Verizon Chief Expects Shared Data Plans to Land in 2012
Verizon Communications CEO Lowell McAdam said that Verizon Wireless will offer shared data plans to families with multiple devices starting at some point in 2012. McAdam has already hinted as much, but this is the first time he's committed to offering shared data. "I think in 2012 we will see it," McAdam said at the UBS Global Media and Communications Conference. "We have been working on this for a couple of years. Getting to one bill and getting to account-level pricing is our goal." McAdam said that Verizon's customers have indicated that they don't want to pay for separate data accounts for multiple devices being used in a single household. Verizon already allows family plan subscribers to share voice minutes across devices, but McAdam didn't provide specifics on how data sharing would work. McAdam also discussed the company's recent announcement regarding SpectrumCo's AWS spectrum, which Verizon hopes to purchase for $3.6 billion. McAdam said it was a "hand in the glove" opportunity for Verizon, and that SpectrumCo's AWS spectrum, the bulk of which is to the west of the Mississippi River, complements AWS spectrum that Verizon already holds east of the Mississippi. Last, McAdam said that the company's joint venture with AT&T and T-Mobile, Isis, will see a significant market rollout by the end of 2012, and it will become a viable source of revenue by 2013.
Apple Watch Series 3 Supports Carriers' One Number Calling and Messaging
Apple this week announced the Apple Watch Series 3 with an optional cellular radio. The LTE radio makes it possible for the smartwatch to connect to cellular networks on its own, without a nearby iPhone.
Google Intros 'Zero-Touch' Android Enterprise Deployments
Google today made it easier for businesses to configure and deploy Android handsets to employees with a new tool called zero-touch enrollment. Google says zero-touch lets companies configure purchased devices and ship them directly to employees completely preconfigured with corporate policies and controls all in place.
U.S. Carriers Create Mobile Authentication Taskforce
Mobile operators in the U.S. today said they will work together to help customers more easily manage app and account authentication while also protecting consumers' privacy and identity.
Apple Refreshes the Apple Watch with LTE
Apple today updated its smartwatch with several new features. Notably, the Apple Watch Series 3 gains an optional LTE radio for connections when phones aren't around or available.
Will it save money?
I'm curious to see if subscribers will be able to save a few dollars on this or will it be like, each device brings 2GB data for $30. So three devices will enjoy sharing 6GB of data for $90 a month.