The touchscreen is the current darling of the handset community.
Data has overtaken voice traffic across mobile networks.
At a recent CES session, Nick Montes, president of Viva! Vision, noted that people want three things from their cell phones. "They want to communicate, and they want to save time and kill time," he said.
Some people seem to think that because Verizon Wireless is linked up with the LTE camp, the technology wars are over. I beg to differ. Having recently returned from Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Spain, I find the LTE and WiMAX rhetoric is as fiery as ever.
It's been 15 years since IBM released the Simon, the world's first smartphone, to the public. Smartphones have since evolved into bona fide pocket computers with lots of processing power and slick user interfaces. And they're not just for business users anymore, with recreational users flocking to Apple's iPhone and Nokia's recent Nseries releases.
The theme that keeps re-surfacing when using this tool is simplicity. The 140-character limit to your answers, or "tweets," is an obvious example, but it is also apparent in Twitter's biggest weapon: SMS.
A mass deployment of femtocells has been lingering just on the horizon for a while now. Analysts and carriers have trumpeted the possibilities of these handy devices while simultaneously decrying a host of issues preventing a mass implementation.
The Canadian AWS spectrum auction last summer raised $3.23 billion dollars, or $4 billion Canadian, and brought in a number of new entrants, prompting speculation that the Canadian wireless oligarchy of Bell, Telus and Rogers could be dethroned by new entrants.
As consumers increasingly rely on their mobile devices for e-mail and other functions besides voice, it's increasingly important to address security issues – even if they're not the Secret Service.
You've probably heard it before – mobile banking is the next big thing. It's about to take off. "This is the big year in terms of percentage growth This is the killer app," says Mark Beccue, senior analyst in consumer mobility with technology research firm ABI Research.
It's a good thing U.S. Cellular has a healthy balance sheet because the regional carrier is facing an uptick in competition on multiple fronts, and the fight has already taken a bite out of the company's growth.
Governments worldwide should resist temptation to pocket the proceeds from the "Digital Dividend" – the spectrum freed with the switch from analog to digital TV. Instead, monies should be directed with competitive bidding to fund widespread mobile broadband across the Digital Divide to include people and places where the operator business case is weak.
Nortel is in bankruptcy. Motorola is reporting a loss of $3.96 billion in the last fiscal quarter. Net subscriber adds are down sharply for the largest nationwide carriers. With news like this, it is easy to feel pessimistic about the future of the wireless industry.
Most police departments cannot communicate directly with the fire departments or EMS provider in the same community, much less units coming from other jurisdictions. This has been a nagging problem for the first responder community since long before 9/11 or Katrina