Text To 911 Coming By 2014, As Top Four Mobile Carriers Agree To Work Together On The Issue

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Coming sooner than you might think.

The Big Four US mobile carriers–AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, and T-Mobile–have just sent out a press release committing to push the issue of text to 911 capabilities, hopefully sooner than, but at least by, 2014.

These major players, plus The 911 Association and the Association for Public-Safety Communications Officials International, have decided to work together on standards and procedures to make this happen with a seamless transition to text to 911 services across the US.

iPad, LTE, Shared Data Plans Will Make Tablets A $15 Billion Business For Carriers by 2017

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The new iPad's LTE success seen igniting a serious new revenue stream for carriers.
The new iPad's LTE success seen igniting a serious new revenue stream for carriers.

The LTE version of the new iPad may cost $130 more than the Wi-Fi version, but the throughput that LTE delivers makes the iPad into a phenomenal mobile solution. The performance easily tops a large segment of home broadband services, which delivers tremendous value. Add the free personal hotspot feature available to Verizon customers and a MacBook Air (or other notebook) and you get a powerful business solution for professionals on the road.

Right now only 13% of iPad/tablet users worldwide have an active mobile broadband subscription, but that will change significantly over the next five years according a new report by research firm Strategy Analytics. The potential that the new iPad with LTE offers both mobile professionals and consumers will be one the key factors contributing to that change.

Carrier Partnerships Can Ease iPhone Roll Outs And Support

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Carrier partnerships can offer one-stop shopping for mass iPhone deployments.
Carrier partnerships can offer one-stop shopping for mass iPhone deployments.

During our Mobile Management Month series, we noted that a number mobile management vendors have established strategic partnerships with consulting firms, telecom agents, and mobile carriers. According to a study, these kinds or partnerships are paying off for everyone involved – carriers, vendors, and business customers.

Mobile Industry Could Lose $40 Billion As Companies Embrace iOS, Android, And BYOD

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Mobile companies without strong customer appeal could lose big time as more and more businesses adopt BYOD
Mobile companies without strong customer appeal could lose big time as more and more businesses adopt BYOD.

Most discussions around BYOD and costs focus on one of two areas. The first is the cost reduction that a company might see if employees provide their own iPhones (or other devices) and pay for their own mobile plans. The second is the cost for mobile management solutions to secure and manage those personally-owned devices along with the apps and data stored on them.

Those are major concerns, but research company ARCchart recently identified a completely different cost of the BYOD trend – the revenues that device manufacturers and carriers are likely to lose as BYOD becomes a standard practice across the business world. According to ARCchart, the worldwide mobile industry could take a hit as big as $40 billion over the next four years as a result of BYOD.

iPhone Owners Are Bigger And More Consistent Data Hogs Than Android Users

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iPhone users consumer more 3G data on average than any other platform
iPhone users consumer more 3G data on average than any other platform

It’s a pretty good bet that iPhones and iPads will be responsible for 3G/4G traffic spikes around the Moscone Center in San Francisco this week as Apple developers lucky enough to score a ticket attend WWDC. Beyond this week, however, it seems that iPhone users have a tendency to gobble up a large amount of data – more so than other platforms including Android.

On average, iPhone owners represent about 20% of smartphone customers for mobile carriers worldwide. You might expect that those customers would amount to around 20% of data usage. That isn’t the case as  iPhone users account for an average 45% of carrier data traffic and data use by iPhone users is more consistent than data consumed by Android customers.