Phablets Dominate the Consumer Electronics Show (CES)

By:  Carole Downs

One of the terms possibly overused at CES was the "super phone", also known as the "phablet". Phablet characteristics include a large screen, powerful battery life and cutting edge display capabilities.

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The FCC’s Drive For More Spectrum

By:  Smartcomm

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has announced that it will be seeking to add more bandwidth available for mobile broadband thereby increasing the spectrum space that is currently being offered to carriers by 2015.

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Back to School and a Pair of Shoes Just Won't Do?

By:  Smartcomm

It's that time again for the school year to begin and for kids to get ready for their "back to school days." I remember those days, and they usually involved getting a new back pack, some notebooks, pencils, erasers, and maybe a pair of new shoes. The idea of a technical gadget, aside from maybe a calculator, was not even on the radar. Today, however, times have changed.

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Spectrum Demand Continues to Skyrocket

By:  Smartcomm

The United States has a spectrum supply issue. While other countries operate at a 65% capacity, according to Jonathan Spalter, Chairman of Mobile Future, the U.S. runs at an 80% capacity and continues to push the spectrum limits. Why? Because the U.S. currently has more mobile subscriptions than people. Additionally, nearly one third of American adults own a tablet or e-reader, which takes up 122 times the amount of spectrum as a feature cell phone

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Are We Squared Away?

By:  Smartcomm

I recently went to an event that had a $15 cover charge to get in. I had only grabbed my visa card and driver's license because I didn't want to worry about carrying cash or lugging my purse around. When it was time to pay the cover I asked if they accepted credit cards, assuming I might have to run back out to my car because I didn't see one of those clunky credit card machines that some merchants use in places like farmer's markets or trade shows, in order to accommodate non-cash purchases.

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Apple at it Again

By:  Smartcomm

We recently reported that Apple was ahead of the game in the tablet market, in terms of shipments sent, which reached 11.8 million in the first quarter alone. But that number is quickly increasing.

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A Lot Happens in a Wireless Year

By:  Smartcomm

The iPhone celebrated its five year birthday just last month. But in looking over the last five years, it's clear that we are not only celebrating Apple's hit product. We are celebrating a revolutionary change in the mobile communications industry; a change that has brought growth to a shaky and uncertain US economy.

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Netflix Redeems Itself

By:  Smartcomm

Remember when Netflix tried to split up its DVD services from its streaming services, back in September of last year? Then after much criticism, CEO Reed Hastings decided to keep the company united instead of rebranding it. Netflix lost a lot of customers due to its strategy and price increase. But that loss has recovered pretty quickly.

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Spectrum Discussion on NPR

By:  Smartcomm

Joining NPR's Diane Rehm on The Diane Rehm Show are Communications and Society Fellow at Aspen Institute, Blaire Levin, Vice President of Regulatory Affairs at CTIA, Christopher McCabe, and Chairman of Mobile Future Jonathan Spalter.

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The US Wireless Industry’s Impact on the Economy

By:  Smartcomm

The Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association (CTIA) is an international nonprofit membership organization that was founded in 1984 to represent the wireless communications industry.

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