At the heart of almost every alliance forged between industry giants is a grandiose objective or admirable mutual goal that, when attained, generally benefits the world at large.
Such may be the case once again this week as AT&T and IBM have announced a new global alliance agreement to develop solutions that help support the “Internet of Things.”
“Smarter cities, cars, homes, machines and consumer devices will drive the growth of the Internet of Things along with the infrastructure that goes with them, unleashing a wave of new possibilities for data gathering, predictive analytics, and automation,” said Rick Qualman, Vice President of Strategy & Business Development, Telecom Industry, IBM. “The new collaboration with AT&T will offer insights from crowdsourcing, mobile applications, sensors and analytics on the cloud, enabling all organizations to better listen, respond and predict.”
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On Tuesday, MMW was briefed on a new partnership between Spireon and Sprint.
The formation of their relationship is based on a mutual goal to provide Spireon’s FleetLocate-branded mobile resource management solutions to fleet operators utilizing the Sprint network.
“FleetLocate solutions enable companies to maximize productivity, improve operational efficiencies and improve the bottom line through more effective management of assets, trailers and service fleets,” Spireon said in a provided statement.
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Speculation swirling around the carrier today indicates that Sprint is reconsidering a potential acquisition of T-Mobile.
As MMW reported in December, Sprint – the nation’s third largest mobile operator – is interested in acquiring T-Mobile, which is something AT&T attempted and failed to do just two years previously.
Sprint’s newfound hesitation, the WSJ reports, “makes sense after antitrust officials expressed strong sentiments against a deal publicly.”
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Contrary to conventional wisdom, Top Gun did not engender the concept of having a “need for speed.” Customer service did.
And when wireless customers are not able to have their service inquiry resolved on the first contact, thus having to re-contact their carrier and spend additional time on the phone, customer satisfaction plummets.
According to the freshly published findings from two new reports from J.D. Power, speed has never been more important in providing customer service to wireless subscribers.
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Notwithstanding the massive subscriber growth experienced by its chief rival U.S. telecoms last year, AT&T finished the year strong and posted a profit of $6.9 billion on $33.6 billion in revenue for the fourth and final quarter of 2013.
AT&T reported a gain of 809,000 net wireless subscribers for the three-month period ending December 31st.
566,000 of these new subscribers were on more lucrative post-paid contracts. More than half of all post-paid net adds were smartphones.
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Executives at the nation’s largest mobile operator are likely smiling big today.
Verizon on Tuesday reported earnings for the fourth and final quarter of 2013 and the numbers were better than what most analysts were expecting.
The telecommunications behemoth reported $31.1 billion in fourth quarter revenue – a 3.4% jump over the same quarter in 2012.
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While SMS marketing is now used by a record number of businesses large and small across the United Kingdom with impressive ROI to show for it, consumers are turning to free instant messaging services and social apps as a cost-effective alternative to traditional text messaging.
New research from Deloitte shows the number of text messages sent in the U.K. during 2013 was “way down on previous years.”
The advisory firm’s latest technology predictions report revealed the number of SMS messages sent in the UK fell for the first time last year, as people increasingly turn to instant messaging services like WhatsApp, Viber and Snapchat to stay in touch.
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