17. October 2012 13:34
Device recycling programs seem to be on the rise so this week the team over at Bamboo Mobile (a division of Compass Intelligence) compared twenty trade in programs offered in the industry. Here we've provided an excerpt from the latest Bamboo blog:
These programs range from mobile phone carriers that offer bill credits to online vendors offering cash and PayPal credit to large retail providers that offer store gift cards. All of the programs we examined buy back old mobile phones, smartphones an... [More]
26. July 2012 17:51
This morning, Google finally unveiled details of the network’s capabilities, products and pricing for Google Fiber, a new super high-speed fiber network only available in Kansas City. The company began by offering up some interesting info about speed and access and how, despite the fact that the internet began in the US, this country has fallen behind other countries in internet access speeds (see map below). Google also demo’d the new fiber network and talked about how the speeds of... [More]
14. May 2012 16:13
Last week, I attended CTIA, which was in New Orleans this year for the first time since 2005. It was nice to be back in the town that welcomes its guests by kicking off the show in style with a jazz band no less: New Orleans’ own Trombone Shorty.
But what were the real headlines of this year’s CTIA show?
First, let’s look at some of the US metrics and estimates presented by CTIA in the opening keynote:
332 million subscriber connections, a 105% penetration rate
295 million da... [More]
1. May 2012 22:06
This morning, I awaited the Research in Motion (RIM) BlackBerry World Conference keynote webcast with much anticipation. As of late, the company has really struggled to compete against the breadth of the Android-based smartphones and depth of the Apple iOS and their loyal users. So I was eager to see if there would be any “come to Jesus” moments in which RIM would admit its shortcomings and promise to move forward with a clear strategy. Well, that really didn’t happen. In fact,... [More]
25. April 2012 19:15
ecoATM is a unique player in the world of reuse and recycling in that it claims to be self-service and offer real-time cash incentives for selling back your used mobile device. According to the company’s web site, ecoATM Stations come equipped with cameras and artificial intelligence to quickly determine what kind of used cell phone you have and provides an estimate on how much it's worth and dispenses the cash. The company accepts mobile phones, iPods, MP3 players and iPads. ecoATM has al... [More]