CTIA Keynote Liveblog
We'll be liveblogging the keynote address this morning. Tune in at 9am for remarks from the CEOs of AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint.
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Mar 22, 2011, 9:35 AM: That's a wrap!
Mar 22, 2011, 9:31 AM: Dan Hesse: "*IF* Microsoft-Nokia partnership is successful..."
Mar 22, 2011, 9:29 AM: Cramer to Verizon's Mead: Why not buy Netflix?
Mar 22, 2011, 9:28 AM: Sprint's Dan Hesse: "We agree with NYTimes." (AT&T-Mobile bad for consumers.) Verizon's Dan Mead: "It's an overstatement."
Mar 22, 2011, 9:26 AM: De La Vega promotes AT&T-Mobile deal as way to launch 4G. Dan Hesse: "I thought you already had 4G?" Huge laugh.
Mar 22, 2011, 9:25 AM: Cramer: NYTimes says AT&T-Mobile bad* for consumers. CEOs says... (well you know what AT&T says, and De La Vega giving same answer.) * Bold text corrected Mar 25.
Mar 22, 2011, 9:24 AM: Sprint has huge subsidies, and Dan Hesse says they will go up, to pay for more expensive phones without raising up-front prices for consumers. Dan says this is offset by higher ARPU and lower churn. Admits that Verizon and AT&T have scale advantages.
Mar 22, 2011, 9:20 AM: Hmm. Dan Hesse suggesting that cable companies are still serious about launching MVNO service.
Mar 22, 2011, 9:19 AM: Dan promoting Kyocera Echo for the second time today on stage. Talking about it as step toward phones with flexible screens that unfurl into tablets.
Mar 22, 2011, 9:18 AM: "Why will anyone need cable TV if 4G is so good?"
Mar 22, 2011, 9:17 AM: Jim Cramer mad about his video freezing when using mobile data. Asking AT&T CEO why. He reminded Jim that Jim uses Verizon. Huge laugh from audience.
Mar 22, 2011, 9:15 AM: Verizon did not consider buying T-Mobile.
Mar 22, 2011, 9:15 AM: Verizon feels confident about its spectrum position.
Mar 22, 2011, 9:14 AM: Dan Hesse concerned about AT&T-Mobile deal "stifling innovation". That got rare applause.
Mar 22, 2011, 9:13 AM: De La Vega: AT&T wants T-Mobile for spectrum, to address growth. Data growth was 8000% over last 4 years.
Mar 22, 2011, 9:12 AM: Dan Hesse on stage promoting "simplicity" of unlimited data plans "for now", but "monitoring usage closely."
Mar 22, 2011, 9:11 AM: Now talking about Netflix, other video, and how that relates to unlimited mobile data. Will it stay unlimited?
Mar 22, 2011, 9:10 AM: Jim Cramer wants to know why his Verizon bill is so high. Ha! I wish I could ask the CEO that question face-to-face.
Mar 22, 2011, 9:08 AM: How did US catch up to take global lead in mobile tech? Dan Hesse gives all the credit to Apple iPhone and AT&T. Wow!
Mar 22, 2011, 9:07 AM: Consensus: yes, mobile plays a big role in giving power to the people, to demand freedom.
Mar 22, 2011, 9:04 AM: Jim Cramer to Dan Hesse: "Did your industry bring down the regime in Egypt?"
Mar 22, 2011, 9:03 AM: Jim Cramer - of Mad Money - has taken the stage to introduce the panel of CEOs.
Mar 22, 2011, 9:02 AM: He's urging people to donate to the Red Cross - via phone of course - for Japan.
Mar 22, 2011, 9:00 AM: Steve Largent - President & CEO of CTIA - has taken the stage.
Mar 22, 2011, 8:59 AM: Claiming that for every dollar spent on spectrum at auction, $10 are generated for the economy. $30 billion in spectrum auctions = $300 billion in benefit.
Mar 22, 2011, 8:57 AM: These voluntary incentive auctions could raise $30 billion (US gov't take, or total shared with broadcasters? ...not clear from speech.)
Mar 22, 2011, 8:55 AM: Talking about ways to free more spectrum, including two-way voluntary incentive auctions, where TV broadcasters could put licenses up for auction run by FCC, and receive a portion of the proceeds. Supported by President Obama.
Mar 22, 2011, 8:51 AM: Talking now about next-generation 911, including text messaging and MMS.
Mar 22, 2011, 8:51 AM: Hmm. Talking about major priorities of FCC, some points for AT&T-Mobile merger, some against. For: "removing roadblocks to robust 4G deployment." Against: "ensuring competitive market for consumers."
Mar 22, 2011, 8:48 AM: Analysts predict no les than 35x increase in mobile broadband usage in next five years.
Mar 22, 2011, 8:47 AM: Back to spectrum. Talking about how critical it is to maintaining the growth of mobile, and in turn the growth of the economy.
Mar 22, 2011, 8:45 AM: Tablets are a recurring theme in Genachowski's speech. Talking about unexpected success of iPad, and how kids can replace textbooks with a connected tablet.
Mar 22, 2011, 8:42 AM: Talking policy: the National Mobile Broadband Plan, and how mobile fits in.
Mar 22, 2011, 8:39 AM: Genachowski's comments so far are predictable. Mobile is growing. Already looking forward to 5G. US must stay globally competitive. Mobile tech is now critical to our whole economy.
Mar 22, 2011, 8:36 AM: Dan Hesse's introduction of the FCC chairman praised his leadership on ensuring competitiveness. Heh.
Mar 22, 2011, 8:34 AM: FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski has taken the stage. First comment: No comment on AT&T-Mobile.
Mar 22, 2011, 8:31 AM: Dan Hesse is making the plea for more spectrum from the FCC.
Mar 22, 2011, 8:29 AM: Talking about universal chargers. By January 2012, all US phones will use the standard micro-USB connector. Applause.
Mar 22, 2011, 8:27 AM: On to green (eco-friendly) mobile tech. M2M technology helps with smart grid tech, and electric car chargers.
Mar 22, 2011, 8:24 AM: Very cool new Android app coming for Sprint phones - a parental control - that locks the phone when going over 10 mph. Callers get an automated message saying the person is driving.
Mar 22, 2011, 8:23 AM: Now talking about distracted driving.
Mar 22, 2011, 8:22 AM: Currently, 4% of cars on the road in the US are "connected." Expected to grow, naturally.
Mar 22, 2011, 8:20 AM: Now Hesse's talking about M2M (machine to machine) applications. Important, but boring.
Mar 22, 2011, 8:18 AM: I mean, we get it. Mobile is big and growing. Considering the audience, he's preaching to the choir.
Mar 22, 2011, 8:17 AM: He's just spouting a barrage of stats about the growth of mobile in general.
Mar 22, 2011, 8:14 AM: Hmm. He's harping on the success of "North American based platforms", including Android, iOS, BlackBerry, Windows Phone, and Palm. It's an interesting distinction, and clearly a knock against Europe-developed platforms... Symbian.
Mar 22, 2011, 8:12 AM: After other parts of the world leading in mobile in past years, now with 4G, the US is leading. We also have the most 3G/data users.
Mar 22, 2011, 8:11 AM: Next, Japan. DoCoMo has all but 1000 cell towers back up and running. 2.6 million raised via mobile for Red Cross effort in Japan.
Mar 22, 2011, 8:10 AM: First topic: role of cell phones in revolutions in Bahrain, etc.
Mar 22, 2011, 8:08 AM: Starting off with Dan Hesse, CEO of Sprint.
Mar 22, 2011, 8:07 AM: The CTIA keynote is officially starting, as is our liveblog.
Mar 22, 2011, 7:55 AM: Someone is playing Angry Birds on the 30-foot screen. I'm jealous.
Mar 22, 2011, 7:53 AM: I'm seated in the front row and ready, even the intro music makes me deaf. Things should get going in ten minutes or so.
FCC to Investigate Web Site that Exposed Phone Locations
The FCC today said it is investigating reports that a web site leaked the location data of millions of U.S. cell phones.
Sprint, T-Mobile Agree to Halt Sharing Location with Some Apps
Following moves made earlier in the day by Verizon and AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile have now said they also will cease sharing customer location data with certain third-party apps and services. Sprint said it is "beginning the process of terminating its current contracts with data aggregators to whom we provide location data." T-Mobile CEO John Legere tweeted, "I've personally evaluated this issue & have pledged that @tmobile will not sell customer location data to shady middlemen." The matter rose to attention after some third-party location brokers left the real-time data of millions of customers unprotected.
3GPP Approves Spec for Standalone 5G New Radio
The 3GPP today ratified another piece of the 5G specification, termed the Standalone 5G New Radio, or SA 5G NR. This spec is for 5G networks that are developed on their own, apart from legacy or pre-existing networks.
Verizon to Cease Sharing Phone Location with Other Companies
Verizon Communications today said it will stop making customer location data available to third-party apps and services. The decision follows last month's revelation that third-party companies didn't always properly protect this data.
LG Kicks Off Sales of G7 ThinQ Phone, But US Pricing Remains Elusive
LG today said it has commenced sales of its flagship G7 ThinQ phone in its home market of South Korea. The G7 ThinQ, announced earlier this month, is a premium metal-and-glass phone with a super bright 6.1-inch screen, Snapdragon 845 processor, AI-assisted dual rear cameras, BoomBox speaker, and Android 8 Oreo.
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