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  • Sprint's 4G Xohm WiMax: How fast is it?

    Posted October 10, 2008 - 3:05 pm

    To see just what WiMax is, how it works and what it's actually capable of, I went to Baltimore, the first U.S. city to offer WiMax service commercially, to try it out.
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    Product review: Nokia E71 3G smartphone

    Posted October 10, 2008 - 2:54 pm

    As Nokia's very first 3G phone with a full QWERTY keyboard, the US$500 E71 is an all-around improvement on its predecessor, the E61. It not only has a sleeker and more sophisticated curved design, but it packs a multitude of features ideal for both business and personal use.
  • Firefox for Mobile alpha release due next week

    Posted October 10, 2008 - 9:59 am

    By this time next week, Mozilla will have unveiled the alpha release of its mobile Firefox browser, codenamed Fennec.
  • Smartphone showdown: BlackBerry Storm vs. iPhone

    Posted October 9, 2008 - 9:49 pm

    While Verizon (and Vodafone in Europe and elsewhere) is hoping that the BlackBerry Storm will be its own "iPhone killer," questions remain about whether the offering can match the popular Apple consumer device in several key areas. Here's a look at how the Storm stacks up against the iPhone in terms of call quality, data coverage, price and more.
  • Review

    Product review: Palm Treo Pro smartphone

    Posted October 9, 2008 - 2:50 pm

    Having enjoyed success with its sporty Centro models, Palm is taking some of the lessons it learned there back to its Treo business line: The Palm Treo Pro integrates certain Centro design elements with the Windows Mobile 6.1 operating system and with the more robust features of contemporary BlackBerrys to produce a sleek smart phone built with the image-conscious corporate user in mind.
  • Review

    Product review: HP iPaq 910c Business Messenger smartphone

    Posted October 9, 2008 - 2:47 pm

    In the world of smartphones, while Apple's TV ads insist that the company's iPhone 3G "works great with work" and BlackBerry fans eagerly await RIM's BlackBerry Bold, HP's new Windows Mobile 6.1-based iPaq 910c Business Messenger offers an alternative aimed at corporate users who are willing to pay top dollar for a high-end smart phone with advanced features.
  • Ericsson attaches blades for wind power to base station

    Posted October 9, 2008 - 10:27 am

    Ericsson has equipped its environmentally friendly radio base station site concept Tower Tube with built-in support for wind power, in a bid to help operators go green and expand mobile networks to where electricity isn't available.
  • Apple becomes the platform

    Posted October 8, 2008 - 11:19 pm

    When it comes to iTunes and the iPhone, people are deciding that you if you can't beat 'em, you should join 'em.
  • Mobile IT helps conservationists get the message

    Posted October 8, 2008 - 3:47 pm

    Information and communication technologies (ICTs) are regularly touted as holding great potential to enhance the work of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), working for positive social and environmental change around the world. With many NGOs working in difficult and challenging conditions, any technology that enables improved communication is sure to be welcomed. However, while the development community has traditionally been quick to grasp emerging technologies -- mobiles in particular -- the same cannot be said for their conservation counterparts.
  • Who needs RF transmission training?

    Posted October 8, 2008 - 1:51 pm

    The question at hand: Do vendor specific certification programs need the radio frequency (RF) transmission training or is that more important to the guys who are installing it?
  • Sprint hopeful on funding as WiMax rolls out

    Posted October 8, 2008 - 1:09 pm

    Adoption of Sprint Nextel's Xohm WiMax service has been better than expected since it launched in Baltimore on Sept. 29, and the carrier is confident it will be able to fund the rest of its national network rollout despite the current economic crisis, Sprint executives said Wednesday.

  • RIM's BlackBerry Storm: A new take on touch

    Posted October 8, 2008 - 10:53 am

    RIM has finally announced details about its long-rumored iPhone competitor, an almost-all-touch-interface 3G handset with a twist: The screen itself is a big hardware button.
  • BlackBerry storms Verizon Wireless and Vodafone networks

    Posted October 8, 2008 - 10:17 am

    Network operators Vodafone and Verizon Wireless will sell RIM's BlackBerry Storm smartphone from next month, the companies said Wednesday.

  • Mega-church steps up criticism of white spaces plan

    Posted October 7, 2008 - 4:36 pm

    Joel Osteen, senior pastor of the huge Lakewood Church in Texas, has asked the U.S. Federal Communications Commission to reject a request by several tech companies to allow proposed wireless broadband devices to operate on spectrum now occupied by wireless microphones and television stations.
  • T-Mobile says Android presales stronger than expected

    Posted October 7, 2008 - 10:58 am

    T-Mobile on Monday said preorders for the first Android phone have been three times greater than it expected and that it won't promise to ship any more phones in time for the Oct. 22 launch.
  • Porn filters on in-flight Wi-Fi may be just the start

    Posted October 6, 2008 - 5:09 pm

    A reported decision by Delta Air Lines to block "inappropriate" Web sites from its planned in-flight WiFi service could be just the tip of the iceberg for airlines' control of Internet use.
  • One in three iPhone 3G customers ditch their carriers

    Posted October 6, 2008 - 4:28 pm

    If the iPhone 3G was enough impetus to get you to drop your wireless provider like it was hot, then this news probably won't surprise you. According to figures from market-research firm NPD Group, almost one-in-three iPhone 3G customers were defectors from other mobile operators. The report also says iPhone 3G also topped sales in the smartphone category.
  • Militants send terror messages in India by 'wardriving'

    Posted October 6, 2008 - 3:59 pm

    Citizens need to be vigilant and patch poorly secured wireless networks, the Indian police said Monday after announcing the arrest of technology-savvy members of a militant group that exploited insecure wireless networks to send messages.
  • IPhone gets first major corporate customer in Japan

    Posted October 6, 2008 - 1:05 pm

    Japan's Softbank Mobile has signed its first major corporate contract for the iPhone 3G. The deal, with management and technology consultancy BearingPoint, will see 1,000 of the phones put into the hands of the company's analysts and workers across the country.
  • IPhone gets VoIP

    Posted October 6, 2008 - 12:24 pm

    A new VoIP application has been launched for the iPhone. Called Fring. the software is free.
  • 802.11n: How best to use it and when

    Posted October 6, 2008 - 12:14 pm

    With products already available and companies hungry for the throughput and flexibility 802.11n will provide, the only decisions left involve how to choose and implement the technology most effectively and efficiently.
  • Clearwire CEO on WiMAX strengths, enterprise apps

    Posted October 6, 2008 - 11:39 am

    If WiMAX catches on as a popular broadband standard in the United States, Clearwire will get a lion's share of the credit. After all, while its partners such as Sprint, Google and Comcast will be supplying money and infrastructure, it is Clearwire that has been tasked with building a WiMAX network that spans the whole United States. At the WiMAX World convention in Chicago this week, Clearwire CEO Ben Wolff sat down with Network World's Brad Reed to discuss his company's plans to deploy WiMAX in the United States, what benefits WiMAX services will have for enterprise users, and what is WiMAX's niche in the mobile broadband market as a whole.
  • App Store successful, but shows flaws

    Posted October 6, 2008 - 11:22 am

    By all accounts Apple's App Store, which offers add-on software for the iPhone and iPod touch through iTunes, has been a success. Despite all that, some users, analysts, and developers are critical of Apple's decision to shoehorn the App store inside of iTunes, using many of the same features that were designed to be used for music, not software.
  • U.S. mobile users unplugging landlines

    Posted October 5, 2008 - 4:46 pm

    More than one-quarter of mobile-phone users in the U.S. have stopped using their fixed-line phones for voice calls, J.D. Power said.
  • Vendor Neutral vs. Cisco Wireless Certification

    Posted October 4, 2008 - 1:40 am

    As I have spent much time with Cisco equipment I have had a tendency to lean towards Cisco Certifications. It's not that I don't like other vendors, it's just that this is the world I live in. But still when it comes to the wireless arena I have found that there are not too many options.
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