Christopher Collins

Blackberry 10, Windows Mobile, and the Race for Third

Earlier this year BlackBerry announced its BlackBerry 10 operating system and the Q10 and Z10 smartphones. These new BB10 phones came on the heels of Microsoft’s Windows Phone launch in early 2012, and the subsequent release the Windows Phone – powered Lumia smartphone lineup from Nokia. These phones – and the operating systems that powered them – were seen as critical, last-ditch efforts by Blackberry and Microsoft to stay relevant in a smartphone market that is becoming increasingly dominated by top players.

Yes – Apple will sell a lot of iPhones – Here’s Why

Image from: iPhone 5 / Apple.com Yesterday Apple unveiled the iPhone 5 to predictably strong reviews and aggressive sales forecasts. With a bigger screen, faster processor, thinner profile, LTE connectivity and more, the iPhone 5 looks to be a better version of what is already the world’s most popular smartphone. What you already know is that most forecasters are predicting huge sales. We agree. But what you don’t know is

Live From CTIA: Operators Look to Respond to Challenging Market Dynamics with New Sources of Differentiation & Aggressive Posturing

Image from: Wireless and Mobile News This week carriers, OEMs and wireless ecosystem participants of all shapes and sizes descended on New Orleans for the annual CTIA show. And in a nice quirk of timing – aided by the show’s smart decision to move the show dates back a month and a half – CTIA coincided with the last of the big 4 carriers reporting Q1 earnings. After looking at

Live From CES: Windows Phones Step Up to the Plate

Image from: iofoto / Shutterstock Once again most of the free world has descended on Las Vegas to check out the latest from technology companies big and small at the annual Consumer Electronics Show. And once again, Compete is here to help those companies understand how consumers use digital tools to research, select and buy all those great gadgets. The show officially kicked off this morning and already some key

Think Different: The Decade of Apple

Last week Compete hosted a webinar entitled Think Different: The Decade of Apple. The original iPod was launched 10 years ago this month, and in the past ten years Apple has demonstrated extraordinary product innovation and marketing mastery. Since a lot of people talk about Apple’s product innovation, Chris Collins, Director of Technology and Entertainment, thought it would be fun to look at Apple’s strength as a consumer marketer –

What the New iPhone 4S Means for Sprint

Finally. After weeks of speculation and online searching the world finally knows all about the new iPhone 5 4S. We know it has an A5 chip, providing an experience that will be seven times faster than the current iPhone 4. We know it has dual GSM & CDMA radios to enable global roaming. We know that the 8 megapixel camera is way better than preceding iPhone cameras, with the ability

The Biggest Winner from Google/Motorola Is… Microsoft?

Two years ago I facilitated a competitive brainstorming session for a leading pre-paid wireless service provider, with the goal of identifying the threats to incumbent brands. One of the ideas we discussed – but dismissed as too far-fetched – was Google becoming a disruptive provider of free wireless services. Not just free software, but free everything: hardware, software, apps and connectivity – the entire value chain.  After all, if Google

Spring Cleaning: The Flip, 3D Video, CTIA Wrap-Up and More

The Boston Marathon raced past our office last week, a sure sign that spring is upon us. So in the spirit of spring cleaning, a few observations on the world of wireless and consumer electronics that I wanted to dust off and share: The Death of the Flip. As the proud owner of not one, but two Flip video cameras, I was saddened by the news that Cisco is shutting

Live from CTIA: Even Mickey is Talking About the AT&T – T-Mobile Deal

As late as last week, I was on record that my expectations for the spring CTIA show were ‘modest,’ due to the low probability of any big industry announcements. Well, CTIA began today, but thanks to the announcement of AT&T’s $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile from Deutsche Telekom it looks like I’ll be eating those words. The AT&T-T-Mobile deal was clearly the talk of Orlando today, with everyone asking, what

CES Round-up: How the Biggest Announcement was the one Verizon Wireless Didn’t Make

Verizon Wireless certainly wasn’t silent at last week’s Consumer Electronics Show, unveiling a broad portfolio of new 4G devices and proudly proclaiming the superiority of its LTE strategy to the 4G alternatives from AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile. But Verizon Wireless’ biggest and brashest announcement was the one the company didn’t make: that, after years of speculation, there would finally be a VZW iPhone. The silence last week on this matter was at the

Live from CES: Fear and Loathing (Of Giant 3D Fish) in Las Vegas

The Consumer Electronics Show – the ginormous CE tradeshow held in the desert every January – is really hard on the feet. So when I spied some comfy looking couches in the Sony booth, I decided to take a load off. Sony is one of the biggest exhibitors at the show, and since one of the biggest stories at CES this year is 3DTV, I shouldn’t have been surprised by