News & Commentary
Content tagged with Mobile & Wireless posted in September 2007
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Google Is Really, Really Serious About The Mobile Ad Market
Commentary  |  9/28/2007  | 
Google sees its future in mobile advertising. Period. You don't believe me? Have you been following the news?
Timely, Slick Centro Gives Palm A Shot In The Arm
Commentary  |  9/28/2007  | 
My colleague Eric Zeman already has written about the new Palm Centro, unveiled yesterday at the Digital Life show in NYC. I just want to add: this is a great idea on Palm's part, the smartest move the company has made since it finally bought a perpetual license to its own OS from its Japanese owner last year. Whether or not it's enough to save Palm I don't know but this $99 sorta-smartphone is a timely
A Truly Solid Innovation For The AirCard Crowd
Commentary  |  9/28/2007  | 
Sprint and Verizon Wireless each announced versions of the Novatel USB727 wireless modem. Normally AirCards aren't all that exciting (they just ain't sexy), but this one has a built-in microSD slot. Bingo! Instant sex appeal.
Verizon Wireless Doesn't Want To Play By The Rules
Commentary  |  9/28/2007  | 
Not only has Verizon Wireless been lobbying the FCC to change the open access rules agreed to for the upcoming 700 MHz auction, but it actually sued the FCC in the U.S. Court of Appeals and called the rules unconstitutional. This week, FCC Chairman
Another MVNO Bites The Dust
Commentary  |  9/27/2007  | 
This time it's Disney's family-centric MVNO that's calling it quits. By the looks of things, it appears as if 2007 is the year of death for MVNOs. Is the MVNO a doomed business model?
Palm And Sprint Unveil The Centro For Consumers
Commentary  |  9/27/2007  | 
The most striking aspect of Palm's new gadget is that it is absolutely tiny. Palm CEO Ed Colligan's hand dwarfed it at today's press conference at the Digital Life show in NYC. Not only is it tiny, it is positively a consumer-focused device.
Reach Out And Touch Something
Commentary  |  9/26/2007  | 
If you're not already using a phone that has a touch screen, the chances are higher that you will be next year, when ABI predicts over 100 million touch screen-based phones will ship. That's about 1 of every 10 mobile phones.
Palm, Sprint To Announce New Smartphone Together
Commentary  |  9/26/2007  | 
The two companies have invited journalists and analysts to a special press conference tomorrow a la Apple style to announce Palm's latest smartphone. Is Palm shooting itself in the foot or finally on a roll?
XO Blazes Trail for Cheaper Laptops
Commentary  |  9/26/2007  | 
News this week that the so-called $100-dollar laptop (the XO) will be available to the general public at the still-friendly price of about $200 came with a number of caveats. As I wrote the other day, you'd go nuts trying to run a business on these Romper Room clamshells.
Motorola Bows WiMax Chipset For Mobile Devices At WiMax World
Commentary  |  9/25/2007  | 
The new wireless modem will help bridge 3G and 4G technologies and eventually find its way into electronics, including mobile phones.
Is Anyone Really Surprised That Apple Won't Support Hacked iPhones?
Commentary  |  9/25/2007  | 
I'm not. And I don't blame them, either. When you buy an iPhone, you implicitly agree to a legal contract in order to use it. Why should they support you if you decide to break the contract?
Is Vista Where You Want to Be?
Commentary  |  9/24/2007  | 
When Vista was released last January, we were told that it was the next great place to be. Eventually, we were told, everyone would be doing Vista. We might as well switch our operating system now or we would be way behind the eight ball.
DEMO Show Targets Smaller Companies
Commentary  |  9/24/2007  | 
The DEMO show is a great place to learn about brand new companies working on new brand new technologies. And this fall a significant number of the announcements are aimed at small and midsize companies.
Employers Foiled, News Corp. To Offer Free Mobile MySpace
Commentary  |  9/24/2007  | 
Whether you think MySpace is a time waster or a truly innovative social networking platform, it is now going to be available from mobile devices for free.
Blyk Mobile Finally Gets Off The Ground
Commentary  |  9/24/2007  | 
The ad-supported "free" mobile service in the U.K. is officially launching today after a long ramp-up period. Blyk is taking the MVNO in a new direction with its free services, but is this business model feasible?
Laptops for Kids, Not for Biz
Commentary  |  9/24/2007  | 
Would you be interested in a rugged laptop that comes with a camera, built-in wireless, flash memory, an open source operating system from Red Hat, a web browser, a word processor, and more, all for about $200?
Will Brits Buy Sprint?
Commentary  |  9/21/2007  | 
Sprint Nextel shares closed up almost 4% today, fueled by rumors that the No. 3 U.S. wireless carrier could be acquired by U.K. fixed-line operator BT Group. Normally, such Internet rumors are worth the paper they're printed on - and Sprint has been the subject of takeover rumors fo
Tracking The Office Alternatives - From Lotus Symphony To Google Office
Commentary  |  9/21/2007  | 
Microsoft Office ain't cheap, but most companies have viewed it as necessary expense for just about every office worker. Lower cost and even free alternatives haven't made much of a dent in Office's dominance. But IBM's new Lotus Symphony may change all that -- for some companies.
New Order For Cellphone Charger Chaos?
Commentary  |  9/21/2007  | 
If your company supports multiple models of cellphones and smartphones, you probably have to support an equal number of chargers. But the Open Mobile Terminal Platform (OMTP) promises an end to that annoying expense.
Threaded SMS Comes To Symbian S60
Commentary  |  9/21/2007  | 
If you've ever used a Palm Treo or iPhone, you might agree that one of the best features is threaded SMS. Long missing from Nokia devices, S60 developers have finally kicked out a threaded SMS program called Conversations. The beta is free to download starting today.
NYC Subway System To Get Wireless Coverage...
Commentary  |  9/21/2007  | 
...If any carriers agree to provide it. It looks as though the MTA is going to allow a company called Transit Wireless to put up a network in the city's subway stations, but none of the major carriers has ponied up any cash for their service to be available underground.
Verizon Wireless To Ditch CDMA?
Commentary  |  9/20/2007  | 
Whoa! Hold the horses, Batman! Vodafone CEO Arun Sarin and Verizon Communications CEO Ivan Seidenberg were discussing future plans and Sarin spilled the beans that the two companies will use LTE as their 4th generation wireless networks.
Abraham Lincoln Speaks Out About The BlackBerry And iPhone
Commentary  |  9/20/2007  | 
A little while back, I wrote a blog about people who sign their e-mail messages "Sent from my BlackBerry" or "Sent from my iPhone." I questioned whether they're bragging about using the latest technology. Many of you wrote in to set me straight -- but the response I liked best described how Abraham Lincoln addressed this issue 140-plus years ago.

Power Management Flaw For Intel Processors? Or Just A Fluke
Commentary  |  9/20/2007  | 
National Semiconductor is struggling with a problem with its Intel-based laptops. Processors in the laptops slow down into power-saving mode when the computers are disconnected from external power. That's how they're supposed to behave -- but they don't return to full power even when reconnected to external power. That means NSC is getting much less performance than it paid for.

Sprint Promises '30ish' WiMAX Markets During 2008, But What About 2007?
Commentary  |  9/20/2007  | 
Sprint and its WiMAX partners recently spoke to analysts and were bullish on the pace of their WiMAX network roll-outs for 2008. They failed to mention, however, if their test markets will be up and running on schedule later this year.
Is Disney About To Kill Its MVNO?
Commentary  |  9/19/2007  | 
Is The Walt Disney Co. about to kill its MVNO play? Surely Mickey and the crew will not meet the same fate as the ESPN MVNO and Amp'd Mobile, right?
IBM Sees Enterprise 2.0 As The Perfect Chance For Revenge Against Microsoft
Commentary  |  9/19/2007  | 
They say revenge is a dish best served cold. And in the case of Enteprise 2.0, it looks like IBM hopes to serve Microsoft a chilled plate of ice.
Google Is Still More Of A Threat To Madison Avenue Than To Microsoft
Commentary  |  9/19/2007  | 
Despite all the techie hoopla surrounding Google's launch of a PowerPoint-like application this week, Google is still a much bigger threat to those who make their money in advertising than it is to Microsoft.
Verizon Wireless: You Want Security? We Got Security!
Commentary  |  9/19/2007  | 
A new service being bowed by Verizon Wireless today offers VPN-esque security. It is called the Verizon Wireless Private Network. So, is that VWPN?
GPhone 'Definitely' In The Works, Google Possibly Waffling On 3G
Commentary  |  9/19/2007  | 
According to shadowy "Taiwanese handset makers", Google is definitely building a mobile phone. The details, little things such as the hardware specs and operating system, are still reportedly being worked out. Furthermore, Google can't decide if it is going with an EDGE device or wait for 3G.
Will The Lack Of EDGE In The U.K. Kill The iPhone?
Commentary  |  9/18/2007  | 
Today during his mini-Jobsnote at the iPhone press conference in London, Apple CEO Steve Jobs promised a 3G iPhone next year. But what about the lack of EDGE in the U.K. for the iPhone that was announced today?
IT Still Grappling With Mobile Device Management
Commentary  |  9/18/2007  | 
Welcome back to Take 5, our regular feature where we ask an industry insider five questions about their company and the mobile business market as a whole. This week we turn the spotlight back on mobile device management, a topic we've blogged about before on Over The Air
Sprint Ups The Mobile Search Ante
Commentary  |  9/18/2007  | 
Sprint and Microsoft put their strategic partnership to use and developed a new search platform for Sprint subscribers. It ties together Live Search, LBS services and voice-based search to provide better local search results.
Linux and the Desktop, a New Angle
Commentary  |  9/18/2007  | 
IT professionals from small and medium sized businesses were quite vocal last week about the viability of Linux as a desktop alternative. Assuming I am wrong about timing, and considering all the problems associated with Microsoft Vista, what will it take for more SMBs to make the switch?
The U.K. Gets An iPhone
Commentary  |  9/18/2007  | 
At today's "Mum is no longer the word" press conference held in London, Steve Jobs announced that O2 will be carrying the iPhone in the United Kingdom. Too bad there's no 3G on board, or anything else new.
Business Isn't Buying Apple
Commentary  |  9/17/2007  | 
InformationWeek continues to address the issue of Apple in business. this time, it's online editor-in-chief Tom Smith blogging that a recent Information survey helps explain why Apple's buzz isn't translating to sales in the business market.
Yo' Right Clickas: Here Come MacBook Flippas
Commentary  |  9/17/2007  | 
Thirty years ago, rap music was considered little more than a fad. "Ignore it and it will go away," was the mainstream music industry's stance. A few years later, Apple Computer made a splash with its Mac Classic computer.
Three To-Do Lists For Building An Innovative IT Department
Commentary  |  9/17/2007  | 
Big-business IT departments have their eyes on the ground, focused on day-to-day issues of keeping the business running. That leaves CIOs locked out of the room when CEOs are deciding the direction of the company. To get a seat at the table, CIOs and IT managers need to transform their organizations to focus on innovation. Management consultant Ram Charan described what IT managers need to do to make the change.
Sprint Launches Femtocell Trial In Denver And Indianapolis
Commentary  |  9/17/2007  | 
Called Airave, the femtocell hardware and associated service will give Sprint subscribers enhanced cellular coverage in their homes or home offices.
Buying Some Love From Your Mobile Phone
Commentary  |  9/17/2007  | 
According to some recent snooping around by Juniper Research, mobile dating services will bring in a hefty $1 billion from the lovelorn by 2010.
Will A Hundred Users Share One PC?
Commentary  |  9/17/2007  | 
A new desktop PC today is about ten times more powerful than one from about three years ago, but most of us don't use our PCs any differently. According to startup NComputing, that means we should only need to buy a tenth as many.
All Apple, All The Time
Commentary  |  9/14/2007  | 
Seems like our colleagues over at InformationWeek are becoming obsessed with Apple. My friend Mitch Wagner has just posted The Complete, Unvarnished, Slightly Biased Apple Buyers' Guide, and it's a useful overview for companies considering making a switch Wintel to Mac.
Cell Phones Are Ticket To Business Success In India
Commentary  |  9/14/2007  | 
The next time someone asks you about the potential ROI on a cell phone, remember this post. According to a report in BusinessWeek, cell phones are becoming the ticket to success (and out of poverty) in developing markets like India.
Verizon Wireless Strikes Back At Google Over Open Access
Commentary  |  9/14/2007  | 
Just when it looked like the FCC's upcoming auction of 700 MHz spectrum might inject some degree of openness into the U.S. wireless industry, Verizon Wireless struck back with this lawsuit. Will the auction still take place?
Is "Sent From My iPhone" The Sign Of The Doofus?
Commentary  |  9/13/2007  | 
Are you impressed when you receive an e-mail with the tagline "Sent from my BlackBerry"? A writer on Slate says it "sends a subtle signal to my correspondents that I'm getting a lot done." I found the statement startling, because that interpretation never even occurred to me; I think those taglines are just a waste of time.

Forget Linux on the Desktop
Commentary  |  9/13/2007  | 
While I have encouraged readers to consider Linux on the desktop, I have come to the conclusion that it just isn't ready for small and medium sized businesses.
New Shopping Service From Sprint To Help Bankrupt Us Sooner
Commentary  |  9/13/2007  | 
Now that we can use our Sprint phones to make online retail purchases, I can imagine Americans' credit card debt racking up faster than ever. Do we need to be able to buy things from our phones?
Qualcomm's Partners Get Reprieve From ITC
Commentary  |  9/13/2007  | 
Qualcomm itself still may not import its own chips into the U.S., but its partners can. This is good news for several handset manufacturers and network operators.
AT&T Mobile Phone Service In New York City Appears To Be Down
Commentary  |  9/12/2007  | 
It looks like AT&T is experiencing a network outage in the New York City area.
Palm Intros New Treo Hardware
Commentary  |  9/12/2007  | 
At long last. It may not look all that svelte, but the Treo 500v, announced today for Vodafone in Europe, is a small first step for Palm in resurrecting itself.
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