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Wi-Fi Phone Buyer's Guide

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
7. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
8. Manage Your Newsletter Subscription

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"If it keeps up, man will atrophy all his limbs but the push-button finger." -- Frank Lloyd Wright


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.)

Jennifer Bosavage
Jdalessa24@yahoo.com
www.informationweek.com


2. Today's Top Story

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.

Related Stories:

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?


3. Breaking News

Google Exec Coaxes IT Managers Toward Online Software
Dave Girouard suggests users should be less cautious and be willing to turn over more of the applications to Google.

Symantec Unveils Consumer Identity Strategy
The company hopes to tap into the projected $1.1 billion business in online consumer authentication through 2011.

AOL Offers Free Movie To Download Beta Testers
The test is to get feedback on changes the company is making "under the covers" to the download process in an attempt to make it faster.

Gartner Dings Vista On BitLocker
Small businesses and home users of Vista won't get the benefit of Microsoft's disk protection, an analyst notes.

Eastman Kodak Posts First Quarterly Profit In Two Years
The company balanced into the black thanks to a multibillion-dollar restructuring and a consignment contract with Flextronics.

Billionaire Icahn Wants On Motorola's Board
The investment strategist is putting pressure on CEO Zander to buy back company shares to lift the stock price.

E-Retailers Rate Nigeria Fraud Central
But fraudsters will arrange to ship their products from other countries if merchants are denying orders to a particular ZIP code or region, expert says.

TJX Stored Customer Data, Violated Visa Payment Rules
The company held on too long to cardholder data such as card number, expiration date, and the card verification value, according to the creditor's alert.

The (Few) Ways Vista Makes Office Work Better
Office 2007 gains some extra oomph when run on Windows Vista rather than on Windows XP.

Microsoft Altered Windows Vista To Quell EU Watchdogs
Based on advice from the European Commissioner for Competition, Microsoft made changes to several parts of Windows Vista to resolve concerns that competitors would be disadvantaged.

Copyright Protection A Boom Business
Cracking down on piracy contributed to 6.6% of the U.S. gross domestic product in 2006, according to an industry lobbying group.

Robotic Fish Cleared In Computer Glitch
Students in Washington, D.C., taking the admission test for medical schools encountered the error in a portion of the exam designed to test verbal reasoning.

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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.

Minimize The Data, Maximize Laptop Security
The proliferation of mobile devices among financial professionals has vastly increased the points of access for sensitive customer data—for employees and criminals alike.

Analyst: Banks Must Make Credit Card Accounts Useless To Data Thieves
Adding one-time password capability to credit and debit cards might prevent incidents similar to the data breach revealed last week by TJX.

Data Protection Markets Expected To 'Explode'
Continuous data technologies, wide area data services, virtual tape libraries, and capacity optimized storage are expected to take off before the end of 2010.

FalconStor Works On Storage For Chinese Government
The first step will be to build a research lab to develop data protection and remote disaster recovery products.


5. Voice Of Authority

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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