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Restoration Hardware's E-commerce Fighting Formula

A Tasteful Blend of Starbucks and Apple Retail Experiences designed to make customers fall in loveApple has the most valuable retail real...

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Thoughts on ThinkGeek Customer Service

I’m on the phone with ThinkGeek because I purchased something which they shipped incorrectly. I tried email and didn’t get a...

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The Interworking Function (IWF) part of the Diameter Signaling Controller (DSC) now takes center stage

Diameter Signaling Controllers (DSCs) are the general term used to describe products that enable load balancing and scaling of Diameter signaling...

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New T-Mobile Pay as You Go LTE Pricing Changes Everything

Until recently, if you wanted a real data plan on a major carrier while using your cell phone, you were forced...

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How Sony May be Fighting to Unleak its Information

The recent attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment is about as scary as it gets as emails which insulted the company’s hired talent...

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4 Tips for the Busy Executive

I have a couple of prospective clients that keep delaying projects. One really wants to do the project but the people...

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Opening up the skies with LTE Air-to-Ground

By: Thierry Sens, Marketing Director Transportation Segment, Alcatel-Lucent

(Note:  Originally posted on Alcatel-Lucent corporate blog)

“Ladies and gentlemen, the fasten seat belt sign has now been turned on. Please ensure your mobile devices are switched off for the full duration of the flight” It is the announcement that many passengers dread as they hurry to finish up one more e-mail, or send one final text or tweet, before the start of a flight and a few hours of absence from the connected world.

But from the end of 2016 this is set to change in Europe. Inmarsat announced on November 20 that it has signed a contract with Alcatel-Lucent to develop Long-Term Evolution (LTE) air-to-ground technology, which will be delivered in partnership with service providers and airlines in 30 European countries. Alcatel-Lucent will supply the ground LTE radio infrastructure, which consists of antennas situated 100 km apart. The system is capable of providing download speeds of up to 75 mbps to planes using 2x15 MHz FDD licenses which Inmarsat owns in the Mobile Satellite Service (MSS) S-band. This makes it not only the world’s fastest airborne broadband service, but a pioneer of future in-flight services for passengers and airline operations.

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New Dell Call Center in India

March 18, 2005

According to a CNET Story the contact center, like two others Dell is already operating in India, will handle telephone calls from consumers in the United States and elsewhere around the world.

The new facility, located in Mohali near the Chandigarh metropolitan area in India's Punjab province, will have 300 Dell employees at first, company spokesman David Frink said.

The center is being opened to support Dell's huge growth of late. The company is now the world's largest PC maker over Hewlett-Packard. But Dell has experienced growing pains in the recent past, causing some customers to criticize its service and support.

The company's India operation has, at times, been at the center of those accusations by both consumers and businesses, with each sometimes complaining of lackluster service. Dell responded by taking measures such as rerouting some tech support calls from businesses to its U.S. support technicians.





Phone+ Mention

March 18, 2005

CallVantage: Only 53,000 Customers

March 18, 2005

AT&T has been reluctant to share their customer numbers and I assumed that was because they were low. It turns out that 53k is the number of users they have while Vonage is going to break 1,000,000 by the summer. My perception is that Vonage is outspending AT&T 10 to 1 on advertising if not more. I actually purchased two science magazines to read on the plane on my most recent trip and both had Vonage ads in them.

Yahoo 360

March 18, 2005

Yahoo will soon introduce a new service called yahoo 360 that combines blogging and social networking. The service is designed to enable Yahoo's 165 million registered users to pull content from the Web site's discussion groups, online photo albums and review section to plug into their own blogs.

Participants can either choose to open their blogs to the entire world or restrict access to people invited through e-mail. Initially only those invited will be able to use the service which seems to be a page right out of Google’s Gmail service.

Blogging and social networking are areas of huge growth potential. If Yahoo!



Heading Back to NYC

March 17, 2005

I had a great time speaking in Dallas and I met some interesting people looking to implement VoIP in their companies. There was a healthy split between enterprise and contact center companies that I met with and the question that many of them are grappling with is when to switch to IP. As I mentioned in my keynotes, the time is now. There is widespread adoption of VoIP going on today from the contact center to the enterprise to the government...

Wireless Growth Stats

March 17, 2005

Here are some stats from the TIA on wireless growth:

Wireless handset spending in the United States will rise to $13.3 billion in 2008 from 10.1 billion in 2004, growing at a 7.0 percent compound annual rate. This growth is attributable to increased functionality as well as increases in subscribers. As overall subscriber growth slows and new users provide less of a boost than in the past, the replacement market will become the primary focus to increase subscribers.

Camera phones are one of the most popular features and are estimated to comprise 60 percent of shipments by 2006. Smart phones, which combine a phone with other applications such as an organizer, are an emerging segment of the market.



Vonexus VoIP Presentation

March 17, 2005

Interactive Intelligence contact center presentation

March 17, 2005

Qwest Boosts MCI Bid

March 17, 2005

Off To Dallas -- Almost

March 16, 2005

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