News Scan: Carriers target enterprises with VoLTE; Will Obama do the Droid?; more
>> Carriers target enterprises with VoLTE services
Carriers are targeting enterprises with their voice-over-LTE services, expected to be launched this year, according to a report by Gigaom. That is the view of Scott Hoffpauir, Broadsoft's chief technology officer. "Consumer VoLTE is viewed by most carriers as a replacement for regular voice services….On the business side, carriers are looking at business services, which is where they can see top-line growth," says Hoffpauir in an interview with Gigaom. Read more on VoLTE services.
>> White House tests Samsung, LG phones
The White House, a BlackBerry shop holdout, has begun testing Android phones from Samsung and LG for internal use, according to a source consulted by The Wall Street Journal. The phones are being tested by the White House's internal tech team and the White House Communications Agency, the report notes. While the tests are in the early stages, implementation of Samsung and LG phones could start in a few months. Read more White House Android plans.
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>> End of mobile paid search bargains is nigh
The era of mobile paid search bargains is coming to an end, notes Mobile Marketer. "Marketers can expect a tougher time breaking through on smartphone screens unless they have big budgets or can enhance their strategies through contextual relevance, social and voice," the report notes. The cost of paid mobile search has been on the rise and this trend is expected to continue this year. Read more mobile paid search bargains.
>> BlackBerry to sell a majority of Canadian real estate holdings
Struggling mobility firm BlackBerry has agreed to sell the majority of its real estate holdings in Canada, or more than 3 million square feet of space and vacant land, according to Wireless Week. The firm intends to lease back a portion of the space and expects to close the sale in the first quarter of its 2015 fiscal year. Financial details were not disclosed. Read more BlackBerry's real estate sale.
>> Sports venues push ticket upgrades through iBeacons
Some U.S. sports venues are pushing ticket upgrades to fans in the nosebleed seats by using Apple's iBeacon technology for the iPhone, reports AppleInsider. For example, the Golden State Warriors are offering ticket upgrades to fans over their iPhones as soon as they step off the escalator at the top of Oracle Arena. Sonic Notify is the firm that is rolling out the iBeacons at Oracle Arena. Read more on mobile ticketing.