Samsung takes on Nokia with featurephone line for low-cost markets

first_img Related KT makes LG Electronics trade-in move NokiaSamsung Smartphone shipments hit 340M in Q1 IDC bullish on Australian 5G smartphone demand HomeDevicesNews Samsung takes on Nokia with featurephone line for low-cost markets Read more Previous ArticleRogers sees profits soar; CEO to retireNext ArticleAndroid, iOS powered over 90% of smartphones in Q4 – IDC center_img Devices AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 15 FEB 2013 Matt Ablott Author Tags Samsung has launched a new handset range targeted at emerging markets called ‘REX’ based on the firm’s ‘TouchWiz’ user interface.The South Korean giant described the range as “smart featurephones,” positioning the line squarely in competition with Nokia’s Asha range, which is proving hugely popular in markets such as India.The REX series consists of four touchscreen devices: REX 90, REX 80, REX 70, and REX 60, all offering dual SIM functionality and supporting four GSM/EDGE bands (850/900/1800/1900). The top of the range REX 90 (pictured) has a 3.5-inch display and a 3.2-megapixel camera. Facebook, Twitter and Google+ come preloaded on all devices.Pricing and availability was not disclosed, though a launch event was held in India. Samsung’s JK Shin, the head of its mobile business, said in a statement that the phones would target “all lifestyles and budgets”.“REX devices are designed to seamlessly prioritise and consolidate essential mobile functions that matter most to customers across diverse markets,” he added.Samsung has also launched several low-cost Android-based smartphones in recent weeks.last_img read more

UVM summit focuses on health, agriculture and rural economic development in Vermont

first_imgVermont Business Magazine Accessing health care and health insurance are significant challenges for farmers in Vermont and nationwide, creating obstacles for farm viability, health and well-being, job creation, business expansion and the ability to farm full-time. A day-long summit at the University of Vermont on Thursday brought together key stakeholders in Vermont’s health, agriculture, tax, government, and Extension sectors to share perspectives and discuss opportunities for collaboration and integration of the spheres of health and agriculture to better serve Vermont’s farmers.The intended outcome is to develop a statewide coordinated approach to addressing health and health insurance in the Vermont farm sector. This event is part of the ongoing USDA Health Insurance, Rural Economic Development and Agriculture research project (HIREDnAg(link is external)).In opening remarks, lead author University of Vermont Professor Shoshanah Inwood said Vermont farmers face a magnified version of the same issues and obstacles as small business owners everywhere face in regards to health insurance, the Affordable Care Act, cost of health care, time it takes to understand and deal with health insurance, and child care.“Agriculture is the least likely industry to offer health insurance,” Inwood told summit attendees.University of Vermont Professor Shoshanah Inwood. VBM photo.For labor-intensive Vermont dairy farms, which represents 77 percent of all agricultural sales in the state, there is little time to wrestle with forms or negotiate the Vermont Health Connect Website.Cash flow for health insurance also creates a barrier, Inwood said. Farmers will typically have unsteady income streams from month to month and year to year.Farmers also worry most about catastrophic injury. While catastrophic-only health insurance plans have low premiums, they have high deductibles. They also frequently lack dental and optometric coverage.Given that, the Platinum health insurance plans might present the best option, but the staggering monthly premiums bump into the cash flow problem. The 2017 monthly premium for a Platinum plan (Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont) is $686.76/month for an individual or triple that for a family plan.An Health Savings Account allows for pre-tax savings to pay for out-of-pocket expenses like dental and deductibles, but HSAs also have higher deductibles that would be quickly eaten away by a hospital stay, and still have a significant premium.Those who attended the summit included UVM researchers, research partners from University of Maryland, nonprofit service providers, health insurance providers, technical assistance providers, Extension employees, VT State Agency employees from Dept of Labor, Agency of Agriculture, Dept of Health, Dept of Taxes, and Vermont Health Connect, as well as representatives from the office of Senators Leahy and Sanders and the USDA.Study Background and Purpose The project “Health Insurance Economic Development and Agriculture” (HIREDnAg) is a project lead by researchers at The University of Vermont and the Walsh Center for Rural Health Policy, NORC at the University of Chicago. The goal of this national study is to understand how health insurance influences farm family decision making, quality of life, and economic development.Farming ranks among the most dangerous occupations in the US (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2011; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 2013). Health and safety risks inherent in agricultural work include sun and heat exposure, heavy lifting and bending that lead to chronic back and joint pain, operating farm machinery, exhaustion, exposure to disease from farm animals, handling chemicals and dangerous materials. Mental health issues can be exacerbated by economic hardships, chronic pain, stress, long hours, and solitude.Health insurance is one way to access and pay for needed health care. Having health insurance increases the likelihood of accessing preventive care and treatment in a timely manner, improving health outcomes, and reducing medical debt (Dorn, 2008). Farming families who are uninsured or underinsured can accrue crushing medical debt which can increase financial risk, lead to farm foreclosure, and reduce overall quality of life. While most farmers had health insurance from off-farm jobs, 20% had outstanding debt from medical bills with 25% reporting health care expenses contributed to their financial problems (Lottero, Pryor, Rukavina, Prottas, & Knudson, 2009).In addition to the occupational farmer health and safety concerns, studies have consistently found that longtime farmers, beginning farmers, and hired workers identify the high cost of health insurance as a major barrier to job creation and the ability to farm full-time (Inwood, 2015; Mishra, El‐Osta, & Ahearn, 2012; Ohio Rural Development Partnership, 2006;Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund, 2011; Young Farmers Coalition, 2011).Farmers and ranchers make health insurance decisions from two perspectives:1) “Farmer and Family” health insurance decisions are made for themselves and their families, and;2) “Farmers as employers” producers decide if and how to offer health insurance to employees.The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) has introduced federal and state health care policy changes and has implications for how farmers and ranchers source health insurance, need for off-farm jobs, and requirements for employee-mandated health insurance (Ahearn, Williamson, & Black, 2014). Differences in how ACA markets are being implemented across states may lead to variation in adoption by agricultural enterprises, with implications for farm family and farmworker health. Little is known how ACA reforms will influence the way farm and ranch families’ structure and grow their enterprises, manage risk, and balance labor resources.Utilizing interviews and surveys in ten study states, the core objectives of the HIREDnAg Project are to:Understand how health insurance influences he way operators’ structure their enterprise; manage family and business resources; impact farm labor supply, and; operator and farm worker health, vitality, and quality of life.Conduct a needs assessment of farm and ranch technical assistance providers (farm viability and business planning professionals and tax accountants). Develop outreach and educational tools that can assist farmers and ranchers understand health insurance options.Communicate the results of the study to national and state policy makers to inform them about how health insurance impacts the vitality of the farm sector and the overall rural American economy.The ten case study states were selected based on several criteria:Active agricultural base, regional, and production variation;Medicaid expansion policy;State receptivity to participating in the studyIn this HIREDnAg case study profile series, we examine the health insurance and agriculture sector in each of the ten case study states. The health insurance policy landscape shifts rapidly; these reports are based on data accurate as of July 2016. Additionally, all agricultural data reported in this series are from the 2012 Census of Agriculture (United States Department of Agriculture, 2012).VermontVermont is the second least populated state in the U.S. with a population of 620,453 residents in 2014 (United States Census Bureau, 2014). Vermont expanded Medicaid and is operating a State-Based Marketplace with two participating insurers. (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, 2016; The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, 2016). Between 2009 and 2014 the rate of uninsured residents dropped by 42.3% from 53,192 to 30,716. In 2014, 5.0% of the population remained uninsured , the lowest rate of uninsured beyond Massachusetts (Redmond, 2015). Overall, 45.5% of the population has health insurance through employment alone, while 19.0% reported health insurance coverage through Medicaid or other means-tested programs alone (United States Census Bureau, 2009, 2014). Vermont is one of the states with the highest number of Medicaid recipients per capita (O’Gorman, 2015) with a Medicaid enrollment increase of 38.0% between 2006 and 2016 (Redmond, 2015).Farm Size and Type The majority of agricultural sales in Vermont are from dairy product and livestock. Out of $776.1 million in sales, over $598 million (or 77.19%) were related to livestock including $504 million in milk. Maple syrup and hay represented the largest sales in crops with over $88 million (11.4%) in sales.Between 2007 and 2012, the number of farms increased by 5.1% (from 6,984 farms to 7,338 farms) while farm sales increased by 15.2% (from $673 million to $776 million). Of the 7,338 farms, the majority (84.9%) are considered hobby or small farms with sales under $1,000 and $100,000 respectively, 6.6% are considered medium with sales between $100,000 and $250,000 and 8.5% are considered large with sales over $250,000. However, the majority of the sales come from the large farms (66.6% of the sales) (Figure 3). In Vermont, 7.5% of farms are certified organic.Marketing Orientation Twenty eight percent of the Vermont farms reported direct sales to consumers, 13.8% engaged in value adding activities while 4.5% of farms reported selling through a CSA (Figure 4). A very small minority of farms 2.1% reported any tourism activity.Farmer Population There are 12,257 farm operators in Vermont including 7,338 principal operators. The average age of the principal operator in Vermont is 57.3 years old, 54.9% of the principal operators were 65 years and older while 11.1% of the principal operators where under the age of 35. Farming was the primary occupation for 51.5% of the principal operators while 69.5% of households reported that farming accounts for less than 25% of their total household income. Women farm operators (including first, second, and third) account for 38.4% of operators compared to the national average (30.5%). Minorities account for 4.7% of the general population in Vermont, but only 1.7% of farm operators (Figure 5) (United States Census Bureau, 2014). Minorities counted in this figure include Hispanic, Black, Native American and Asian farmers. Beginning farmers in this area represent 22.3% of the principal operators compared to 18.1% at the national level.Health Insurance Information and Programs for the Agricultural Sector Nationally, USDA refers farmers and ranchers to the national website healthcare.gov. Given state health insurance policy variations we examined if states have specific health insurance programs or outreach efforts directed towards farmers by consulting the websites of the state agencies of agriculture, state extension services, and state exchange (when applicable). The Vermont Agency of Agriculture and University of Vermont do not currently provide health insurance information for the agricultural sector. Vermont Health Connect, the State-Based Marketplace, provides resources for small business owners through the SHOP Employer Guide, as well as a fact sheet to help legal migrant farm workers obtain health insurance.About the Authors Florence Becot is a research specialist at the University of Vermont Center for Rural Studies and a PhD student in the University of Vermont Food Systems Program.Shoshanah Inwood is an assistant professor in the Department of Community Development and Applied Economics at the University of Vermont.Lucy McDermott is a community manager at the Collaborative Health Network in Maine. She graduated from the University of Vermont with a bachelors’ degree in economics and minors in community development and political science in 2016.Source: UVM. 11.3.2016. 1 The rate of uninsured residents does not include the institutionalized population. The U.S. Census Bureau defines the institutionalized population as “people who are primarily ineligible, unable, or unlikely to participate in the labor force while residents of institutional group quarters” (https://ask.census.gov/f(link is external) faq.php?id=5000&faqId=6669).last_img read more

Cumann na mBunscol Hurling Finals Match Tracker

first_img10.00  Roinn C: (13)      Gaelscoil de hĺde beat Newcastle11.00  Roinn D: (13)      Leitrim beat  Creagh12.00  Roinn B: (13)      Clarinbridge beat New Inn1.00    Roinn A: (13)      Loughrea beat Ardrahan2.00    Roinn E: (13)      Tynagh/Killeen Beat Mountbellew SMALL PITCH 310.00  Roinn O: (7)      Belclare beat Sylane10.45  Roinn M: (7)      Gaelscoil na Bhfili beat Mullagh11.30  Roinn N: (7)       Tierneevin beat Laurencetown12.15  Roinn P: (5)        Tiernascragh beat Fohenagh1.00    Roinn K: (9)       Ballygar beat Kilglass2.00    Roinn L: (9)       Eyrecourt beat Brackloonprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email The Cumann na mBunscol Hurling Finals are on in Loughgeorge and the Results are as follows…… PITCH  210.00  Roinn G: (11)     Coolarne beat Kiltullagh11.00  Roinn J: (9)       Ballyglass beat Newtown12.00  Roinn H: (11)      Peterswell beat Renmore1.00    Roinn I: (11)       An Spidéal beat Castlegar2.00    Roinn F: (13)      Bushypark beat St.Pats, Galway MAIN PITCH 1 – NEWlast_img read more

St Joseph’s The Bish Wins All-Ireland U19A Title

first_imgNational Basketball Arena, TallaghtWATCH BACK: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_R1Gbyu5oScSt Joseph’s College (The Bish) 52  Intermediate School Killorglin 35St Joseph’s College The Bish of Co. Galway stormed home to the Under 19 A Boys All Ireland Schools League title this afternoon, with a 52-35 point win over Intermediate School Killorglin.The Bish were in control from the off, driving into an early 17-9 lead at the end of the first with good scoring from James Connaire, Padraic Lenihan and Liam Nolan.Killorglin were battling hard at the other end though, with Darragh O’Connor and Eoin Evans working hard on defence, and getting some vital early scores to keep them in touch.A strong second quarter display from The Bish saw them widen the gap to 27-13, with James Cummins and Nolan shining brightest once more, while strong defence from James Connaire kept Killorglin to scoring just two baskets, one each for Dara Casey and Eoin O’Sullivan.Momentum stayed with The Bish in the third, with Nolan again one of the shooting stars for the Galway school, while Connaire and Cummins also bagged some good scores. Killorglin were really beginning to cause problems at the other end though, with Evans, O’Connor, Dara Casey and Roan Moriarty finding the target in style, and Moriarty proving to be very hard to guard for the Bish, who still held the lead, 45-27 going into the last.A much closer affair ensued in the last as Killorglin continued their good run from the third quarter, to close the gap back by the midway point. Super defence from Aaron Kiernan for The Bish managed to stem the tide somewhat, and a huge block for him, followed by an even bigger three-pointer at the other end saw The Bish back in control and, despite the best efforts of Killorglin, they managed to hold onto their lead in style, winning out 52-35 in the end.ST JOSEPH’S COLLEGE (THE BISH): James Cummins (9), Iarla Sullivan, Padraic Lenihan (4), Pavel Gillick, Daire McNulty (3), Liam Nolan (16), James Connaire (13), Matthew Sweeney, Aaron Kiernan (3), James Lyons (4), Kevin Burke, Thomas Togher.INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL KILLORGLIN: Roan Moriarty (5), Gearoid Griffin, Rory O’Connor, Tim Moskal, Dara Casey (5), Daragh O’Connor (13), Ronan Fitzpatrick, Eoin O’Sullivan (2), Eoin Evans (10), Eoin O’Hagan.MVP: Liam Nolan (St Joseph’s College The Bish)print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Monday, February 26th, 2018 Under 19 A Boys All Ireland Schools League Finallast_img read more

GUI exclusive endorsement for BookGolf365

first_imgThe Golfing Union of Ireland is endorsing the exciting new tee time booking management system developed by BookGolf365 Limited.The Golfing Union of Ireland today announced its exclusive endorsement of a new innovative tee time booking management system for golf clubs developed by BookGolf365, which will be branded Golfnet in Ireland. Inspired by the ideas of company founder and European Tour winner Peter Lawrie, the system has been designed by golf industry professionals to best serve golfers, their Clubs and golf in Ireland.In reaching its decision Pat Finn, CEO of the GUI said: “The Golfing Union of Ireland recognised that action was needed to provide an alternative to the existing barter system and develop an alternative tee time booking management system. Working with BookGolf365 has enabled us to offer something that’s very valuable for our clubs. Tee time booking software is now an essential part of the day-to-day running of every club. BookGolf365 is an excellent product. It is sophisticated and yet simple to use. We would encourage all member Clubs to investigate this new software”The Union entered discussions with BookGolf365 in 2016 amid concerns among member clubs about bartering green fees in return for tee time booking software. By addressing this issue the software will be mutually beneficial to clubs, golfers and the game of golf itself.The arrival of BookGolf365 into the market now provides clubs with a clear alternative to the barter model of trading rounds (green fees) in return for use of tee time booking software. Working in consultation with the GUI and its member clubs, BookGolf365 has developed a product that meets the demands of all stakeholders in golf, allows Clubs to maximise their green fee revenue and take back control of their green fee pricing.Key features of BookGolf365 include:Enhanced back office reports for Club Managers and officialsEasy to use booking process for MembersFree Mobile Apps for IOS and Android Smart PhonesFree Push Messaging and Email ServiceNo More Barter roundsDynamic Pricing moduleData Analytics powered by IBM Watson TechnologyPeter Lawrie said: “I am delighted that the GUI has given such a strong endorsement to BookGolf365. The team at BookGolf365 have already enabled a number of Clubs to “go live” with our software and are looking forward to working closely with more golf clubs in Ireland. The feedback from our existing customers has been very encouraging and we are excited to be in a position to support and give back to Irish golf.”If your club would like to find out more about the BookGolf365 tee time booking engine, log on to BookGolf365.ie, email at [email protected] or call on 01 9685685.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

Minor Hurlers Win Back To Back All-Ireland Titles – The Commentary

first_imgScorers for Galway: Donal O’Shea 0-10 (6f, 1 65, 1 pen), Dean Reilly 0-3, Diarmuid Kilcommons 0-2, Sean McDonagh 0-2, Oisin Flannery (Padraig Pearses 0-1), Oisin Flannery (St Thomas 0-1), Colm Cunningham 0-1, Evan Duggan 0-1.Scorers for Kilkenny: Conor Kelly 0-7 (7fs), Darragh Maher 0-2, Ciaran Brennan 0-2 (0-1 s/l), Cian Kenny 0-2, Jack Buggy 0-1 (1 sideline).GALWAY: Patrick Rabbitte; Michael Flynn, Shane Jennings, Oisin Salmon; Shane Quirke, Sean Neary, Evan Duggan; Jason O’Donoghue, Oisin Flannery; Diarmuid Kilcommins, Oisin Flannery, Adam Brett; Dean Reilly, Donal O’Shea, Niall Collins.Subs: Colm Cunningham for O’Donoghue, Connell Keane for Brett, Sean McDonagh for Flannery, Ian McGlynn for Flannery (45), Keelan Creaven for Collins (49).KILKENNY: Jason Brennan; Padraig Dempsey, Jamie Young, Dylan Crehan; Darragh Maher, Shane Staunton, Jamie Harkin; Conor Kelly, Cian Kenny; Ciaran Brennan, Jack Buggy, George Murphy; Cathal O’Leary, Jack Morrissey, Killian Hogan.Subs: Eoin Guilfoyle for O’Leary (41), Padraic Moylan for Buggy (43), Jack Doyle for Murphy (52), Killian Rudkins for Hogan (57), Dan Coogan for Morrissey (62).REFEREE: Johnny Murphy (Limerick).print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Audio Playerhttps://download-galwaybay.sharp-stream.com/ALL-IRELAND%20MINOR%20HURLING%20FINAL.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. After The game, Galway manager Jeffrey Lynskey spoke to media led by Niall CanavanAudio Playerhttps://download-galwaybay.sharp-stream.com/JEFFREY%20LYNSKEY%20POST%20MINOR%20FINAL.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Here is another chance to hear the Commentary of that outstanding performance with Niall Canavan, Liam Hodgins, Conor Hayes and Sean Walsh Galway’s Minor Hurlers are back to back All-Ireland Champions following their 0-21 to 0-14 win over Kilkenny in Croke Park yesterday.last_img read more

Aintree Preview – Thursday

first_imgAintree Day One Fancies: ‬ ‪1:45 La Bague Au Roi ‬ ‪2:20 Band Of Outlaws (Nap)‬ ‪2:50 Kemboy ‬ ‪3.25 Verdana Blue (e-w)‬ ‪4.05 Burning Ambition ‬ ‪4:40 Azzuri (e-w)‬ ‪5.15 Minella Melody ‬ print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email It’s Day 1 of the Grand National meeting at Aintree. The field for Saturday’s big race will be confirmed this morning while on the track, Buveur D’Air is the odds-on favourite for the feature race, the Aintree Hurdle at 3.25pm while the Foxhunters will be run over the National fences. The action at the Liverpool venue starts at 1.45pm and looking ahead to the action is George McDonagh…last_img

RWW Predictions: YouTube’s New Monetization VS Hulu

first_imgTags:#predictions#web Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img corvida 1 Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting In an effort to monetize YouTube, the video giant will start experimenting with full-length TV shows that include embedded ads. Upcoming video service Hulu offers similar content on its site and is giving Youtube stiff competition. Help us in predicting the following: with this new offering from YouTube, what will Hulu’s traffic growth be for November 2008 according to Compete?Fast FactsYouTube has brokered a deal with Viacom to run full-length episodes of television shows from CBSHulu.com saw a 52.5% month over month increase in traffic in September 2008According to Reuters, YouTube boasts 330 million users and Hulu just 3.3 million userslast_img read more

EyeOnLP: Congratulations on 15 Years

first_imgLast month, LP Magazine celebrated its 15th year anniversary during the annual board meeting, which was held this year in Sanibel Island, Florida. While the time seems to have gone by in a blink of an eye since the magazine was first announced at the NRF Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada in 2001, it also feels like LP Magazine has been the voice of the loss prevention community for much longer. Friends and valued partners in the LP community share their well wishes with the magazine in this commemorative video, and we couldn’t be more thrilled and grateful. Check out our annual meeting recap video or recap article as well to get the full story on the 15-year celebration. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Do Unlimited Data Plans Really Matter?

first_imgWhy IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … dan rowinski Tags:#mobile#web A Sprint executive said this morning that the company plans on keeping unlimited data plans as an option for consumers. Sprint sees unlimited data as a differentiator from AT&T and Verizon and is inline with the moral high ground that it has been trying to take in regards to the prospective AT&T takeover of T-Mobile. As good as unlimited data sounds in an advertisement, does it really matter?At this point, “unlimited data” is a clever marketing ploy. Carriers are constantly learning how to upgrade their networks to handle data convergence better and then offload data use to local broadband networks. At the same time, the average consumer does not use as much data as they think. So, Sprint, it is great to keep your data options open (no throttling, no cap), but how much of this really means anything anymore?See Also:AT&T Buying T-Mobile for $39 Billion“Brazenly Anticompetitive”: Sprint Sues to Stop AT&T From Gobbling Up T-MobileAT&T + T-Mobile – The DOJ’s Case for Almost-Not-Quite-Price-FixingLawmakers Take Their First Whack at AT&T/T-Mobile MergerCan AT&T Grab T-Mobile Plus Qualcomm’s 700 MHz Spectrum?Speaking at GigaOm’s Mobilize conference in San Francisco, Sprint CTO Stephen Bye acknowledged that the carrier would indeed keep its network uncapped. According to CNET, Bye said that there are hidden costs with customer care and “support related to tiered data plans” that offsets the benefit reining in users data use.Verizon and AT&T are both throttling users in addition to various tiered data plans. T-Mobile is throttling users after a set data threshold. Sprint is the standout from that trend and to a certain extent it will cost them dollars on their margins. The company hopes that the marketing program associated with unlimited data will offset what they lose on the margins by adding new users. Sprint’s network is in a state of flux. It owns a significant portion of WiMax provider Clearwire and it needs a significant upgrade to its 3G network infrastructure. One of the reasons that Sprint went with Clearwire in the first place was to offset data along its 3G network. There is hope for a significant network infrastructure boost through its partnership with bandwidth wholesaler Lightsquared to create an LTE “4G” network, but that is going to take time to build and implement, let alone add a significant number of devices offered through the carrier that will support LTE. The CEOs of Verizon (Dan Mead), Sprint (Dan Hesse) and AT&T (Ralph de la Vega) on stage with Jim Cramer at CTIA in Orlando this spring.Really what it comes down to is that Sprint has to scratch and claw its way to keep abreast with Verizon and AT&T. Watch how CEO Dan Hesse rails against the AT&T/T-Mobile merger and you understand the position that Sprint is in trying to compete. According to CNET, Bye acknowledged that the company is under pressure to keep its network open and free vis-à-vis the competition. Unlimited Data: Worth the Cost?When AT&T announced its data throttling, it said that it will only affect the top 5% of users. At the time, the guess was that a user will bump against that threshold near 2.5 GB of data used per month. The fact of the matter is that most users will never reach 2.5 GB a month. Sprint’s margins do well by offering unlimited data for a flat rate and then users not actually using enough data to justify the plan. Granted, those margins are then in turn offset by the heaviest users, but not by that much. I have rarely met a person who exceeds 3 GB of data used on a device per month (let us know in the comments if you are one of those people and how you use your phone to consume data). Sprint is known for its posturing and pushing the limits of acceptable marketing practices. It was the first to rollout a “4G” network with WiMax, but the fact of the matter is that WiMax is not “4G” but rather an “advanced 3G” network that Sprint is allowed to market as 4G because it is considered a precursor to actual 4G. Confused yet? AT&T does the same thing with its HSPA+ network, which is also not technically 4G. Unlimited data falls into the same marketing category. Sprint will no doubt be able to get some politicians and federal regulators to buy up their marketing magic when it comes to the AT&T/T-Mobile acquisition, but the fact of the matter is that Sprint’s network is in no better shape than AT&T’s.Will it stop Sprint executives and their marketing department from touting their supposed benefits over those from their competitors? Certainly not. But, digging through Sprint’s claims, we know that they are not as altruistic as they would have us believe. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more