TheTelecomBlog.com’s Top 6 Posts for September 2014

by Matt Klassen on October 1, 2014

1. The Downside of BYOD: Understanding the Risks for Employees

When the BYOD—Bring Your Own Device—movement caught on several years ago it seemed like a win-win situation for everyone involved; employers could cut costs on providing technology to their employees, and employees were able to reduce the number of devices they were expected to use as well as actually use a device they actually enjoyed using. But, as seemingly with all trends that blend private and public life, there’s a catch, one that could ultimately cost users all their personal data.

One of the ongoing issues with BYOD, however, has been security, and many companies have responded to this challenge by implementing security protocols, including the capability of remotely wiping a compromised device of its contents. This becomes a problem when we realize that most of our favourite gadgets don’t segregate business and personal data, and without such demarcation when a phone or tablet is wiped, everything (including those cute pictures of your kids) goes with it.

2. New Apple Products Present Greater Security Challenge

For years Apple has offered email, messaging, and calendar services, but as the company’s September product event demonstrated, the Cupertino Company is morphing into something it wasn’t before: a serious data company. In addition to its new iPhones, the company unveiled a number of new services that have immediately vaulted the firm into another stratosphere when it comes to handling user data, particularly its mobile payment system Apple Pay and its health and fitness tracker.

But the transition couldn’t come at a worse time for Apple, as the company was hit by an embarrassing celebrity photo hacking scandal earlier in the month, and while Apple claims it is not to blame, it has left many questioning the firm’s ability to handle our most sensitive information.

3. Apple Announces iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, and Apple Watch

Apple did it again this month, rocketing to the top of the smartphone popularity charts with the release of the iPhone 6 and the new larger iPhone 6 Plus, alongside the unveiling of the highly anticipated Apple Watch.

While early reports indicate that the phones have shattered opening weekend sales records, the release did not come without controversy, as Apple is now mired in what has been dubbed the “Bend-gate” scandal, or the fact that users have reported their new iPhones getting bent when placed in one’s pocket. Whatever the case, September is truly the month of Apple, as the company showed its adoring fans just what its capable of, while still giving all the haters some fuel for their fires as well.

4. Dish to Discuss Takeover Deal with T-Mobile

There’s no question that T-Mobile’s unorthodox “UnCarrier” mobile marketing strategy has turned some heads, transforming the perennial fourth place finisher into a mobile power to be reckoned with. It’s a point not lost on the company’s competitors either, as recently Sprint discussed merger possibilities before being stonewalled by regulators. But now it seems that Dish Network is once again interested in entering the mobile market, the failed suitor of Sprint itself now looking to succeed where the telecom company failed.

According to reports, Dish Network has informed T-Mobile’s parent company Deutsche Telecom that his company is interested in acquiring the American telecom company.

While no offers have officially been tendered, one has to think that Dish may actually have a chance to succeed where Sprint failed, due to the fact that Dish is a cable provider looking to enter the telecom market, as opposed to a telecom provider looking to expand its empire.

5. Google Aims Android One at the “Next Five Billion”

Google made a landmark announcement this month with the unveiling of Android One, a pared-down, bare bones version of its dominant mobile operating system aimed squarely at emerging markets. This new basic version of Android is designed to offer competitive smartphone functionality, but also allow distributors in these emerging markets to offer such Android devices at a fraction of the price of what we pay here.

Although there has been a great deal of discussion surrounding the “affordability barrier” preventing the global expansion of smartphones—that is, the appropriate price point that would ultimately make smartphones accessible to the “next 5 billion”—Google has set its own affordability mark at $100, and has tapped India as its first expansion market.

6. Apple Fans have Samsung to Thank for Bigger iPhones

With rabid Apple fans clamouring over the company’s newly unveiled iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, the reality is that those Apple fans have one company to thank for these long awaited changes, and it’s not their beloved Cupertinowunderkind, it’s that hated company from across the pond that does nothing but copy and mimic Apple’s brilliance: Samsung.

As painful as the truth is, there’s no question in my mind that we would not have seen Apple depart from Steve Jobs’ “perfect” form factor had it not been for the ongoing—albeit confusing—popularity of Samsung’s over-sized Galaxy Note phablet series. So in delicious twist of irony Apple, having long accused Samsung of copying its products, now finds itself in an interesting position, the mimicker instead of the mimickee.

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