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How Apple is Greasing the Wheels of Churn

January 13, 2011

It’s a pain to change mobile devices and carriers. Thankfully over the years many wireless providers have made the process go more smoothly by porting address books in their retail stores. But Apple has gone the extra mile allowing their devices to seamlessly work with most of the existing data from previous phones. In other words upgrading from an iPhone to an iPhone 3G to a 3GS and 4G has been a fairly straightforward task.

All iPhone 4s Can Soon Become Mobile Hotspots

January 12, 2011

You may have heard the Verizon iPhone will have the ability to become a personal hotspot which will connect up to five devices. You may have further decided this is a reason to switch to Verizon from AT&T. Now it turns out AT&T is evaluating this feature as well and may roll it out when iOS 4.3 becomes available.

What is unclear is if the 3GS and 3G will also support this functionality and if this is the case what happens to a carrier's MiFi business when you can pick up a cheap iPhone which blends a smartphone and personal AP in one?

Are Pay-TV Companies Suicidal?

January 10, 2011

I don’t mean to sound an alarm bell but run for the doors – if you are a cable company or telco, just what the heck are you thinking?

Let me lay out the facts. Kodak is a shell of its former self as is Tower Records which went through bankruptcy. And in each case the move to digital distribution gave consumers alternatives which were either lower cost, more convenient or both.

Read Before Switching to Verizon for iPhone

January 10, 2011

Verizon is widely rumored to be releasing the iPhone tomorrow and so many have waited so long for the moment they can either give up an existing device on Verizon’s network or switch from AT&T or other carriers. There are a few things to ponder before switching – such as will the new iPhone support GSM, allowing users to travel outside the country and use their phones. My guess is yes – it will likely be a “world phone.”

Moreover, will the device be the same as what AT&T users get or be upgraded somehow with a new designation?

Behold the Anticloud - Lapdoc is Born

January 7, 2011

Are Lapdocs the Future or Palm Foleo 2.0?

In May of 2007 Palm introduced the Foleo to a stunned public wondering why the need a device whose only purpose is to sync with their smartphone. Priced similar to a laptop – and with a similar form factor, the Foleo had only a fraction of the functionality and needed a separate device to be truly useful. I immediately explained I had no idea what the need for the gadget was.

Apple Walled Garden Grows

January 7, 2011

While you have to admire the absolute genius the Apple iTunes App Store and its potential to rake in $2B in revenue this year, the success of the store is the worst thing in the world for those who enjoy the ability to purchase software in an uncensored fashion. Although it’s eased, Apple retains tight control over the applications which are allowed to run on the company’s iDevices and now the computing industry is following suit with Android, RIM and Microsoft stores.

There are profound benefits to having a central authority manage apps which are available on a platform such as ensuring applications aren’t acting in a malicious manner or breaking privacy rules.

Did Skype Just Kill Cisco's UMI Telepresence?

January 5, 2011

Let’s start with the positives. I like the Cisco Umi television ad campaign and the fact the company has kiosks in Malls across the country demonstrating the service is a great idea. However, a paid service which basically brings enhanced Skype functionality is a really tough sell to me and when there are so many other things to buy with your consumer electronics dollar such as the Microsoft Xbox Kinect and tablets galore, will the typical family opt for personal telepresence so they can see grandma a bit better than they can with Skype?

In October I detailed ten reasons why Cisco’s Umi will fail and now we have reason number 11.

SIP and HTML5 Convergence: Are You Ready?

January 5, 2011

Carl Ford is the loveable guy in the IP communications space I used to compete with but we are now family. It is really a great partnership and his company, Crossfire Media has partnered with TMC on a number of events including SIP Tutorial which has been held three times and has educated companies of all sizes, major telcos and technical staffs working at prestigious Ivy League schools.

The next event will be collocated with ITEXPO East 2011 in Miami this February 2-4 and I asked Carl for a few reasons to attend and macro trends which will be discussed.

He mentioned recent SIP meetings in China which show the need to keep current on SIP standards and HTML5 in particular which will integrate with SIP in the future.

Communications Veteran Tom Evslin on Government Inefficiency

January 5, 2011

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It was great to turn on TV and see Tom Evslin the VoIP and telecom visionary and veteran talking about how much waste there is in government and how much of our tax dollars were wasted in stimulus bills which purchased solar cells made in China. Obviously I was happy to see Tom, not hear the message.

The interview was based on an article Tom wrote titled Confessions of a State Stimulus Czar. It is worth pointing out that the piece gives insight into government incompetence I rail about frequently. And yet people say the government should spend and do more.



Gadgetize the Man in Your Life

January 5, 2011

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