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The Telecom Digest for June 20, 2012
Volume 31 : Issue 150 : "text" Format
Messages in this Issue:
Apps I Want to Go Away (Monty Solomon)
Mobile Advertising: The $20B Opportunity Mirage (Monty Solomon)
Google, Apple Tighten Grip on Smartphone Market (Monty Solomon)
Verizon Raises FiOS Prices, Speed (Monty Solomon)

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Date: Tue, 19 Jun 2012 01:15:24 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Apps I Want to Go Away Message-ID: <p06240866cc05b9c7b893@[]> Apps I Want to Go Away By SAM GROBART JUNE 14, 2012 In my most recent Tool Kit column, I explained how to better organize the apps on your smartphone. But in the article, I wrote half a sentence that's been bugging me: "But 24 additional Apple apps also cannot be deleted ?" I haven't been able to shake it. Why? Why can't those apps be deleted? Now, I know they can be deleted, if I really want them gone. But that requires jailbreaking my iPhone and, well, I have a thing about jailbreaking. Rather, I have a thing about warranties; I don't like voiding them, so hacking my iPhone to achieve my minimalist ideal is not an option. I also recognize that a few of those two dozen apps are what you could call "essential" apps. They interact with other features on the phone and are too important to be deleted. Among the built-in, nondelete-able apps that I would classify this way are: ... http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/06/14/apps-i-want-to-go-away/
Date: Tue, 19 Jun 2012 01:15:24 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Mobile Advertising: The $20B Opportunity Mirage Message-ID: <p06240867cc05ba9eeae1@[]> Mobile Advertising: The $20B Opportunity Mirage June 10, 2012 Edited by Jean-Louis Gassée There are a lot of questions left to be answered about Facebook's IPO fiasco, but one thing we know is this: As consumers shift their use of Facebook from PCs to smartphones, investors worry about lower mobile advertising revenues. Is this a temporary situation that will be remedied when usage patterns settle, or do investors have a right to be concerned? Must the advertising industry learn to adapt to a permanently leaner income stream from smartphones? Let's start by taking another look at Mary Meeker's latest Internet Trends presentation from last week's All Things Digital conference. On slide 17, she projects a $20B opportunity for Mobile Advertising in the US: ... http://www.mondaynote.com/2012/06/10/mobile-advertising-the-20b-opportunity-mirage/
Date: Tue, 19 Jun 2012 01:03:01 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Google, Apple Tighten Grip on Smartphone Market Message-ID: <p06240865cc05b850609c@[]> Google, Apple Tighten Grip on Smartphone Market By JESSICA E. VASCELLARO And AMIR EFRATI June 18, 2012 Apple Inc. and Google Inc. have brought mobile giants Nokia Corp. and Research In Motion Ltd. to their knees and captured more than 80% of the world's smartphone market. Now they are going after the rest. Apple is marching into new markets-most recently U.S. prepaid mobile phones-to continue the growth of its iPhone and iPad devices and iOS software. At the same time, the Cupertino, Calif., company is developing software, such as mapping, that it once obtained from Google to make its devices stand out and to control some features more tightly. Google is shifting gears with its Android software to exert greater control over its destiny. In the past, Google relied on hardware manufacturers to build Android devices and on carriers and other retailers to sell them to consumers. Today, Google is partly adopting Apple's integrated model by manufacturing some devices on its own and it plans to sell several devices directly with big marketing campaigns. What's behind these moves? Apple and Google see bigger gains ahead. Of the about 1.4 billion phones sold this year, only about 35% will be smartphones, a percentage projected to climb to 75% in the next five years, according to research and trading firm Wedge Partners. That potential bounty is intensifying the fight to sell more devices and accompanying services. ... http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303379204577474794114369320.html
Date: Tue, 19 Jun 2012 01:00:45 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Verizon Raises FiOS Prices, Speed Message-ID: <p06240864cc05b73c2000@[]> Verizon Raises FiOS Prices, Speed By THOMAS GRYTA June 18, 2012 Verizon Communications Inc. raised prices and increased the speeds for its home Internet service, making data a bigger part of consumers' monthly bill for phone, television and broadband service. The New York-based telecom company estimated the move would add about $10 to $15 per month to the average customer's data bill but noted that users may be able to adjust their television packages to pay roughly the same monthly total that they pay now. Some customers already have cut or scaled back their pay-TV bill and now use their Web connection to watch TV. The data bill for Verizon's FiOS customers will be based on the network's speed, as set by the customer. Faster speeds will cost more money. Focusing on the speeds allows Verizon to charge more to those who demand more from the network and provides the company with an easy way to adjust prices as Internet habits change. ... http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303703004577474491608119330.html
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