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Apple, AT&T, the FCC, Google and Skype remark on AT&T opening VoIP over 3G | [tech junkie]

Been using Whistle Phone or Talkatone VOIP softphone apps on your iPhone?

AT&T now allows VOIP over its 3G wireless network.

Apple, AT&T, the FCC, Google and Skype remark on AT&T opening VoIP over 3G | [tech junkie].

US State Department Gets Rapid Response with Twitter Account #Egypt

US State Dept. Creates Arabic Twitter Channel

US State Dept 2.0 Response

In the wake of the Egypt’s social media facilitated revolution, the U.S. State Department launched its own Twitter channel to directly communicate in Arabic to the Arabic speaking people and countries. The Twitter channel has just over 500 followers in its first 12 hours.

See their first tweet.

US State Dept. First Arabic Tweet

First Tweet Translated – via Google Translator

Recognized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of America’s
historic role played by social media in the Arab world
and we want to be part of your conversations.”

Not Up On Your Arabic?

No worries. Translate State Department Arabic Tweets here.

Read the full story here.

Visit The State Department Twitter Channel.

Learn More at the US Dept of State.

 

Gowalla Adds Sentimental Tagging with Highlights

Gowalla releases Highlights

GoWalla, the a location-based social networking service, released a new feature “Highlights” that’s out to build the world’s most social map.

Highlights lets you personalize different places with pre-defined category labels like “Date Night.” Thus, you can now tag your own personality or sentimental memory of a place around the world.

Read more on SocialTimes.

iPad For Verizon Is Happening, Verizon Source Says

Silicon Valley Insider drops the news that the iPhone is on its way to Verizon.

Now if Apple could only get it to Sprint and Metro PCS…

Read the full post here.

Did anyone notice iPhone doubled Q4 market share?

Apple iPhone 3GS

If an iPhone falls on the market does it makes a sound?

Maybe not, but the analyst sure will.

Allthingsdigital comments on the Apple iPhone’s market prowess compared to industry criticism. Seems the cell phone giant’s market share doubled Q4 ’09 over the previous year’s market share. However, industry analyst seem more keen to slight Apple for its 2% Q4 drop in share over the previous quarter.

Read the full article here.

See Apple’s quarterly iPhone sales on Wikipedia here.

Cost Comparison of the Major Cell Phone Plans – Cellphones – Lifehacker

Trying to keep those iPhone or Droid mobile charges down?

Check out Lifehacker’s rundown comparing cell phone plans.

via Cost Comparison of the Major Cell Phone Plans – Cellphones – Lifehacker.

ATT looses more than 700,000 home phone lines monthly: Where did they go?

Contributed by, Keith Perry.

Consumers are cutting from their homes phone service at an astounding rate forcing AT&T to confront and embrace new technologies.

Telephone in trash can
Is it the end of the Plain Old Telephone System or a communications reality check for AT&T?

Comfortably Numb

A recent government report finds that more than 700,000 households monthly dump their telephones lines!

The fact is that AT&T is losing “loyal” customers at an astounding rate. AT&T themselves called it “hemorrhaging.”

Perhaps AT&T could probably take a hint from the Pink Floyd song “Comfortably Numb

Hello,
Is there anybody in there?
Just nod if you can hear me
Is there anyone home?

So has everyone gone mobile and is AT&T to comfortably numb to adapt to change

People are cutting their Plain Old Telephone Systems (POTS) for wireless and broadband connections opting for speed and flexibility, and dumping their redundant land line telephone system to save money.

Legacy = Relic

When the US Government recently asked AT&T to comment on transitioning their legacy phone system to an all internet network, AT&T replied that if broadband and IP based services represent the future of telecommunications, then their legacy network and POTS systems are relics of an earlier era.

Relics indeed.  AT&T continued quoting numbers you would expect from a broadband competitor – not from them:

The numbers in this government report speak for themselves:

  • There are more US broadband connections than telephone lines.
  • Approximately 25% of households have abandoned POTS altogether
  • Less than 20% of Americans rely exclusively on POTS (home phones)
    for voice service.
  • About 700,000 lines are being cut every month.
  • From 2000 to 2008, the number of residential switched access lines fell by almost 50%.
  • Minutes have fallen by a staggering 42% from 2000 through 2008.

Declining Revenue

AT&Ts 27% revenue decline from 2000 to 2008 prompted phrases such as: “irreversible trend”, “hemorrhaging customers and revenue”, “collapsing POTS business model” and “this a death sentence.” Again, all their words.

But this is only half of the picture, as perhaps more than any other business in the world, the wireline TelCo is a fixed cost business.

The Bottom Line

So what does this mean for you and me? The end result is that anytime a household or business cuts its land-line, the fixed costs must be spread over a smaller customer base and thus increasing the average cost per customer.

By being “loyal” (or perhaps a land line Luddite) your costs can only go up as others save money jumping on the IP bandwagon.

“Hello? Hello?”

Yes, they are listening. AT&T has its ear to the ground here. It is us users who are hearing the final bell.

700,000 lines are being cut every month and getting rid of their plain old telephone system.

What are your January 2010 resolutions to start saving money?

Amos White is a Social Media Marketing Evangelist and public speaker.
Follow Amos on Twitter @Mos42

The end of the Plain Old Telephone System

What does AT&T really think about loyal customers that continue to pay for their Plain Old Telephone Systems (POTS)?  The government asked them to comment on transitioning their legacy phone system to an all internet network.  AT&T’s reply?  “If broadband and IP based services represent the future of telecommunications, (their legacy network)… and POTS systems are relics of an earlier era.”  The numbers speak for themselves with surprising clarity for a report back to the government :

“There are probably now more broadband connections than telephone lines in the United States”

“Today, less than 20% of Americans rely exclusively on POTS for voice service”

“Approximately 25% of households have abandoned POTS altogether, and another 700,000 lines are being cut every month.”

“From 2000 to 2008, the number of residential switched access lines has fallen by almost half”

“Minutes have fallen by a staggering 42% from 2000 through 2008”

Their 27% revenue decline from 2000 to 2008 prompted phrases such as: “irreversible trend”, “hemorrhaging customers and revenue”, “collapsing POTS business model” and “this a death sentence”.

But this is only half of the picture as “perhaps more than any other business in the world, the wireline TelCo is a fixed cost business”. So anytime a household or business cuts its landline, the fixed costs must be spread over a smaller customer base increasing the average cost per customer. So by being loyal, your costs can only go up as others save money jumping on the IP bandwagon.

January is a great time to plan for 2010.

Keith Perry

BK Sales and Service

650.388.4310 Direct

http://www.bkss.net


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