‘Don’t-Miss’ Moments from CTIA


This week, a steady stream of announcements has been flowing out of the 2011 International CTIA Wireless show in Orlando. Whether you have your eye on some new connected devices, or are more interested in how M2M (machine-to-machine) players—both new and old—are strategically leveraging new partnerships to help grow the space, here are some show highlights.

Yesterday, HTC, www.htc.com, and Best Buy, www.bestbuy.com, announced the launch of the HTC Flyer tablet (Wi-Fi version), which will be sold in Best Buy stores and on BestBuy.com when the device launches this spring.

If you’re a follower of the tablet race, you know the HTC Flyer is being marketed as a fast, lightweight tablet perfect for gaming and business on the go. The Android-based tablet will feature a 7-inch display and a 1.5 GHz processor, plus Adobe Flash support.

Meanwhile, T-Mobile, www.t-mobile.com, and Google, www.google.com, announced pricing on the upcoming G-Slate tablet device. The companies revealed the 4G and Wi-Fi-capable device with an 8.9-inch HD screen will start at $529.99 with a two-year service agreement.

Sprint, www.sprint.com, has made some noise out of Orlando, announcing some new devices including the HTC EVO 3D smartphone and the HTC EVO View 4G tablet, as well as a Drive First safety app meant to help wireless consumers manage their mobile devices and focus on driving while behind the wheel.

But might the way we experience our connected devices be changing? Macheen, www.macheen.com, has announced a partnership aimed at making it easy to buy and sell connected devices so they come preconnected to the Internet—or “hot out of the box.”

The company plans to leverage its cloud-based platform and Sprint’s nationwide network to preconnect consumer devices such as ereaders, tablets, laptops, and gaming devices. The company believes this will be the future of the consumer M2M market.

A traditional M2M player, KORE Telematics, www.koretelematics.com, announced earlier this week it has expanded its network reach to more than 170 countries, but still supplies a single point for billing, support, logistics, and relationship management.

KORE’s natively provisioned M2M connectivity with zoned tariffs include not only North America, but Europe, Asia, Africa, Australasia, the Middle East, and Latin America. The company says a single SIM (subscriber identity module) can be activated and provisioned from virtually any location using the company’s KORE Global Connect service.

Also with an eye on the international stage, T-Mobile, Everything Everywhere Limited, www.everythingeverywhere.com, and Giesecke & Devrient, www.gi-de.com, have announced the development of an embedded multi-mode IMSI (international mobile subscriber identity) SIM that will be available by the end of 2011.

The goal is to enable a “borderless” solution that can reduce roaming costs and improve coverage outside local network areas for global M2M applications. The solution will also be a cost-effective means for M2M application providers to deploy multiple global subscriptions internationally.

For more complete coverage, announcements, and highlights from the 2011 International CTIA Wireless show, watch for the May/June issue of Connected World magazine.

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