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Sybase To Launch Secure Mobile IM And Presence For The Enterprise
Commentary  |  2/28/2007
Sybase subsidiary iAnywhere today announced a solution that will add secure mobile instant messaging (IM) and presence to its Information Anywhere mobile e-mail platform. IAnywhere's new mobile IM system will ship by the second quarter and will also be available as a standalone offering. Get ready for some mobile IM on your BlackBerry.
Spectrum, Here! Get Yer Spectrum, Heeeere!
Commentary  |  2/28/2007
According to an analyst over at Pyramid Research, 3G spectrum has been highly overpriced, while
T-Mobile, Nokia Launch New Music-Themed Cell Phone, Yo
Commentary  |  2/28/2007
Last night at the midtown Manhattan club Arena, T-Mobile hosted members of the tech press, socialites and other sparkling members of NYC's digerati to an ear-shattering launch party for its newest handset. The Teddybears and Twista were in da house. Oh, and so was the Nokia 5300.
Google Holds Two-Day Government Sales Fest In Washington
Commentary  |  2/28/2007
According to The Washington Post, Google this week held a two-day-long pitch fest with nearly 200 federal contractors, engineers, agency employees, and military members eager to learn more about its products. Google has beefed up its sales operations in the Washington, D.C., area in the last year in hopes of capturing more business from military, intelligence, and civil agencies. Several gov
AOL May Buy Mobile Advertising Firm Third Screen Media
Commentary  |  2/27/2007
According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, AOL is in talks to buy mobile phone advertising provider Third Screen Media. Does that mean mobile advertising is about to take off?
Wireless Apps Galore At New York Mobile Monday
Commentary  |  2/27/2007
Last night I had the pleasure of attending Demo Night at the monthly meeting of the New York City chapter of Mobile Monday (or MoMo for those of you in the know). Mobile Monday is an informal social club of mobile enthusiasts -- everyone from industry insiders to developers to aspiring entrepreneurs to mobile geeks -- who meet once a month to talk about all t
Verizon Wireless to Launch Mobile TV Service March 1
Commentary  |  2/27/2007
Some keen-eyed spies have found coverage maps and other information on Verizon Wireless's Web site that confirm a March 1 launch for its V CAST Mobile TV service. Too bad most major markets are left off first round of cities
Cingular and Motorola Offer Gold RAZR
Commentary  |  2/27/2007
While the new gold color sure is purty and would tempt Bond villain Auric Goldfinger himself (and probably Lindsay Lohan), Motorola and its carrier partners should be working on new, innovative handsets and stop with the endless parade of facelifts to a has-
DoCoMo And McDonald's To Allow Mobile Payments For Big Macs
Commentary  |  2/26/2007
Japan's leading wireless carrier, NTT DoCoMo, signed a deal with fast food company McDonald's that will let DoCoMo subscribers buy food at the restaurant chain by using their mobile phones. Do you want fries with that mobile payment?
One Third Of Americans On The Web Have Used Wireless Internet
Commentary  |  2/26/2007
According to a new poll from the Pew Internet Project, one-third of U.S. Internet users have connected to the Web using a wireless network. The survey found that 20% of U.S. Internet users now have wireless networks in their homes. Just more signposts that wireless data, and not just voice, is going mainstream.
Motion Computing Intros New Tablet For Health Care
Commentary  |  2/26/2007
The new Microsoft Windows Vista-based C5 Tablet PC for health care workers from Motion Computing is the epitome of mobile computing. It even has a handle to help docs and nurses on the go carry it around. Its bevy of wireless features is missing one spicy ingredient, though.
Rest In Peace, BenQ Mobile
Commentary  |  2/26/2007
The former Siemens mobile phone division, once one of the top global makers of handsets, has completely and utterly imploded. All its remaining employees will need to look for other employment and its assets will be sold off in pieces to appease creditors, to which it owes $1.16 billion.
With Google Apps Premier Edition, Who Needs Microsoft?
Commentary  |  2/23/2007
The software-as-a-service notion took a big step forward today with Google's announcement of its online productivity software. Such hosted solutions--available anywhere there's an Internet connection--are exactly what the mobile enterprise needs.
Smartphone Users Have Longer Workdays, Make More Money, And Want More Time Off
Commentary  |  2/23/2007
According to new findings from researcher Digital Life America, smartphone users work longer and earn more money than those who don't use such devices. The study found that 19% of smartphone users work more than 50 hours a week and that their average household income is $94,000 a year, roughly 50% higher than the U.S. national average.
Study: iPhone Too Darned Expensive
Commentary  |  2/23/2007
The results of an online survey conducted by market research firm Compete show that only 1% of people interested in the iPhone would pony up $500 for it. Drop the price, though, and 60% of respondents said they'd leave their current wireless carriers to get it.
The Top Five Reasons BlackBerry Is Still The King Of Mobile E-Mail
Commentary  |  2/23/2007
Everyone from Microsoft to Nokia has tried to kill Research In Motion's BlackBerry smartphone platform. But after almost four years of nonstop effort, BlackBerry is still on top. Not even a massive lawsuit from holding company NTP managed to slow down BlackBerry in the eyes of the business world. In fact, since then, BlackBerry has expanded beyond t
What Happened To YouTube's Copyright Filter Initiative?
Commentary  |  2/23/2007
After almost four months of nonstop talk, it appears that YouTube has licensed copyright filtering technology from AudibleMagic. The San Jose Mercury News reports that Google will soon unveil the filtering technology as its solution to problems with copyrighted material. So, what happened to Google's internal efforts on filtering?
Three Easy Ways To Make Sure Your Smartphone Survives The Daylight-Saving Transition
Commentary  |  2/22/2007
Everyone is aware that in the U.S. daylight-saving time is coming three weeks earlier this year, on March 11. But did you know your smartphone applications and operating system could be affected by the daylight-saving time bug, just as easily as desktop software programs? Here are some suggestions to keep things running smoothly.
Blogger Rails Against Nokia, Suggests It Pull Out Of U.S. Market
Commentary  |  2/22/2007
Ricky Cadden has many valid points in his explosive rant against Nokia and its lack of cool 3G handsets and any sort of strategy to expand in the U.S. market.
S.D. Police Department Adds Treos To Its Arsenal Of Crime-Fighting Weapons
Commentary  |  2/22/2007
Unless you regularly watch "24", the word smartphone may not be the first thought that pops into your head in connection with public safety and crime-fighting tools. The San Diego Police Department, though, is making the Treo 700w standard equipment for select officers.
No 3G Support For Centrino Santa Rosa
Commentary  |  2/22/2007
It looks like Intel has flip flopped on its earlier support for built-in 3G. Intel in September said it planned to offer support for both Wi-Fi and 3G HSDPA networks in the next-generation of the Centrino mobile notebook platform, code-named Santa Rosa. But the company has since reveresed that decision. So why no 3G?
Apple And Cisco Make Up After Brief iPhone Fight
Commentary  |  2/22/2007
Yesterday Apple and Cisco Systems agreed to end their fight over the iPhone trademark. Not only did they settle, but Apple and Cisco said they plan to work together to make sure their respective iPhone products will work together for "consumer and enterprise communication."
New Study Shows Which Wireless Network Really Has the Fewest Dropped Calls
Commentary  |  2/21/2007
Last summer saw a frenzy of advertisements from the wireless network operators, each one claiming that independent research verified that it had the fewest dropped calls, the largest network, the best network, the friendliest network, the hippest network and so on. You'll never believe who ranked first in this study.
RIM's New BlackBerry 8800 Is Available On Cingular Today. Cool, But Where's The 3G?
Commentary  |  2/21/2007
RIM has offered 3G to customers on Verizon Wireless' EV-DO high-speed network for well over a year, but even the
Can Businesses Remove Carriers From Their Mobility Efforts?
Commentary  |  2/21/2007
Let's admit it. You've thought about it before. Is it possible to remove carriers from the mobile enterprise equation? The promise of all-IP networks and better smartphones is that the role of carriers can be eliminated, or at least greatly reduced. Will this promised day ever arrive?
Voice And Mobile E-Mail Are Driving Mobile Enterprise Growth In Asia-Pacific
Commentary  |  2/21/2007
Just in case you had any doubts that mobile enterprise is back and bigger than ever, check out the latest findings from Frost & Sullivan. The researcher claims that the market for mobile enterprise services in the 12 major Asia-Pacific countries (excluding Japan) will grow from $20.68 billion in 2006 to $35.51 billion by the end of 2011. That's a compound annual growth rate of 11.4%. In other words, co
SMS Is Being Used More And More For Important Communications...Like Breaking Up And Flirting
Commentary  |  2/20/2007
Rumor has it pop disaster Britney Spears gave estranged hubby K-Fed the shove via SMS. This article goes on to describe how Singaporeans use SMS for flirting with people other than their partners. Heck, this woman even got fired via SMS. Teenagers beware, looks like
Why Hasn't Dell Enabled Its Axim Handhelds With Cellular Radios?
Commentary  |  2/20/2007
Dell, maker of PCs and more, has offered its Axim series of Pocket PC-based handhelds for years now. HP loaded cellular radios onto its iPAQ handhelds and entered the smartphone market years ago. Palm's original product was its organizer PDA. Now it's more well-k
The iPhone Has Very Little New Technology: So Why Does Apple Need 200 Patents?
Commentary  |  2/20/2007
Mike Masnick over at Techdirt picks up the old invention vs. innovation debate and how it applies to the iPhone. So, does that mean that Apple's 200 patents surrounding the iPhone are unnecessary? Or even unjustified?
Google: Mobile Phones Are The Future Of The Internet
Commentary  |  2/20/2007
The future of the Web is smaller than you think. And also much bigger, according to Google VP Vinton Cerf. Cerf, speaking in India this week, predicted that mobile phones, not PCs, are the future of the Web.
Mobile Users In Beijing Open New Year With 400 Million SMS Messages
Commentary  |  2/19/2007
Mobile customers in Beijing, China, kicked off the Chinese Lunar New Year holiday with tons of SMS text messages -- 400 million to be exact. According to numbers from the two largest carriers in the city, partying Beijingers sent roughly 5,800 text messages per second on Saturday. That's a whole lot of text messages.
Learning To Speak The Same Language Of Mobility
Commentary  |  2/19/2007
I have almost recovered from the insanity that was the 3GSM World Congress last week in Barcelona. Not only did my airline manage to lose my baggage on the flight home, I also caught a nasty case of the flu -- so much for constantly using hand sanitizer and taking large doses of Vitamin C. As I sat down to digest the week that was, I kept thinking about how differently the carrier and the enterprise IT worlds see mobility.
Palm Up for Grabs?
Commentary  |  2/16/2007
Dan Jones over at Unstrung is reporting that ailing Treo-maker Palm could be wooing suitors and that Motorola, Nokia, or a private equity firm could be potential bidders. Whoa, Nelly!
Your Employees Are Out to Get You
Commentary  |  2/16/2007
As yesterday's headlines of a massive insider security breach at DuPont make all too clear, your employees are more likely to be the ones stealing from you. And mobile technology is helping them.
Make Contingency Plans For Your Enterprise
Commentary  |  2/15/2007
Scientists estimate the chances of a catastrophic earthquake jolting Southern California in the next 30 years could be nearly 70%. An AT&T study asked L.A.'s IT execs if they were prepared for such an eventuality. Is your enterprise?
NFC Makes Strides
Commentary  |  2/15/2007
The idea of making payments with your mobile phone has its appeal, to be sure. With all sorts of trials under way, near field communications seems to be the answer for the cash-challenged.
Microsoft Shows Off New DRM Technology
Commentary  |  2/14/2007
PlayReady, Microsoft's new, broad-reaching digital rights management technology, promises to meet the needs of mobile operators and handset manufacturers for digital entertainment. It will support multiple content types in a way that's flexible for everyone as consumer interest in mobile digital media increases rapidly.
Barcelona: He De Dir Adéu!
Commentary  |  2/14/2007
Day three is winding to a close tonight as the attendees run off to the last round of parties. Before I pack up and head off, it's time for a wrap-up of this year's 3GSM World Congress.
T-Mobile Finally Jumps on The Bandwagon
Commentary  |  2/14/2007
T-Mobile (and T-Mobile USA, in particular) has been an interesting organization to watch over the last few years. At a CTIA trade show about 3 years ago, I had a T-Mobile representative tell me flat out, "We don't care about the enterprise." My, how times have changed. T-Mobile recently revealed a push email service for its enterprise customers, and this week in Barcelona announced it is going to push email to consumers, as
Warner Music CEO Warns Wireless Industry The iPhone Could Win The Mobile Music Market
Commentary  |  2/14/2007
Warner Music CEO Edgar Bronfman Jr. walked into the 3GSM World Congress today and pointed right at the pink elephant in the room: The iPhone. Bronfman warned the industry that if it cannot improve mobile music services, it could lose the market to Apple.
Who Is Afraid Of Mobile VoIP?
Commentary  |  2/14/2007
Two years ago if you asked carriers about mobile VoIP -- the use of voice-over-IP services on cell phones -- they would ignore your question. There was an unwritten rule that mobile VoIP was taboo. Carriers seemed to be afraid that VoIP would disrupt their market they way it had affected the wireline telecom world. At this year's 3GSM, the carriers are finally talking about mobile VoIP, but they seem to be in denial about its potential.
Sony Ericsson Seeks Partners For UIQ
Commentary  |  2/14/2007
Sony Ericsson President Miles Flint today at the 3GSM World Congress in Barcelona said he wants wireless carriers and other wireless companies to take an interest (and a stake) in UIQ Technology. UIQ is the Swedish company that makes the UIQ Symbian interface. Sony Ericsson acquired UIQ earlier this month.
Google, Microsoft, And Dell Are Developing A Wireless Device?
Commentary  |  2/14/2007
According to a report from Bloomberg, Google is working with Microsoft, Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Intel, and Philips to develop a prototype wireless device. The proposed device would, supposedly, use some variant of Wi-Fi. I'm not sure if this is the Google Phone or something else.
Day 3 At 3GSM: Can I Party On Your Dime?
Commentary  |  2/14/2007
We're rolling into the middle of day three here at the 3GSM World Congress in Barcelona. There are many things that make 3GSM my favorite wireless industry trade show. There is the charming Mediterranean location (the show is in Barcelona; in years past it was located on the French Riviera in Cannes). The endless glitz and glamour of big announcements. Plush booths, swag, and a more relaxed attitude than similar shows in the U.S. But, the best
Vodafone Stumbles On 1 Billion Potential Customers
Commentary  |  2/13/2007
Remember how InformationWeek reported that one of the main goals of this year's 3GSM World Congress was to bring more subscribers into the mobile fold? Well, Vodafone snagged the lion's share of potential wireless subscribers this week with its purchase of a majority stake in Hutchison Es
Hunting For Google At 3GSM
Commentary  |  2/13/2007
Be very, very quiet. We're hunting for Google at 3GSM. I have to admit, I am a little disappointed with Google at this year's show. Last year, they wowed the crowds with customer deals and announcements (I had to follow the news then online, since I wasn't here for the 2006 show). And for the last six months, they've been talking about wireless almost non-stop. So where is the Google news at 3GSM?
Adobe Adds Video Support To Flash Lite
Commentary  |  2/13/2007
Don't like browsing the Web on your mobile device because you can't stand missing all the video content that doesn't work on mobile phones? Adobe is looking to change that with a new and improved version of its Flash Lite product.
Symbian Is Ready For The Enterprise
Commentary  |  2/13/2007
Mobile software company Symbian today at 3GSM reported revenues of $87.85 million in the fourth quarter of 2006, up from 30 percent a year ago. Symbian also shipped 51.7 million units last year, making Symbian the global mobile OS market leader with 70 percent share. So, why isn't your company using Symbian-powered mobile devices?
Gimme My Push E-Mail
Commentary  |  2/13/2007
According to a new survey from mobile e-mail vendor Visto, up to 70% of mobile professionals could use mobile e-mail by the end of this year. Is that possible?
Mobile Enterprise Is Back, Thanks To Push E-Mail And Smartphones
Commentary  |  2/13/2007
One of the big stories here at 3GSM is the return of the mobile enterprise as an industry-wide priority. I have seen more mobile enterprise devices and services at this show than at any wireless show since 2002.
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