Mobile phones

What’s behind the price signaling between Verizon and AT&T?

Until recently, revenue from unlimited voice and text plans were profit drivers for mobile service providers. Now, the two largest providers, AT&T Wireless and Verizon Wireless, are engaging in some serious price signaling. Rags Srinivasan looks at what’s driving this explicit communication.

Driving? Texting while walking is bad too.

It is not a surprise that when you walk and text, you see a massive drop in viewing your surroundings, but did you know that when walking and texting or talking on the phone at the same time, your speed of walking declines by 16 percent?

Your next iPhone could be waterproof

According to one maker of a waterproof microscopic film technology, we might see waterproof devices among the next generation of mobile phones, and Apple could be at the fore of this movement. The revolution could come without big trade-offs in physical design.


Voice-over-IP calling has become both a useful alternative to other forms of communication, and a potentially game-changing challenge to existing communications models…

HTC exec: The iPhone is your dad’s phone

Martin Fichter, the acting president of HTC Americas, got onstage on Monday at the Mobile Future Forward event in Seattle for a discussion about disruption in the mobile industry and a little old-fashioned trash talk aimed at Apple’s iconic phone. Apparently, the kids don’t want it.

Twitter CEO: We have 100M active users

Twitter CEO Dick Costolo lifted the veil on Twitter user statistics Thursday morning. Besides revealing the company’s active users, he talked about features it’s working on, the expansion of promoted tweets, and why he’s “excited” that 4 out of 10 active users don’t tweet.

From 2001 to 2010, mobile calls increased 10 times

Increased competition and the emergence of mobile societies in Brazil, China and India, along with the introduction of flat-rate plans in the U.S., have resulted in a big jump in call volumes on mobile networks between 2001 and 2010, a report finds.

You missed it: The Facebook phone is already here

It’s become clear in recent years that smartphones are going to be increasingly ubiquitous for the foreseeable future. And a recent study indicates that many people are using those devices to access Facebook more often than for, really, anything else.

How Nokia Didn’t Listen To Itself

Earlier today Nokia stock hit a 13-year-low. Despite what CEO Stephen Elop says, it is hard to reconcile the falling share price with what is arguably the hottest mobile market. The funny thing is that as a company they shouldn’t have been in this position.

QR Codes Hope to Be This Summer’s Breakaway Hit

Startups in the long-simmering QR code market are hoping that the change in season, along with what they say is a “critical mass” of smart phones, will finally bring QR codes, barcodes that lead to URLs or information when scanned, into the mainstream.

Smartphones Remaking the Way Men Work and Live

Smartphones are remaking the lives of their male users, according to a new survey from Spike TV. The study found men are unabashedly in love with their smartphones, a borderline addictive relationship that has empowered and also distracted men in both small and profound ways.

Why It’s Important to Come Clean Now on Location Data

Ted Morgan, CEO of Skyhook Wireless, said with all the attention on location data and privacy concerns, it’s important for mobile companies to come clean now, rather than face a backlash from users or worse, government intervention.

Teens Are Poised to Be the Next Power Data Users

U.S. teenagers have quadrupled their mobile data usage, according to Nielsen, a sign that the traditional power texters are now ready to become serious mobile Internet users. Teens used 62 megabytes in the second quarter of this year, compared to just 14 MB last year.

Samsung's bada Mobile Platform Due Dec. 8th

Samsung, after unveiling its open mobile platform for touch screen-based mobile phones, bada, earlier this month, and launching a web site, has confirmed the date of its December launch event to deliver the bada SDK: Dec. 8th.

Veoh Lays Off 20%

Veoh, the online video startup, has made its second round of layoffs this fall, cutting 20 percent of its 110 employees this…

GigaOM Interview: Opera CEO Jon S. von Tetzchner

We met with Jon S. von Tetzchner, the CEO of Opera software, and Tatsuki Tomita, senior VP of consumer products at Opera, yesterday and talked about the company’s mobile browser platforms, how it sizes up against the competition and where web browsers are headed.

Vote, Uninterrupted

If you’re planning to vote in person this election, you’d better get familiar with regulations in your state around bringing camera cell…

Make Color Labels Work For You

The color labels that OS X provides for users seem to be a veritable Swiss Army Knife. If you don’t currently use…

Samsung’s e315 worthy upgrade

What’s a phone without a camera? Apparently nothing, according to Samsung, which has upgraded their best selling e105 model and are now…

Going public ain’t easy

Silicon Valley is desperately trying to bring back the 1990s, betting that Google will jump-start another bull run that will make at…