Saturday, December 24, 2011

How Samsung Just Screwed Over About 10 Million Of Its Android Phone Customers

Steve Kovach Dec. 23, 2011 businessinsider.com


Today Samsung announced that its line of Galaxy S phones, one of the most popular Android phone models of 2010, will not get Google's latest version of Android, Ice Cream Sandwich.
That means ~10 million people who bought the phone are going to be stuck on the outdated version 2.3 Gingerbread (or 2.2 Froyo in many cases) until they decide to drop more cash on a new phone.
It also means Samsung is basically throwing its pledge to the Android "Alliance" that it will keep devices released within 18 months updated with the latest version of the OS out the window.

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Why?
Samsung says its hardware isn't powerful enough to support Ice Cream Sandwich and its TouchWiz skin for Android. (TouchWiz is the extra layer of design Samsung adds to its Android phones. It looks a lot like iOS.)
This is awful news. Samsung just made Google look really stupid for ever claiming that Android devices will start getting on a somewhat unified update cycle, similar to what iPhone and Windows Phone users enjoy now


It also demonstrates the inherent problem in Android phone manufacturers customizing the OS to the point where you can barely recognize Google's original intentions for design and functionality. Those skins are such a tax on a phone's hardware that it cripples functionality and makes it so all but the newest phones miss out on updates. So far, Samsung only guarantees Ice Cream Sandwich for its Galaxy S II phones. The Nexus S, which is also made by Samsung and shares similar hardware specs as many Galaxy S phones, will get the Ice Cream Sandwich update, but only because it uses a pure version of Android without the TouchWiz skin. Motorola only guarantees it for its latest Droid Razr. And HTC will issue Ice Cream Sandwich for the Rezound some time next year.
What a horrible time to buy any Android phone that isn't a Nexus-branded device. Buying a Galaxy Nexus right now seems to be the only way to guarantee you're going to get future Android updates. Otherwise you could be waiting months, a year, or (most likely) never before Samsung or whoever made your phone decides it's time for an update.
Therein lies one of the biggest problems with an open source OS like Android. Just because Android is splintered across devices from several manufacturers like Samsung, HTC, and Motorola is no excuse for Google not to make sure they'll be ready for future updates.
Look at Microsoft. Every single Windows Phone is eligible for the latest version of Windows Phone 7, even if the phone was released more than a year ago. That's because Microsoft has been smart about how it licenses Windows Phone 7, giving manufacturers a list of hardware requirements the devices must follow before they can start using the platform.
As Google continues to stick with its kumbaya message that Android should remain free and open for anyone to use anyway they please, its users are getting shafted. They have no guarantee that they'll get updates as Google issues them unless they buy a Google-approved Nexus device.
Meanwhile, Apple and Microsoft will continue to eat Google's lunch when it comes to delivering the best software to all their devices.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

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Why This Is Important?

We are doing something about helping the middle class American People keep their homes, put food on their table, gas in their cars and shoes for their kid’s feet. AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon gives out 30 to 50 billion dollars in commission every year and I have figured out how to redirect those commissions to help the middle class hard working American People. 

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Roll up your Sleeves it is time to get in the Trenches

It is time to roll up your sleeves and get in the trenches. Please join our movement. We are done waiting on our government to feed us, clothe us, keep a roof over our head and provide us a stable job. Please join us and help end unemployment. Please keep an open mind as you read the below passage.

It is time to get down and dirty. It is time to take off the gloves. 

Did you know we own hundreds of Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile home based cell phone business websites? We can do the same thing the big carriers do. (www.squarecirclewireless.com) Click here!

Ask yourself this “Do you think Wal-Mart, Target, Best Buy and Radio Shack need any more money”? Do you think they have the American people best interest in mind? The answer is no. They are cell phone brokers just like us. They get commission for selling and activating cell phones just like us. By doing business with us, you will give the little cell phone companies a chance to restore America. We can keep our homes, clothe our kids, keep food on our table and decompress. It is exhausting living day to day not knowing if you will have a job the next day. Not knowing if you will be able to provide for your family. Just not knowing is over whelming. We are sick and tired of being sick and tired. We need to look out for each other. So Please, before you walk into a Verizon, T-Mobile or AT&T;s retail store to activate a cell phone, please remember who needs the commission more. Is it the multibillion dollar cell phone companies? Or is it the little cell phone companies that can do the same thing as the big companies. Give us a chance to repair America. Give us a chance to show the world what proud, passionate hard working American people can do. 

Our goal is to have one million home based cell phone business partners in the next 3 to 5 years. Our goal is to end unemployment. 

Tell me something, have you heard anyone other than a politician say something of this magnitude? Ending unemployment. Say it again, ending unemployment. Probably not. So what do you say? Please give us a shot. We have the plans, investors, platform and infrastructure in place to complete this monumental campaign. We are asking for your help. Boycott the big carriers. Boycott the walk in retail stores of Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile. Boycott the cell phone departments at Wal-Mart, Best buy, Target and Radio Shack. By giving us your business, you will begin to repair America and put it back on its feet.

To see how low our cell phone plans are click here http://www.squarecirclewireless.com/

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Monday, December 19, 2011

AT&T bows to objections, drops bid for T-Mobile

msnbc.com staff and news service reports 12-19-11


Cellphone giant had faced fierce objections from federal regulators

AT&T is ending its $39 billion bid to buy T-Mobile USA, citing fierce government objections.
The Justice Department sued to block the merger Aug. 31, saying it would reduce competition and lead to higher prices.
Executives of the two wireless giants disagreed, but last month they took a step toward terminating the deal when they withdrew their application to the Federal Communications Commission after its chairman also opposed the merger.The Justice Department sued to block the merger Aug. 31, saying it would reduce competition and lead to higher prices.
AT&T maintained Monday that the wireless phone industry requires more airwave space to expand.
"The AT&T and T-Mobile USA combination would have offered an interim solution to this spectrum shortage," the company said in a news release. "In the absence of such steps, customers will be harmed and needed investment will be stifled."
AT&T's purchase of T-Mobile from Deutsche Telekom of Germany would have made it the largest cellphone company in the United States. AT&T is the country's second-largest wireless carrier, while T-Mobile is the fourth-largest.
The decision was hailed by consumer advocates, who had warned that the merger would concentrate too much power in the hands of a single carrier.
"From the first day that this deal was announced, we have warned regulators, lawmakers, and consumers of the dangerous consequences of this merger," said Parul P. Desai, policy counsel for Consumers Union, according to its website The Consumerist. "Regulators clearly saw through AT&T's claims of better service and saw what we saw - a combined AT&T/T-Mobile would mean higher prices and fewer choices for consumers. It would mean a wireless market dominated by a powerful duopoly with little incentive to compete with other carriers."
The termination of the merger agreement will be a costly one for AT&T, which will take a pretax accounting charge of $4 billion in the current quarter to reflect a breakup fee it agreed to pay Deutsche Telekom.
“AT&T will continue to be aggressive in leading the mobile Internet revolution,” Randall Stephenson, AT&T chairman and CEO, said in the news release. But he called on government policymakers to make more spectrum available.
“The mobile Internet is a dynamic industry that can be a critical driver in restoring American economic growth and job creation, but only if companies are allowed to react quickly to customer needs and market forces,” he said.
Failure of the deal leaves U.S. consumers with four main options for cell phone service: AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile.
But long-term prospects for T-Mobile are uncertain. The company's German parent has expressed a desire to exit the U.S. market. Unlike the other major carriers, T-Mobile is not building out its own high-speed, next generation wireless network.

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Saturday, December 10, 2011

Don’t Lose Your Phone — and Your Identity



Here’s a sure-fire way to compromise your identity and risk important personal data this holiday season: Lose your cell phone when you’re shopping.

Credant Technologies, which bills itself as an expert in data protection, found in a recent survey that more than 2,200 cell phones were brought to the lost-and-found departments in 15 of the nation’s busiest shopping malls this year. Some 90% of those were smartphones.

And get this: A whopping 50% of them were never claimed. What’s more, many of them were unsecured.

“No matter where we look we find that unprotected devices are being left behind,” said Sean Glynn, vice president of marketing at Credant, which tracks lost phones from a number of venues.

“People store large amounts of private data, whether personal or corporate on all of the devices they have,” he said. “You really should be sensitive about protecting that data.”

That information is a gold mine for thieves and the bounty is growing with each smartphonepurchase. Already, more than a third of the 234 million Americans who own mobile devices havesmartphones, according to comScore’s most recent data.

Given all the functions and the hundreds of applications available to use, the smartphone is not just a talking and texting device but a workhorse.

“Consumers are basically walking around with unprotected mini-computers as mobile phones,” saidMary Monahan, research director at Javelin Strategy and Research.

Leaving your phone unprotected is akin to putting a neon sign on your house saying you are on vacation and the key is under the mat.

“As more money starts moving on mobile, criminals will follow,” she said. “Consumers need to be kept safe and secure on the mobile channel.”

Keith Gordon immediately set up password protection and installed a remote-wipe application as soon as he got his new iPhone 4S. The remote-wipe allows him to have all his information wiped off the phone from a distance — whether it’s on or not — should it get lost or stolen.

“Those are really basic security functions that folks should do to their phones,” said Gordon, who is the senior vice president for online security at Bank of America. “The worst thing that can happen now is that I can lose my phone but not my data.”

Not all systems have that service but there are a number of things consumers can do to protect themselves and the information stored on their phones.
  • Treat your phone with the same amount of security care that you do your computer. Use applications that can help protect you from viruses and malware.
  • Having said that, be careful of what you’re downloading to your phone, Monahan warned. In March, Android Marketplace took more than 50 apps off when they were found to be infected with malware. “Android is the No. 1 operating system for mobile devices because it is an open platform, but it’s also open to criminals,” she said. “Wait for apps to be reviewed, and check out the publisher of the app to make sure it is legitimate. Be careful when giving ‘permissions’ to apps. Does that game you are downloading really need access to your location and your contacts? I think not.”
  • Get password protection and chose a different pass code for your phone than what you use on your computer.
  • Encrypt valuable data, Credant suggested. Even if it’s lost, many finders will be snooping around.
  • Keep records of what information you have stored on your phone. Some of it, like your bank accounts and passwords, will be impenetrable, according to Gordon, but thieves like to layer bits and pieces of information to get a clearer picture of you.
  • Get remote-wipe capability if it’s offered.
  • Get a find-my-phone function whenever possible. That uses GPS to track down your phone.
  • Check to see if your smartphone can be set so that data is erased automatically after a prescribed number of pass codes have failed. That won’t save the information but could spare your sanity.
  • When shopping this season, put that phone in a safe place and keep it there. Don’t leave it on the tray at food court, on a bench in the dressing room or in the stall in the restroom.

Jennifer Waters is a MarketWatch reporter, based in Chicago.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

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Thursday, December 1, 2011

We are employing the middle class - right now!

Help is on the Way!!

We are employing the middle class - right now!

Why This Is Important?

We are doing something about helping the middle class American People keep their homes, put food on their table, gas in their cars and shoes for their kids feet. At&t, T mobile and Verizon gives out 30 to 50 billion dollars in commission every year and I have figured out how to redirect those commissions to help the middle class hard working American People. 

Please read the below message.

Roll up your Sleeves it is time to get in the Trenches

It is time to roll up your sleeves and get in the trenches. Please join our movement. We are done waiting on our government to feed us, clothe us, keep a roof over our head and provide us a stable job. Please join us and help end unemployment. Please keep an open mind as you read the below passage.

It is time to get down and dirty. It is time to take off the gloves. 
Did you know we own hundreds of Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile home based cell phone business websites? We can do the same thing the big carriers do. (www.squarecirclewireless.com) Click here!

Ask yourself this “Do you think Walmart, Target, Best Buy and Radio Shack need any more money”? Do you think they have the American people best interest in mind. The answer is no. They are cell phone brokers just like us. They get commission for selling and activating cell phones just like us. By doing business with us, you will give the little cell phone companies a chance to restore America. We can keep our homes, clothe our kids, keep food on our table and decompress. It is exhausting living day to day not knowing if you will have a job the next day. Not knowing if you will be able to provide for your family. Just not knowing is over whelming. We are sick and tired of being sick and tired. We need to look out for each other. So Please, before you walk into a Verzion, Tmobile or At&t’s retail store to activate a cell phone, please remember who needs the commission more. Is it the multi billion dollar cell phone companies? Or is it the little cell phone companies that can do they same thing as the big companies. Give us a chance to repair America. Give us a chance to show the world what proud, passionate hard working American people can do. 

Our goal is to have one million home based cell phone business partners in the next 3 to 5 years. Our goal is to end unemployment. 

Tell me something, have you heard any one other than a politician say something of this magnitude? Ending unemployment. Say it again, ending unemployment. Probably not. So what do you say? Please give us a shot. We have the plans, investors, platform and infrastructure in place to complete this monumental campaign. We are asking for your help. Boycott the big carriers. Boycott the walk in retail stores of Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile. Boycott the cell phone departments at Walmart, Bestbuy, Target and Radio Shack. By giving us your business, you will begin to repair America and put it back on it’s feet.

To see how low our cell phone plans are click here http://www.squarecirclewireless.com/