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posted in July 2007
Amp'd Mobile is still leaving the building, but Prexar Mobile has offered to step in and take over Amp'd's subscribers. Subscribers will be able to transition their service from Amp'd to Prexar by visiting Prexar's Web site and filling out some forms. Is this good news?
Not all cell phones offer the ability to make conference calls on the fly, but a new service from foonzMobile lets anyone initiate a conference call for free. How well does it work?
As Amp'd Mobile goes down in flames, another company is taking a shot at the MVNO model. Mosh Mobile, based in Indiana, will provide free services, including unlimited voice,
Science fiction author Roberto Bernocco wrote an entire novel in his downtime using only his Nokia 6630 cell phone. In case you're not familiar with that model, it does not have a QWERTY keyboard. He used T9 to write the entire thing, which took him 17 weeks. It was recently published.
InfoSpace made its Find It application available for the iPhone today. Using a screen with iPhone-esque buttons in the browser, users can search for restaurants, stores, health care providers and such. Are the results more useful than Google's?
Welcome to Over The Air's first Friday case study. We'd like to make case studies a regular part of the blog and we're kicking things off with a look at how Mac-Gray's coin collectors used standard field force gear to reduce expenses, reduce wear and tear on its fleet and boost worker productivity.
Not only did revenue from smartphones leap 10% in the first quarter of 2007 compared with the fourth quarter of 2006, sales of Wi-Fi-enabled handsets are on track to top $145 billion in the next three years. Is Wi-Fi the key to spurring smartphone adoption?
It was just two days after last week's failed network connectivity issues that the speaker on my iPhone died. How did Apple respond?
Upstart Wi-Fi vendors could potentially pilfer certain enterprise business segments from wireless network operators, according to a new report from Analysys. Well, maybe.
The forward-thinking MVNO has added the ability to retrieve email from Microsoft Exchange to its Ocean messaging device. The free 60-day beta trial is available immediately to Helio subscribers and will run $9.99 per month for All-In members after the trial expires. Is Helio trying to court the enterprise?
My thumbs hurt just thinking about it. While I am sure the bulk of those text messages were sent by teenagers, I contributed my fair share. The 10 billion figure represents a 100% increase in the amount of SMS traffic since September 2006. So, do you think text messaging has finally caught on?
Does your physician still use a pad and pen to write out prescriptions? Mine actually uses a tablet PC, and has a wireless system in place to send prescriptions directly to my pharmacy. Sprint and Allscript's new initiative doesn't quite go that far, but it comes pretty close by using Windows Mobile
According to a new report from In-Stat, smartphones are about to become the new it device over in China. In-Stat attributes the upsurge in smartphone use to a host of factors, including the availability of third-party applications. The funny thing is, most Chinese users don't give a whit about the operating system, or productivity.
As of tomorrow, Amp'd Mobile will be no more. It failed to find anyone willing to fund its debt and will begin selling its assets in pieces within the next week. Rather than play "Taps," I think we should fire up Jimi Hendrix's version of the "Star Spangled Banner" in honor of Amp'd's passing.
Google has been issuing statements over the last several weeks about the upcoming FCC 700 MHz auction. This morning, it formally declared its interest in participating in the auction if the FCC sticks to Chairman Kevin Martin's open a
Not that it had much choice in the matter. With the ITC's ban on importing 3G chips from Qualcomm mere weeks from taking effect, Verizon needed to take steps to ensure it could continue to sell new phones. So it struck a licensing deal with Qualcomm competitor Broadcom.
According to AP reports, Verizon Wireless is really ready to pull the plug on MVNO partner Amp'd this time. Verizon says Amp'd is using $370,000 worth of Verizon's services every day and that Amp'd will have just $9,000 in the bank by Monday. Time to dial Amp'd down to "0"?
Sprint and Clearwire confirmed rumors they plan to work together on a WiMax network that will reach across the U.S. Though Clearwire has a few dozen WiMax networks up and running in several Western states, Sprint has yet to launch its first test markets. Who will benefit from th
So last night I decided to Google something and, rather than trudge upstairs and fire up my PC, I grabbed my iPhone instead. When I tapped on the Safari button it stalled and I was greeted with a "Cannot Activate Post a Comment
Late yesterday, Research in Motion officially announced the newest business BlackBerry, the 8820. What makes it unique is that it includes Wi-Fi, as well as an unlicensed mobile access client so users can take advantage of fixed-mobile convergence services. But that's not all.
Not according to In-Stat. Solid state flash drives may be lighter and more stable, but standard optical hard drives are simply cheaper. Solid state drives will only inch their way into about 6% of the PC market by 2011. Guess which types of devices they'll be found in?
Mobile employees can be a pain in the neck. Whether it's preventing unauthorized use of thumb drives to take files home at night, or keeping tech-savvy workers from skirting network policies, keeping the rank and file in line while online can be a headache. But it doesn't have to be.
Forum Nokia, the Finland cell phone maker's developer support program, has tossed its gauntlet into the ring and announced the 'Open C Challenge' developer contest. The basic idea is to spur creative program development for the Symbian S60 smartphone platform. Prize booty includes $20,000.
We've all had moments when we were frustrated with our cellular carriers for one reason or another. I doubt, though, that many of us commandeered an armored personnel carrier and used it to run down six of our carrier's cell towers in a fit of madness. That's exactly what one man did in Australia. He mu
Verizon Wireless' and Sprint's high-speed EV-DO Revision A networks pale in comparison to what NTT DoCoMo is attempting to cook up in its labs. It has begun testing "Super 3G" and hopes to blast bits of data through the air at 300 Mbps. Will we ever see speeds like that in the United States?
A new study from Parks Associates says that LG and Samsung lead the U.S. market for advanced entertainment features. You know, the stuff that the iPhone is supposed to be good at, like video, music and games. Interesting that both firms are from South Korea.
Research firm Analysys says that the wireless industry's walled gardens may come crumbling down within 5 years. In a new report, it notes that the likely outcome for carriers is loss of control over the services that flow through their networks, relegating them to commodities.
Are we really surprised to see news that Motorola CEO Ed Zander may be forced out of the top chair? With the profit warning issued yesterday that Motorola's handset business will be in the red for the entire year, now is probably a good time to oust the CMDR of MOTO.
This is the second half of my one-day miniseries on whether or not the iPhone leads to business productivity compared to a BlackBerry. Here is my take on how the iPhone does with the Internet versus the BlackBerry Pearl. Is it a waste of time, or a time saver?
The only true measure of the iPhone's enterprise productivity capabilities is to go out and use the darned thing in the wild, wild world of work. So I did exactly that, and compared it to how productive I would have been in the same situation with my BlackBerry.
We all know the iPhone is in bed with YouTube, and apparently Helio, LG, and Samsung are looking to make it a ménage à cinq. A spate of announcements from the latter three companies over the course of the last week shows that there is a lot of interest in mobile YouTube.
With a new mobile payment program from PayPal and the rise of near field communications-enabled phones in developing countries, cell phones are quickly becoming the method of payment du jour. But will they ever really replace the cowhide in our pockets?
While text messages are a simple and direct method to communicate, they can be a way to skirt official, IT-monitored channels. And a potentially unsafe one, to boot. Vodafone is offering its enterprise customers a chance to take back a small degree of control.
Late last week, the Federal Communications Commission gave the green light for a brand new BlackBerry. Normally, that wouldn't be overly important. But this bad boy BlackBerry was approved for 802.11a/b/g. Yup, that would be Wi-Fi, folks. What we've
Ever have a bad IT day? You know, the kind of day where you accidentally crash the server and lose terabytes of your coworkers' files? Or the kind of day when you accidentally drop your thumb drive containing a vital PowerPoint presentation into your morning coffee? Believe it or not, I've had such days. Good thing I was field testing a new rugged (and thankfully water resistant) flash thumb drive, or I'd have been
Fans of the Linux-based N800 Internet tablet from Nokia rejoice! Nokia recently published an update to the device's operating system and one of the upgrades includes support for the Skype client. But that's not all...
The road from Waterloo to Beijing has been a long, eight-year journey for Research in Motion that has finally come to an end. The maker of BlackBerry smartphones recently received permission to sell the devices to corporate customers in China. The move
Despite a serious number of iPhone haters out there (and man are you guys a vocal bunch), it looks like the number of iPhone fans (iPhans?) has spoken loud and clear. The Apple web site is reporting that only two retail stores (one in Oregon, one is Pennsylvania) have any stock left of the device.
According to a new report from ABI Research, at least seven handset makers have Unlicensed Mobile Access (UMA)-enabled handsets on the market and network operators are itching to deploy the technology. Just last week T-Mobile launched its UMA-powered T-Mobile HotSpot @Home service. With the number of UMA
There was some confusion a couple of weeks ago about the future of Nokia and touch screen technology. In the end, Nokia CTO Tero Ojanpera made a public statement that, "Optical sensors and touch will be the next big things." Backing up that claim is news that Nokia has licensed Immersion Corporation's VibeTonz tactile feedback technology.
Just two months ago, Palm spoke of its forthcoming operating system that will be a marriage of Linux and parts of the Garnet OS. Palm CEO Ed Colligan went as far as saying products with the new OS would be available later this year. Looks like Colligan spoke too soon. He was recently quoted saying that the OS is not going to be available until 2008.
Of course, I've wanted an iPhone since it was first announced back in January, but I hadn't made up my mind to actually go out and buy one ... until 5 p.m. Friday. Here's what happened.