Verizon Wireless and AT&T are facing off against Visa and Bank of America for supremacy in the mobile-payment sector, but industry analysts warn that such grand alliances often encounter unforeseen roadblocks.
CTIA-The Wireless Association® said a recent Government Accountability Office report shines a positive light on the state of competition among wireless carriers. "[T]oday's GAO report confirms what we've been saying for a long time," CTIA President and CEO Steve Largent said in a statement. The GAO, Congress' accounting arm, said that four carriers make up 90% of the market and that, despite industry consolidation, prices have been halved and coverage improved since 1999.
Women are using their mobile phones to browse the Web in greater numbers, according to an Opera Software survey that found their growth rates are outpacing those of their male counterparts. Opera said the number of female Mini Opera browser users has increased nearly sevenfold since 2008, more than twice the adoption rate of men.
Intuit and Mophie will introduce to Apple retail outlets this month a mobile-payment solution that allows the reading of customers' credit cards via an iPhone accessory called the Complete Credit Card Solution.
Verizon Wireless has added support for Adobe Flash software with its Android 2.2 upgrade for Motorola's Droid, the carrier said, and there are reports Verizon Wireless will also bring the Froyo update to its Droid Incredible smartphone. The carrier said the upgrade will also enhance security, but it provided no other details.