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Real-time tweets from CTIA and Showstoppers, 7 October 2009

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Julius Genachowski, FCC chair, CTIA keynote, commends ATT, Verizon for opening iPhone to Internet calls, adopting Android.

Four priorities at FCC, spectrum for 4G, remove obstacles to 4G, “fair” rules of road for Internet, empower consumers.

Ralph de la Vega, ATT CEO up now, thanks Genchowski, but warns of danger of interference.

Ralph saying US mobile industry most innovative, consumer friendly in world, damn we’re great.

Ralph descends into ATT sales pitch, time for a nap.

David Ko Yahoo Mobile SVP up now, he’s excited about Yahoo’s ads.

Ko hands off to tacky home page demo, abuse of a captive audience IMHO, l8r dood.

At Showstoppers event at CTIA show, saw some interesting companies and products.

FloTV is potential disruptor. Originally delivered streaming video for Verizon and ATT, now going direct to consumers.

FloTV will be selling something like 16 TV channels nationwide, via UHF channel 55, for $9 per month.

FloTV demonstrated branded mobile device with $249 price point, but no reason to think their market is limited to mobile subs.

FloTV essentially $9 per month basic cable with streaming news, sports & such. Get rest off air & by download, bye bye cable.

BOLT browser launched out of beta by Bitstream, heats up browser competition, further tilts market away from native apps.

Virgin Mobile showing first nationwide pay-go mobile broadband. $149 dongle, buy bandwidth in $10 or more increments.

Friendcaller.com showing browser to browser VOIP, not revolutionary but still a neat angle that’ll find a market.

Intermap has Accuterra service, runs on iPhone, links GPS data to downloaded maps of parks, wildlands, fine for tourists.

Talked to Zer01 Mobile, claims unlimited data & voice for $70/month, lots of holes in their story though.

Mobile devs aligning into 2 camps: those who do & don’t play nice with iPhone. Is iPhone the Apple II of smartphones?

Quick look around the press room at CTIA, nearly everyone using Macs, even the guy from PC World magazine.

Over the top of the wall

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Browser developers are doing their best to push apps out of the operating system. Roy Satterthwaite, vice president, Americas for Opera claimed that no one is developing native applications for desktop systems, that the market and the innovation is primarily browser based and the mobile market will go the same way. It’s an arguable point, but the argument is interesting.

Bitstream took the opportunity to launch its BOLT browser out of beta and into the mainstream. Its aim is to replicate desktop browser functionality on a mobile phone. The killer app: Mafia Wars, a Facebook-based game that pushes the limits of what mobile browsers can handle. While it was still in beta, BOLT became the mobile browser of choice for Facebook gamers, at least according to Bitstream.

Google sees significant cost advantages to the browser-based approach. Supporting multiple platforms across a deep inventory of native applications is daunting, out of the reach of even Google.

Full featured mobile browsers could be the decisive breach in mobile carriers’ walled gardens, particularly if the network neutrality concept extends its embrace to the mobile Internet.

Browser based applications, services and content can be quickly distributed across any and all platforms, to a large extent irrespective of carrier or handset manufacturer. A browser based platform is limited by its ability to access hardware resources such as cameras, GPS data, user interface and peripherals, even more so in the mobile realm than the desktop world. Satterthwaite’s answer is standards-based APIs – JIL and Bondi for example – that enable browser access to device and, potentially, carrier network resources.

On the downside, that sort of access creates massive security headaches for carriers. But it’s a headache they might well deserve. They’ve relied heavily on controlling both ends of the connection to manage their networks, a tactic that died thirty years ago in the personal computer sector. Whether the cause is the political push toward more open networks or the creative chaos of the marketplace, carriers will have to find better security solutions eventually.