In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Dialing Up Wi-Fi
2. Today's Top Story
- Wi-Fi Phone Buyers' Guide
- Review: 4 Routers Take Wi-Fi To Nth Level
3. Breaking News
- Google Exec Coaxes IT Managers Toward Online Software
- Symantec Unveils Consumer Identity Strategy
- AOL Offers Free Movie To Download Beta Testers
- Gartner Dings Vista On BitLocker
- Eastman Kodak Posts First Quarterly Profit In Two Years
- Billionaire Icahn Wants On Motorola's Board
- E-Retailers Rate Nigeria Fraud Central
- The (Few) Ways Vista Makes Office Work Better
- TJX Stored Customer Data, Violated Visa Payment Rules
- Microsoft Altered Windows Vista To Quell EU Watchdogs
- Copyright Protection A Boom Business
- Robotic Fish Cleared In Computer Glitch
4. In Depth
- The Trouble With Customers And Their Data
- Minimize The Data, Maximize Laptop Security
- Analyst: Banks Must Make Credit Card Accounts Useless To Data Thieves
- Data Protection Markets Expected To 'Explode'
- FalconStor Works On Storage For Chinese Government
5. Voice Of Authority
- Mobility At AlwaysOn
6. White Papers
- Simplicity And Performance Enable Storage Networking
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1. Editor's Note: Dialing Up Wi-Fi
We are all tired of using our cell phones and having to interrupt a business conversation with, "Sorry, I'm approaching a dead zone. Can I call you in a few?" Kind of a deal breaker.
Soon you may be able to use Wi-Fi in addition to (or maybe in lieu of) cell service. The new wave of Wi-Fi phone is particularly exciting, although there are myriad products from which to choose. It's enough to make your Bluetooth device spin.
And it looks likely that the spin will continue for a while: Last year, Wi-Fi phone sales topped $535 million, up 13% and 327% from 2005, respectively, says analyst firm Infonetics Research. For the four years from 2007 and 2010, shipments for mobile handsets are projected to grow 26%, and Wi-Fi handsets are forecast to increase nearly 1,300%. Yes, 1,300%. Obviously, it's a huge space.
Wi-Fi phone services pretty much come in two flavors: mobile phones that use a wireless network to connect to a VoIP service (think Skype or Vonage), and dual-mode phones that can be used over wireless networks as well as cell networks. In fact, the dual-mode Wi-Fi/cellular VoIP phone appears to be the fastest growing area, with worldwide units shipping at a five-year compound annual growth rate of 198% between 2006 and 2010, according to Infonetics. Cisco leads in single-mode Wi-Fi handset revenue market share in 2006, followed by SpectraLink; Samsung leads in dual-mode Wi-Fi/cellular handset revenue market share, trailed by Nokia.
Both types of phones aim to merge mobile and landline services into a single device. Of course, you can also make calls from your computer using Wi-Fi, but, obviously, that can be cumbersome. Soon, the question, "Can you hear me?" will be a vestige of cell-speak from long ago. (Thank goodness.)
Wi-Fi Phone Buyers' Guide
VoIP service providers Skype and Vonage have each partnered with hardware manufacturers to release cell-like phones that can use their services via Wi-Fi networks. Here's how to get started.
Review: 4 Routers Take Wi-Fi To Nth Level
Although the high-speed 802.11n standard is still in draft form, resellers don't want to wait to deliver solid, secure, high-performance wireless solutions to every corner of businesses of every size. What are the options?
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4. In Depth
The Trouble With Customers And Their Data
The cost of customer data exposure is increasing, and the financial services industry is trying to reconcile the price of customer data protection with the increasingly disconcerting ramifications of its loss.
Mobility At AlwaysOn
Panelists tried to tackle the question of the third screen: Will consumers respond to mobile ads?
6. White Papers
Simplicity And Performance Enable Storage Networking
In this paper, we will examine how the trend of intelligence efficiency manifests itself to not only fulfill the access requirements needed of today's and tomorrow's infrastructure but to lower the total cost of ownership and increase return on investments for institutions.
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