Friday, 27 January 2017 17:06

The Slow Death of the Deadbeat Carriers, pt 4 Featured

Over the last 5 years, I have warned that T-Mobile would start turning up the heat in the US dead beat carrier business (see links below). I call them dead beat carriers because they relied on a virtual duopoly of cash cow cash flows and failed toi innovate. They actually allowed Silicon Value to capitalize on thier apathy, and now they are rlelgated to bg dumb utlitiy pipes in lieu of the lifeblood... the synapses of communication and commerce between all people an businesses. 

So, as US mobile carriers sat back and allowed Dropbox to dominate THEIR cloud storage opportunities, and Amazon, Microsoft and Google dominate THEIR cloud compute opportunities and Netflix dominate THEIR content delivery opportunities, what did they do? They created ways to overcharge consumers. This was easy to do because they were seeing fatter margins and didn't look at that truck called technological innovation roaring towards them.

After they're caught as deer in the headlights, what do they do? They scrambled to join in last year's opportunity. 


John Legere makes valid points, points that I made clearly years ago, reference T-Mobile Threatens Deadbeat Carriers With The Death Of The American Wireless Business Model. Now Verizon wabts to buy Yahoo for $4.8 billion after buying AOL for $4.4 Billion. Good use of their shareholder capital? Not! Don't worry, even flailing Sprint is trying to jump into the make-no-money content gaine...


In the meantime, Google is quietly building a obal sort of software abstraction layer that will make conventional mobile telephony obsolute. Before I go on, be aware that Google controls the global mobile OS, nearly all of it. It is at over 88% and still rapidly climbing,,,

This is another sea change that I predicted back in 2010, quite contrarian at the time....

These videos show how it happened, and why...

Now, how does Google's "abstraction layer" affect the deadbeat carriers? Google gives autonomy and freedom to all  your texts, phone calls, voicemails, pcitures, data (including data stored on your phone) and texts. This autonomy is available to you irrespective of the carrier you use. You can switch carriers and don't even have to bother porting your number. All of your handsets, tablets, home phones and computers can share one common cloud-driven number (for free) for what you currently pay the carriers a lot of money for. What are the carriers needed for now? Dumb broadband pipes, and that's just about it. Whose fault is that? Well don't call it Verizon Voice, now do we?

This disintermediation will simply get worse because the deadbeat carriers are chasing last years business model. At lease John Legere has a clue. Now all he needs to do is to consult me on how to add high margin, value added services that look forward, and not backwards... and it's a wrap!

What's new in Google Voice

Google Voice and Sprint

Sprint customers can now seamlessly enable Google Voice on their mobile phones without having to get a new number, or choose to display their Google Voice number when making calls from their mobile phone.

Number Porting

Take advantage of all of the features of Google Voice without changing your phone number with Number Porting.

What's been keeping us busy...

Google Voice for iPhone

Make calls from your Google Voice number, get cheap rates for international calling, send free texts to U.S. numbers, and get push notifications when you receive new voicemails and texts. Get the Google Voice iPhone app.

Call phones from Gmail

You can now call any phone in the US and Canada for free and at very low rates internationally. And if you have a Google Voice number you can also receive calls from right within Gmail. Learn more about calling in Gmail.

New Voice of Google Voice

When you call your Google Voice number to listen to voicemail messages or make a call, you'll be greeted by a new voice. Meet Kiki Baessell, the Googler behind this new voice.

Goodbye invites, hello open sign-ups!

You no longer need an invitation to sign up for Google Voice. Anyone can now sign up at

Enjoy some quiet time with Do Not Disturb

Google Voice now allows you to set your account to "Do Not Disturb" for a predetermined length of time. During that time, calls to your Google number will go straight to voicemail.

Videos of the top 10 features of Google Voice

Check out our brand spanking new YouTube channel, complete with 10 short videos that will help you get the most out of Google Voice.

Send SMS to multiple recipients

You can now send a single SMS message to up to 5 recipients. Just click SMS at the top of your inbox and start typing names or numbers. Learn more.

Extension for Google Chrome

The Google Voice Extension gives you easy access to voicemail, calling, and texting - all from a button on your browser. Plus, get notifications of new voicemails and simply click-to-call when a phone number is published on a website. If you're not using it already, install Google Chrome first.

Get Google Voicemail for your existing number

You can now use Google Voice with your existing mobile phone number. You won't get all the functionality that a Google number brings you, but you'll get Google Voicemail, low priced international calling, and several other useful features. Learn more about Google Voice Lite.

Play voicemails within Gmail

Enable the Google Voice player lab and voicemail notification emails will include an embedded player so that you can listen to messages without leaving your inbox.

Receive & reply to SMS messages by email

With SMS forwarding, you can receive text messages via email. Reply straight to those emails to save on text message fees.

Google Voice mobile app

The Google Voice app for Blackberry and Android-powered phones allows you to make outbound calls from your Google number, read transcriptions of your voicemails, make low priced international calls, and send free SMS. Learn more about Google Voice mobile apps.

Change your Google number

If you're not happy with your Google number, you can now switch to a new number for a $10 fee. Your old number will remain active for 3 months so that you have time to update everyone.

Keyboard shortcuts

Google Voice's keyboard shortcuts allow you to do common tasks (like make a call or send a text message) with just a few key strokes. Check out the full list of keyboard shortcuts.


T-Mobile Threatens Deadbeat Carriers With The Death Of The American Wireless Business Model (BoomBustBlog)... at Carriers Successfully Launched Wireless WMDs" detailed how T-Mobile will throw the gauntlet down and turn the wireless industry on its head - at great risk not just to margins but entire business mode ...Created on 07 May 20142. 

The Smallest & Liveliest Of The DeadBeat Carriers Successfully Launched Wireless WMDs (BoomBustBlog)  Bloomberg reports: T-Mobile Sales Beat Analysts’ Estimates as Subscribers Surge. So, how did BoomBustBloggers know this would occur? Well, It started last year with the article ...Created on 05 November 20133. 

As NSA Spreads Disinformation Wooing Hoi Polloi To Shun Innovation, Dead Beat Carriers Represent Biggest Security Threat (BoomBustBlog)About a month and a half ago, I penned the piece NSA's Greatest Weapon In Surveillance? Outright Ignorance In Tech Consumers. The goal was to attempt to wake up the less than conscious in ...Created on 23 October 20134.

Wireless Pricing Clues Us Into The Downfall Of Wintel And The Rise Of Google-tel? (BoomBustBlog)... numbers in your "Deadbeat Carriers Compete" blog posting. First the biggest flaw is that the $70 T-Mobile plan does NOT include unlimited hot spot service. It only includes 500mb of hot spot service. Yo ...Created on 06 June 20135. 

Death Of The Deadbeat Carrier, part 3 - Home Internet Access Unplugged! (BoomBustBlog)... nd the T-Mobile US Inc., TMUS -2.05% although Verizon Wireless and AT&T have the most extensive networks at the highest speeds. This simply isn't true, and I demonstrated  ...Created on 03 June 20136. 

Deadbeat Carriers Compete, aka #MarginCompression!!! (BoomBustBlog)... on. As states in yesterday's post, T-Mobile's subway experience delivers Verizon FiOS speeds via LTE. Well, T-Mobile must have read that post for they turned LTE on in Brooklyn and that's what I'm using ...Created on 24 May 20137. 

Deadbeat Carrier Creative Destruction In The Ongoing Mobile Computing Wars (BoomBustBlog) I have personally tested the T-Mobile LTE service in a NYC subway (the 42nd street station) using what is currently the best (big brand) mobile handset available, the LG Optimus G Pro. ...Created on 23 May 20138. 

A New Sheriff (Make That Business Model) Is Coming to Town For US Wireless Carriers, And He Won't Look Pretty! (BoomBustBlog)...  on education. You'll see where I'm coming from once you get to the long graphic below... T-Mobile has had a serious problem competing with the big boys of US wireless carriers. They are the only one  ...Created on 10 January 20139. 

US Celllular Carriers Are At Risk Of Being Marginalized Into Nothingness Unless They Learn To Think Outside The Box... Yesterday (BoomBustBlog)... d it not only to its customers but to Verizon, AT&T and T-mobile customers as well. Making money from all angles, again with that viral marketing slant. Follow me:  ...Created on 30 April 2012

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