Introducing Our Loyalty Kiosk

The Kiosk Software Wizard is a new cutting edge tool that lets you create an easy to use digital kiosk display. A digital kiosk provides your on-site customers with a user friendly and engaging display – letting them join a mobile club, check-in to a loyalty program, download your app, and/or redeem a coupon.

The loyalty kiosk is a stand alone tool that is easy to deploy and can be fully customized for any business. Eliminate the need for customers to carry paper or plastic punch cards which are often lost, misplaced, or forgotten. Customers can now easily check-in to a loyalty program directly through the digital kiosk by inputting their mobile number.

Use the loyalty kiosk display to create a mobile club and build an opt-in database of customers that would like to receive ongoing text message promotions and special offers. Send incentives and digital coupons to your contacts which can then be redeemed and tracked directly through the Kiosk. You can even send business information and your mobile app directly to customers’ cellphones.

 

AT&T Mobility, Verizon Wireless boast about Q3 accomplishments

October 26 2010 – 12:30 pm ET | Dan Meyer | RCR Wireless News

AT&T Mobility (T) and Verizon Wireless (VZ, the nation’s two largest wireless operators, posted third quarter results late last week that showed some interesting results for both operators.

AT&T Mobility managed to handily win the customer growth adding 2.6 million “connections” to its network during the quarter compared with the 1.25 million added by Verizon Wireless. However, from a financial point of view Verizon Wireless continued to amaze investors with its robust margins that handily topped those posted by AT&T Mobility.

During conference calls with investors following their earnings releases, both operators attempted to put their spin on the results, as well as provided some insights into their plans going forward.

AT&T Mobility’s management was high on the carrier’s continued strong sales of what it terms “integrated devices,” or those handsets that include a real or virtual QWERTY keyboard. This description is broader than just smart phones and includes devices geared toward consumers looking for a messaging device without having to fork over the additional monthly expense related to signing up for service with a smart phone.

According to Ralph de la Vega, CEO of AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets and president of Mobility and Consumer Markets at the company, 57% of the carrier’s postpaid customer base was using integrated devices at the end of the quarter and that 80% of new sales and activations were devices from that category.

AT&T Mobility also said it was planning to launch three new Motorola Inc. devices powered by Google Inc.’s Android operating system by the end of the year. Motorola showed off those devices – the Bravo, Flipout and Flipside – at the recent CTIA Enterprise & Applications event in San Francisco.

As for its network operations the carrier continues to update its 3G network with HSPA+ technology that it claims will provide a solid user experience for consumers, especially as it begins to rollout LTE-based services next year.

While not naming a carrier, de la Vega noted that AT&T Mobility would not “have the fall back issues that CDMA customers will have as they move from 4G back to CDMA Rev. A speeds.”

Verizon Wireless is currently scheduled to launch LTE services covering more than 100 million potential customers in 38 markets and dozens of airport locations by the end of the year. The carrier has said it expects download speeds for the new network to approach 12 megabits per second, and that customers that are not in coverage areas will fall back to its EV-DO Rev. A network that currently provides download speeds of up to 3 megabits per second.

By comparison, AT&T Mobility completed upgrading its 3G network with HSPA+ 7.2 technology that supports downlink speeds up to 7.2 Mbps and is in the process of further upgrading that network with 14.4 Mbps capabilities. The carrier plans to begin rolling out LTE services next year covering around 75 million pops by the end of 2011.

To support those build out plans, which include substantial upgrades to its backhaul capabilities, AT&T Mobility’s management said the carrier increased capital expenditures 55% year-over-year through the first three quarter and that it expects to spend $2 billion more in 2010 than it did on 2009.

One area that seemed to fall short for the carrier was its operating income before depreciation and amortization margins that dropped from 40.3% during the third quarter of 2009 to 37.6% this year. AT&T Mobility blamed the short fall on its growing integrated device sales that typically require a higher up-front subsidy as well as the integration of Alltel Wireless customers it acquired from Verizon Wireless that needed to have their CDMA handsets swapped out for GSM-based devices.

While AT&T Mobility was under the microscope for its falling margins, Verizon Wireless continued to dazzle investors with its 47.2% EBITDA margin on service revenues for the third quarter. The carrier noted that those results showed its operating efficiencies, though noted that the results could be impacted by a pickup in sales of higher-end devices.

Verizon Wireless noted that 23% of its retail postpaid base were using smart phones at the end of the third quarter with 43% of devices activated on its network during the quarter falling into that device category.

While questions directly relating to the possible addition of Apple Inc.’s iPhone to the carrier’s device line up were refreshingly limited, the carrier brushed aside those attempts to emphasize the success it was seeing with its Android-powered Droid franchise.

Verizon Wireless did give a hint to some new rate plans it expects to rollout this week that will include a $15 data offering for smart phones that provides for 150 megabytes of data throughput to go along with its current $30 plan that includes “unlimited” data transmission. The move to a lower tier has been expected following AT&T Mobility’s data plans adjustments earlier this year that resulted in the carrier offering a $15 plan that includes 200 MB of data transmission and a $25 plan that includes 2 gigabytes.

“But what we believe is that people who are new to this category will probably buy the $15 plan, but over time you will see much more migration to the higher-end because there will be a lot of usage that will drive above the 150 Mb,” explained Verizon Communications Inc.’s EVP and CFO John Killian. “So we think we are in a very good position.”

Killian added that the carrier was not yet ready to comment on plans for LTE data pricing, but that it did like the idea of tiered data pricing and that it was something that could be included in its LTE plans.

The carrier also said that its year-to-date capex was up about 21%, or $1.1 billion, compared to 2009, but that it expects its wireless capex to remain flat for next year as it shifts funds from its legacy CDMA network to expanding its LTE coverage.

Sprint to Sell Samsung Tablet for $400

By ROGER CHENG, WSJ.COM

Sprint Nextel Corp. said it plans to sell Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.’s Galaxy Tab tablet computer for a third less than Verizon Wireless.

Several major news organizations are lining up behind a new tablet device from Samsung Electronics Co. built on Google Inc. software, in order to broaden mobile readership beyond owners of Apple Inc. popular iPad. Jessica Vascellaro reports.

Sprint will sell the device for $399.99 in exchange for a two-year commitment to a data service plan. Sprint will begin selling the Galaxy Tab on Nov. 14, three days after Verizon Wireless.

Verizon Wireless said last week it would sell the device for $599.99, but offered a prepaid data plan without the requirement for a contract. Sprint will also offer the tablet for $599.99 without a contract.

For any mobile product, getting the proper marketing and subsidy support from a carrier is crucial to a successful launch. A subsidized device can dull much of the sticker shock that comes from seeing the actual retail prices. Carriers are willing to offer a discount because they can lock customers into multi-year service agreements.

Verizon Wireless’s decision to sell the product without a subsidy had some industry analysts speculating that it wouldn’t fare well against the iPad, which the carrier also plans to sell for as little as $629.99.

Consumers who buy the Galaxy Tab from Sprint have to sign up for a monthly $29.99 plan that includes two gigabytes of data, or a higher end $59.99 plan with a limit of five gigabytes of data.

For consumers who don’t want to sign up for a contract, Sprint customers can pay $29.99 each month for 2 gigabytes of data. Verizon Wireless, in comparison, offers 1 gigabyte of data a month for $20.

Sprint plans to support the device a marketing campaign to promote the new category of tablets, according to David Owens, who is runs the carrier’s marketing for product launches. “It’ll be a substantial campaign and an important part of our holiday theme,” he said in an interview, but the effort wouldn’t be as strong as its marketing for flagship smartphones, such as its Evo 4G.

Samsung’s Galaxy Tab is the electronic makers’ big push in the mobile business for the holiday season. Having launched its Galaxy S line of phones on all of the major U.S. carriers, it has followed up with the Galaxy Tab. AT&T Inc. and T-Mobile USA, a unit of Deutsche Telekom AG, are expected to sell the tablet as well but haven’t yet announced pricing.

Samsung’s entry into the market represents a chance to make up for lost ground. Product executive Hankil Yoon has said he expects the Galaxy Tab to ship 10 million units and take a third of the global tablet market this year.

The Galaxy Tab is the latest product to attempt to tap into the explosive growth of the tablet market, first sparked by Apple Inc.’s iPad. Many device makers, such as BlackBerry maker Research In Motion Ltd. and Hewlett-Packard Co., have recently announced tablets to rival Apple’s popular product.

The Galaxy Tab runs on Google Inc.’s Android software. It’s smaller than the iPad, which has a 9.7-inch screen. Unlike Apple’s device, it supports Adobe Flash, enabling it to show more video found on the Internet. It has a camera on each side and a slot for expandable memory, among other features.

AT&T Mobility to also sell iPads

October 14 2010 – 11:11 am ET | Dan Meyer | RCR Wireless News

-Verizon Wireless is set to begin offering Apple's iPad Wi-Fi on Oct. 28.-AppleVerizon Wireless is set to begin offering Apple’s iPad Wi-Fi on Oct. 28.

Photo credit:Apple

The wishes of millions looks set to be answered in the coming weeks as Verizon Wireless (VZ) is set to begin offering an Apple Inc. (AAPL) product. No, that product is not the iPhone, but instead the iPad, and comes just weeks after the Wall Street Journal printed its annual story of the iPhone being on the verge of launching at Verizon Wireless.

Verizon Wireless has opened a page on its website saying that beginning Oct. 28 customers can purchase a Wi-Fi version of Apple’s iPad from the carrier. The page is currently only showing the device packaged with one of the carrier’s MiFi mobile hot spot devices that would allow the Wi-Fi enabled iPad, as well as up to four other Wi-Fi enabled devices, to access the carrier’s CDMA-based 3G network.

Verizon Wireless is also touting a special no-contract data package for the package that includes 1 gigabyte of data transmission for $20 per month.

The bundled price for the iPad and MiFi product from Verizon Wireless begin at $630 for the 16GB model; ramps up to $730 for the 32GB model; and tops out at $830 for the 64GB model. Those prices match what the 3G-enabled iPads with embedded access to AT&T Mobility’s (T) 3G network cost, with AT&T Mobility offering no-contract data packages of $15 per month for 250 megabytes of data transmission or $25 per month for 2 GB.

Verizon Wireless’ MiFi products regularly sell for $270 without a contract, or are free with a two-year contract, with data packages of $40 per month for 250 MB or $60 per month for 5 GB.

We would be remiss if we didn’t also note that Clearwire Corp. recently began offering an Apple-centric mobile hot spot device that provides unlimited access for Wi-Fi equipped Apple products to the carrier’s WiMAX network for $25 per month. In addition, Virgin Mobile USA recently unveiled a no-contract unlimited data plan for its MiFi device that runs $40 per month running on Sprint Nextel’s 3G network.

Verizon Developer Community Conference Kicks Off

Verizon Wireless Re-Affirms Commitment to Help Developers Get Apps to Market Quickly and to Continue to Open Its Network

09/21/2010 Source by vsw.com

BASKING RIDGE, NJ, and LAS VEGAS, NV — Today at the Verizon Developer Community (VDC) Conference in Las Vegas, the company re-affirmed its commitment to helping developers deliver applications to market by continuing to open its network to them with APIs and other tools and services. Verizon Wireless also outlined the progress of V CAST Apps, its mobile storefront, and said that it is expanding V CAST Apps to additional platforms, beginning with Android devices.

“We’re committed to providing developers with the best platforms, the best tools and the best opportunities to bring their apps to market quickly and profitably. We will continue to open our network with APIs and offer great merchandising and marketing solutions that help ‘power your app’,” said Greg Haller, vice president of consumer solutions for Verizon Wireless, in his opening address at the event.

“It’s all about delivering a great mobile experience – best-in-class applications on the nation’s most reliable network – for customers,” Haller added.

Since the VDC was established in July 2009, more than 5,000 developers have joined to create applications to be distributed to Verizon Wireless’ customers on the nation’s most reliable wireless network. The V CAST Apps storefront launched earlier this year on the RIM platform, and submissions are now being accepted for Android-based applications in V CAST Apps. V CAST Apps offers developers speedy time-to-market and carrier-billing, so any charges for the applications appear on the customer’s monthly wireless bill.

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