Will Verizon's $720M NFL Deal Pay Off?

Verizon is spending $180M per year with the NFL over four years totaling $720M for their FiOS RedZone channel. NFL fans will get touchdowns and other important plays from the live games taking place on Sunday. When a team goes inside its opponent’s 20-yard line, fans will see the plays as they happen. The channel will switch from game to game with live look-ins and highlights. NFL RedZone is a subscription channel that costs $49.99 for the season. It will be available on FiOS TV in both HD (channel 835) and SD (channel 335).  Live sports appears to be the remaining last straw helping to retain cable subscribers.

This NFL deal with Verizon is worth about 50% more than the NFL's previous mobile distribution deal with Sprint, which was valued at $120 million. Last year, the NFL signed a new four-year deal with satellite television provider DirecTV worth $1 billion annually, or 40% more than its previous contract. DirecTV has exclusive rights to Sunday Ticket, which allows fans to watch every NFL game on Sundays. Extensions of existing deals with deals with Fox, CBS and General Electric Co.'s NBC Universal unit included increases of less than 5%. Read more in WSJ

You also may have notice these commercials on NBC's Sunday night football (see video below) and for the average person who  knows what it means to be on the "most advance network in the world"?   After all the US is embarrassingly five years behind the rest of the world and I wouldn't promote this fact because TeliaSonera is actually the largest 4G LTE  network in the world.  Verizon has also wasted an entire NFL season promoting a 4G LTE network that is not even available yet and phones are not expected to launch until 2011.  Is January and February a good time to promote the launch of your new phones after the Holiday?  Another Verizon Wireless dirty little secret is that your current 3G Verizon phone will not work on the new network.

Verizon is launching 4G LTE services in 38 markets and 62 Verizon 4G LTE airport locations covering 33% of the population or 100 million potential customers at the end of 2011.  Verizon says they plan to increase their 4G LTE coverage to 200 million people by the end of 2012 and 285 by 2013 which is basically their currently 3G network that has less than 750 kbps speeds. Verizon Wireless has said their 4G network will provide downlink speeds of between 5-12 mbps using the carrier’s 700 MHz spectrum holdings.  The average person doesn't realize yet that at these speeds LTE competes with free broadband WiFi that is typically faster.  Will consumers spend the extra $200 - $400 for year for data services that are most often free over Wifi?  The reality is Wifi hotspots are growing 25X faster than LTE cell phone towers and this is growing at a rate of 40% per year vs 8% for new cell towers.  I think Verizon is starting to look a lot like the Federal Reserve and a bit over optimistic about the amount of customers that will be using their expensive 4G LTE network.  If its free its me and if I have to pay now way!

iPad 3G vs Wifi Cost Comparison

Have you thought about the total cost of ownership of an iPad before you have purchase?  Have you thought about tethering your HSPA+ smartphone to not pay for another dataplan?  Is it worth the $180-$360 per year to have access to your data while roaming around town or does it make sense to use an iPad without a data plan?  If you are like most of us you are simply using the device to browse emails, read news and use the various applications on the platform.  Since you can't want YouTube videos with Flash you might just stick with the 250 MB plan.  However, if you are a heavy data user and consume a lot of video you will want the "unlimited 5GB" per month plan.  AT&T is trying to get their grandfathered customers off of the AT&T all you can eat data plans so beware.  Also, here are some tips on how to tether your iPad to a 3G phone which will save you money not paying for a data plan you don't need.  Also, if you travel internationally you will want to avoid using your data over the 3G network because of the ridiculously expensive AT&T international data plan rates.

iPad WiFi Only (16GB)  vs iPad 3G (16GB) + Data Plan
WiFI Only = $520.00
3G (250MB) = $890.00 ($180 per year)
3G (5 GB) = $970 ($360 per year)

iPad WiFi Only (32 GB)  vs iPad 3G (32 GB) + Data Plan
WiFi Only = $590.00
3G (250MB) = $830.00 ($180 per year)
3G (5 GB) = $1,110 ($360 per year)

iPad WiFi Only (64 GB)  vs iPad 3G (64 GB) + Data Plan
WiFi Only = $590.00
3G (250MB) = $980.00 ($180 per year)
3G (5 GB) = $1,160 ($360 per year)

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7" Android Tablet PCs Under $300

If you like saving money and open buying non-mainstream electronic products that are not overpriced than you have found the right place.  You can save more than $200-300 buy buying a product that does have millions of dollars of marketing behind it and lose nothing.  Here are a few Android tablets that will compete with the iPad on price and functionality and have the same applications as the iPad in the Android Marketplace.  ZTO, Augen, ABEL, SNS, Neewer, HeroTab, Velocity, Coby, Zenithink, iRobot, ePad, Plexon, Archos & Ican are all legitimate companies who manufacture their products in China just like the iPad.  If you are looking for cheap wifi-only tablets and 10" android tablet PCs check on this link we have created with other Amazon.com products.  Don't be afraid of using a tablet without a data plan because WiFi hotspot are growing 25X faster than 3G or 4G cell phone towers.  All you can eat data plans are hard to come by on 3G or 4G networks these days.  AT&T no longer offers any all you can eat data plans so you need to think carefully about using tablet devices with WiFi only.

Verizon's 4G LTE Dirty Little Secret

Your Old Verizon Cell Phone Will Not Work on 4G LTE
We get many questions from readers like:  Will my old cell phone work on the 4G LTE Verizon network?  Is 4G LTE for cell phones?  Will their high speed data plans be worth the price when I have free WiFi?  How much will their new phones cost?  Is 4G LTE worth all the hype? 

One of Verizon's dirty little secrets you may not know is that if you own of their current phones they won't be compatible with their new 4G LTE network. LTE Verizon doesn't even have any 4G LTE phones for sale even though their commercials during NFL games launched in November 2010 tell you its the greatest thing ever.  LTE phones are not going to be cheap and Verizon expects to launch 5 or 6 phones in 2011. Another frustrating fact is that Verizon will be launching selling a LTE compatible iPad but who knows what the price will be?  Our thesis has always been that 4G LTE will go down in flames eventually as all the hype wears off.  Free WiFi competes with 4G LTE but you won't hear that from the largest wireless carriers who rely on overprice data subscriptions for half ass service.  Rule the Arrogance Verizon.

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Verizon Wireless 4G LTE Launch Party

Saturday, December 4 · 6:30pm - 11:00pm
Verizon Wireless Store Parking Lot
3557 Sports Arena Blvd
San Diego, CA

Verizon is throwing a lot money into a launch party this weekend in San Diego.  They want you to "be part of history" and celebrate inside a 12,000 square foot tent venue with a huge stage, LED Wall, Plasmas, Projectors, Lights!  The concert will have live performances from Ozomatli, DJ Mike Relm & Cindy Santini.  300 people will get VIP access to meet the band, special Verizon Perks and VIP Treatment in our VIP Section with Free food and drinks.  Come see Verizon rule the air.

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10" Android Tablets from $150 to $499

If you are into saving money and open buying products that are not overpriced than you have found the right place.  Here are a few Android tablets that will compete with the iPad on price and functionality.  Zenithink, iRobot, ePad, Plexon, Archos & Ican are all legitimate companies who make products that should be considered before buying an iPad.  If you are looking for cheap 7" tablets check on this link we have created with other Amazon.com products.  Don't be afraid of using a tablet without a data plan because WiFi hotspot are growing 25X faster than 3G or 4G cell phone towers.  All you can eat data plans are hard to come by on 3G or 4G networks these days.  AT&T no longer offers any all you can eat data plans so you need to think carefully about using tablet devices with WiFi only.

Cheapest WiFi Only Android Tablets

The definition of a tablet computer usually means no physical keyboard and the screen is seven inches or larger. Contrary to public opinion the iPad was no the first tablet on the market and there were many manufacturers like Archos, Nokia, Motorola, Zenithink, Augen, iRobot, Maylong, Plexon who were making them long before. However, Apple has educated the consumer masses that tablet computers are awesome and has provided the fuel for buyers. However, their closed system does not allow you to watch Flash video and thus would prevent you from watching YouTube and many other web sites. We decided to put a list of Android tablets together and surpassingly came up with 9 tablets available at Amazon.com. If you simply want a device to browse the internet and play Android games purchase one of these devices for $100-$400 and save a bunch of money. If you are like many of us and don't use your data plans enough outside the home or office to pay for a 3G or 4G data plan that Wi-Fi only should be sufficient.

T-Mobile WiFi Calling Works Great


So far I have used the T-Mobile WiFi calling feature a number of times inside homes and buildings and it works great on the G2. It appears that once you are registered on the network it minimizes the signal from HSPA+ or 3G to reduce interference.  I am also able to send text messages as well over WiFi.  So far I have not dropped a call and the connnection is very clear.  Once again congratulations to Kineto Wireless for making this happen.  You will not likely see other US carriers following their lead because it is not a profit center for them and disrupts the growing femtocell business.

I still have two remaining business questions: Why is T-Mobile Wifi Not Free especially when you are overseas and will you be charged international calling rates if the call originates on a WiFi network in Europe for example?

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Why You Don't Need a Cable Box Anymore

Samsung TV Apps preloaded on TV

Samsung TV App in Store to Download

Samsung TV Sports Apps MLB & ESPN

Here are three photos above that should help explain what TV apps are all about and why you don't need a cable subscription any longer. We think Google will buy Verizon FiOS but will they do this before we see a Google TV app in the Samsung store.  The cable tv distribution model is dead after the cable industry lost almost 1M subscribers last quarter along by cable subscribers cutting the cord possibly to wireless subscribers and IPTV owners.  With TV's directly connected to the internet you don't really need a cable box anymore.   Sports content can be watched on the internet but its not easy and thus one of the only reasons you might not want to cut the cable cord just yet.

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Turn Off 3G for Fewer Dropped Calls

iPhone and smartphone users should consider turning off their 3G or 4G data services if they plan on making phone calls. Especially, if you live in a city like San Francisco or New York where the data congestion is really bad.  Some AT&T customers have even experience dropped calls using their AT&T Microcell which is further evidence that the network is congestion.  If your log of phones calls looks like this you should consider adjusting your settings to the off position like the picture above.  Also, have a look at your call log and if it looks like the picture below you should also consider it.  This is one of the major reasons I have heard of customers turning off data services all together and using a separate phone for data.  Maybe its about time we give up on making data and voice network devices compatible and keep them specialized on doing voice or data very well.

Largest LTE 4G Network in the World is TeliaSonera

If you are AT&T, Verizon, Sprint or T-Mobile or the FCC you should be embarrassed watching this video.  The United States is clearly two to five years behind the rest of the world.  Telia Sonera clearly has happy customers and good network connectivity on 4G.  TeliaSonera recently conducted a survey, asking customers who have been using the new LTE network for the past 100 days to weigh in on their experiences. Over a quarter have reported working on the go more often, 23% say they’re downloading larger files than usual, 19% say they now watch live streaming television, 16% say they’ve been surfing the net more as a result of LTE, and the stat that doesn’t really mean much, but will be sure to grab headlines: 43% of customers using LTE are using the iPhone. Read more on IntoMobile

Watch this video to see how LTE networks should be run in the US . . .

TeliaSonera has 31,000 employees in 20 countries & operates in the Nordic and Baltic countries, the emerging markets of Eurasia, including Russia and Turkey, and in Spain.  TeliaSonera is a global provider of 4G LTE communication services who owns and operates more than 43,000 kilometers (27,000 miles) of fiber network, which covers more than 100 points of presence in 35 countries across Europe, the US and Asia.

No. of subscribers (thousands) Market Position Market Share (percent)1
Country Trademark M B F M B F M B F Main Competitors

Majority-owned companies

Sweden Telia, Halebop 5,334 1,122 4,000 1 1 1 42 42 66 Tele2, Telenor, "3", Com Hem
Finland Sonera, TeleFinland 2,676 478 420 2 2 2 37 32 28 Elisa, DNA, Welho, Finnet
Norway NetCom, Chess, NextGenTel 1,658 223 48 2 2 5 28 15 4 Telenor, Get, Tele2, Ventelo
Denmark Telia, Call me, DLG Tele 1,493 184 226 3 3 3 19 10 7 TDC, Telenor, "3"
Lithuania Omnitel, Ezys, TEO 1,991 313 726 1 1 1 40 50 95 Bité GSM, Tele2, Balticum TV, Vinita, Mikrovisatos, Eurocom SIP, Cubio
Latvia LMT, Okarte, Amigo 1,042 - - 1 - - 43 - - Tele2, Bité Latvia
Estonia EMT, Diil, Elion 766 182 365 1 1 1 47 53 80 Tele2, Elisa, Starman, STV
Spain Yoigo 1,506 - - 4 - - 3 - - Telefónica, Vodafone, Orange
Kazakhstan3 Kcell 7,165 - - 1 - - 49 - - VimpelCom
Azerbaijan3 Azercell 3,847 - - 1 - - 58 - - Bakcell, Azerfon
Uzbekistan UCell 5,074 - - 2 - - 31 - - MTS, VimpelCom
Tajikistan Tcell4 1,523 - - 1 - - 34 - - Babilon Mobile, Vimpelcom
Georgia3 Geocell 1,892 - - 1 - - 46 - - Magticom, VimpelCom
Moldova3 Moldcell 660 - - 2 - - 28 - - Orange
Nepal5 Ncell 2,202 - - 2 - - 35 - - NTC
Cambodia5 Star-Cell 195 - - 4 - - 4 - - Mobitel, TMIC

Associated companies

Latvia Lattelecom - 194 565 - 1 1 - 48 75 Balticom TV, Izzi, Telecom Baltija, Teledialogs SIA
Russia MegaFon 50,542 - - 3 - - 24 - - MTS, VimpelCom
Turkey Turkcell 36,000 - - 1 - - 56 - - Vodafone, Avea
Ukraine6 Life 11,800 - - 3 - - 22 - - Kyivstar, MTS, VimpelCom
Belarus6 Life 800 - - 3 - - 6 - - Velcom, MTS

Best Cell Phone Reception Boosters

#1 Wilson Electronics Signal Booster Review 
Extends the calling range and signal strength of any phone on any North American cell service provider (except Nextel/iDEN)

#2 Desktop Amplifier for 800/1900 MHz Band 
Compatible with all US and Canadian cellular providers, excluding iDEN, Nextel, and MIKE. Also, it supports CDMA, TDMA, GSM, and AMPS cell phone technologies, as well as data protocols such as GPRS, 1xRTT, HSDPA, EVDO, and EDGE.

#2 Wi-Ex Signal Booster for your Home or Office 
 3,000 ft Dual-band device works with 800/1900 MHz frequencies from all major carriers AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon, Alltel, Cricket, and more (not compatible with Nextel)

Smart WiFi Antennas Could Start a Consumer Revolution

Researchers at Gonzaga University are trying to accomplish by testing "smart antenna" technology that will improve Wi-Fi performance by blocking interference. This technology could be very disruptive if it gets into the hands of small business and entrepreneurs.  Everyone has had the problem of going into a crowded Starbucks and suffered through a congested Wi-Fi network or poor signal. The airspace is full of lots of people trying to communicate over the 2.4GHz band, which is used for WiFi.  Now imagine if all WiFi networks were open and not password protected by wireless broadband users and you can access any WiFi network free while driving or walking around town?  Kind of like sharing tap water out of the faucet?  The reality is cell phone coverage stinks and WiFi hotspots are growing 25x faster than cell phone towers.

WiFi access points are typically "dumb" and radiate power in all directions at once. This is typically caused by too few access points and too many end users. Now what if improved Wi-Fi antennas could do a better job of detecting how many devices were nearby and could push data out to each person more rapidly on an individual basis? The new software or antenna firmware will try to optimize the transmission between your computer or smartphone and the access point while also minimizing what you're receiving from other computers. In theory the WiFi access points would do this very quickly, and actually it would take less time dealing with each radio one at a time than trying to push out data to them all at once.

Two of the main types of smart antennas include switched beam and adaptive array smart antennas. Switched beam antennas make a decision as to which beam to access, at any given point in time, thus optimizing the network.  New adaptive array antennas allow the it to steer the signal beam to any direction of interest while simultaneously blocking interfering signal.  Read more on Wikipedia.

Carriers Bluffing on Cell Phone Signal Booster Network Interference

Mobile operators have avoided facing the reality of consumers frustrated with congested networks and entrepreneurs who have found solutions to fix coverage problems. Now comes a report from the New York Times that the leading mobile operators in the USA are contending that wireless boosters interfere with the smooth running of their networks. What's ironic is "cell phone boosters"have been around for a few years with companies like Wilson Electronics and Wi-Ex.  This equipment is used by law enforcement and often used at stadiums to boost coverage.  Fast forward 10 years and now with an investment in femtocell made, the mobile operators are screaming stop, and seeking assistance from their trade body, CTIA and the FCC to limit or eliminate the use of the wireless boosters when in reality the solution to provide coverage in many places really has been Wi-Fi.  Here are products that have been sold directly from Amazon Wireless for many years.

Read more about the craziness of this idea at VoIP Watch.

FCC: US is Last Worldwide in Broadband Adoption yet Annoyed with Google & Verizon

Julius Genachowski tried to justify the charge that the FCC has done nothing in the past two years and seems annoyed that two businesses Google and Verizon actually tried to do something to solve the problem.  Poor little AT&T complains to FCC when any progress attempt is made and says they will shut down abusive users of mobile data down on the network.  

Genachowski expressed annoyance at Google's broadband policy announcement with Verizon, and said that he'd have preferred the two companies didn't do what they did exactly when they did it. He said the FCC is working on net neutrality, but he said the commission is taking its time to get the decision right. He said he didn’t believe the change of control in Congress in the recent elections would hurt the FCC’s chances at getting rules passed on net neutrality. But he did acknowledge that an agreement by Verizon and Google on a framework for an open Internet slowed down the process that could have led to a resolution. “I would have preferred if they didn’t do what they did when they did,” he said. At least they did something.

"We're not where we should be as a country in terms of broadband," said Genachowski. Twenty-four million Americans have no access to broadband at all, he said, adding that the broadband adoption rate is 65% in the U.S. compared to 90% in Singapore. Worse still, he cited a study of 40 industrial countries on competitiveness and innovative capacity that placed the U.S. 6th overall but dead last in terms of the rate of improvement. The FCC released a report last year stating that 78% of U.S. residents are Internet users, but only 65% are broadband adopters because it is too expensive. If the U.S. is to maintain its role as a center for technological innovation and as an economic superpower, 65% broadband adoption simply isn’t good enough. All US businesses that rely on wireless broadband had better prepare itself for a serious shake-up in the technological and economic rankings.

Why does the FCC think they are anything but a hindrance upon progress.  Don't understand Net Neutrality?  Listen to Jon Stewart's explanation of Net Neutrality.  Just get out of our way.

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Who Has the Best 4G Coverage?

4G Speeds Tested
T-Mobile 4G Coverage in 1st Place

Sprint Clearwire 4G in 2nd Place
Metro PCS in 3rd Place with 4G in Dallas, Detroit, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Bakersfield & Philadelphia
Where are the two other carriers AT&T and Verizon?   AT&T claims to not have 80% of their network up with HSPA+ but don't provide a coverage map.  I won't even show Verizon's map because it is so overstated and hyped.  Verizon's 4G LTE and AT&T's HSPA+ networks are behind the others above and not even active yet and still don't have any phones capable of using their new network.  This is despite the bogus Verizon 4G LTE ad you might see in stores.  Verizon is launching an LTE network and AT&T their HSPA+ network. We will post their maps soon as soon as they announce their networks. Your favorite iPhone carrier AT&T has announced an HSPA+ Network but will it result in fewer dropped calls? I question whether its worth being on either carrier Verizon or AT&T that have about 90M customers in the US each that seem to be choking on customer data. Why not go with a smaller carrier like Sprint or T-Mobile?  Then the question becomes what is the best 4G phone?

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List of Verizon Wireless 4G LTE Airports

Verizon Wireless will commercially launch its' 4G LTE network in 38 major metropolitan areas by the end of 2011 here is a lits of the Verizon's 4G LTE cities. In addition, they will launch 4G LTE in more than 60 commercial US airports listed below. Initial devices to be USB modems for laptop connectivity because their aren't any phones that have LTE capabilities. We expect to offer LTE consumer handsets in mid-year 2011.  It will be interesting to see how WiFi competes with LTE in these airports as its essentially free in most places.   I am surprised to see Verizon not initially promoting their LTE coverage in stadiums since its rumored they will be spending close to a billion dollars over the next few years with the NFL for sponsorship and marketing.   Here is a list of your Airports that will have LTE and very few devices capable of using the network.

LTE Airports
Austin-Bergstrom International, Austin, Texas
Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshal, Glen Burnie, Maryland
Bob Hope, Burbank, California
Boeing Field/King County International, Seattle, Washington
Charlotte/Douglas International, Charlotte, North Carolina
Chicago Midway International, Chicago, Illinois
Chicago O’Hare International, Chicago, Illinois
Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International, Covington, Kentucky
Cleveland-Hopkins International, Cleveland, Ohio
Dallas Love Field, Dallas, Texas
Dallas/Fort Worth International, Fort Worth, Texas
Denver International, Denver, Colorado
Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
George Bush Intercontinental/Houston, Houston, Texas
Greater Rochester International, Rochester, New York
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International, Atlanta, Georgia
Honolulu International, Honolulu, Hawaii
Jacksonville International, Jacksonville, Florida
John F. Kennedy International, New York, New York
John Wayne Airport-Orange County, Santa Ana, California
Kansas City International, Kansas City, Missouri
La Guardia, New York, New York
Lambert-St. Louis International, St. Louis, Missouri
Laurence G. Hanscom Field, Bedford, Massachusetts
Long Beach/Daugherty Field, Long Beach, California
Los Angeles International, Los Angeles, California
Louis Armstrong New Orleans International, Metairie, Louisiana
McCarran International, Las Vegas, Nevada
Memphis International, Memphis, Tennessee
Metropolitan Oakland International, Oakland, California
Miami International, Miami, Florida
Minneapolis-St. Paul International/Wold-Chamberlain, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Nashville International, Nashville, Tennessee
New Castle, Wilmington, North Carolina
Newark Liberty International, Newark, New Jersey
Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International, San Jose, California
North Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Nevada
Orlando International, Orlando, Florida
Orlando Sanford International, Sanford, Florida
Palm Beach International, West Palm Beach, Florida
Philadelphia International, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Phoenix Sky Harbor International, Phoenix, Arizona
Phoenix-Mesa Gateway, Mesa, Arizona
Pittsburgh International, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Port Columbus International, Columbus, Ohio
Portland International, Portland, Oregon
Rickenbacker International, Columbus, Ohio
Ronald Reagan Washington National, Arlington, Virginia
Sacramento International, Sacramento, California
Salt Lake City International, Salt Lake City, Utah
San Antonio International, San Antonio, Texas
San Diego International, San Diego, California
San Francisco International, San Francisco, California
Seattle-Tacoma International, Seattle, Washington
St. Augustine, Saint Augustine, Florida
St. Petersburg-Clearwater International, Clearwater, Florida
Tampa International, Tampa, Florida
Teterboro, Teterboro, New Jersey
Trenton Mercer, Trenton, New Jersey
Washington Dulles International, Dulles International Airport, Washington, D.C.
Will Rogers World, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
William P. Hobby, Houston, Texas

Will AT&T's New Faster HSPA+ Data Network Result in Fewer Dropped Calls?

Will HSPA+ Help AT&T Improve Coverage or Should they Jump to LTE
AT&T said that it would be its HSPA+ rollout this year but will that mean improved data congestion and fewer dropped calls. AT&T CTO John Donovan said have upgraded 80% of the network to HSPA+, which will offer noticeably higher data speed rates that the 3G network speeds. AT&T CTO also said that data growth rates have actually slowed over the past few months. Is this because iPhone users are all offloading data to WiFI now and fed up with the 3G network?  We happen to think that the carriers have hit a wall and wireless Armageddon will soon be upon us and the WiFi revolution will be in full tilt. 

Verizon & AT&T 4G LTE Ads

Another bogus coverage map war has begun comparing 4G LTE between Verizon & AT&T. Check out this advertisement found androidcommunity.com.  Right now they are both lying because their 4G networks are not active as of today and they have no phones capable of working on them.  Here is a chart ranking who has the best 4G coverage as of today.

AT&T Wireless CTO John Donovan Says We Will Shut Down Users & Mobile Applications that Abuse our Network

Fast forward to 7 minutes in the video and listen to the response about network management from AT&T's CTO John Donovan. Tim O'Relly asks the question, "How should we be thinking about Net Neutrality"? John Donovan, "You sitting next to me can limit my experience". O'Reilly, "Do you think about classes of traffic"? Donovan, "We think about the safety of the network and have to have privacy, security and safety in consideration. We are all for an open internet but when we find a situation that is severely compromised by an individual or application. We want the ability to manage (ie Shut Down Access) the network. There is not enough capital in the world to build to peak demand for congestion and you need to manage that appropriately.

Wireless Connected Home Products by Amazon

Amazon Wireless Connected Home about keeping wireless simple for the average home consumer to understand.  Here is a great chart below which explains data speeds for consumers and a video below explaining the business focus and future for consumers.  Its a great vision for the company as wireless becomes a larger part of their business.  We expect to see retail coverage maps to help consumers find better coverage and solutions to their cellular coverage problems.  Here are some other crowdsourcing cell phone coverage maps that we would expect to see used by Best Buy Mobile, Radio Shack or Amazon Wireless. 

Wireless Broadband Alliance Establishes Roaming Agreements Between Public Wifi Networks

Google and Intel, along with a major Wi-Fi equipment vendors have joined the ranks of the Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA), an organization created to foster roaming between public Wi-Fi networks, and between Wi-Fi and cellular networks.  Apparently, the WbAlliance.net web site is under construction and was down when we last checked but we look forward to the information and resources it will provide.

Chris Bruce, chairmain of the WBA said, “All of the WBA partners have always been united by two common objectives. Firstly, these organizations want to work together to make the Wi-Fi experience easier for the customers. Secondly, there is a real focus on creating new opportunities for 3G Wi-Fi roaming. We are excited about welcoming new partners because, with their own new perspective and expertise, they can only help us make these objectives a reality.”

Ten organizations are joining the Wireless Broadband Alliance. the new technology members joining the alliance will include Intel and Google; Wi-Fi network vendors Aruba Networks, Meru Networks and Ruckus Wireless; and the specialist roaming service providers Accuris Networks and Aircent. New operator members include NTT Docomo, and TTNet, a broadband operator from Turk Telekom group. This brings the total number of new members joining the group in this year alone to sixteen. The Alliance now includes a mix of technology providers and ecosystem partners, in addition to the Wi-Fi, mobile and broadband network operators from across Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific. At the 18th WBA Roundtable Conference, the WBA members will also discuss roadmap for further enhancing Wi-Fi user experience, inter-operability and service delivery. The work-areas are expected to include new developments to support Wi-Fi experience, 3G-Wi-Fi offload and roaming interoperability and compliance requirements.

Facebook Email Does Not Have VoIP Yet

Facebook's new messaging service or email is not interested adding VoIP to its solution at the present time.  Mark Zuckerberg reiterated the importance of having unified channels of email, IM and chat in his product announcement this week.   He said they have a lot to work on the current platform rolling this out to its user base of over 300M active messaging users in the next 3 months.  However, I think Facebook is overlooking one of the most important unified communications tool and that is voice.  Google Voice appears to be a few years ahead of Facebook in voice unless Skype get integrated into the platform.

Clearwire Hidden Data Cap & Early Termination Fees Class Action Investigation

Clearwire Corporation (NASDAQ: CLWR) Misleading Advertising Investigation
Does your wireless internet service seem slower than it should be? Do you have difficulty streaming movies or downloading large files pm up data card or Clearwire device?  Are you not getting coverage where you were promised?

Milberg LLP is investigating Clearwire Corporation, a provider of wireless internet services. Clearwire promises consumers “unlimited, high speed” internet. Milberg is investigating the possibility that contrary to these promises, Clearwire imposes a hidden “cap” on usage and once users exceed that cap, Clearwire deliberately slows their internet speeds, depriving users of the high speed internet access for which they paid. Making matters worse, Clearwire imposes an early termination fee, so users who have been “capped” cannot cancel their service without paying an additional fee.If you believe that your internet speed has been reduced by Clearwire and you wish to talk to a lawyer from Milberg LLP about this, at no obligation to you, please complete the form.

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The Amazing Google Voice now on iPhone

The "holy grail" of mobile unified communications has finally arrived on the iPhone. Its a solution that that ties my email (Gmail), instant messenger (Google Talk), Video Chat, Free SMS, Voicemail (Google Voice), Google Calendar, Google Docs all together into one organized and simple hosted solution. Google Voice VoIP can also fix your coverage by making phone calls on WiFi

Is Google Buying Verizon FiOS?

I am starting to see some interesting searches on our Deadzones.com for curious people looking for information about "Google buying Verizon FiOS".  I have no information to confirm whether this is true but would appreciate any anonymous tips in the comments section below.  After listening to Eric Schmidt's interview yesterday at the Web 2.0 conference it is now apparent that Google is afraid of Government regulation especially in wireless..  For competitive and regulatory reasons they have not gone into the wireless market.

I decided to piece together some public information to see if it would make sense.  The more I write about it and do research it could be a "match made in heaven" for people who love high speed access and reliable service.  Google buying Verizon FiOS makes a lot of sense and gives them a network to finally get into the wireless game.  They have by far the best high speed broadband service into the home and its just another reason why consumers would want to cut your cable TV cord and start using Google TV.  Verizon FiOS is the 4th largest home broadband provider with 15M homes. Google has also been quietly building out its fiber network which is great for customers who have been struggling with dropped calls and coverage.

Google announced plans to build experimental, ultra high-speed broadband network and the response has been tremendous from potential users. Hundreds of communities and hundreds of thousands of individuals across the country have expressed their interest in the project. Google is not going to be able to build the network in every interested community but they certainly could do it quickly by buying Verizon FiOS. Their plan is to reach a total of at least 50,000 and potentially up to 500,000 people from this experiment that will help improve Internet access everywhere.

This rumor is further justified after Verizon stopping the expansion of its FiOS network early this year. The decision leaves many high speed broadband seekers in 32 states without the option of signing up for the powerful FiOS network. Verizon has focused FiOS rollout efforts mostly near its primary customer base on the East Coast, although it has hit major markets in California and Washington state. FiS has been largely focusing its efforst on completing existing fiber buildouts especially in the dense parts of Philadelphia; Washington, D.C.; and New York City. These are areas where Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Cablevision offer tough and well-funded competition.

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