It was supposed to be a banner month for the social networking giant, as Facebook’s IPO finally made its debut on public markets. While Facebook hit the market with a bang, stirring up quite a bit of excitement, the elation was short lived as soon investors realized that Facebook wasn’t the goldmine everyone thought it was.
While some considered Facebook’s opening weekend trading foibles to be an aberration, the struggles continued for the social network, with its stock steadily falling in the weeks following. Now, with many investors losing millions on what was supposed to be a sure thing, some are raising questions about Facebook’s house of cards, with some suggesting that the entire situation has, at least on the surface, the earmarks of fraud.
Research In Motion’s fortunes have been the subject of many an article as of late, with the company’s slide into the abyss seemingly set in stone.
Now, shares in RIM fell eight percent in after hours trading Tuesday after the company announced it would be operating at a loss with its next earnings report. That report is due at the end of June and is expected to further outline the dismal picture for the Waterloo tech giant.
The company also confirmed plans to slash and burn thousands of jobs. RIM said that it would cut positions as part of a massive global restructuring scheme. The corporation currently has a workforce at around 16,500 and some reports have tagged RIM as cutting more than 2,000 of those jobs.
While certainly not for a lack of effort, Nokia’s Lumia 900 is currently selling well in North America thanks to competitive pricing and a hard marketing push, the truth is that to date no Windows Phone has come anywhere close to seeing widespread popularity, and most carriers aren’t willing to take the chance that AT&T recently did in actively pushing the Windows Phone brand.
I have no doubt that there are some out there, Microsoft included, that are saying, “just hold on a minute, give WP time to gain a foothold,” but from my perspective if the Windows Phone brand was going to be a hit, we would have seen some evidence of it already. It also looks like I’m not alone in my impatience, as Microsoft is already seeing some of its original WP partners abandoning ship.
The wind has been blowing in the wrong direction for Wind Mobile this year. The carrier which staked its claim to be the “fastest growing wireless carrier in Canada” last year, has had a forgettable 2012 so far. Last month, Wind Mobile lost an appeal to the CRTC regarding its request to review an earlier decision on seamless roaming.
The carrier’s been plagued down by rumors which suggest that a management shuffle is imminent. To add to its woes, Wind’s growth seems to be slowing down significantly. The carrier last week reported that it added fewer than 13,000 new subscribers in its most recent quarter ended March 31, up only 3% from the previous quarter.
It is this situation, some analysts speculate, that will allow Apple to transition into the realm of the mobile carrier in the next few years, selling data packages and international roaming deals bundled with both the iPhone and iPad. So will wireless carriers resist Apple becoming a direct competitor, or simply knuckle-under to maintain access to the company’s beloved line-up of products?
The explosive proliferation of smartphones and tablets has meant that more and more people are joining the Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) bandwagon, carrying their mobile devices to work. While BYOD supporters claim it increases employee productivity and satisfaction, there’s no doubt that it poses a significant challenges for the enterprise as far as security and compliance are concerned.
In fact, Cisco was one of the first enterprise solution providers to feel the BYOD pinch, scuttling its innovative and highly functional business tablet, the Cisco Cius. While the business solutions segment morns the loss of the Cius, it just goes to show that more and more consumer devices are driving the enterprise market.