Why Did AT&T Acquire Carrier IQ?

Back in 2011, data collection developer Carrier IQ caused a firestorm of criticism after a security researcher discovered its kernel-level software could be used to track smartphone users without their consent or control. Four years later, the company has been swallowed up by one of the telecoms that used it. TechCrunch reports that AT&T has acquired the assets and some staff from the startup, effectively shutting Carrier IQ down.  It's been over four years since the company's data-logging mobile phone software was revealed, resulting in accusations of privacy violations, lax security, lawsuits both from and against the software maker and its partners, and eventually the removal of Carrier IQ code from phones via security patches. The months-long scandal basically killed Carrier IQ as a company... but now its corporate assets are owned by a carrier AT&T.

The fallout from the Carrier IQ discovery was swift and widespread, foreshadowing the privacy debate that Edward Snowden's NSA leaks would later engender. The tracking software was revealed to be on 150 million smartphones at the time, leading to numerous telcos and handset manufacturers like Apple, HTC, T-Mobile, and Blackberry either admitting to their installing CIQ or categorically denying that they did. Sprint went on to remove the software outright. After the imbroglio, the Mobile Device Privacy Act was introduced in Congress to prevent this exact kind of data collection. However, the legislation never passed.

It sounds like AT&T will continue to use Carrier IQ’s software to troubleshoot wireless signal issues and improve its network. And since Carrier IQ talent is jumping on-board, we can all assume will continue using the technology on AT&T phones.  See articles  Article 2

SiriusXM Radio Signal Interference Coming from T-Mobile Cell Phone Towers?

T-Mobile cell phone tower interference with SiriusXM

Has the FCC screwed up once again?  Did the FCC analyze customer signal loss issues and interference that SiriusXM customers were experiencing?  Our map below shows a few hundred reported problems.  However, this data is only the tip of the iceberg and there are thousands of locations similar that have been unreported based on the traffic we are seeing on the topic to our web site.  Why has the FCC overlooked this problem?  See SiriusXM's Coverage Map

Sirius XM filed an objection to this deal to the FCC in Aug 2015. The company claimed that T-Mobile US’ AWS-1 cell sites are already interfering with its receivers. SIRIUS XM held that in the event of T-Mobile US receiving additional AWS-1 spectrums in several other markets, the signal interference will only get worse.

After hearing both sides’ arguments, the FCC ruled that SIRIUS XM failed to provide adequate reasons in favor of its argument. As a result, the FCC cleared the deal without imposing any restrictive conditions. The regulator, however, retained SIRIUS XM’s right to seek justice on the alleged interference problem in a different proceeding.

T-Mobile US argued that the company is using AWS spectrums in accordance with the FCC’s directives and regulations and therefore it is the duty of the SIRIUS XM to rectify the interference problem that it is facing. SIRIUS XM is currently coordinating with T-Mobile US to fix the issue. However, the company has warned that it may resort to other options if it fails to reach an understanding with T-Mobile US.  See full article

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Which Carrier Has The Most Dead Zones?

How does our map database of dead zones break down by carrier. AT&T #1,  Verizon #2, Sprint #3, T-Mobile #4

Dead Zones Database Growth Chart History

Our web site Deadcellzones.com gets visitors per day and 15+ years of collecting dead zones for AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint.  The FCC still ignores us as well.  

Why The Mobile App Business in Trouble Long Term


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.

Leasing Land to Cell Tower Companies: Are You Getting Your Fair Share?


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.

Should Google Buy TracFone?

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.  

AT&T Service Reception Problems in Kentucky

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