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posted in June 2007
A report from ABI Research says that more work and important communications takes place indoors rather than out, and that propels the need for better wireless coverage inside.
First rumored a couple of weeks ago, it turns out that AT&T has indeed enhanced its EDGE network for faster speeds. Yesterday, on iPhone eve, users of AT&T's EDGE network Post a Comment
Apple CEO Steve Jobs was so happy to show off the fact that the iPhone's browser lets users experience the "real" Internet that he forgot one important fact: The "real" Internet requires speed. As early reviews of the iPhone are pointing out in hordes, speed is one thing the iPhone doesn't have over AT&T's EDGE network<
For companies or individuals interested in developing for Nokia phones that don't necessarily have the resources to join Forum Nokia, a new opportunity has arisen. Today Nokia announced its Launchpad mobile software developer offering for the closet developer in everyone.
Today marks the official national launch of T-Mobile's HotSpot @Home service, whereby subscribers can use their cell phones to roam between cellular and Wi-Fi networks for calls. Just who is this service for, and is it worth the $19.99 per month?
Sprint is launching a new marketing campaign, and it is all about speed. Conspicuously absent? Any real references to Nextel, which Sprint paid big bucks to merge with a couple of years ago. Does this spell the end of Nextel?
If you believe a new study from Samsung, women use cell phones for more than just security reasons. Young women are super savvy at using all the facets of a mobile phone to enhance their lives. When women want to flirt, they'll send a text message. When they need to avoid a stalker, they will fake technical difficulties. And more than a handful said they wouldn't date a man who had a big, bulky cell phone. I guess size matters in more ways than one.
If you've been hankering for a hunk of hot Apple gadget love on Friday, but were waiting to find out just how much the service plan for the Apple iPhone will cost before committing, there is good news. Voice and data plans for the iPhone start at the reasonable price
On the heels of last week's news that Nokia is selling its E and N series devices through Dell's Web site, today Nokia made its enterprise phones much more widely available. Nokia is partnering with a number of distribution channels to push its Wi-Fi-enabled E61i and E65 to business users. But this tactic won't affect iPhone sales come Friday.
It looks like 802.11n Draft 2.0 products are yet another step closer to being officially recognized by the Wi-Fi Alliance. The WFA has begun the certification process to test 802.11n products, and expects to slap its nifty new logo on Draft 2.0 equipment in time for it hit store shelves later this summer.
OK, it's official. You can tell mobile phones have become embedded in the very fabric of our existence when not even the jingle jangle of cold, hard cash will pry them from our hands. Carphone Warehouse's Mobile Life survey confirms this and a few other interesting tidbits about the importance of mobile phones.
Last minute happenings at BREW include Javaground's announcement that its application allows developers to port Java into BREW and the ITC's spoil-sport ruling that it will not stay the ban it levied against Qualcomm.
One thing there is no shortage of at the BREW conference in San Diego is GPS and LBS offerings. Meet six companies who want to make sure you never have to rely on a gas station attendant fo
While Qualcomm is not exactly trying to be a matchmaker like your Aunt Tilly, it hopes the new BREW Client 4-Series developer tools will help hardware manufacturers and developers work together better. The end goal? Cooler stuff for mobile phones that is easier to make and costs less.
The study about mobile WiMax, which was conducted by Motorola, found that 49% of respondents said they would use it to surf the Internet or read email. On top of that, 45% of enterprise users would use it for work-related purposes. But just how important is the ubiquity of wireless coverage?
In the first of what is sure to be a flurry of news from the BREW conference in San Diego this week, Qualcomm has announced its BREW BrandXtend Signature Solution. The offering is aimed at brands looking to make their products available to mobile users both on- and off-deck. Will companies take a sip of this new brew?
Unlike the regular Web browsers (you know, IE, Firefox, Safari), mobile Web browsers aren't really in a pitched "war" for market share. I say it's high time they had a war of their very own, though, and Opera is firing the first shot with its newly revised Mini 4 Web browser. Does Opera sing high notes, or fall flat?
This isn't quite the line of thinking people had in mind a few months ago when tossing around the idea of Dell entering the smartphone business. Dell's small business Web site is now selling unlocked E and N series Nokia phones. If you a
In a bid to remain competitive with other mobile portals, Microsoft launched its new MSN Mobile portal to make it easier for people to find the information they want or need. I took a quick look at it on my phone and it offers similar functionality as the other mobile portals offered by Google, Yahoo, and Ask. Is Microsoft breaking any new ground here?
Apple made some more info about the iPhone public today and the news is encouraging. Apple has upgraded the touchscreen to a scratch-resistant glass surface, and the battery will provide up to 8 hours of talk time. That's much better than the Post a Comment
At the Wireless Communications Association conference this week, AT&T VP of government solutions for mobility Chris Hill said that AT&T is probably going to pick Long Term Evolution, or LTE, for its next-generation, high-speed network technology. Is WiMax out of the picture for AT&T, and how will enterprise users be affected?
Current Analysis analyst Avi Greengart wrote on Monday that Apple is having a tough time finding a network operator partner to carry the iPhone in Europe. The reason? Apple's outrageous demands and insistence on absolute control over the iPhone. The net result might force Apple to adopt a retail distribution model if it hopes to
Yes, you read that correctly. A cell phone from Hummer, the ultra-SUV brand, is about to hit the market. It comes in the same garish yellow that's probably blinded you when one of the trucks roars past on the highway. It is lacking the most important feature, however: A rugged form factor. That means it is no good for field force workers.
If you're really interested in picking up an iPhone on the 29th, be prepared for long waits and possible disappointment. The iPhone won't go on sale until 6 p.m. local time, and lines will likely start forming early (like, Oh-Dark-Thirty early). Not only that, but a supply chain expert expects shortages to leave some empty-handed for up to eight weeks.
If you registered with Apple or AT&T to "find out more" about the iPhone, you likely received the mass e-mail that includes a number of steps to take to prepare for the iPhone's arrival on June 29. Perhaps the most interesting is tha
Okay, that may not be the sexiest rallying cry ever uttered, but In-Stat insists that the early adopter crowd in the U.S. wants Wi-Fi on board whatever device replaces their current phone. The impetus behind the demand? Techies want to be able to take advantage of VoIP services. Do businesses fall into that
Business users looking to add some sexy swag to their briefcases will have more options from RIM later this year. The company is reportedly looking to launch a new version of the Pearl smartphone, which will include EV-DO wireless data and will still shave a few millimeters from its waistline. Verizon Wireless and Sprint business users who felt left out when the original Pe
Well, that depends a little bit on how you look at the entire picture. Informa Telecoms & Media is forecasting that there will be 170 million fixed mobile convergence subscribers by 2012. While 145 million of them will be consumers, Informa believes that enterprises wil
The U.S. International Trade Commission sure kicked up a lot of dust in the wireless industry last week with its ruling against Qualcomm. The ruling, which bans Qualcomm from importing certain chips that infringe upon a Broadcom patent, drew reactions from the CTIA, analysts, phone manufacturers and wireless network operators alike. While some surprising compan
Gadget rumor sites were all alight over the past few days showing off spy shots of a supposed new device from Palm. Dubbed "Gandolf" (minus the robe, hat and staff), the new device is definitely a departure for Palm in that it looks nothing like a Treo. But that's not necessarily a good thing.
In checking the TV ads posted to Apple's site, the initial versions had language at the bottom of the commercials stating "Minimum 2-year contract required." The ads have been updated and no longer include that disclaimer, reviving hope that the iPhone will be available Post a Comment
Qualcomm's business centers on its 3G wireless technology and the patents pertaining to that technology. Qualcomm has been tangling with Broadcom and Nokia over some of those patents. Yesterday, Post a Comment
You betcha. But not in the way you might suspect. Rather than cannibalize sales of smartphones, Arm's CEO Warren East believes the iPhone will trigger widespread usage of smartphones and other converged devices. His prediction? Smartphone sales will double this year -- to nearly 200 million -- if the iPhone is a hit.
Analyst firms may not agree on exactly how many iPhones Apple will sell this year, but they all seem to agree that the number will be a big one. We're talking more than 3 million by the end of 2007, which eclipses Jobs' hoped-for number of 1 million by a mile. But just who is it that's interested?
AT&T will be launching its Video Sharing service this summer. The services are being pitched to consumers rather than enterprises right now. This is unfortunate. The enterprise uses of shared video are practically unlimited.
Ask.com (you know, that other search site) relaunched itself yesterday with much hullabaloo, crowing about its new design, new algorithms, and customizable home page. In combing the official press release, the word "mobile" doesn't appear once. Does Ask not care about the growing importance of mobile search?
High Tech Computer Corp. today unveiled its newest smartphone, the HTC Touch. The Touch is similar in many respects to other HTC Windows Mobile-powered smartphones with one major exception. HTC has added a new three-dimensional user interface that employs what it calls TouchFLO touch screen technology. The UI lets users sweep their fingers around the screen to access applications and control the device. Sou
According to an internal operations employee, AT&T decided that it had better get its data network in tip-top shape for the iPhone launch. As such, it is working to improve coverage, latency, and throughput in its Edge systems. AT&T is calling the upgrade Operation Fine Edge. I'd say AT&T is walking the razor's edge here. While it will dampen the sting of not having 3G in th
This one hurts. Last week, Apple launched its iTunes Plus music store, selling higher quality audio tracks from EMI for $1.29 without digital rights management. Aside from the extra $0.30, there's another, higher cost that isn't mentioned. Each song purchased from iTunes and iTunes Plus is permanently tagged with the purchaser's name and email address. Users are outraged, and I don't blame the
The speculation that Palm might sell itself several months ago to an investment company or competitor has finally run its course. This morning, Palm announced that it has brought on private equity firm Elevation Parters (you know, the one founded by U2's Bono) to help run the business for $325 million. Elevation gets 25% ownership of Palm for its money, as well as two seats on the board. Is this the precursor to a brighter f
As the number of mobile employees continues to climb, keeping them in the loop is increasingly important. It's also increasingly easier. With the proliferation of wireless broadband services and the continual onslaught of new enterprise devices and software services, there's nowhere for the market to go but up.
When you look at the new Nokia 8600 Luna luxury phone, you can tell the higher-ups at Nokia let the design team flex a little bit of its creative muscle. It uses a smoked-glass sheathe to hide the keypad. Yes, glass. It also features a gorgeous QVGA display. It's a beautiful phone, no doubt. Too bad its features aren't more impressive than any $100 off-the-shelf feature phone. But hey, beauty comes at a price.