Even though wireless service companies such as AT&T and Verizon lost in a battle with Google, Apple, and Microsoft for controlling smartphones and their applications, there is a new entry point in the near future that may allow carriers to take control back. That new entry point is “smart homes”. Smart homes are homes that can be controlled through the use of mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. This article talks about how smart homes and things such as appliances within these homes can be controlled by mobile devices in the future. This provides carriers like AT&T a chance to develop systems that allow users to control and monitor their homes. AT&T is already ahead of other providers with the launch of their home security service called Digital Life. In the article, the author says “If AT&T and others can evangelize their systems as a centralized device interface independent of its own services but designed to integrate into it, this may not only emerge as a strong primary interface before the OS vendors jump in, but also entice consumers to adopt their hardware and service for monitoring and controlling their homes and cars.” Basically, he is saying that if carriers can provide services and hardware to users that allow them to control their homes and automobiles from their existing mobile devices, they have a huge opportunity to take control of the future market and up-and-coming smart homes.
AT&T has unveiled a new plan for tablet users that will allow them to buy a $5 cellular data ‘day pass’ . Users can simply sign up for a session and buy a $5 pass on their device, and it will give them 250MB of data for a 24-hour time period. This service is best used on their LTE network, but if that’s not an option, it will connect HSPA+ instead. Read more:
AT&T has revealed a $5 ‘day pass’ option for tablet users in need of a connection. This is a change from their previous options of having a month long connection for $15. AT&T is relying on the assumption that their LTE network might be superior to other connections, such as hotel or airport connections. AT&T believes this connection is an alternative to paid Wi-Fi hot spots in airports or hotels as well as giving consumers a last minute option for a connection. This is a great option to paying for a Wi-Fi connection as it allows the user to still have connectivity no matter where they might go. This might be the best option for travelers to ensure they have a data connection without having to locate the nearest Starbucks or similar option. This is a really interesting development in the pay as you go type services.
Tesla will be able to tout one more feature in its advanced electric cars: a cellular connection.
The upstart automaker has partnered with AT&T to bring a 3G or HSPA+ (what AT&T calls 4G) connection to its electric cars. With a modem and SIM card, the cars will be able to share performance data, allowing for better remote diagnostic and maintenance, while passengers have the option to browse the Internet, watch videos, or get real-time traffic info via the connection.
The connection also will allow Tesla engineers to look at driving data from the car and better analyze performance trends, system enhancements, and driver preferences.
AT&T and Verizon have both announced their plans to release smartphones compatible with VoLTE. VoLTE would allow voice calls to be carried out over LTE, which could also open the door for simultaneous data usage and voice usage. AT&T plans to release their first VoLTE compatible phone at the end of the year, while Verizon is planning for a launch in the first half of 2014.
With the release of the new iPhone 5C Model, the major mobile telecom carrier companies in the US (Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile) are also using new types of installment plans that go with the iPhone 5C.
These new installment plans require payments of around $20 per month for 20-24 months. This is different from how some older installment plans for other phone models require a large down-payment to occur at the start of the installment plan.
These new installment plans appear to be another method of the telecom carrier companies to invite people to purchase a iPhone 5C & installment plan with their company.
These new installment plans may encourage people with tighter budgets to switch/upgrdade to an iPhone 5C with installment plan as these specific plans spread out the costs over a longer period of time with a smaller payment conducted each month compared to larger payments in older installment plans.
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Wireless Carriers Unveil IPhone Installment-Payment Plans – Bloomberg.
The Malaysian government will be jointly hosting a 24-hour “hackathon” session with AT&T Inc to encourage the development of mobile applications within Malaysia.
This “hackathon” session will allow Malaysian entrepreneurs and mobile app developers to have access to AT&T’s Application Programming Interface and mobile app development tools.
The Malaysian government wants this “hackathon” session to encourage the development and commercialization of mobile applications in Malaysia.
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