There was no shortage of activity this week in the Fixed Mobile Convergence (News - Alert) space, so let us run down the biggest headlines in our regular Week in Review.
CTIA-The Wireless Association released details of its four-step safety plan, which is designed to protect consumers when it comes to smartphone and data theft. Each step will continuously evolve as new wireless products are introduced to the market. Wireless providers are being asked to implement smartphone identifying numbers to prevent stolen equipment.
After overcoming political instability and logistical infrastructure, the Afghan Wireless Communication Company celebrated a decade of providing mobile service to the country. In 2002, the Afghan people were unable to possess phones of any kind, often waiting hours in lines to make a call. Today, Afghanistan boasts of its establishment of a modern telecommunications industry and service structure.
Mobile providers in the United States also have reason to celebrate. A new study found that regional and smaller operators are making profits as the sales of smartphones surge. Sales for companies such as MetroPCS, Lea and U.S. Cellular are expected to exceed in growth over their tier 1 counterparts, such as T-Mobile and Sprint (News - Alert).
Speaking of T-Mobile, mobile security solutions provider Lookout Inc. is now offering a new feature to T-Mobile Android (News - Alert) users. The new feature is called “Scream Tones” and it can be used to locate lost devices after a user has pinpointed the smartphone or tablet on Google (News - Alert) Maps. When activated, a loud, audible alert will aide in helping the owner locate the missing device. An updated version of the mobile app with the new feature is available in the Google Play store.
Opera introduced a new privacy-friendly App-Tribute solution for mobile publishers and advertisers, allowing them to use marketing and analytics data without unique device identifiers. Opera says the solution works within all ad formats and is availble on both iOS and Android devices.
Finally, Radioshack issued a press release saying that the company's “America Mobile Makeover Month” intiative was a success, saving consumers an estimated $1 million. The program allowed consumers to bring in their used, outdated or simply unwanted technology products and accessories in exchange for new offerings. Store credit ranged from $30 to $300 and was applied to a new phone purchase, so long as the customer traded in their old device.