AT&T Strategic Planning Meetings - South East Region AT&T Executives met in Atlanta last week and iQmetrix's Ken Burdon was there. The-three day Strategic Planning meeting was kicked off with a dinner and vendor fair attended by approximately 100 AT&T employees. Approximately 30 vendors were in attendance to showcase their products and services. The latest iQmetrix offering, the XQ Interactive Retail Platform created a lot of excitement as this group see XQ as a vital part of the evolution of the retail experience in both COR as well as Indirect channels.
On Friday (Feb. 4), after two hours of online sales, Verizon suspended pre-orders of the iPhone 4, calling it the most successful first-day of sales in the company’s history.
AT&T can no longer brandish the iPhone as the flagship smartphone exclusive to its network – a luxury it enjoyed since June 2007. The company’s new muse? The Android-powered Motorola Atrix 4G.
Verizon Wireless agents in New England will converge in Boston this week as the 2011 New England Indirect Agent Kick Off is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 1. iQmetrix’s North American Sales Manager, Ken Burdon, will be in attendance, showcasing all of iQmetrix's business enhancing products and services, including the iQmetrix exciting new Interactive Retail platform: XQ.
Interactive retail devices took center stage at the National Retail Federation’s Big Show 2011, held Jan. 9-12 in New York City, and as Mercedes Cardona of DailyFinance.com wrote (Jan. 16), “merchants seemed to agree on one thing: Shoppers are bored.”
Groupon, the fast-growing online group discount service, was in the news last week, as Google announced it was pursuing a coupon service of its own.
As a result of strong holiday sales of its iPhones, iPads and even laptops, Apple announced last week record sales and profits for the last three months of 2010 that “far exceeded analysts’ bullish forecasts,” reported Miguel Helft of the New York Times (Jan. 18).
Last month, we reported that, among the big four U.S. carriers, Verizon was the most opposed to the Federal Communications Commission’s new net neutrality rules (see Net Neutrality). So opposed, in fact, that the carrier announced last week it had filed a lawsuit asking federal appeals court to block the FCC’s recently approved net neutrality regulations for wireless and wired networks.
After months –- scratch that –- years of speculation, Verizon Wireless will finally begin carrying the Apple iPhone in February.
Back in March, I asked if the Apple iPad would be the hottest device of 2010 (see iPad article). Turns out it was, according to Mashable founder and CEO Pete Cashmore. Cashmore wrote an insightful column about the iPad’s impact on CNN.com (Dec. 17), pointing out that the device was predicted by some to “fail big time,” yet it has soared to 13 million sales.
On Dec. 21, the Federal Communications Commission voted 3-2 to back Chairman Julius Genachowski’s plan for what is commonly known as “net neutrality,” or rules prohibiting Internet providers from interfering with legal web traffic, wrote Amy Schatz and Shayndi Raice of the Wall Street Journal (Dec. 22).
According to digital market research firm ComScore, online Christmas shopping is set to break records this year, as sales approach $22 billion so far, with a week to go. “Free shipping and other offers drive a 12 percent gain in e-tailers’ revenue over 2009,” wrote W. David Gardner of InformationWeek (Dec. 13).
On Dec. 6, Google launched its new Android smartphone, the Nexus S, which runs on the latest version of the Android platform, called Gingerbread. The Gingerbread SDK/NDK tools were also made available to developers on Dec. 6.