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AT&T and Apple Truth or DARE

January27

I broke this ugly story over Apple and AT&T last year:

exposing the AT&T and Apple DATA leakage scam or, ATT And Apple Battle Over Data Leakage

Life and business are a cautionary tale in terms of what you don’t know is what can kill you.

How many of you on the AT&T network find yourselves holding both an iPhone and the proverbial bag each month with your billing statement data usage fees?

Read on. The first article below discusses data usage and the cost. The author evidently wants to blame Apple and it’s iPhones. He is partially correct, to be fair. If you complain to AT&T they point the finger. Then if you call Apple they point out that the problem is known but Verizon somehow resolved it. Maybe the issue is with CDMA as opposed to GSM devices.

Or, perhaps AT&T simply likes gouging it’s customers relentlessly with excessive data usage fees that expose a critical lack of customer care.

I hope this post helps readers make an informed decision. Read between the lines. Investigate. See the truth. Beware. Don’t tolerate being cheated. Hold everyone accountable as you hold yourself. That’s being responsible.

I dare you.

http://lnkd.in/d73ZZCB : The author and article missed a HUGE opportunity. The real story with all of this is “data leakage”. The problem might be unique to iPhones. Interestingly, Verizon may have fixed the problem that Apple would not, and AT&T does not want to because of the obnoxious fees it generates for the company. You can read more about that here: http://lnkd.in/dWYx6kZ

extiPhone 5s Owners Are the Most Data-Hungry Smartphone Users, Study Says - news.yahoo.com

“It looks like iPhone 5s users are the most data-hungry smartphone owners out there. According to a new study, iPhone 5s users consume more data than those operating on the iPhones biggest competitor– the Galaxy S4– and…”

For perspective, read the related post from my personal blog below from last year:

exposing the AT&T and Apple DATA leakage scam - unsinkablebriancork.com

“or… ATT And Apple Battle Over Data Leakage Brian Patrick Cork heads-up… I was one of those people with a family plan of Apple iPhones on the AT&T network that was getting hammered with the …”

Let’s be part of the Solution.

brian patrick cork

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I can phone in the future by dialing into the past

April11

I started this post with a disparate (no… not desperate) thought, and found myself astounded by where we ended-up.

here’s a provocative statement that won’t make sense until you read the entirety of this effort. so read on:

Google either doesn’t fully understand the situation or has trouble using the Nexus program to build clout for Android.

so… here is the punchline in advance…

as an Apple shareholder, I want Google, Android, Samsung – the whole motley lot of them to succeed in wild fashion. innovation creates success for everyone, the most hearty, in particular. that innovation and subsequent change is what creates opportunity for growth and improvement for the bold.

with that; all of that, with its implications, in-mind, ponder the following. do it! invest your time, passion, and money, accordingly.

Samsung Unveils Enormous 6.3-Inch Galaxy Mega Smartphone

 Samsung Unveils Enormous 6.3-Inch Galaxy Mega Smartphone - mashable.com

“If you liked the big screen of Samsung’s Galaxy Note smartphones, the company has something even more massive coming. The Samsung Galaxy Mega line, which will hit Europe in May, is led by a monstrous 6.3-inch phone – the…”

Brian Patrick CorkI dunno… 6.3 is pretty big to offer ease of use.

gianna messinaGianna Messina: They have some of the WORST reviews online bar none.

 

…whoa…

in any event, I thought the Samsung S4 (NOT pictured below) had promise but remained a bit awkward compared to the iPhone. texting is still wonky, for Gods sake. I still don’t understand why people are so smitten with the Galaxy S III. it’s a known battery hog, an eye sore (what was Samsung thinking when it mucked up Android this badly?) and a glitch bomb (ranging from missed text and calendar notifications to wonky headphone and Bluetooth connectivity). to top it off, it behaves jerkily, despite its 1.5GHz processor.

google nexus 4what can possibly be exciting about a hand-held device, other than what you use it for? it’s a genuinely esoteric questions.

what matters?

I believe the difference will come down to bio-morphics and voice recognition. then size won’t matter unless you want to vChat or watch a video.

I have a Nexus 7 that I like better than my iPad(s). so, it’s not that I’m pushing any particular platform, today.

in fact, we are continuing to test Android devices. the phone I’m most taken with at the moment isn’t the iPhone 5 (although I just picked-up Haley Anne another iP5) no, it’s the (re-imagined)  Nexus 4 – a collaboration of Google and LG, representing the pinnacle of Android hardware and software (Jelly Bean 4.2). it runs smooth as butter, with a vibrant screen that is second to none. when I first picked one up I kept thinking “perfect” – providing I can truly customize certain Apps like simple texting. okay…  I’ve set it up: impressive hardware, best Android software ever, definitely a threat to the iPhone (the 5, but not the 6) … except.

…brief intermission…

NOTE: I was among the first to buy two Nexus One phones when Google first released them almost exactly three years ago this month. I can prove it. go read, selfless acts of Commerce. I actually acquired them because they were part of history and Nicholas Johnson was so dang excited about “the Google phone”. that was fun to watch. …he earned that.

wait… go read another post of mine where I discuss the Nexus One.

the scales of justice don’t, often enough, balance out against evil

it’s a crazy and interesting sprint down memory lane. it demonstrates how the creative and innovative quickly transitions to the expected and mundane.

in the end (that being defined inside twenty months), all “smart” mobile phones will be very similar. thusly, it will come down to what do you use it for. then size matters.

meanwhile… end to the intermission…
you note that hesitation just before intermission? so what’s the catch? there are two that go hand in hand: availability and network compatibility.

the only carrier actively selling the Nexus One is T-Mobile. mind you, if you’re on T-Mobile, this is your next phone. you would be hard pressed to find anything remotely this good.

but if you’re on every other carrier, you’re basically out of luck. AT&T customers can buy the phone direct from Google, paying the contract-free price of roughly $350, but they can’t run it on their carrier’s 4G LTE network, because it’s not compatible with that technology. so no blistering speeds – which only matters if you care about DATA. and, as for Sprint and Verizon, it’s simply does not have the right innards.

this is a major timing blunder for Google and for LG – the latter in desperate need of a hit smart phone. Google has a genuine opportunity with the Nexus line to take a legitimate run at Apple and it’s iPhone. the Nexus is that good, but everyone is distracted by the Galaxy line. that’s marketing, but also an subsidization strategy. hopefully, once Android get real, Google goes Apple on the world and finds a way to get them on the Nexus platform. that’s when I believe Google gets it.

my takeaway is that Google either doesn’t fully understand the situation or has trouble using the Nexus program to build clout for Android.

Android is huge, but it’s huge by default. the phones are cheaper than Apple’s, the carriers make more money off of them, and the manufacturers license the operating system for little or nothing, and get to do whatever they want to their look and feel.

the result is that every single Android phone delivers a wildly different experience, and no two people who talk about Android are talking about the same thing.

come on Google… we can do this! lead Apple to unimaginable heights of glory!

more later.

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

es·o·ter·ic

/ˌesəˈterik/

I think it’s ironic that synonyms for the word, esoteric, include: occult, private and mystic. esoteric means, “Intended for or likely to be understood by only a small number of people with a specialized knowledge or interest”. and, Christians don’t like anything related to the occult, or harry Potter. and, its easy and fun to watch Harry Potter on my Nexus 7.

what do you think? is this another blog post opportunity?

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the Apple of my eye

April2

I’ll add some context in a few days but the “new”-ish Apple iPhone is going to surprise a few people, whether it shows its face in the next quarter, or not. well, perhaps a lot of people.

all the talk about innovation really needs to bring us to a point where we ask,”what more can you do with a hand-held device with a five inch window to the planet?”.

dig deep. think about that. do it!

the answer is what you can do with the phone based on the type of materials used to house the software. so… think voice, voice recognition, bio-morphic, and DATA.

also, remember these words… “a picture can say a thousand words”.

meanwhile… last Friday night I posted the following update on Linkedin:

Brian Patrick Cork: “Fascinating that this story appears on a day the markets are closed.”

NASDAQ: Fresh data from IDC research shows Apple (AAPL) may be succeeding far more than the stock price currently reflects. The iPhone inventor gained share on Samsung in the global market for connected devices, capturing…”

I love competition. it drives innovation. and, that is good for us all.

you are going to start to see a trend towards Samsung bashing as analysts and media pin-heads start to tout Apple at a low point and drive it towards $1000. that’s just how it works.

many analysts have flawed thinking regarding Apple with the tendency to equate users of Samsung’s devices, which utilize Google’s awkward Android platform, with users of Apple’s iPhones. once they figure out this skews both rational thinking and reliable financial modeling they will begin to turn on Samsung and Google. oddly, many of these same analysts appear to struggle with separating Google and Samsung altogether.

case-in-point

bear [sic] in mind that there are over fifteen Android-powered Samsung mobile device products across multiple market segments that compete against (for the moment) a single Apple device. yet, Apple is inexorably chipping (yes, I said that) away at Samsung. all the other manufacturers remain bit-players.

From a business standpoint, Apple’s users are far more valuable since they are willing to pay more for their phones and use them far more vigorously. the numbers are clear… iPhone users buy more apps and spend more time with them. I think this might be just one more reason why Apple is able to produce seventy percent (70%) of the profit in the mobile device market despite selling fewer devices than Samsung.

I suppose it comes down to how you define “market-share”. me? by portion of profits.

here is a tantalizing tidbit that will outrage Google-Nation and Apple-haters… while Apple’s share price was been declining, it was also becoming the most profitable company in the country. history books may lie depending on the author. however, in Q4 2012 alone Apple brought in thirteen billion dollars ($13 billion) in net income. by comparison, Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT), which was the fourth most profitable company last year, did not even generate half that amount.

Look Into My Eyes And See Your Future

look… literally… there is going to be an iPhone mini. there is a market for it. and, it won’t cannibalize Apple’s iPhone market. it will augment it. we saw proof of this expectation with the MacBook line, the Mac Mini, and the iPads. there is also going to be a cloudPhone. …what… (I hinted at this last month on Linkedin). that said, based on what I’m seeing, I can’t say Apple will actually produce the cloudPhone hand-set, so much as influence it. I’m thinking that might turn-out to be something of a trend. I THINK HTC will be involved.

all of this is me pulling a lot of disparate data together from far-ranging sources. that said, many of you are putting your kids through college based on my thinking around Apple.

My Android Adventure Update

meanwhile, last Friday I made good on my promise to keep being open-minded about Android. I let the Samsung representative put a Galaxy SIV in my hands. I admit I liked the feel and responsiveness. it’s “snappy” much like my NEXUS 7, which I like more than my iPad. however, it took me all of fifteen minutes to put it back in the box after trying to text with it. obviously there is more to the hand-set than texting. and Android Nation is going to be pleased with the upgrades. but, (HUGE but) that was a key reminder for me why I still prefer the iPhone.

Apple’s [now] flagship product remains in possession of the most intuitive operating system available. it was the first to change the market, and remains the front-runner to beat. you simply have to be open-minded and willing to read the numbers accurately, not in a skewed marketing fashion, as Samsung would have you do.

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

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singing my Apple iTunes on 4G thanks to Steve Jobs

March9

I can tell you that Steve Jobs was waiting for the Qualcomm chip that’s in the new iPad for good reason.

you can bet the iPhone 5 on 4G LTE will not be a battery-hog.

it’s now only a matter of posterity, but I think Apple made a good decision in not going to 4G too early.

by the way… I’m on my first full week using the Samsung Galaxy Note. the cellular service is better on AT&T than my iPhones have been. but, now that the most recent iOS 5.1 update is available from Apple, we’ll all start seeing 4G. that may have helped resolve the problems I had with service along Freemanville Road. but, any Google device still pales by comparison to the iPhone. I still define Android as awkward to use while iOS enables iPhones to do precisely what you expect and went them to do.

so, I doubt it will be too long before we hand the Galaxy off to another Ministry. but, we remain open-minded, and trying.

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

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