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Nexus One: A $350 Penalty so you can Access AT&T?

January 7, 2010

Two years ago I discussed how Sharper Image could change the way cellphones are sold in the US - they offered an array of unlocked phones and the retailer seemed like the right kind of outlet to make the change to open wireless communications in the US happen. I wondered if this would start a trend saying:

There may be an opportunity for the company as currently if you want to buy an unlocked phone you have to search the Internet. Sharper Image could become the "unlocked phone store" if they play their cards right.

Avaya's Nortel Roadmap Featured at ITEXPO East 2010 in Miami

January 6, 2010

One of the most important enterprise communications acquisitions in recent memory will be highlighted at a keynote luncheon roundtable at ITEXPO, Thursday, January 21st at 12:00 pm EST.

I am very excited to announce a brand new session at the World's Communications Conference:

Avaya Purchases Nortel Enterprise Assets:

Product Roadmap Implications for Users

How Apple and Others Control Leaks

January 6, 2010

Google, Apple set for Death Match

January 5, 2010

Like a Godzilla movie with award-winning special effects, this battle will open up new opportunities for players in the communications market deep into the decade.

Apple recently announced it has had over three billion applications downloaded on the iPhone and iPod Touch and has further purchased mobile advertising company Quattro Wireless for $300 bmillion. If you have followed Apple, you know this move is not surprising. Last November in fact I wrote about how Google is scaring Apple to death as evidenced by Apple filing a patent in the advertising space and reportedly bidding for Admob.

Apples iTablet Confirmed - Why it May Ruin Tech

January 4, 2010

Some of the most exciting news for all of technology has to be the official introduction of a new product category at Apple - the tablet. After all, the iPod and iPhone were responsible for billions of dollars in new spending from global consumers. Remember, MP3 players and mobile phones were both mature markets when Apple entered - but look at them now -- everyone seems to crave products from Apple and they want to spend more money for them because frankly they are worth it.

But there is danger in this new product launch which scares me more than almost anything else in the land of tech.

M2M Equals Smart Services

January 4, 2010

"Engineers like to call it machine-to-machine or M2M while businesspeople like to refer to the market as smart services," is a notable paraphrased quote made by nPhase's Joe Jumayo while being interviewed (video below) by Dr. Mary Cronin, a TMC and Crossfire Media partner in the Smart Product Ecosystem industry site on TMCnet and referred to affectionately as SPEC.



Some of the more important parts of their conversation have to do with e-book readers which are now interconnected, water treatment plants which are connected by M2M solutions and more. Siemens is used as example above in discussing how M2M has helped them in the water business and this experience is being used to help them in other areas in which they play.

M2M is also important in the robotics space where Jumayo explains an outage of a robot for an hour in a particular application is the equivalent of $60,000 lost.



Mitel's IPO and the Future of Communications this Decade

January 4, 2010

2009 was a momentous year for Nortel - finally imploding under a combination of extreme debt, acquisition challenges, Asian competition and the remnants of a financial scandal from years past. Recently I analyzed the acquisition of Nortel's enterprise unit by Avaya and further reported how we can expect to hear the details of the merger and roadmap on January 19th, 2010, one day before ITEXPO kicks off in Miami.

While I am sure there will be vibrant discussion at the conference regarding Avaya's roadmap, it should be noted that Mitel too will be a major topic of discussion at the event as it plans an IPO this year. You may recall the IPO plans of the company were shelved in 2006 - many thought this was as a result of a poor showing in the public markets by Vonage - but company execs explained the reason for the pull back had more to do with the fact they were able to bid for and acquire Inter-Tel and didn't need the public markets to consummate the transaction.

Discounts for Communications and Technology Events at ITEXPO

December 31, 2009

To all my readers, Happy New Year. Please feel free to take advantage of these special conference & expo rates (check out these low travel rates as well) as my gift to you. I hope to see you at the show January 20-22, 2010 -- a few weeks from now.

 

ITEXPO East 2010 -- 21st Event Since 1999.

More Reasons to Attend ITEXPO East 2010 in Miami

December 29, 2009

My marketing department sent out this wonderful letter on my behalf and I wanted to share it with my readers. BTW - note we are still giving away a car -- this year a Honda Element.

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From Rich Tehrani, TMC's CEO and Conference Chairman



US Schools Must Improve

December 29, 2009

US high school students rank a disastrously low 25 out of 30 industrialized nations in math.

I have written before about how bad our school system is and how a country like Iran - where my family is from and a place I visited 30 years ago had a school system far more rigorous than the US. As a nine-year old kid I toured this country which at the time was filled with dirt roads, cars that ran for about a quarter of a mile before overheating, wandering wild animals, filthy swimming pools (apparently no one would trade oil for chlorine at the time) and a school system which forced my young cousins to do homework all day and night. How is it that this little dustbowl of a country put more effort into their future than the US does?

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