In an impressive first-year achievement, Firefox OS has found a toehold in a fiercely competitive smartphone market. The next challenge for Mozilla's browser-based mobile operating system will be to convert that toehold into a foothold.
As the struggles of BlackBerry OS, Microsoft Windows Phone, and Samsung Tizen have shown, it's extraordinarily hard to find any room in a mobile operating system market where Apple's iOS and Google's Android dominate. Yet Mozilla has managed to do just that by focusing on super-low-cost smartphones and on partnerships with carriers who want something to offer in markets where even … Read more
The GSMA, an organization that represents more than 800 mobile network operators, is excited about the Internet of things.
The GSMA has spent years overseeing mobile phone standards, but now expects major growth in the technology for hooking other devices such as environmental sensors, cars, door locks, and power meters to the network, an idea called the Internet of things or machine-to-machine (M2M) communications.
In a report announced Monday (PDF) ahead of its Mobile World Congress show, the GSMA said it predicts growth from 195 million M2M connections in 2013 to 250 million this year. Seeing new markets besides the … Read more
For as long as I can remember, I've had a particular weakness for Sony mobile devices. I mean I still get misty-eyed when I recall my adolescent crush, the Walkman WM-150. She truly was a thing of beauty. Unfortunately, Sony's legendary gadget-making chops have yet to fully cross over into minting world-class smartphones -- at least not for models sold in the good old US of A. … Read more
SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son isn't so pleased with the way the US mobile market looks at the moment.
Speaking to reporters in Japan on Wednesday, Son said that AT&T and Verizon Wireless, the two largest telcos in the US, have an oligopoly in the market, according to Reuters. It's not clear whether his comments went beyond that complaint, but Reuters did say that he wouldn't comment on his subsidiary Sprint or the possibility of that company merging with T-Mobile.
Several reports have suggested recently that SoftBank and Sprint are considering a deal to acquire T-Mobile. … Read more
In Framily we trust.
At least, that's the takeaway from Sprint after the wireless carrier reported fourth-quarter results, which revealed the company continues to bleed money but is returning to customer growth.
Sprint is hoping to keep that growth going with Framily, a friends and family plan that allows people to sign up together for increased savings. CEO Dan Hesse said he believes the plan will give it an edge against the competition.
Mobile chip maker Mediatek believes buying a great smartphone shouldn't have to break the bank. According to the company, its new, sophisticated, yet affordable MT6595 solution provides a full eight cores of computing power at a fraction of the price. Plus Mediatek says this hardware has the brains to operate its cores very efficiently, which not only saves money but battery life as well. … Read more
On Thursday, prepaid carrier Boost Mobile announced that it will lower the cost of its unlimited 4G LTE service for new customers signing up through March 31.
Instead of paying $55 for unlimited talk, text, and data (for smartphones), Boost will give new sign-ons a $35 monthly rate for the first 6 months of service. After that, the cost will revert to $50, rather than the full $55.
A prepaid Sprint brand, Boost Mobile uses Sprint's expanding LTE network, which is now available in 340 markets across the US and Puerto Rico. Boost's list of LTE-capable phones includes … Read more