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TreoCiel: As Local As Local Weather Gets

September 5, 2006

Number Portability problems

September 5, 2006

I never thought that in 2006 I would have number portability problems. Hasn't number portability regulations evolved to the point where it is no longer an issue? Alas, I found out the hard way that number portability is still very much a political game by the phone carriers and even the VoIP service providers to hold their customers hostage.

First, let me state that I've been a happy Vonage customer for many years, and used it in two different home addresses with the same exact phone number, which was ported from AT&T/SBC. Thus, I've had the same phone number for about 10 years, which many friends and family know.

Paris Hilton hacks voicemail using Asterisk

August 31, 2006

Celebrities Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan are in a well-known feud that now has entered one of my favorite realms, namely VoIP. According to an InfoWorld article, (which Asterisk VoIP News reminded me about), it is alleged that Paris Hilton used a fake Caller ID seller called to hack into voicemail accounts on an un-named mobile phone network. has suspended her account along with more than 50 others.

Apparently, many mobile phone companies, including Cingular Wireless and T-Mobile simply use Caller ID to identify voicemail users without requiring passwords. Have they not heard of CallerID spoofing?

MINO Wireless now runs on Symbian phones

August 31, 2006

How Far Will You Go?

August 30, 2006

Articulation - VoIP on your Palm PDA

August 23, 2006

Palm users have been clamoring for VoIP on their Palm devices for quite some time. I've mentioned VoIP on Palm (including the Treo) in the past. mobiVoIP was the first to offer VoIP on a Palm device.  However, mobiVoIP only works with their VoIP service plan.

How About a Mobile Phone without the Keys? Read On ...

August 23, 2006

Can't wait to see this one in production units!

Fascinating article in online verson of PC Magazine yesterday about the phone that has no keys.  Yes, that's right -- a touchscreen instead of a keypad (dial pad -- hey, how about a rotary dialer like in the '60s?).

According to the piece, the phone, known as the Onyx, is a touch pad prototype of what developers Synaptics and Pilotfish call a "mobile phone concept," meaning this actual phone will probably never hit the market.

Digital Camera Phones Rule! Anyone Remember Film or Digital Cameras?

August 21, 2006

Ten years ago, camera companies had nothing to worry about except each other.

But poof! along came digital cameras and the Kodak, Fuji and Nikon's of the camera world had to worry about consumer technology companies like Sony or IT companies (at least back then) like HP.

Funny thing is, while the camera companies -- both old and new -- battled each other for survival (market share) their core imaging technology got scooped up as a cool feature in mobile phones. 

Mobile TV: In Need of a Market?

August 18, 2006

Pop Quiz! Desirable Cell Phone Features

August 15, 2006

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