News & Commentary
Content tagged with Mobile & Wireless posted in January 2008
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Yeehaw For Open Access! C Block Reaches $4.6B Reserve
Commentary  |  1/31/2008  | 
Today, the FCC's 700-MHz auction got really interesting. The C Block, which spans the entire country in two 11-MHz pairs, met its FCC-mandated reserve price of $4.6 billion. This means that the winning bidder must provide open access on a portion of its network to any compatible device. Google gets what it wants, but is it
What The...?!? Garmin Enters Cell Phone Market With iPhone Look-Alike
Commentary  |  1/31/2008  | 
Cell phones must really be the in technology this year. Garmin -- you know, maker of GPS hardware -- has leaped into the cell phone business from out of nowhere with the nuvifone. Announced at an event in NYC last night, this wunderdevice has it all: GPS, 3.5G, W
Dell + Google = First Android Phone?
Commentary  |  1/30/2008  | 
The Gphone has been resurrected and the rumor mills are running rampant with this one. The latest scuttlebutt is that Google is partnering with Dell for the first ever Android-powered handset. According to people in the know, word will be delivered from on high during the Mobile World Congress next month. Is this one for real?
Dell Ditches Kiosks
Commentary  |  1/30/2008  | 
NPR, Cnet News.com
Consumers Are Not Smart Enough For Smartphones
Commentary  |  1/30/2008  | 
You have one chance to guess what the most-returned gifts were this holiday season. If you guessed smartphones, you'd be right. A new survey from Opinion Research Corp. shows that 21% of gifted smartphones were returned to the store. The reason? Inability to understand the product setup process. Perhaps smartphones aren't ready for prime time after all.
Coming Soon: Better Mobile Linux-Powered Handsets
Commentary  |  1/30/2008  | 
This year is going to be a big one for mobile Linux. There are at least two international organizations pushing it forward, and Google is providing a lot of cred to mobile Linux by choosing it as the backbone of its Android platform. Today, Azingo Mobile is the first to of
Apple: The Most Hated Company On The Internet
Commentary  |  1/29/2008  | 
I was going to post this blog about why Apple is the most hated company on the Internet first thing yesterday. But my Mac crashed and ate the post, so I spent most of the day re-doing my work. I think that might be a sign.
Poking Cisco In The Eye
Commentary  |  1/29/2008  | 
Cisco frowns on resellers of used network hardware because it doesn't get a cut of aftermarket sales. Network Hardware Resale (NHR), a prominent reseller, is going a step further by offering an alternative to Cisco's SMARTnet maintenance service -- a key revenue source for the networking giant.
Hackers Enable Over-The-Air Firmware Updates For iPhone
Commentary  |  1/29/2008  | 
Once again, hackers are a step ahead of Apple and AT&T. Users of unlocked iPhones that are running firmware 1.1.1 or 1.1.2 can upgrade to 1.1.3 over the air directly through the installer.app. Maybe hacker ingenuity is why one-quarter of all iPhone users are
Analyst: Motorola Quitting Handset Business
Commentary  |  1/29/2008  | 
I've heard my fair share of wacky predictions from analysts. Though I've been hard on Motorola this past year, I think Nomura International analyst Richard Windsor is a little off the mark when he suggested that Motorola might ditch its mobile handset business rather than attempt to resurrect it. But can Motorola actually
Report: Smaller Businesses Getting Smarter About Their IT Dollars
Commentary  |  1/29/2008  | 
Amid all the reports predicting that companies are going to be increasingly cautious in their IT spending this year, is one focused on small and midsize businesses. It's conclusion? Smaller businesses are learning that IT could help them grow.
Verizon Makes A Killing On Wireless Data Revenue
Commentary  |  1/28/2008  | 
Verizon Wireless posted its fourth-quarter and full-year results for 2007 today. The numbers don't quite match those of AT&T, but they're not too shabby. Among the many positives is the fact that its data revenue for the year jumped 65%.
Skyfire Mobile Browser Succeeds Where Others Fail
Commentary  |  1/28/2008  | 
It looks like 2008 is shaping up to be the year for the mobile browser market to really come of age. Not only do we have Minimo in alpha stage from Mozilla, but Google is also working on a new browser for its yet-to-be-released Android platform. While work is still underway on
DEMO 08 Showcases Small Business Innovations
Commentary  |  1/28/2008  | 
Look for a handful of innovative small-business-oriented product introductions at this weeks Demo08 conference in the California desert. Just dont count on the products arriving on time or truly changing the way your company does business.
Imagining A Post-Motorola World
Commentary  |  1/25/2008  | 
Richard Windsor, the London-based Nomura Securities analyst who has not always been bullish on Nokia, broadcast an interesting research note this morning in which he says the world's No. 1 handset maker "has evolved into a new beast." "Rivals have been contemptuously swept to one side," Windsor adds, "leaving Nokia as the undisputed king of the jungle." Noting that Nokia's market share has broken the 40% plateau, Windsor upgrades the stock to "buy" and forecasts a share price of $42.50, 18% abo
Is Hardware Dead?
Commentary  |  1/25/2008  | 
As the Internet "cloud" lets Amazon, Yahoo! and EMC's Mozy rent computing power at bargain prices, is there a still reason for small and midsize companies to buy their own machines?
Vista is the Most Secure OS. At Least Microsoft Says So
Commentary  |  1/25/2008  | 
Microsoft tells us that Vista is the most secure of all the desktop operating systems. And my mother thinks I'm the smartest person ever. While both may or may not be true, the real question is: Is that all that matters?
1.15 Billion Mobile Phones Sold In 2007. 2008? Not So Much
Commentary  |  1/25/2008  | 
After record sales for the last few years, the growth rate of new people lining up to purchase cell phones is beginning to wane. 2007 saw a 12.4% increase in the number of handsets sold. The numbers this year and beyond likely won't be so rosy, says IDC.
Dimwit Thieves Try To Steal iPhones, Get Caught
Commentary  |  1/25/2008  | 
In a second major NYC mobile phone theft this week, two truck drivers tried to make off with $150,000 worth of iPhones bound for Hong Kong. They opened a box containing 300 iPhones and replaced the gadgets with pounds of paper to simulate the weight. Hong Kong airline workers noticed that one box didn't look quite right and called in the cops
Weather Channel Mobile: Stormy Clouds Looming
Commentary  |  1/24/2008  | 
The Weather Channel launched a new version of its Web site for mobile phones, and even included a site optimized for the iPhone. The generic mobile site is exactly what you need from a weather site and completely surpasses the iPhone-optimized site in usability. In fact, the iPhone site is so convoluted, it's more useful to just simply go to Weather.com. How can the optimized site fail so miserably?
Nokia Juggernaut Plows Forward
Commentary  |  1/24/2008  | 
Can anything stop the international powerhouse that is Nokia? It posted its fourth quarter numbers, and in stark contrast with Motorola, Nokia's profits surged 44% and its worldwide market share reached 40%. It appears as though the year-long internal reorganization has paid off in spades. Nokia's mobile phone business is firing on all cylinders, and it's packing a V-16.
Music To Lead Mobile Content Uptake?
Commentary  |  1/23/2008  | 
Juniper Research's latest report says music will continue to drive mobile content adoption. I have to ask, has anyone at Juniper ever used mobile music services?
Can Windows XP Be Saved? Should It Be Saved?
Commentary  |  1/23/2008  | 
Smaller businesses, Microsoft is going to stop sales of XP by the end of this year. Do you care? Should you care?
36,000 T-Mobile Phones Pull A Houdini
Commentary  |  1/23/2008  | 
Over the weekend some less-than-legal entrepreneurs raided a warehouse where T-Mobile stores some of its mobile phones. According to T-Mobile, they bandits made off with about $8.2 million worth of Sidekick messaging devices. T-Mobile is pursuing the thieves aggressively.
DirecTV Enables Remote DVR Scheduling From Mobile Phones
Commentary  |  1/22/2008  | 
In this hyper-connected age, smartphones are becoming the universal remote for everything in life, both professional and personal. DirecTV subscribers can now use their mobile phone to schedule their DVR if they forgot to set it up before leaving the hous
New BlackBerry Software: Now With 20% More 'Easy'
Commentary  |  1/22/2008  | 
Research In Motion announced updates to the BlackBerry platform today. What will IT admins and users get out of the deal? According to RIM, admins get easier management, better security, and better application support. Users get more messaging and collaboration features. Here's the real story.
Sprint Reshuffles Operations to Stymie Growing Losses
Commentary  |  1/22/2008  | 
The new year started off on an ominous note for Sprint Nextel employees: 4.000 of which will add the moniker former to their job titles. The changes underscore the wireless carriers ongoing struggle to compete in the cutthroat cellular market.
AT&T Makes The Enterprise iPhone Official
Commentary  |  1/21/2008  | 
IT admins beware. AT&T has officially created iPhone plans for business users. The plans cost more than consumer accounts, and some international roaming plans are available, but still no Exchange support.
Big Surprise: Mobile TV Ain't Burning Up The Airwaves
Commentary  |  1/21/2008  | 
Qualcomm, owner of mobile TV technology MediaFLO, issued a proxy statement that revealed some details about the company's costs and revenues--or lack thereof--to date. I don't think it's much of a shocker to learn that the mobile TV business is off t
Analyst: Google Not Serious About Spectrum Auction
Commentary  |  1/18/2008  | 
An analyst over at Sanford Bernstein says Google will bid in next week's FCC 700 MHz spectrum auction, but doesn't intend to actually win any spectrum. Why? It already got what it wanted.
Review: Iqua Solar-Powered Bluetooth Headset
Commentary  |  1/18/2008  | 
If you're looking for a Bluetooth headset with virtually unlimited stand-by time and ages of talk time, the Iqua 603 Sun is the one for you. It features a solar panel that basks in light from any source and converts it to usable power. The solid sound quality and easy pairing don't hurt, either.
Smaller Businesses Leading the Charge to Vista
Commentary  |  1/18/2008  | 
Not only does a recent report demonstrate that Windows Vista is being adopted by more US businesses, but the findings also indicate that smaller businesses are moving to Vista the fastest. Why are smaller businesses feeling the "Wow"?
Will AT&T Offer The iPhone To Business Customers?
Commentary  |  1/17/2008  | 
Earlier today my colleague, Eric Zeman, reported that IBM is ready to extend Notes access to the iPhone. Now one rumor claims that AT&T will offer the iPhone to its business customers. Who said the iPhone was not ready for the enterprise?
What Will Mobile Phones Be Like In 10 Years?
Commentary  |  1/17/2008  | 
Strategy Analytics has peered into its crystal ball and is offering up predictions on what mobile phones will be like in the year 2018. The biggest changes will be in the user interface. And every phone will be a smartphone.
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