SAN DIEGO--The CTIA MobileCon show wrapped up yesterday. CTIA confirmed 5,000 people attended the event, which is roughly a third of the number who attended last year's fall CTIA show. As usual, the CTIA show floor was specifically geared to entice and entertain show-goers, and those exhibiting in some cases spent plenty of money in that pursuit. Thus, here's a look at some of the sights--big and small--from the show floor of this year's fall CTIA show. Slideshow
Wireless data traffic in the United States spiked 104 percent over the past year, according to the results of a semi-annual survey conducted by the CTIA. While the total amount of traffic recorded in the period exceeded 1.1 trillion MB from July 2011-June 2012, the rate of year-over-year growth was actually slightly less than what CTIA reported last year.
SAN DIEGO--As usual, there was plenty to look at here on the CTIA MobileCon show floor.
SAN DIEGO--CTIA President Steve Largent cited a recent Forrester study that said m-commerce sales on smartphones alone would reach 11 billion this year before blossoming to a hefty 45 billion by 2017. He then clarified that reaching that number would not be without its own challenges--a sentiment echoed by the speakers at the final keynote at the CTIA MobileCon trade show here.
StrikeForce Technology, a provider of software security solutions for the Web, is expanding its services to mobile with a series of apps for tablets and handsets running Apple's iOS and Google's Android.
The majority of BlackBerry developers given early access to Dev Alpha A and Dev Alpha B devices are excited to develop for the new version of the platform, said Research In Motion's Senior Brand & Marketing Communications Manager Jeff Gadway.
At this year's CTIA MobileCon show new smartphones were few and far between. Carriers and handset makers did introduce a handful of new phones, but the range of launches is nothing like the avalanche that has buried conference-goers in past years. What were the key devices from the show? Find out in this slideshow .
Trade shows like the CTIA MobileCon show here are routinely used as the launching pad for a variety of new, innovative smartphones and accessories. Vendors typically hope to cash in on attendees' interest to generate enthusiasm for (and possibly sales of) their products.
SAN DIEGO--Verizon Wireless plans to shutter its 2G and 3G CDMA networks by 2021, giving the carrier close to a decade to move its customers off those networks and onto its LTE network.
With the popularity of instant messaging or over-the-top messaging apps rising, SMS-based businesses could be in trouble, however mobile messaging and payments firm OpenMarket does not see it that way.