in talks with T-Mobile regarding a possible merger/purchase.  I have to give props to T-Mobile for making us all look one way, while they were working on something in the complete opposite direction.  The AT&T buyout of T-Mobile makes much more sense, however.

Here, you have two carriers that operate on the same network infrastructure, GSM, so combining customer base, devices, and capabilities will go much smoother than a merger with a CDMA carrier.  To repeat what has probably been said quite a bit already, the AT&T/T-Mo merger will make the largest wireless carrier in the U.S.,  totalling +/- 130 million wireless subscribers.  That’s nearly 42% of the U.S. population, meaning 2 out of 5 people in the U.S. will have AT&T service, crazy right?  Not really.  In many European countries, there is usually 1 or maybe 2 major carriers offering service.  But in the U.S. we have something called “anti-trust” laws.  This is to make sure one guy/company does not control a single product and/or service in the interest of fair trade.  I’m not going to get into a big diatribe about how that law is only enforced on the surface and that monopolies exist everywhere, and that consumers get hosed…… Sorry I slipped for a second there..

Anyway, what was I saying, oh yeah, AT&T buying T-Mobile makes perfect sense, for both companies.  AT&T gets increased customer base, increased network capacity (which they need), and the ability to really take 4G to the next level.  Also, AT&T could learn a few things about customer service from the T-Mobile side.  T-Mo has regularly been ranked as one of the best in customer service for several years.

This whole merger talk has probably got some wheels turning at Verizon HQ.  I mean, think about it, your Verizon, and you’re nipping at AT&T’s heals, you just got the iPhone, and all of a sudden AT&T decides to pull a Steinbrenner, may he rest in peace (buy it’s way to the top, in case you don’t watch the Yankees).  What avenues does Verizon have?  Well they can do the obvious, buy Sprint, right?  Then we’re back to that whole monopoly/anti-trust thingy again.  But really, that would be the obvious choice.  Or they could start with a purchase of U.S. Cellular, who has roughly 6-7 million subscribers.  Then move on to the other regional players like Cricket & MetroPCS.  Combine USC, Metro, & Cricket, and Verizon could easily add another 20 million subs.  It would also give Verizon a play in a segment that neither AT&T nor Verizon have barely played in, prepaid.  With the changing economy, prepaid has made great strides in taking customers away from traditional wireless agreements and built quite a following.  Plus from Verizon’s perspective, I don’t see them having to pay $1,181 per subscriber like AT&T is paying for T-Mobile.

Yes, I know, its more than just subscribers, its about infrastructure, resources and innovation, but it all starts with the customers who pay their bill every month.

Good look with the US DOJ and all the regulatory hoops you will be jumping through this year, AT&T.  Now lets all keep our eyes on Verizon, they’re pretty smart of there too, you know.


Sprint and T-Mobile are dating…..

This is fake – I made it up!
According to the WSJ Sprint and T-Mobile are in preliminary talks to merge. This would make them easily the second largest wireless carrier in the U.S.
Since last summer there have been murmurs regarding these two wireless companies getting together to become one. There are a lot of questions to be answered if a merger like this were to occur:
1. Which would be their network of choice?
Seeing that Sprint operates on CDMA and is pushing their WIMAX (for now) and soon to be offering LTE (supposedly); and T-Mobile operates on GSM and has just recently launched 4G, which one would they convert to.  No matter which direction they choose to go, a conversion of any sort would be difficult, expensive, and take some time.  There are definitely advantages to going with either network, but the effect on the subscribers would also have to be taken into consideration.
….which leads me to
2.  Phones/Devices
If they decide to go GSM, they would open the flood gates  to new devices (iPhone cough cough).  And cool things like talking and surfing at the same time.  On the other hand, which 4G network would be better.  As an early adopter of 4G I’m pretty upset with the whole 4G debacle as it is….  But, with a merger like this there could be some real advances in the ability to actually make 4G work, instead of just having a signal meter on my phone that can’t find a 4G signal….
3. iDen
Would the replacement for iDen still exist.  As it is now, Sprint has already announced it’s plan to get rid of iDen in it’s current form and replace it with something else.  I also have an iDen phone (don’t ask why, it hurts to talk about it), and I’ve come to terms with the future loss.
4.  Who will run the company?
Even though Sprint and T-Mobile may have great leaders under their respective roofs, I say they need to look for an innovator that can see the true potential of the merger.  Not someone who will only look at “how many people can we get to by our next phone”.  What they really need is someone who can explore the true potential of the technology they have.  4G is supposed to allow 10 times the information at 1/10th of the cost, so why not take information and telecommunications to the next level?
In the end, I honestly hope they merge, but only if they have a concrete plan on what they intend to offer the world.  If they merge and say, “we’ll figure it out” then its time to switch to Verizon!

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