Changing Mobile Trends as Connected Car Net Adds Outpace Smartphone Net Adds

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An interesting mobile industry data point of note happened in Q1 2016, when new connected car net adds outpaced smartphone net adds, according to data from industry analyst Chetan Sharma. The trend illustrates shifting trends in mobile, as smartphone penetration nears saturation in the U.S....Learn More

Comcast Home Control Will Be Router-Centric with Curated Devices

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Comcast has seen a sharp increase in consumer interest in home control over the last six to 10 months and expects the market to double over the next 12 months, said Daniel Herscovici, senior vice president and general manager of Comcast’s Xfinity Home unit yesterday....Learn More

ABI: Mobile Accessory Revenues Forecast to Hit $110 Billion by 2021

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The secondary, or aftermarket, for mobile accessories will grow to exceed $110 billion in 2021, according to a mobile accessory revenues forecast from ABI Research. Aftermarket purchase/sales of Bluetooth smartphone headsets will grow fastest, rising at a 9% CAGR from 2016-2020, ABI highlights in an...Learn More

Report: Millennial Smartphone Use, 73% Would Give Up Cable TV Before Smartphone

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Millennials (those born between 1980 and 2000) are expected to account for 75% of the global workforce by 2025 and millennial smartphone use is of particular interest. Their craving for ubiquitous, ¨always on¨ high-speed network connectivity, along with their usage habits and preferences, has profound...Learn More

Cox Business Adds Mobile Functionality to Hosted Voice Solution

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ATLANTA – May 24, 2016 – Cox Business has expanded its hosted voice Solution, IP Centrex, giving business customers enhanced connectivity capabilities with voice, instant messaging and more through their smartphones, tablets and desktop computers. Using the BroadSoft UC-One® platform, Cox Business has strengthened its...Learn More

U.S. Wireless Trends: 4 Million Messages Per Minute, 2.8 Trillion Minutes of Use

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Americans consumed more than twice the amount of data in 2015 than they did the year before and three times that of 2013, according to survey data from CTIA on U.S. wireless trends. Network data consumption totaled 9.6 trillion megabytes (MB) last year, up from...Learn More

IDC: Total Mobile App Downloads to Exceed 210B, Generating $57B in Mobile App Revenue

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Total mobile app downloads will rise to exceed 210 billion, generating nearly $57 billion in revenue in 2020, according to a new forecast from IDC. Mobile app installations totaled nearly 156 billion in 2015 while direct (non-advertising) revenues reached $34.2 bllion, IDC highlights in a...Learn More

Netflix Mobile Data Controls Introduced

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Netflix mobile data controls introduced today give end users the ability to adjust streaming video quality and limit the amount of mobile data consumed. In its default setting, the new mobile data management tool limits cellular data consumption via Netflix to one gigabyte of data...Learn More

DISH Smartphone Repair Highlights Need for Revenue Diversification Strategies

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Both the telecom and pay-TV industries have seen their share of disruption, forcing providers to adopt revenue diversification strategies to replace lost revenue from legacy services. In the latest example, satellite pay-TV provider DISH is getting into the smartphone repair business with an interesting model....Learn More

Study: African American Mobile Phone Use Is Above Average

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African American mobile phone use is higher than that for other ethnic groups, yet African-Americans are distinctly underrepresented when it comes to holding jobs in the mobile tech sector or being aware of mobile tech’s economic empowerment potential, according to a new study from Mobile...Learn More

WiFi IoT Forecast: New Frequency Bands Will Drive Growth

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Internet of Things (IoT) devices will be the fastest growing category of WiFi devices over the next five years, according to a WiFi IoT forecast from ABI Research. WiFi was just one of several non-cellular wireless connectivity technologies that ABI studied. Others included Bluetooth, which...Learn More

Virtual Reality Headset Forecast: $895 Million in 2016

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A virtual reality headset forecast from Strategy Analytics calls for worldwide revenues of $895 million this year. The researchers view 2016 as a pivotal year for virtual reality (VR) headsets. Over three quarters of VR headset revenues will result from sales of just three new...Learn More