Questions – Week 8

The last set!

  1. Adam (does not integrate readings)
    • How have features influenced your cell phone purchasing decisions?
    • GPS is enabled in all new cell phones whether you know it or not. How could this weaken your civil liberties?
    • Cable companies and wireless communications seems like an odd match, but Christensen offers one way they can break into the teleco industry. What other strategies could cable companies use to enter the market?
  2. Adri
    • How would mobile technology diffusion change if the infrastructure (access) became part of the commons?
    • What pricing structures (i.e. paying for the amount of data vs. paying for the access) do you think can accelerate adoption of smart phones in the U.S. while still benefiting telecommunication companies?
    • What impacts may the emerging “mobile VOIP” technology have to existing hardware and mobile phone plans?
  3. Amy
    • Five years from now, when data plan packages for your cell phone are as cheap as voice-only packages are today, how do you envision using your cell phone for more than just point-to-point voice transmission? What services and features are currently missing from your cell phone voice and its data service today that you expect to see in the near future, and what consumer need do these services provide to you, and why are they important?
    • Christensen pointed out that cable has an easier vantage point in supporting video services and introducing new video services. What services can traditional residential phone line businesses, who also offer data lines (such as Verizon), do to surpass cable companies’ vantage point, and how would these actions be beneifical to consumers?
    • A common theme in Christensen’s analysis is quality versus convenience. How do you expect a more capable cell phone-turned-portable PC and entertainment device to be integrated into a person’s home in the future? Do you expect that consumers will have so much power in their portable device, that they may disconnect their data lines into their houses? Discuss how your all-in-one phone/portable PC/internet/entertainment device will fit into your everyday computing experiences, at home and at the office.
  4. Annie
    • Monopolies and government aside, what other disruptions do you foresee to impact the telecommunications and online industry? Is it positive or negative?
    • What is your take on the value chain evolution theory and its relation to bundle packages?
    • Do you think it is better for telecommunication companies to provide specialized products and services? Why or why not?
  5. Bonnie (NP)
  6. Brian
    • What current developments am I missing which could severely disrupt the telecommunication’s industry?
    • What changes to the telecommunication’s industry are necessary in order to implement free WiFi in urban areas?
    • How do I develop a technology to transmit data without a physical infrastructure owned by a telecommunications conglomerate? Is there already technology, other than snail mail, that can transmit data independent of the telecommunication’s infrastructure?
  7. Carie
    • What benefits and detriments do the telecos face because they own the networks?
    • What other avenues are open to the telecos, besides co-option?
    • Based on the past, how has government involvement helped or harmed the teleco industry? How likely is it to happen again?
  8. Chris C (NP)
  9. Chris E
    • What do telecom companies need to do in order to fight back against entrants in the VOIP and mobile technology markets?
    • Do you wish your smartphone had more universal connectivity? Does the amount of connectivity it has now suit your needs, or do you sometimes wish it had more universal applications? [Closed]
    • Christensen considers IM a disruptive platform. How have telecom companies harnessed this power? In what ways can it be used to enhance their products?
  10. Corey
    • How does the telco marketing in Europe and Japan compare to the US in terms of the new technologies Christensen discussed?
    • How does net neutrality become an issue in furthering the quality of VoIP communication?
    • What is the probability of the government creating policy around WiFi? If there is regulation in this arena, what will this do to the technology and/or industry?
  11. Garrett
    • How has wireless technology effected you?
    • Is there a company that you see as being in danger of “dying from a thousand cuts” from new market entrants? [Closed]
    • How many companies do you employ so that you can be enabled to communicate? [Closed]
  12. John (NQ)
  13. Jody
    • What benefits do cable companies derive by being in the telephony business?
    • What has transpired in the wireless industry since the book was written?
    • Which of the technologies discussed in the chapter do you see as having the most growth potential and prospects for longevity?
    • What technological innovations do we foresee coming on the scene over the next few years?
  14. Katie
    • If you don’t have an iPhone, why not? What barriers to adoption to you experience with this new technology?
    • What do you think the public sentiment is toward large telecommunications networks such as AT&T, Qwest and SBC? How will that impact their success or failure in as we see VoIP, cable, wireless and instant messaging move into their business landscape?
    • We all subscribe to some form of telecommunications network service. What do you think they need to start providing in order to stay afloat?
  15. Keichii (NP)
  16. Kirk
    • How will the smart-phone disrupt the laptop and pda markets?
    • How can WiFi be provided as a public utility? And if it is will it be regulated?
    • How long until hackers find vulnerabilities in our smart-phone systems and further compromise privacy and financial security? Will this dampen adoption?
  17. Mark
    • How will disruptive technologies force incumbent companies, such as Qwest, Verizon, and AT&T, in the telecommunications industry to adopt newer technologies such as VOIP or wireless at rates faster than they would otherwise consider?
    • How will text messaging technology change the telecommunications industry over the foreseeable future?
    • What part will GPS play in the new smart phone?
  18. Maury (summary of reading, not reflection)
    • What can we learn from NTT DoMoCo’s success?
    • Why hasn’t VoIP exploded to take over telecommunications?
    • How could other 3G wireless companies mimic NTT DoMoCo’s results without mimicking their, relatively simple, approach?
  19. Michelle (NP)
  20. Nate
    • What factors are keeping Microsoft from becoming a player in the telecom market?
    • Why are we (U.S.) lagging behind the rest of the world in mobile technology?
    • Where do we stand in terms of embracing WiFi compared with other countries?
  21. Sarah F
    • What are the benefits of having a world where nearly everyone is connected?
    • What are the adverse consequences of an almost universally connected world?
    • What do you think the impact of WiMAX will be?
  22. Sarah L
    • As cell phone plans become cheaper, what will happen to the “home” phone?
    • Because most cell phones include free long distance, how can traditional “home” phone long distance companies change their services to entice customers to stay with them?
    • As WiFi smart phones become more readily available, what will happen to cell phone companies’ data service prices?
  23. Tharaa
    • How does the wireless value chain function for media industry?
    • What are the new business models and technology enablers that will accelerate adoption of wireless media content?
    • How media companies and wireless carriers differ nowadays in terms of priority initiatives and quality?
  24. Yen-Ching
    • How will the smart-phone perform its functions in the future? Why is it the next online media?
    • Please provide your personal experiences of using the internet and add-value services on cell phone? When did you use it and why did you use it?
    • What will people want to transport after we can transport text, sounds and images?
  25. Yi-Jen
    • What is the limitation of the future telecom?
    • Do you think smart phone will replace laptop in the future? Why? Why not?
    • Does telecommunication make our lives easier or more complicated?
  26. Yu-Lan
    • What makes you use IM instead of telephones?
    • What are the concerns of enterprise IM?
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