T-Mobile came by the LUCI lab and Donald Bren Hall and gave a product roadmap presentation for the campus today.
We started with some research presentations:
- André van der Hoek talked about using tablets in the classroom and meeting room for creative/design work
- Chen Li talked about intelligent mobile search
- Steve Voida talked about studying multi-tasking office work instrumented with sensors to understand how work is done throughout the week
- Alfred Kobdsa talked about studies of usability of personal navigation devices
- Karen Cheng talked about mobile technology for health with high vulnerability low resource populations.
- Bill Maurer talked about mobile finance in the developing world
Then T-Mobile, via Kimberly Back, gave us a glimpse of what T-Mobile is up to and what is coming down their product pipeline:
- They are currently owned by Deutsche Telekom
- Currently T-Mobile has deployed HSPA+ (“21Mbps theoretical” 4G) which is 6-8 Mbps down, 2Mbps up. Covers 200 million people.
- In June SoCal is getting upgraded to HSPA+ (“42Mbps theoretical” 4G) 10-12 Mbps download (on the street, not theoretical), 2Mbps upload.
- Those are just speeds from phone to the tower however…
- Traditionally telecoms use T1 connections (x6) from tower out…
- 90% of T-Mobiles have direct Ethernet out now. T-Mobile is 12-18 months ahead of AT&T. This is why AT&T wants to buy them. This is the source of the iPhone speed troubles everything after the tower…
- T-Mobile has Wi-Fi based calling for voice (not just data) using standard protocols. It creates a secure tunnel to T-Mobile data center over Wi-Fi where it is connected to normal phone network. This works internationally free of charge.
- U.S. Market share in 2010: 26% Android, 28% Apple, 25% RIM, 20% other. Android is growing much faster in new purchases, however.
- Nokia Astound is coming out with “one of the bigger banks in America” with Near-Field Communications later in the year
- 3 new Blackberries coming out, one with Near-Field communications in July.
- New 4G Mobile Hotspot came out last week that connects to the HSPA+ 21 network.
- Samsung Galaxy was the first tablet device that came out from T-Mobile with Android, but runs Android 2.2 and is falling behind.
- Dell Streak is also an existing device running Android 2.2 and is upgradeable to Android Honeycomb because it has a dual-core processor.
- A nice slide on tablet comparisons that they are going to forward to us.
- They have a tablet that records in 3-D !. Not even sure what to make of that.
- If T-Mobile doesn’t carry it and it takes a SIM card, they can get it through Business Partner Sales.