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VoLTE Versus WebRTC: I didn't know it was a battle

When I talk to customers, they often ask about how WebRTC compares to voice over LTE (VoLTE), and which technology “will...

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These 3 Do Everything Together

At a few shows, including the latest ITEXPO, the 3 big cablecos - TWC, Comcast and Charter - share a booth....

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Modems? In This Day and Age?

Not so many years ago, the only way to connect to the Internet was via a modem. You would use your...

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How to Speed Small Cell Site Acquisition on a Large Scale

By: Jean Jones, Director, Wireless Marketing, Alcatel-Lucent

Outdoor small cells are now widely recognized as a great solution for expanding mobile capacity and coverage. And their use is expected to grow sevenfold by 2018.[1] So here’s the next big question: How can you put these cells where they’re needed, faster and at lower cost?

Maybe you’ve already encountered deployment issues, including difficulties with small cell site acquisition. According to an Informa Telecoms & Media survey, nearly 60% of mobile operators say that deployment problems are their biggest small cell challenge.[2] In other words, operators’ top concerns are not about small cell technologies or products. Instead, they’re about the practical aspects of getting these cells up and running on light posts, utility poles, bus stops, buildings and other street locations.

This blog looks at a collaborative approach that makes these deployment processes faster and easier. Alcatel-Lucent adopted these methods for our Metro Cell Express Site Certification Program. And we’re discussing them here, because this business model earned a top award in the small cell innovation leadership category.

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HumansFirst ColdSmoke Lets You Buy with your Smartphone

While speech-technology has come a long way, we still haven’t entered the world of Star Trek reruns where the computer can do...

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Structural Separation via REIT Equals Zero Taxes

Windstream got the endorsement of the IRS to transfer their assets - copper and fiber plant - to a REIT and...

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Connected Cars as an Everyday Lifestyle

By: Ellis Lindsay, General Manager, Customer Experience Solutions, Alcatel-Lucent 

I drive to work and back home in my car every day. I tune in to a radio station for traffic news and upcoming events nearby. Like many of you I’m sure, this is a typical everyday activity. And like never before, we are connected to our home, our families, our phones, our work and our friends in a network that seems to be always on. Shouldn’t we be in a lifestyle where we are consistently connected to the everyday activities in our lives? Well, let me introduce you to the world of Connected Cars. Full Story »

Drop That PDA

March 15, 2005

If you break your PDA you are out of luck, right? You have to send the device back to the manufacturer and wait for a while and hope that your data is backed up, etc. A company called AX Micro has already shipped 30,000 replacement screens in 2004 and if your device has a broken screen, working with this company could be just the ticket.

Here are the details of what they can do:

Units Repaired

Digitizer/GlassTop Repair

Price Includes Labor & Part

Complete Screen Replacement

Price Includes Labor & Part

Battery Replacement

Price Includes Labor & Part

General Diagnosis

Includes General Diagnosis

Palm Units

Palm IIIe, IIIx & IIIxe

$35.00

$45.00

N/A

$20.00

Palm VII & VIIx

$35.00

$45.00

N/A

$20.00

Palm m100 & m105

$40.00

$60.00

N/A

$20.00

Palm IIIc

$40.00

$60.00

$45.00

$20.00

Palm m500

N/A

N/A

$45.00

N/A

Palm m505

N/A

$80.00

$45.00

$20.00

Palm m515

N/A

$90.00

$45.00

$20.00

Tungsten T & T2

85.00

N/A

$50.00

N/A

Tungsten C & W

85.00

N/A

$50.00

N/A

Tungsten E

85.00

N/A

$60.00

$20.00

Palm Zire 71

85.00

N/A

$60.00

N/A

Palm Zire 72

85.00

N/A

N/A

N/A

Treo 600

N/A

N/A

$60.00

N/A

Palm V & Vx

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Visor Units

Visor Deluxe, Neo, Platinum & Pro

$40.00

N/A

N/A

$20.00

Visor Prism

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$70.00

$45.00

N/A

Symbol Units

Symbol SPT-1500 & SPT-1550

$35.00
NOT FOR SPT-1550

$45.00
OK FOR 1500 & 1550

N/A

$20.00

Symbol SPT-1700 & SPT-1800

$70.00

N/A

N/A

N/A

Symbol PPT-2700 & PPT-2800

$70.00

N/A

N/A

N/A

Sony Clie Units

Clie S300, S320 & S360

$50.00

N/A

$50.00

$20.00

Clie 700/610 Series

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Clie T, SL & SJ Series

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Dell Axim Units

Axim X5

$70.00

N/A

N/A

N/A

Axim X3, X3i & X30

$80.00

N/A

N/A

N/A

iPAQ Units

iPAQ 36xx Series

N/A

$160.00

$50.00

N/A

iPAQ 38xx Series

N/A

N/A

$55.00

N/A

iPAQ 39xx Series

N/A

N/A

$55.00

N/A

VoiceLogger Becomes Davacord

March 15, 2005

Ebbers Guilty

March 15, 2005

VoIP Service Out

March 15, 2005

Yesterday my CallVantage service died. I know this because I called my house from work and every time I tried, I went into voicemail. I spoke with my wife later and she told me the Internet wasn’t working fo some reason. I started to get mentally ready for calling Cablevision that night and waiting on hold for hours as they diagnose and (hopefully) fix the problem.

When I got home I noticed the pause light on the cable modem – I think it was called pause, was on.

Charlotte Observer VoIP Article

March 15, 2005

I was pretty excited to see that the Charlotte Observer thought the recent Boston Globe VoIP article quoting me was good enough to run again. A few people forwarded me the link to the site. One challenge of speaking with a reporter is you never know what they are going to use in their article. If you go off on a tangent, they could take the tangent and run.

Case in point, I discussed the opportunity for a VoIP consumer electronics device to blow away the terrible cordless phones we are stuck with today.

Miami Herald VoIP Article

March 15, 2005

There is a great VoIP article in the Miami Herald today and they were nice enough to quote me. Here is an excerpt:


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Matrimonial attorney Herman H. Tarnow lives in Naples and practices law in New York City. He uses the telephone like a cellphone but avoids roaming charges by using VoIP.


Two other attorneys in his firm also telecommute across state lines, including a pregnant lawyer who is able to keep working while visiting New York once a week, Tarnow said.

iPOD Shuffle Clone

March 15, 2005

The LuxPro Super Shuffle is a digital audio player from a Taiwan based company. Similar in looks and function to the Apple iPOD Shuffle (news) it adds an FM music player but lacks the famous apple AAC support. Instead it supports the Windows Media digital rights management format or DRM.



The LuxPro Super Shuffle (photo taken from site)





BT and Tatara

March 14, 2005

BT chooses Tatara Systems Inc. SIM Authentication technology to form part of a ground-breaking voice-over-WLAN trial in the United Kingdom.

BT is making an aggressive bid to capture marketshare in the dual-mode market for GSM and WiFi. Trial participants will be issued with HP iPAQ 6340 personal digital assistant (PDA) devices, enabled for WLAN and GSM voice connectivity. Initially the trial restricts Wi-Fi access to Adastral Park only but ultimately users will be able to make voice calls over WLAN networks at the office, at home, or at a public hotspot. When out of range of a WLAN network, the user will make voice calls over the standard GSM network.

The Tatara Subscriber Gateway and the Tatara Service Manager Software Developers Kit (SDK), elements of the Tatara Mobile Services Convergence Platform, form a key part of the technology infrastructure that BT is deploying to enable the trial.

W800i and W800c

March 14, 2005

If the future of consumer devices is convergence then take a look at what SonyEricsson is doing as a guide to what the future will look like. Let’s start by saying you’ll want to have lots of memory handy because we are at a point today where you can generate a tremendous amount of megabytes from the camera on one of these babies.

The Sony Ericsson W800 which comes in variants for GSM – W800i and for GSM in China – W800c will be some of the most powerful devices out there and most interestingly they hark back to the heritage of the Sony Walkman. Sony is positioning this device a s serious music player. It plays 15 hours of music while the phone is on or 30 hours when the phone is off.

Wayport and Cingular

March 14, 2005

This in my opinion is the beginning of WiFi telephony taking hold in a so called dual-mode configuration allowing GSM and WiFi telephony calls to be made via a single device. I may be reading into this a bit but this seems inevitable and Wayport is the biggest competitor to T-Mobile hotspots. T-Mobile of course competes with Cingular a fellow GSM network in the US.

WAYPORT AND CINGULAR ANNOUNCE WI-FI ROAMING AGREEMENT IN HOTELS AND AIRPORTS


Cingular to Package Wayport Wi-Fi High-Speed Internet Access with its EDGE High-Speed Data Service

New Orleans, March 14, 2005 – Wayport, the nation’s largest provider of Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g) wireless and wired high-speed Internet access to mobile travelers in nearly 7,000 locations, announced today that it has reached a strategic Wi-Fi roaming agreement with Cingular, the nation’s largest wireless carrier.




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