Mobile Zone

The latest news, developments and trends for mobile broadband. Gain valuable insight into the implications of 3G, 4G, LTE, Wi-Fi, Smartphones, Tablets, Spectrum and more.

Rise of Connected Devices Has Significant Customer Service and Experience Implications

A survey about attitudes toward connected devices conducted by IDC found a considerable lack of knowledge on the part of users about their devices. Less than one-third of respondents (31%) believe they’re taking full advantage of their connected devices, including IoT-related smart home devices and...Learn More

Mobile Commerce Research: Nearly 1 in 4 Make Mobile Purchases Weekly

Shopping and making purchases using mobile devices is now a mainstream aspect of commerce and daily life for people worldwide, according to new mobile commerce research from The Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB). Three-quarters of smartphone or tablet users in 19 countries responding to a survey...Learn More

RootMetrics: AT&T, Verizon Offer Best Airport Wireless Service

Which carrier offers the best airport wireless service? According to the latest Root Metrics data, AT&T and Verizon Wireless took top honors at two of the five busiest airports out of 50 studied – Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson and Chicago’s O’Hare. Verizon won outright at LAX in...Learn More

Wheeler Rural Wireless Plans Include Revised Roaming Rules, Mobility Fund

The FCC will take action aimed at revising mobile data roaming rules this year, said FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler yesterday, speaking at a Competitive Carriers Association event. Such reforms, he said, would be particularly important to rural wireless carriers, who must rely on roaming agreements...Learn More

Comcast Wireless Plans Confirmed, Details to Come

Comcast CEO Brian Roberts confirmed that Comcast wireless plans are definitely in play, with a wireless service from the broadband and entertainment conglomerate expected sometime in 2017. Responding to questions at the Goldman Sachs Communacopia Conference today, Comcast’s CEO offered more insight into Comcast wireless...Learn More

T-Mobile Binge On May Have Found a Mobile Video Sweet Spot

T-Mobile Binge On mobile streaming service is proving to be very popular with early-adopter smartphone users. Effectively all (99%) who opted in to Strategy Analytics’ AppOptix USA market research platform said they were satisfied with the quality of videos delivered. With Binge On, T-Mobile is...Learn More

FCC Commissioner Pai Gigabit Opportunity Zones Proposal Would Target Rural Areas

A proposal from FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai aims to encourage gigabit deployments in rural America by giving tax breaks to network operators deploying the high-speed broadband service. The Pai Gigabit Opportunity Zones proposal also would set aside 10% of the money raised from spectrum auctions...Learn More

M2M Traffic Forecast: Cars to Generate 95% Through 2021

Growing demand for mobile data from new, in-vehicle entertainment services such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto will generate lots of new cellular M2M data traffic, according to a new M2M traffic forecast from Juniper Research. In fact, in-vehicle entertainment services will account for as...Learn More

Study: FCC Business Data Services Decision Could Determine Viability of Rural 5G

The impact of the impending FCC business data services decision could be critical for rural wireless carriers, argued Raul Katz, president of telecom policy consulting firm Telecom Advisory Services, LLC, at a Washington, D.C. event Friday that was also webcast. The BDS decision will impact...Learn More

TiVo Introduces Next-Gen User Interface

Amsterdam & San Carlos, California — September 9, 2016 — TiVo (NASDAQ: TIVO), the global leader in entertainment technology and audience insights, announced today a new generation of user experience (UX) design that is uniquely TiVo. Built for today’s modern TVs and mobile screens, TiVo’s...Learn More

AT&T Enhances DirecTV TV Everywhere App, Streams Video Free From Wireless Data Caps

AT&T is adding enhancements to its DirecTV TV Everywhere app, which now allows AT&T wireless customers to stream video from DirecTV without worrying about monthly data caps. Customers have to be both DirecTV and AT&T wireless customers to stream video to their wireless devices without...Learn More

iPhone 7 Audio and Camera Capabilities Are Its Chief Innovations

The Apple iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, announced today and available this month, have a range of new capabilities. But the most impressive capabilities are not related to the products’ role as communications devices but instead pertain to the iPhone 7 audio and camera...Learn More