Phone1Here we are, on the heals of the CTIA and once again, I’m wondering if there will be any real game changers in the weeks ahead. Usually, the biggest news breaks a week before the show and then CTIA becomes the breeding ground for speculation about the impact of recent announcements, while the show itself, becomes more of a networking event with a bunch of handset releases.

Nokia 2705So what do we have heading into CTIA? Well, there are rumors of Acer pushing hard on Android, which may not bode well for the Windows Mobile camp. There are expectations that Motorola will come back swinging with Android at the bat, with T-Mobile picking Moto’s first Android-based model, the CLIQ and having it available on November 2nd for $199. Nokia will be announcing the 6350 flip phone at the show, which was picked up by AT&T, and the 2705 Shade picked up by Verizon Wireless and announced on October 1st.Screen shot 2009-10-03 at 4.08.27 PM

Meanwhile AT&T continues to catch flack for its poor network quality, the latest from a survey by the CFI Group, picked up by CNN and spun as if Apple was hurting the AT&T brand. Isn’t it the other way around? AT&T also announced it is acquiring the security consulting business of VeriSign as it tries to broaden its enterprise mobility services footprint.

On the content side, TiVo’s free app on the BlackBerry App Store was announced, as was CBS’s Survivor app for the Palm Pre (and web site), while Akamai debuted the Akamai HD Network allowing you to watch HD video using Flash, Silverlight and iPhone protocols.

Most of the fun stuff content wise seems to be targeted at Billboard’s Mobile Entertainment Live! event the day before CTIA, and a handful of tracks later in the week, while the show itself may take on a more enterprise feel.

Lots of Android, lots of iPhone wannabe’s, lots of enterprise-speak, and who knows, maybe a little controversy. The later may come from FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski’s keynote on October 7th, now that he’s outlined his plans for net neutrality and the open Internet regulations for wireless and wireline providers. I’m sure that some of the colorful conversation on that topic will be be in full view at the Billboard event. But real changes? Hey it’s wireless in the US of A! Other than the rapid pace of innovative content, the rest of wireless tends to move a tad more slowly, but arguably a little more responsive now since the iPhone arrived.

-Randy Giusto

randygiusto@newdigitalcafe.com