Friday, March 28, 2014

BlackBerry Stock More Expensive than Nokia Stock? Wha???

Yes.  BlackBerry Stock is going for more than Nokia.  While Nokia's Market Cap is $27.34 Billion, BlackBerry still has some cash to play with at $4.88 Billion.

So, after reaching the depths of $7.26/share, why is BlackBerry's stock rallying?  Well, part of the reason is the Defense Departments very loud continued support of the ongoing use of BlackBerry to effectuate official government business.  But that is not all.  BlackBerry has an operating system called QNX which puts BlackBerry effectively at the forefront of the connected car market, which by the way, Google is itching to take away.  In fact this technology has become the go-to tech for entertainment systems in Ford cars up to luxury brands like, Porche and you will see this tech in your favorite "Beamers" (BMW) too.
(Credit: GoogleFinance)

They may not be too hot in the smartphone or tablet markets. That's Apple and Samsung. However, BlackBerry's Chen is determined to increase the company's relevance and dominate wherever it sees opportunities to.  The next big race, according to some experts is the race to connect cars.  BlackBerry says it's their time to shine and that it's, in Chen's own words, "...back in execution mode..."

We'll keep following BlackBerry to report on their progress and comeback.

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More WindowsMobile 8.1 Screenshots Leaked

Well, for those of you who fancy the Microsoft Ecosystem on your mobile devices, here are two more leaked screenshots of WindowsMobile 8.1.  Looking pretty clean!  While WindowsMobile is not the most prominent, Nokia seems to be proving to be a very helpful proponent of the operating system.  What are your thoughts on the new changes?

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

T-Mobile's Advantage Programs to END - What's in its place?

As I wrote about yesterday morning, T-Mobile is doing away with the T-Mobile Advantage Program as we know it today.  No longer will you be able to sign up using your work email on their website to receive a corporate discount.  T-Mobile will instead, reportedly, replace this program with a more modest discount program; one where you will be offered $25 off per device.

This program is going away, reportedly

See, corporate discount programs were meant to attract people into signing 2-year contracts.  Well, T-Mobile no longer offers 2-year contracts.  Therefore, the discount is pointless.  However, they will, presumably, still honor their relationships with the corporate member employees by extending a $25 discount towards each handset purchased.

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UPDATE:  CLARIFICATION - Those who signed up for the Advantage Program WILL be allowed to keep their discounts, IF they signed up before February 3rd.  Members and employees that signed up prior to February 3rd may add additional lines to their account and the discount WILL apply.

Here, reportedly, is the official letter

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

T-Mobile is reportedly about to take a BIG discount away, March 31st

Similar to the time you got a shot at the doctor's office, you wanted the nurse to be quick and get it over with.  I will do the same.  It will hurt but it will be very quick.  Just in case you have not heard, T-Mobile is doing away with Corporate discounts, starting March 31, 2014.  This means that your bill may be up to 20% higher, very soon.

For many years now, T-Mobile and other carriers offer discounts for employees of companies. It is a great way to increase subscribers while increasing revenue.  With T-Mobile's rates being as low as they are, they are positioning themselves to grow their profit margins since they were less than stellar last quarter.  This may appease shareholders while Magenta continues through a successful run towards increased revenue and subscribers.  Will this move affect you directly?  Will you hold on to T-Mobile or jump ship (pardon the pun... I couldn't help myself)?

Are you sure YOUR premium smartphone has NDR?

(credit: Corning)
Wait! What the heck is NDR?  To give you a clue, it is a term invented and used exlusively by Corning Gorilla Glass company.  It stands for Native Damage Resistance.  It is a technology that basically "resists" cracks and damage that lead to broken cover glass.  The glass in effect, "dents" instead of cracking.  Therefore, the damage is greatly minimized and you may not even notice the damage to a screen.

You may be one that touts your premium, high-end phone as having the latest technology.  However, NOT ALL premium handsets carry this technology.  The iPhone 5S for instance, does not have it.  For those of you in line for the HTC One M8, which lauched yesteday, it does carry Gorilla Glass 3.

Here is the complete list of phones that have this:
(credit: Corning)

Monday, March 17, 2014

Is T-Mobile's Data price hike an answer to upcoming Samsung Galaxy S5?

Most of you know that when Samsung puts out a new phone, features multiply with the end result of turning heads.  The new version of Sammy's newest addition, however, may carry with it a feature that carriers will cringe at.

One of the most popular features on the Galaxy S5 (and probably other Galaxy premium handsets like the Note Series of devices), you will be able to download files more quickly thanks to the phone's ability to download a file using BOTH WiFi and mobile networks.  Most carriers will suffer more network congestion as a result.  For instance, T-Mobile has a feature on most of its phones at no additional charge called WiFi Calling.  WiFi calling helps ease T-Mobile's network from congestion as it redirects the traffic to your home/office/restaurant's WiFi.  Meaning, the internet provider at your local diner, office or home takes a hit in traffic congestion, easing the network of T-Mobile.

However, with this new technology introduced by Samsung, one of the things that could help ease network congestion would be to charge more for data usage.  Thus, mitigating the prospects of folks streaming large amounts of data thru the mobile networks.

On the other hands, I am sure that folks like Comcast, AT&T, and other internet service providers will be glad to share the data traffic with the wireless providers.

Technological advances are great, but for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.  But what is your reaction?  Do you think that the wireless carriers should carry the burden, charge more, or perhaps create peak and off-peak times for data use to mitigate network congestion?  Share your thoughts here and on Google Plus where you can find me under +Danny Alvarez or @maestroalvarez on Twitter.  Be sure, also, to check out and subscribing to my YouTube channel: CellPhonius