This is an interesting study: What would happen to your personal and corporate information that sits on your smartphone if you lost it? Answer: at least 89% of the time someone would want it. They took 50 smartphones, loaded them with fictitious information, and placed them in New York City, Washington, DC, Los Angeles, and San Francisco in various public places. Then they monitored how the information was being accessed. It’s called the HoneyStick Project and is sponsored by Symantec and Sprint.
It’s starting… Why they have been resisting this is a testament to perhaps an outmoded record-company-fighting-an-iTunes-model type of thinking. If you can retain your data revenue and force the traffic over someone else’s network like a Starbuck’s, Panera Bread, or even your home wi-fi connection, why not do it? Read more…
File this under, ‘Be Careful What You Ask For’. BGR, as always, holds nothing back. I love this site for mobility info. Check out this article: RIM’s Mike Lazaridis wants manufacturers to limit your data usage . RIM’s CEO suggestion that the key to the growing burdens on wireless data networks is to handle it at the device/user level. Here’s BGR’s response: ‘…It’s called actually having a wireless data network that can handle the things consumers and businesses want to do on their phones, and it’s called planning…’
Think I was a bit dramatic or hasty about my wireless predictions? Of course Verizon and AT&T are lowering wireless costs - except that's voice minutes, not data. Check out this article on Yahoo Finance by David Goldman from Financially Fit: Your Cell Phone Company's Dirty Little Secret. Here's an excerpt:
Data Overload Vs. Revenue
It’s not just about increasing revenue, say analysts. Carriers are banking on the consumer-friendly aspect: phones are more fun and useful with the Internet.
Your wireless data options are soon to be both more diverse and expensive. Why? Apps and capabilities are creating a usage shift from voice to data on phones. The mobile operating system /device landscape isn’t evolving; it’s morphing.It won’t be long before the complaints voiced about AT&T’s mobile network will be repeated across all mobile network providers as downloading huge chunks of data will far outpace voice calling. Read more…