I am kind of a contrarian when it comes to the app business expanding over the next decade and don't agree with this chart.  I have been in the tech space for a long time and I am seeing a similar pattern to the .com crash of the early 2000's. Developers are tired and app publishers are having an impossible time getting discovered in the app store. I think the app store is a dysfunctional filter of information that should ultimately be controlled by search engines.

Thus, why I think HTML5 and apps the utilize the web heavily will ultimately win out in the long run. I think the 99/01 rule plays out in this industry and thousands of companies continue to go out of business. There are just far too many companies that are app only and don't have a web presence. Those that do both will succeed.

I say this also because the consumer is tired of having to constantly update apps. I think it is backfiring on pure app companies. People are deleting apps for space and apps are running secretly in the background. Pure web apps are accessible on demand and don't require downloads. We hear this frustration from consumers on our site Deadcellzones.com.

 Love to hear your thoughts.


As people become more reliant on wireless services, property owners are increasingly being approached to lease their land for cellular site construction. Most landlords will readily accept a “market rate” offer and consider themselves lucky for the extra stipend. The fact of the matter is 90-95% of cell tower lessors are losing out on 200% revenue or more, due to lack of expertise. The fact of the matter is 90-95% of cell tower lessors are losing out on 200% revenue or more, due to lack of expertise.

Current market rates for cellular sites

The US has over 190,000 cell towers generating an average annual revenue of $45,000 for owners. Land assessment specialists reveal actual revenues could be as much as two folds more. Here we’ve collected sample revenues from leasing consultants and property owners across the nation.

New Jersey
$15,000 - $18,000
$30,000 - $36,000
Los Angeles
San Diego
Verizon Wireless
New Jersey
$6,000 - $7,200
$12,000 - $14,400
$6,000 - $7,200
$12,000 - $14,400
New Jersey
Metro PCS
New York
Large Tower Companies
Warner Communications

The numbers are astounding, and the loss is even greater over 25 years. Our message to potential landlords who are reading this to get revenue figures: market comparison is not the way to go.
Factors that influence cell tower lease rates

Today’s tower leasing rates depend on a number of important factors. Here are some questions to ask when assessing leasing revenue:

1. Can acquisition companies avoid construction fees?
In the case of lease renewals, extensions, and antenna add-ons where new tower construction fees can be avoided, rental rates are higher.

2. Is the area densely populated with heavy traffic?
Dense area makes your location prime for providing wireless service and more valuable to tower companies.

3. Are there alternatives?
A tower acquisitionist is more likely to shop around for lowest bids when faced with other options.

Terms of Agreement affects leasing revenue

Failure to decipher the leasing contract is one of the biggest mistakes for any property owner.

With a contract that spans 20-30 years, the slightest change in terms of agreement will affect revenue remarkably. And when profit figures are a fraction of a million, relying on a telecom leasing specialist in cell tower leases sector is worth the nominal fee.

Strategize to earn more

Don’t get into a poorly negotiated long-term contract you’ll have a hard time getting out of. It’s understandable that owners don’t want to risk losing a leasing deal, but that doesn’t mean they must accept lowballers.

Increasing media exposure has landlords stepping up their game. In response to this, there have emerged a number of independent leasing companies like Lease Advisors, which provide expert consulting to potential and current lease holders.

Most importantly, we hope this call to action will prompt national firms to practice better business ethics and offer all contributors, including land lessors, a fair share of the market.

If Google is getting into the MVNO business why don't they make a run at buying Tracfone and expand quickly?  I have a hard time believing that Google can execute a plan to organically grow an MVNO busienss.  They failed to organically grow their Nexus phone and the Motorola acquisition didn't go so well.

It seems like Tracfone has figured out the discount carrier marketing game and Google isn't exactly a proficient marketing & sales organization.  It's also hard to see the carrier business consolidating any further.  Tracfone has done an incredible job of expanding throughout the last few years.   Companies like Google could vertically integrate a discount wireless carrier nicely to expand their data / local advertising business and subsidize the phones even more.

Google could also disrupt the connectivity business by using their fiber network.  I would also like to see Google get into the "small cell" wifi businesss as well to compliment their fiber network.  They also have the largest mobile phone operating system footprint with almost 80% of Worldwide phones using Android.  This gives Google a lot of visibility on how wireless networks are performing regionally. Google could easily improve service levels by optimizing the network for their customers.  They could chose which carrier network to use in various regions.

Comments would be appreciated.  

This is a great example of how customers can use our map to show reception problems 

1)  Click on + to Add Pin
2)  Add Address or Click on Map Directly in Area to Remove
3)  Describe Reason for Removal of Pin 
- Network Upgrade
- Coverage Fix 
- No Longer Have Issues

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