Digital Zone 292: The Uncarrier

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In this edition of the Digital Zone, we talked about:

  • The Uncarrier
  • Amazon Prime hits prime time
  • Amazon steps up, #UPSFail
  • iPhone 6 in May?
  • Digital assistants
  • An erasable internet
  • Christmas shopping: iOS or Android devices

Press the ‘PLAY’ button to listen to Digital Zone 292: The Uncarrier

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If you’re looking to buy or sell a house in Utah, please call or text me (Patrick Wiscombe) at (801) 874-7717.
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Amazon said they added more than one million new Amazon Prime members in the third week of December alone as shoppers rushed to finish their Christmas shopping. Amazon said it had to limit new Prime signups during peak periods to ensure existing members were not affected by the surge. Amazon offered the free 30-day trial of the service, which users can cancel at any time to avoid paying beyond the free trial, so it’s likely that at least some of those 1 million new members intend to cancel now that Christmas is over. In the US it costs $79 per year. In total, Amazon said it shipped enough items using its Prime service this holiday to deliver at least one gift to every household in America. Amazon said that the holiday period overall had been its most successful ever, and that on Cyber Monday 426 items were ordered every second, making a total of 36.8 million orders. More than half of all customers carried out their shopping from a mobile. In a related story, Amazon will give you a $20 gift card if UPS or FedEx failed to deliver your package by Christmas, The Wall Street Journal reports. An Amazon spokesperson said customers are eligible for the $20 credit if their order was fulfilled in time but couldn’t be delivered by Christmas day. The credit should automatically appear on your account. Amazon will also refund shipping charges for the delayed orders.

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YOUR CALL TO ACTION
If you’re looking to buy or sell a house in Utah, please call or text me (Patrick Wiscombe) at (801) 874-7717.
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People were more likely to use an iOS device over an Android device to shop online this holiday season . While the majority of online shopping took place on traditional computers, 48% of shopping traffic came from mobile devices, up 28.3% from last year, according to IBM. As a percentage of total online sales, iOS was more than five times higher than Android, driving 23 percent vs. 4.6 percent for Android. On average, iOS users spent $93.94 per order, nearly twice that of Android users, who spent $48.10 per order. iOS also led as a component of overall traffic with 32.6 percent vs. 14.8 percent for Android. IBM also found that while smartphones are more popular when it comes to finding gifts, tablets actually drive more purchases. While phones we’re responsible for 28.5% of shopping traffic compared to 18.1% for tablets, tablets saw 19.4% of sales, with smartphones accounting for just 9.3%. Tablet users also spent a bit more, with each tablet order averaging about $95.61 per order, compared to $85.11 per order for smartphone users.

Unnamed sources tell Reuters that Sprint is already in talks to buy a majority stake T-Mobile US from Deutsche Telekom for $20 billion. In a related story, T-Mobile is about to announce an initiative that would pay off subscribers’ early termination fees if they switch from a rival carrier to T-Mobile. Specifically the source said that the company is planning “a project codenamed ‘Houdini’ which will give switchers up to $350 in credit when they switch to TMO” with a particular emphasis placed “on families switching up to 5 lines regardless of contract end dates.”

Digitimes‘ supply chain sources claim that Apple is “rumored to be planning a larger size iPhone for May 2014, using a 20nm processor.

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YOUR CALL TO ACTION
If you’re looking to buy or sell a house in Utah, please call or text me (Patrick Wiscombe) at (801) 874-7717.
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