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December 6, 2012
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Creating Wireless Connectivity Everywhere

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  • AT&T is bullish on tablet, smartphone sales
    AT&T Mobility chief Ralph de la Vega said Wednesday that the carrier sold 6.4 million smartphones in the first two months of the fourth quarter, putting it on pace to set a record for the period and to reach 26 million units for the year, 1 million more than expected. He also expressed confidence about the tablet market, especially since iOS, Android and Windows are available. "I can't fathom how many tablets will be under the Christmas tree," de la Vega said. CNET (12/5), The Wall Street Journal/Dow Jones Newswires (12/5), Wireless Week (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Industry Update 
  • Operators talk M2M network strategies
    Wireless carriers have great hopes for machine-to-machine networks, but for now they are keeping the technology simple, building an ecosystem that application developers, enterprises and consumers can easily deploy, they said at an industry event Tuesday. The industry has focused on connected cars, smart homes and the use of M2M technology in such global industries as transportation and manufacturing, executives said as they pointed to predictions that connected devices could generate $51 billion by 2020. Light Reading Mobile (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Isis-powered vending machines take root in Texas, Utah
    Pioneers in the field of near-field communication are working with the retail sector to make it possible for consumers to buy goods from vending machines with little more than a tap from a smartphone. USA Technologies uses the Isis NFC system, developed by AT&T Mobility, T-Mobile USA and Verizon Wireless, to power its ePort and ePort Connect service, which it plans to roll out to as many as 7,500 vending machines in Austin, Texas, and Salt Lake City. (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
  • Platform allows patient monitoring via live video chat
    AT&T has introduced a remote patient-monitoring platform designed to enable physicians to better monitor their patients' chronic conditions, including diabetes, via video chat. Video chatting may allow clinicians to observe signs of problems such as mood and skin color changes that they would not be able to note with a phone conversation, an AT&T official said. eWeek (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • AT&T Alerts lets shoppers find bargains at retail outlets
    AT&T introduced a service Wednesday that uses geo-location technology to send text messages to shoppers informing them of nearby stores offering sales and other promotions. The free opt-in AT&T Alerts service is compatible with all of the carrier's smartphones except the iPhone 5, which the company said it will add down the road. Also at AT&T, Mobility head Ralph de la Vega offered an update on the carrier's mobile-wallet tests in Austin, Texas, and Salt Lake City, saying that the major challenge is ensuring that the near-field communication technology in smartphones is secure. Computerworld (12/5), Light Reading Mobile (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Trends & Research 
  • Flurry: Apps are on track to "challenge broadcast television"
    While the average amount of time Americans spend watching TV while surfing the Web with desktop-PC browsers has remained fairly steady in the past two years, the time spent with mobile applications is up 35% this year to an average of 127 minutes a day, according to Flurry. "We ultimately expect apps on tablets and smartphones to challenge broadcast television as the dominant channel for media consumption," Flurry CEO Simon Khalaf said. Meanwhile, Nielsen reports 1 in 5 U.S. homes now has a tablet computer and 40% of those tablet owners use them on a daily basis while watching TV. TechCrunch (12/5), MediaPost Communications/MediaDailyNews (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  AT&T Emerging Device News 
  • Register now for the 2013 AT&T Developer Summit
    Developers -- hear from top AT&T and industry executives, help create new apps in the Hackathon and rock out with the Killers at the seventh-annual AT&T Developer Summit, to be held Jan. 5 to 7 at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. Interested developers can get more information and register at LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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