Mobile Market Wrap-up for Nov 20, 2009

 

Verizon tells AT&T that “the truth hurts” which has to be the case for AT&T.  AT&T is suing Verizon over their ‘there’s a map for that’ commercials stating that they are misleading consumers to believe that AT&T has service gaps which isn’t true since they have a large 2G network.  Who cares?  The ads are hilarious, but obviously AT&T doesn’t agree.  I have a novel idea… AT&T shouldn’t worry so much about their reputation and instead fix their network and then let their reputation fix itself.  They have horrible voice quality, inconsistent data service, and crappy customer service (I have been a T-mobile customer for 3 years but used to be an AT&T customer before that).  The best part of the story is that Verizon did not concede, but instead released new versions of the commercial.  That’s fantastic!  Verizon has been on a role lately with their ad campaign between the Droid series and now the ‘there’s a map for that’ series.  I can’t wait to see what they come out with next.  AT&T tried to stop Verizon until the lawsuit goes to court, but a federal judge said no way.

Palm really looks like they are on the way down (even further).  Nothing major happened this week, but I ran across a couple articles that gave some negative signs.  The first article discussed comments Palm’s CEO, Jon Rubinstein made about Android and how it’s designed for “techies” and WebOS is designed for “people”.  Really? Really???  I only know a handful of “people” who use the Palm Pre so if it’s designed for the “people”, someone should tell them.  It’s not a good sign when the CEO of a handset manufacturer says that they are focused quality over quantity… this was sign #1Then I read another article that said Palm gave up on syncing with iTunes.  I am disappointed since I thought Palm was ready to fight a long battle and do what it takes to be successful.  To give up in under six month is not good … this was sign #2.  Palm is in a world of hurt and I don’t think they are going to make it alone.  Will someone acquire them?  WebOS = next WinMo… possibly.  All I know is Palm needs help and fast.

In my typical routine, here are this week’s announcements, rumors and analyses:

And finally, here are other articles on mobile I found interesting during the week you might enjoy reading:

 See or hear anything else interesting in mobile.  Let us know by leaving a comment below.

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