Monday, December 12, 2011

2011's Biggest Wireless Mistakes

2011's Biggest Wireless Mistakes

It is no surprise that the three-day outage brought to us by the letters "R", "I", and "M" is on the list. The service brought email, BBM, and Web browsing to a screeching halt for BlackBerry users in Europe and North America for up to three days. To make up for it, RIM offered $100 in free apps, which was a pretty self-serving act since it doubled as advertising for the BlackBerry application store.

Adobe's recent abandonment of Flash for mobile platforms made the list. A combination of the overall platform not suited for touch screens, the growth of HTML 5, and Apple's prohibition of all things Flash from iOS devices did the platform in.
A general lack of carrier support for the RIM Playbook made the list, as did HP killing off the webOS platform. I think the bigger oops though is every tablet on the market that isn't spelled "iPad." The Samsung Galaxy Tab, Motorola Xoom, RIM Playbook, HP TouchPad, and all other tablets are at best an also ran when compared to the device that created the market--the iPad. Only the Kindle Fire has shown promise, and that is primarily because it is priced substantially less than the iPad and isn't aimed as a direct competitor.

Also missing from the list is the AT&T and T-Mobile merger. The deal itself isn't the issue. That will surely benefit the two carriers, and it is arguable as to whether or not it will benefit consumers. The problem is how badly AT&T underestimated the opposition, despite hiring a number of investment banks to help them through the treacherous waters of antitrust law and policy. The competition, consumer advocacy groups, senators, representatives and the DOJ have voiced opposition to this, some verbally, others in court.

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