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Apple, iPhone and the AT&T Power Struggle

February 18, 2007

Apple’s ability to open the music industry up and now the mobile phone market is amazing. Steve Jobs has more control over the iPhone than any other recent domestic equipment provider has had over their devices. In fact few people at Cingular Wireless – now AT&T Wireless even saw the device before it was announced at MacWorld.   AT&T Wireless put up with Jobs and Apple but Verizon Wireless balked at some of the terms of the agreement such as where the phones would be sold. Apparently none of the wireless carriers are happy with comments made by Steve Jobs in the past – specifically, that telecom operators as "orifices" that other companies, including phone makers, must go through to reach consumers.   Obviously AT&T has high hopes for this device to put up with these comments and to lose so much control of the device.   But there is more at play here worth mentioning.

Blackberry 8800

February 17, 2007

Wikipedia Dead Links

February 17, 2007

FCC Still not Happy with Cable Companies

February 16, 2007

Mitel Presence Tour

February 15, 2007

Today I will be flying to California to speak tomorrow at a conference hosted by Mitel. The name of the tour – I kid you not is the Presence Tour 2007. I will be discussing Unified Communications among other topics.   Here is all the info you need to know.   It will take place tomorrow in Costa Mesa at the Westin South Coast Plaza. I will be a speaker and am apparently substituting for Sir Terry Matthews – which is a great honor.

Findnearby.net

February 15, 2007

I happened upon a blog entry from Marc Robins this am discussing the website mashup findnearby.net. I have been a big fan of mashups of the years and this is probably one of the most useful ones out there.   The site allows you to enter a product you are looking for as well as a zip code and a search radius in miles. It then checks Wal-Mart, craigslist, Amazon and eBay for your product.   I tried it a few times and it seems to work acceptably well. To be better it needs more retailer participation.   Still, this is the type of service that can save your rear when you need a product ASAP and want many options.   As Marc says, when this thing adds click to call functionality it will be even better.

iPhone, AT&T U-verse, Blackberry and Hosted Communications

February 14, 2007

Edgar Bronfman Jr. a record company exec speaking at CTIA is right on when he says the interface on cell phones can use drastic improvement. On average, Bronfman said, it can take a person 20 clicks to buy a ringtone, depending on the carrier network the consumer is using. He also complained about the fact that ringtones, full-track songs, music videos and album art are all sold in separate virtual stores.   I believe Apple has and will continue to change the mobile phone industry and if the industry doesn’t get its act together soon, Apple will steamroll it. Somehow Apple does everything design-wise better than any other company.

Future TMC Employee

February 13, 2007

iPods, Blackberrys Banned

February 7, 2007

Today the government banned the automobile arguing that by doing so hundreds of thousands of lives would be saved. The logical argument presented by our leaders was that the government needs to protect citizens from themselves.   Could you imagine if such a thing were true? There would be panic in the streets and the stock market would tank. People wouldn’t be able to get to work, enjoy themselves by driving away on vacations.

TMCnet Mobile

February 2, 2007

If you are looking for the best communications and technology news on the go be sure to check out TMCnet Mobile which will display very well on most mobile devices. The service is in alpha at the moment but seems pretty stable based on my brief experience.   Any web browser can see this page by the way. Check it out now if you like.   One thing it does that I consider great about this new service but others may not like is that it allows you access to parts of TMCnet that are formatted for the mobile device.   In other words if a link exists in an article that is not formatted for the mobile device you can still get there. This is great depending ion your web device.   What is very frustrating to me about other sites is that when you click on a link in an article that is not formatted for a mobile device you get redirected to a page that is a mobile home page.
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