T-Mobile VP sounds off on Carrier IQ, AT&T, BlackBerry, iPhone, and eGov (exclusive interview)

T-Mobile VP sounds off on Carrier IQ, AT&T, BlackBerry, iPhone, and eGov (exclusive interview)

Summary: In this video, a T-Mobile VP gives us an exclusive look into the strategic thinking of a major mobile carrier.

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This has been a wild few weeks for mobile communications carriers. First, there was a planned merger between AT&T and T-Mobile, only to have some severe pushback from the FCC. Then, the inter-waves exploded with news that most mobile devices were shipped by the carriers, complete with a piece of software the blab-o-sphere claimed spied on not only your every move, but your every keystroke.

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Into this maelstrom of activity comes the very intrepid and very good-natured Frank Sickinger, Vice President, B2B, MNC and Federal Government Sales at T-Mobile USA. Well before all this chaos hit, Frank and I had planned to sit down for an in-depth discussion about government communications and mobile security.

I gotta hand it to the man. Even after all heck hit the fan, and even after I made it clear I was going to dig hard into these hot-button topics, Frank was man enough to show up and join me on camera. Even more impressive was both how open and how friendly the discussion was.

Frank was also a very good sport, not only for diving into Carrier IQ and AT&T, but weighing in on his perception of the future of BlackBerry, and even whether or not T-Mobile wants to be in the iPhone business. And yes, we did manage to talk about government communications, as well.

This is a fascinating interview and it's not to be missed.

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Topics: AT&T, Banking, Government, Government US, iPhone, Mobility, BlackBerry, Security

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David Gewirtz, Distinguished Lecturer at CBS Interactive, is an author, U.S. policy advisor, and computer scientist. He is featured in the History Channel special The President's Book of Secrets and is a member of the National Press Club.

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  • RE: T-Mobile VP sounds off on Carrier IQ, AT&T, BlackBerry, iPhone, and eGov (exclusive interview)

    David: The one question that I would have liked to ask him is the following. Considering the enormous requirements in content production, especially graphics and media what does this space look like for mobile. Sickinger states that laptops and desktops will, "go away". As an Artist, I would like some feel for what will replace them in this arena. Tablets are still another form factor laptop so is he excluding them from his prediction? Perhaps this would make a good article for your column. Thanks!
    toodevastate
  • RE: T-Mobile VP sounds off on Carrier IQ, AT&T, BlackBerry, iPhone, and eGov (exclusive interview)

    Gee Wally thats dumb. And I feel so home warm and fuzzy. And I still want that Carrier IQ crap off my phone.
    CrowdedCranium
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