Glenn Lurie, the executive who led AT&T Inc‘s negotiations with Apple Inc for its exclusive U.S. iPhone deal, will now work on introducing wireless links in devices other than mobile phones.
AT&T, the biggest U.S. mobile service, said Lurie would head a new organization in the company to help promote the inclusion of cellular links in everything from computers and digital cameras to car-navigation and entertainment systems.
The initiative follows moves earlier this year by No. 2 U.S. mobile service Verizon Wireless … to allow any third-party device to work on its network.
Is this a surprise? Not really, but I’m definitely interested to see where it leads. Reliable, widely available wireless communication truly is one of the greatest advances of recent years. At the same time, the privacy concerns surrounding cellular service are considerable, and the more devices go cellular, the bigger of a problem these concerns pose. But I really do think wireless (RF and others in addition to cell) is going to be a huge part of our future.