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CTIA Fall 2011 Keynote Liveblog

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Oct 11, 2011, 9:00 AM   by Rich Brome
updated Oct 12, 2011, 2:33 AM

The CEOs of AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint will all grace the stage at the CTIA event in San Diego this morning. The last keynote like this was a lively one. Tune in to our liveblog here at 12:30 Eastern / 9:30 Pacific for the blow-by-blow.

Oct 11, 2011, 12:42 PM: Aww, no roundtable. Keynote over. That's all, folks.

Oct 11, 2011, 12:42 PM: Mead out.

Oct 11, 2011, 12:42 PM: Mead: "We like competition and collaboration. We don't like gov't regulation." Duh.

Oct 11, 2011, 12:35 PM: Hey, Verizon has "innovation centers" and does M2M. Someone should tell Dan that these things are hardly unique. Now yet another promo video for M2M.

Oct 11, 2011, 12:30 PM: Mead talking about wireless' role in emergency response, from 9-11 to lost hikers.

Oct 11, 2011, 12:27 PM: Next, Verizon: CEO Dan Mead.

Oct 11, 2011, 12:26 PM: De la Vega talking up wearable wireless tracking devices, such as kid location trackers, athletic performance trackers, and devices that detect when a senior falls, etc.

Oct 11, 2011, 12:23 PM: Well folks, most of what Hesse and de la Vega have talked about so far today has been just promoting the industry and their own company. No real news yet. I don't expect Verizon to be much different, but I hope it'll get more exciting in 20-ish minutes; we're looking forward to a roundtable with all three CEOs on stage at once.

Oct 11, 2011, 12:20 PM: What an exciting AT&T promo video. A lady tells us how she dropped a bag of cat food on her leg. Whee.

Oct 11, 2011, 12:16 PM: AT&T's new Toggle and Drive Mode apps were inspired by AT&T employees submitting ideas to the company's internal app innovation program.

Oct 11, 2011, 12:12 PM: (Foundry promo video)

Oct 11, 2011, 12:10 PM: De la Vega talking about "AT&T Foundry", for developers.

Oct 11, 2011, 12:06 PM: De la Vega refers to Hesse's quote about the John Wilkes Booth movie actor: "that's nice coming from the greatest actor in wireless."

Oct 11, 2011, 12:05 PM: Ralph de la Vega takes the stage.

Oct 11, 2011, 12:05 PM: Hesse signs off with: "The future will be better tomorrow."

Oct 11, 2011, 12:01 PM: Promoting app that locks phone when moving over 10 mph. Callers get special voice message that callee is driving.

Oct 11, 2011, 11:59 AM: Hesse is now on to distracted driving, one of CTIA's priorities this year. CTIA supports all laws banning texting and driving.

Oct 11, 2011, 11:54 AM: The CTIA is on track to meet its goal of 50% of smartphones using a standard micro-USB charger with Energy Star rating by January 2012. (Only 50%? Seems underwhelming compared to Europe.)

Oct 11, 2011, 11:52 AM: CTIA goal is to recycle 90% of phones by 2017. Already half-way there.

Oct 11, 2011, 11:51 AM: Hesse is now picking up where Largent left off talking about environment. Talking up even his competitors' efforts, such as AT&T installing Bloom Energy boxes.

Oct 11, 2011, 11:48 AM: Blah blah... "wireless is awesome." (It's a huge industry, it's useful in emergencies, for health care, etc.)

Oct 11, 2011, 11:45 AM: ...that was in reference to AT&T acquiring (uh... killing, I guess) T-Mobile.

Oct 11, 2011, 11:43 AM: Dan Hesse just compared Ralph de la Vega to John Wilkes Booth. Wow.

Oct 11, 2011, 11:41 AM: Sprint's Dan Hesse about to take the stage.

Oct 11, 2011, 11:40 AM: Largent talking about how companies and gov't can use wireless tech to cut costs and help the environment. ...which comes back to need for more spectrum... for the environment.

Oct 11, 2011, 11:37 AM: Largent is making the case for more radio spectrum for the industry. Skyrocketing data demand, the gov't needs the money, etc.

Oct 11, 2011, 11:34 AM: Largent: The iPhone "raised awareness" of spectrum issues. Interesting way of putting it. Heh.

Oct 11, 2011, 11:34 AM: Steve Largent, president of CTIA, has taken the stage, starting off by paying tribute to Steve Jobs.

Oct 11, 2011, 11:31 AM: The keynote - and our liveblog - starts now!

Oct 11, 2011, 11:23 AM: We're seated right up front. The show should start in a little under ten minutes.

About the author, Rich Brome:

Editor in Chief Rich became fascinated with cell phones in 1999, creating mobile web sites for phones with tiny black-and-white displays and obsessing over new phone models. Realizing a need for better info about phones, he started Phone Scoop in 2001, and has been helming the site ever since. Rich has spent two decades researching and covering every detail of the phone industry, traveling the world to tour factories, interview CEOs, and get every last spec and photo Phone Scoop readers have come to expect. As an industry veteran, Rich is a respected voice on phone technology of the past, present, and future.


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Oct 11, 2011, 11:43 AM

Newbish question

What the heck does CTIA stand for?
CTIA is a trade group that lobbies the government on behalf of its member carriers and manufacturers. CTIA previously was an abbreviation for Cellular Telephone Industries Association. Now, it does not stand for anything, and the group has rebranded...
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