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Just before the clock ran out on a disastrous year for wireless Internet investments, a $15-million wager was placed on the near-term wireless future - in the name of Santa Monica, CA startup Boingo Wireless. By this time next year many of you will be Boingo subscribers, accessing the ...
It has been a busy month here in Tokyo. Early on, KDDI, Japan's second-largest telecoms group, said it aimed to ship 7 million advanced service 3G handsets, thus considerably intensifying competition over advanced third-generation mobile phone services.
Many blame WAP, a lack of 3G bandwidth, or both, for the m-commerce woes we've all experienced or heard about. But what every consumer wants, sooner or later, every consumer gets. In this case, some of us may be getting a truly user-friendly m-commerce solution as soon as this fall.
Today, computers go everywhere with us. We port laptops, handhelds, and BlackBerry devices for every purpose from remote teleworking to anytime, anywhere e-mailing. As long as the device does its job, we don't gripe.
It's been around for years: a rumor that Apple is going to revolutionize the market with a radical new smartphone. A recent New York Times article sparked a new round of discussion on the issue ­ but is there really anything behind the rumor? Back in August, a New York Times articl...
Plotting sound strategies to navigate the rough waters of today's mobile market means charting the hazards along with the opportunities. What will it take to keep your business plan for 2003 from ending up on the rocks? Here are some helpful tips for staying on course.
Developing multimode (or even dual-mode) products is far from being an easy task. For a product to have any hope of success in a marketplace that is as competitive as the wireless industry, there are many challenges that need to be addressed simultaneously. Both near- and long-term str...
With high-speed Internet access being one of the most sought after amenities by travelers, many hotel operators are in the process of determining the best strategy for broadband deployment. Having the ultimate goal of improved profitability, operators must balance increasing guest sati...
In an industry that's always been known for being conservative, a bold move to adopt state-of-the-art technology has resulted in one company projecting an overall 17-21% increase in annual revenue as a result of its m-business initiative. Conventional wisdom holds that you can't teach ...
The Mobile Services initiative (M-Services) was announced by the GSM Association this past summer. As leading GSM operators begin to individually announce and launch M-Services with the rollout of GPRS, and M-Services-enabled handsets come onto the market, what does it mean to you and ...
Even before the present wireless boom, the field of wearable computers was developing rapidly. Now it's poised to explode into the marketplace of unwired must-have technology, with companies such as Levi Strauss already offering a line of jackets that incorporate a hidden MP3 player an...
You don't hear much about the Tauzin-Dingell Telecom Bill, unless you're in Washington, DC, or in the camp of either the CLECs (Competitive Local Exchange Carriers) who oppose it or the ILECs (Incumbent Local Exchange Carriers) who we might assume all but wrote it. But Tauzin-Dingell (...
Connecting to the Internet - from wherever you are - may finally be just around the corner. I want to be up-front about this article on the Wireless Ventures Conference and Boingo Wireless. It is unabashedly positive; a puff piece for wireless networks. Why? 'Cause I can't help myself!
Portable POS has all the trappings of a great idea. Developers say all the pieces are in place to make it an affordable, customer service­enhancing solution for many types of retailers. Here are some of the benefits early adopters are ringing up.
In some countries in today's wireless world, there are operators who are able only to gaze into the distant future, dreaming of the day they'll be able to profit from advanced high-speed mobile services. Elsewhere, operators in countries such as Korea and Japan are blazing ahead. What ...
When Pandora was given gifts from the gods, she had many wonderful things, but she also had a box that she was told never to open. The box contained all the bad things in the world, and as long as it stayed closed, the world was a wonderful place full of joy and happiness. But Pandora'...
Most buildings have blank spots where your phone won't work. Here's a look at how to increase mobile phone coverage in buildings, without annoying the network provider or the authorities.
Most executives already understand the benefits of going wireless. What they want to learn are the potential pitfalls surrounding a wireless implementation and how to avoid them.
TDD may be just another three-letter acronym, but it's one with plenty of meaning. Just ask the TDD Coalition, an organization of companies sworn to support it. TDD stands for time division duplexing, and refers to a method of establishing a wireless bidirectional communications link u...
What do former Baywatch star Pamela Anderson, Toronto Blue Jays' first baseman Carlos Delgado, and radio personality Howard Stern have in common? They're all addicted to their PDAs. The ever-growing need to manage more and more information in less and less time, both workwise and socia...
Wireless operators face a daunting challenge as they build networks to deploy and profit from mobile data services. As their colleagues in the wireline world proved all too well, bigger, faster pipes are not the answer. This article explores the architecture requirements for infrastruc...
Launched in October, DoCoMo's 3G FOMA service signed up only 30,000 subscribers in its first three months. There's no guarantee that 3G will be a success to rival i-mode, or even catch on in a significant way. According to Yoshinori Uda, NTT DoCoMo's EVP, the Japanese pioneer of the wo...
Mobile VPN technology offers enterprises a mature, proven solution for providing secure, private access to remote users of enterprise resources. This article provides an overview of what's available for immediate deployment.
Return of the Netheads. It's not the title of a big-budget horror movie. It's a recent VC trend: large investments in wireless startups led by proven winners from the world of IP (Internet Protocol) networking.
Planning to offer enterprise access to PDA or smart phone devices via the Web? Read this article to learn what is available in the mobile browser arena.
The technology is in place to make wireless iTV happen today. If we provide real value to the end consumer, and the carriers and networks recognize each other's value and allow each to profit, we can do it.
Thanks to some new devices on the market, not to mention Sendo's high-profile defection away from Microsoft, the Symbian operating system has been in the news a lot lately. What's the story behind the system, and what does it have to offer developers, end users, and the market in gener...
Using what is called simultaneous multimodality, service providers and enterprises can deliver more compelling mobile applications - for entertainment, workforce management, commerce, interactive messaging, and more - that seamlessly mix voice and visual interaction to improve ease-of-...
Instant messaging (IM) has quickly evolved from a consumer phenomenon to a vital form of business communication. Organizations from banks to the U.S. Navy are recognizing IM's potential for person-to-person collaboration and communication. Now IM is showing promise as a means for perso...
Your customer information database can be designed using a two-way alerting system so that customers can get just the information they want, just when they need it.
The newest type of road rage is one that doesn't involve cars. It's the aggravating World Wide Wait now moving onto the wireless devices of road warriors traveling the information superhighway. Within three years, about 1.3-billion people worldwide are expected to access the Internet v...
E911 is Enhanced 911, the service that would ensure that 911 calls made from a cell phone are tagged, routed, and handled in such a way that help arrives at the appropriate destination. If my cell account is from Ohio and I'm in Maine, witnessing an accident, I need to know that callin...
Worldwide wireless broadband connectivity is spreading around the globe. What technologies are taking us there? How close are we? What are the obstacles? Robert Hoskins, director of the Broadband Wireless Alliance (BWA), describes three network environments that help define the three...
Traditionally, school districts have been late adopters rather than pioneers of technology. The New Brunswick (New Jersey) School District, though, stepped into the technology fray in a big way when it recently built its own wireless network in order to loosen the captive hold the phon...
It was another lively month here in Tokyo. First KDDI, Japan's second largest telecoms group, forecast that group net profits would more than triple to $384 million thanks to restructuring and a boost from its 3G mobile phone service.
'HAVE IT YOUR WAY' ­ the hallmark of Burger King Corporation ­ sounds like a simple promise. But the ongoing measures that the fast food chain takes to ensure that customers receive what they want ­ just the way they want it ­ are far from simple. An external handheld device is the new...
Full of promise, benefits, and potential profits, mobile commerce is capable of becoming a $21 billion industry by 2004, according to leading analyst firm IDC. Several key marketplace infrastructure components are already in place to jumpstart that growth.
With the advancement of high-speed wireless networks and mobile phone technology, and a demand from investment banks, the availability of real-time stock quotes and financial data, using phones, PDAs, and Pocket PCs, is now a reality.
Just to prove that everything old is new again, a 75-year-old speech technology is headed for hot competition among network operators. Now with wide-ranging connectivity, it seems a limitless opportunity for applications lies ahead.
There's no doubt that the WAP developer is going to have to work with a variety of emulators, and that it's not necessarily going to be a pleasant experience. But while an emulator is not going to negate testing on devices themselves, it can smooth the way both in technical and custome...


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