Mae : Wireless Mobility Blog
| News and views on everything wireless and mobile, from WiFi and WiMAX to 3G and fixed-mobile convergence (FMC).

RingCentral Takes Fax Online, Makes it Mobile

July 6, 2007

If you’re like me—someone who’s used to the speed and ease of email—faxing documents can seem like an unbearable hassle. Create document. Print document. Look up phone number. Walk to fax machine.

iPhone, Firsthand

July 5, 2007

Yesterday, to celebrate Independence Day, I engaged in a very American activity: shopping. While I was at the mall, I stopped by the Apple Store to check out iPhone firsthand. Yes, I actually got a chance to play around with the new, cool phone that everyone is talking about.   Overall, my conclusion is wow—finally a consumer-grade rather than business-focused smartphone. iPhone was pretty comfortable to hold, and I found its features for the most part impressive.   At first, I admit I was a bit concerned about the usability of the touch-screen keyboard that pops up whenever you set out to complete a task requiring typing.

Transfer Video to iPhone with Innovative Solutions Software

July 3, 2007

iPhone isn’t even a week old yet, and already it’s apparent that accessory manufacturers and software developers have been busy for months gearing up for the release of Apple’s cell phone. One example is software company Innovative Solutions, which today announced a software package that helps users transport movies from DVDs to the iPhone.   The software, DVD to iPhone, makes it possible to “put full length DVDs, downloaded movies and other video on the iPhone.”   DVD to iPhone is a Windows program, for XP/Vista. According to Innovative Solutions, it can handle any DVD source including pre-recorded and recordable DVDs. Also transportable: video file formats including AVI and MPEG.

Innovative Solutions also said that the software enables very speedy transfers, “with a 90 minute DVD being transferred in an average 30 minutes.”   The software lets users select from a variety of settings for aspect ration, video and sound quality, and language/subtitle options.

Attempting to Track Down iPhone Sales Numbers

July 2, 2007

So, this morning I got curious: how well did iPhone sell over the weekend? I figured I might be able to get an idea by calling some of the larger Apple Stores around the country. I went to and grabbed phone numbers for five stores: one each in Los Angeles, CA; Dallas, TX; New York City; Tampa, FL; and Lyndhurst, OH (near Cleveland).   Then, bracing for the time-consuming task of navigating phone menu systems, I hit the phone.

Want an iPhone? Get in Line

June 29, 2007

In what has to be one of the best-orchestrated marketing schemes in a while, Apple today will start selling its new iPhone, a device which combines the popular iPod MP3 player with smartphone and wireless Web capabilities. Stores open tonight at 6:00 p.m.  Eastern Time in the U.S. (They’ll be closed from 2:00-6:00pm to prepare for the expected onslaught.) If you want an iPhone, better get in line now.   Actually, though, some people have already been in line… since Monday.

CallWave Visual Voicemail Follow-up

June 26, 2007

Last week I blogged about CallWave’s new Visual Voicemail service for use with mobile phones. I wrote that I really liked the service, but had two gripes:   1. Callers didn’t get my personal greeting, instead reached a generic CallWave message.   2. I couldn’t access my voicemail from my phone any longer—only using the online, visual mailbox.   I heard back from two reps at CallWave (you can read their notes in the comments section of this blog) who pointed out that, actually, the Visual Voicemail service has functionality built in that overcome both the problems I was encountering.

Review: CallWave Visual Voicemail

June 22, 2007

CallWave, a company that’s been creating voice applications since 1998, recently released a new service called CallWave Visual Voicemail. This is a ‘widget’ (works with iGoogle, Apple OS, Windows, and Yahoo!) that lets you see your voicemail messages in a Web-based menu and choose which ones you want to listen to.   I decided to give this a whirl, since I’m still saving up to buy an iPhone (which includes lots of neat features, including visual voicemail). IMHO, visual voicemail is long overdue.

Apple iPhone: Coming June 29

June 4, 2007

The big news broke over the weekend: there is now an official launch date for Apple’s much-touted iPhone (device that combines mobile phone with iPod). The new product’s hit-the-shelves birthday is June 29.   Is it really official? Well, seems so: Reuters is reporting it this morning (citing confirmation from an Apple spokesperson), and Apple aired three TV commercials Sunday night showing off iPhone and saying it will be available to purchase on the 29th.

Mobispine Reduces Cost of Mobile Surfing with Intelligent Agent App

May 31, 2007

Using a mobile phone to browse online content or look up information on the Web can be an expensive proposition, since time spent using broadband service is often time paid for quite dearly. Many Web sites, and Web browsers, aren’t optimized for fast loading on mobile devices, exacerbating the problem.   Viewing Web content on mobile phones faster is the idea behind Mobispine AB’s intelligent agent. The Sweden-based company recently released a new version of its mobile phone news aggregator, which saves data airtime charges by alerting users about updates only when their favorite Web sites or blogs display new content.   Other features of the RSS-like application include “you-may-also-like” recommendations and intelligent navigation.   “To start ‘murfing’ (mobile surfing) all users need is a mobile phone that accepts Java programs and an Internet-enabled phone,” explained Mobispine CMO Joakim Hili, in a statement.

ABI: Mobile Phone Accessories More Profitable Than the Phone Itself

May 29, 2007

Sometimes, accessories for “the thing” generate more revenue than “the thing” itself. Perhaps not with revenue (I don’t have the numbers handy) but certainly with ubiquity, we’ve seen this trend in the explosion during the past few years of iPod accessories. Apple isn’t the only company to realize that, once people have their iPod, the way to keep the money flowing (aside from introducing new iPods every year or two) is through accessories: cases, faceplates, gadgets for connectivity in the car, etc.   In the mobile phone market, at least, current projections indicate that accessories are poised to soon drive more revenue than the sale of phones themselves.