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Happenings at ITEXPO East 2009 in Miami

February 1, 2009

My marketing team does a better job of formatting than I ever could and this is something they helped me with. It is a summary of some of the activities this week at the show. I hope you find it helpful and I hope to see you tomorrow.

From Rich Tehrani, TMC President
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18th INTERNET TELEPHONY Conference & EXPO East 2009
February 2-4, 2009 - Miami Beach Convention Center
Miami, Florida - www.itexpo.com



Dear Colleague,
ITEXPO starts Tomorrow in sunny Miami.  
If you haven't made your plans to attend yet, take advantage of affordable airfares
and all the FREE opportunities to learn and network.




Loving Boingo

February 1, 2009

I am sitting here in LaGuardia Airport in New York, waiting for my flight to Miami for ITEXPO and loving Boingo. I thought it would be a hassle to download and use it but it was the easiest thing I could have ever done. I downloaded the app on my laptop first and started uploading photos - boy is it fast. Then the iPhone - there is an app for many mobile devices - I decided not to put it on the XV6800 for now.

RIM Milestones

January 31, 2009

Congratulations to RIM... A very special company responsible for helping transform the way the world works. I give the company tremendous credit for improving global productivity on a scale never seen before.

RIM's creation of the email on the go market shows how technology can change the world for the better. Concepts like the fax machine, voicemail, IVR, ACDs, IP PBXs, etc have made the world a more productive place and in the process increased the standard of living of the entire world.

The Canadian company recently sent me some milestones they have reached.



How Dell Helped Destroy the PDA Market

January 30, 2009

Eight years ago I was the chairman of a conference titled Planet PDA where I got to see the early innovation in the market which later became widely deployed in a slew of consumer electronics devices. Back then, Palm and Treo were separate companies and Microsoft was coming on strong with what became Windows Mobile.

My gadget of choice at the time was a Palm 7, a wonder of a PDA which allowed data access via an integrated wireless chipset. A number of websites designed Palm 7 versions and the device was very useful and far ahead of its time.

Nortel Puts Another Nail in WiMAX Coffin

January 29, 2009

Nortel just announced it is discontinuing its WiMAX offering which was supplied by Israeli company Alvarion. The company says these moves will allow it to focus more effectively while better positioning itself in other areas where it is stronger.

This news comes as a further blow to WiMAX and follows up on earlier analysis today about the difficulty WiMAX is having in a slow global economy. The question worth asking is when will WiMAX make money for vendors/carriers if so many companies are pulling away from the standard?

Some Important ITEXPO East 2009 News

January 28, 2009

Here are some links from a recent ITEXPO Show Daily sent to ITEXPO attendees. It doesn't live online yet so I can't post a link. (Show daily 1, 2) Instead I cut and pasted some of the more important parts with the important links and videos borrowed from the ITEXPO home page.

Keep reading to the end and be sure you are at the show to potentially win the Jeep (you must be present to win). In this economy I am not aware of too many places you can win a car -- just because you showed up.

ITEXPO East 2009 Miami Panel Info

January 28, 2009

Hi all, thought it made sense to pass along this press release TMC is about to put out so you know what is happening at ITEXPO this Monday-Wednesday in Miami. Hope to see you there soon.

Oh -- and I used the highlighter pretty liberally because i was in one of those moods. Hope you don't mind.

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HD-Voice, Unified Communications, and Service Provider Panel Discussions Top the Agenda for Next Week's ITEXPO Conference in Miami






Plantronics Looks to Unified Communications for Future Growth

January 28, 2009

Plantronics recently reported earnings for its third quarter ending 12/31/08 and from the call there is a good amount you can learn about what is happening in communications. It should be noted that entire markets cannot be judged by a single company but since they play in so many markets, it is worth analyzing what they see happening to their business.

On the call, the company mentioned net revenues were down year over year for the quarter at $182.8 million compared with $232.8. The company says office, audio/entertainment and contact center sales were at the low end of expectations.

Must Read: iPhone Keyboard Better Than G1?

January 27, 2009

My two mobile devices are the HTC XV6800 and iPhone. I use the iPhone for data and the XV6800 as my voice phone. This works out well as Verizon has a much better network and I have few dropped calls if any. In a situation where I need data access and AT&T doesn't work, I use the Skyfire browser on the XV6800.

Come Meet the Thought Leaders at ITEXPO Part 2

January 27, 2009

Last week I posted some links to interviews which I did with various thought leaders who will be participating at ITEXPO next week in Miami.  Since the last post I had a chance to conduct a few more which are worth sharing.

I find interviews are a useful way to get a feel for the people I will run into at events. In addition, by reading through them you get a sense for where people think things are going in the market.

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