Saturday, February 09, 2013

Femtocells Direct Response Marketing Industry

The femtocell industry could be on the cusp of becoming one of the largest online direct response marketing areas if the carriers could simply get their act together.  The product category is expected to grow from 200,000 units in 2009 to over 70 million by 2014.  Carriers are still in denial about their problems and it remains to be seen if the carriers themselves will do the majority of the marketing or if they will leave it up to third parties to figure it out.  Carriers have spent billions of dollars defending their networks and trying to brainwash consumers that they have the best coverage maps and refuse to acknowledge their in-building coverage limitations to the media. AT&T & Verizon own 160 million customers and have two thirds of the market in the U.S. and are not really that motivated to roll these products out and admit their flaws.  We are most curious to see what the other one third of the market or 80 million customers do with femtocells: T-Mobile, Sprint, TracFone, MetroPCS, Cricket, Boost, Cox, Comcast and Time Warner.

One disruptive new market entrant Magic Jack recently announced the development of a Femto Jack USB femtocell for $20 per year.  This announcement seemed to light a fire under the large carriers to get more trials underway and get product in the market. Other technology alternatives and quasi competitors include Skype and Google Voice who are using Wi-Fi to get cell phone reception on smart phones.  The cable companies are also heavily vested in land lines into the home and want to protect these assets.  I can't image Cox & Comcast will want to have AT&T and Verizon voice / data traffic congesting their lines?  I expect these players to invest huge amounts of capital into the wireless business which will provide a quad play.

At a price point of $5-10 per month or around $100-200 there will be plenty of margin for carriers and new cable entrants to pay marketing professionals for customer acquisition.  The key will be targeting customers who truly have a home coverage problem for voice and data.  We happen to think that approximately 120M mobile users in the U.S. alone are candidates for femtocells.  Our data on suggests that 50% of homes and businesses do not have seamless wireless coverage throughout the home.  Rural customers will be targeted areas for femtocell products because of the large distances between cell phone towers.  Customers who live in the city will be targeted for data congestion issues on the network.

Thursday, February 07, 2013

Fewer Dropped Calls or Faster Speeds? (Poll)

<a href="" title="If you had to choose a new wireless carrier. Which new carrier would you choose.">If you had to choose a new wireless carrier. Which new carrier would you choose.</a>

If you had to choose between a wireless carrier that had fewer dropped calls or a wireless carrier that had faster download speeds which would you choose?  

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

iOS 6.1 Upgrade Fixes iPad WiFi Problems

iOS 6.1 Fixes WiFi Connectivity Problems

Do you have multiple iPads in your house connecting to the same WiFi router?  Many people have experienced problems with iPads losing a connection or clicks not working while browsing the internet or playing a game.  It appears that the latest iOS 6.1 software upgrade has drastically improved the dropped signal rate.  The only fix prior to this upgrade was to frequently renew lease on the WiFi settings.  

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Verizon FiOS Mobile iPad App WiFi Streaming

Verizon FiOS Mobile App

FiOS finally has streaming on the iPad.  Download the FiOS Mobile App from the App store. It only took a decade but its finally here.  If you have FiOS in your home, you can now stream your content directly to your iPad anywhere within your WiFi network.  Watch shows out by the pool or out on the deck away from your main TV.  Its pretty cool.   

10 Cheap Android Phones On Sale

Amazon Wireless has a number of cheap Android phones for sale that will work on AT&T, Verizon, Sprint- T-Mobile, Net10, MetroPCS and Tracfone.   HTC, Samsung, Motorola. LG and Dell all have older modeled phones that are now on sale.  Some of these may be used but most are likely brand new.  

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