Friday, February 1, 2013

Mobile Technology: What’s Next?

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There’s no denying it – cell phones have come a long way in the past 20 years.  Now we can browse the internet, order food, and stream live TV… all on the go! But what does the future hold?  Here are 5 of our favorite up and coming mobile technologies:


Waterproof cell phones
Have you ever wanted to take a call in the shower? You might be able to soon thanks to Liquipel. With this waterproof phone coating, you’ll soon be able to sing and chat in the shower.

Facial Recognition Technology
Entering passwords and pins to get into your phone can be a pain. But with the Facelock Pro app, your phone-- and all of the personal information it contains—will be protected by your pretty face. Check it out here.

Mobile Blood Pressure Monitor
There are tons of fitness and health apps out there. Now Withings has created a mobile blood pressure monitor that provides you with the ability to monitor your heath on the go. Bonus: All history is automatically saved onto the device, making it easy to track and evaluate your progress.

Battery Life
Say you find yourself in an emergency situation and you have little to no battery life left on your cell phone. Thankfully, there is SpareOne – an emergency phone, which was just revealed at the 2013 Consumer Electronic Show. This device is powered by one AA battery and has the ability to keep a charge for 15 years!

Flexible Screen
According to Yahoo! News, Samsung introduced a new technology called organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) that makes phone screens paper thin and flexible. Which means two things: 1. You’ll be able to fold up your cell phone like a map. And 2. Time to start practicing your origami skills.

If you could pick any of these cool new technologies, which would YOU choose? Let us know in the comments! 

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  1. Battery. Would love to have a phone like the one described.

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Surpassing Verizon, TracFone notches 1.1M net adds in Q4

By Mike Dano
http://www.fiercewireless.com

Feb. 9 2011 - 6:03 pm - América Móvil's TracFone MVNO service netted a whopping 1.1 million new subscribers in the fourth quarter of 2010, finishing the period with a total of 17.7 million subscribers.

TracFone's net adds put it in the same league as some of the nation's Tier 1 wireless carriers. For example, Verizon Wireless (NYSE:VZ [1]), the nation's largest wireless carrier, recorded 955,000 total net customer additions in the fourth quarter, ending the period with 102.2 million "total wireless connections."

Such a comparison isn't completely fair, however. TracFone doesn't operate its own wireless network--instead, as an MVNO, the company essentially piggybacks on the networks of Verizon , AT&T Mobility (NYSE:T [2]) and T-Mobile USA, reselling their services under TracFone's brands, which include Straight Talk, Net10 and others. Thus, TracFone's net customer additions are also counted by its host carriers under their "wholesale" column.

Nonetheless, TracFone's stellar growth is notable. The company has grown its U.S. subscriber base from 14.4 million in December of 2009 to 16.7 million in September 2010 to 17.7 million at the end of the fourth quarter of last year.

As for TracFone's subscriber metrics, the company's minutes of use skyrocketed 219 percent year over year, from 94 in the fourth quarter of 2009 to 300 in the fourth quarter of 2010. TracFone attributed the growth to its Straight Talk unlimited service. TracFone's average revenue per user grew from $10 to $14 during the same period while its churn remained relatively unchanged at around 4 percent.

Read the full story here.

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CTIA-The Wireless Association's statement on usage and cost for mobile phone calls

WASHINGTON, DC CTIA-The Wireless Association® issued the following statement today in response to the OECD Communications Outlook report on usage and cost for mobile phone calls:

The headline from the recently released OECD Communications Outlook report reads that Finland, the Netherlands, and Sweden have the lowest prices for mobile phone calls among OECD countries, while the highest prices were found in Canada, Spain, and the United States. But since U.S. consumers enjoy the lowest per minute rates of all of the OECD countries, what today’s OECD report really shows is that some international comparisons just don’t make sense – especially when built on flawed assumptions.

The real story is buried on page 275 of the OECD report which states:

“It is important to note again that the OECD calling pattern in the basket can be significantly different than common calling profiles in a specific country. For example, the high-usage OECD basket includes 1,680 outgoing voice calls per year while users in the United States average 9,600 minutes of voice calls (combined incoming and outgoing) per year. In this case the basket provides the cost of buying exactly the calls and messages in the OECD basket rather than what may be considered a ‘typical’ bundle in the market.”

Read the full article here.