FCC Takes Aim at Wireless Industry Billing

The Federal Communications Commission is continuing its scrutiny of the wireless industry, offering a fresh batch of data points to make the case that carriers need to do more to clarify their billing practices and rein in fees and overage charges. The survey highlighted two issues that have recently found themselves in the crosshairs of…

Bye-Bye Landlines, Voice Communication?

Two separate reports paint quite a picture of how the way Americans communicate has changed — with dramatic implications for how business communications will be done in the future, as well. One quarter of U.S. homes have given up their landlines and use only a cell phone, according to a new survey conducted by the…

Doctors Warn of Rash from Mobile Phone Use

Doctors baffled by an unexplained rash on people’s ears or cheeks should be on alert for a skin allergy caused by too much mobile phone use, the British Association of Dermatologists said on Thursday. Citing published studies, the group said a red or itchy rash, known as “mobile phone dermatitis,” affects people who develop an…

Nokia Siemens Says Shipping 4G-Ready Network Gear

Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) said on Wednesday it has started to deliver technology for emerging high-speed wireless networks. NSN said it was the first vendor to do so, and it would deliver fourth-generation-ready (4G) mobile network hardware to more than 10 major operators by end 2008. Rival Ericsson was not immediately available for comment. The…

The Worm in the Apple

Call Apple’s iPhone the wireless world’s rock star. In 2007, in the U.S. alone eight million sold. In 2008, in the first three days after release, the high speed 3G iPhone sold a dazzling one million units. But feast on this paradox: as far as enterprise is concerned the iPhone is a dud. Apple highlights…

Touch-screen BlackBerry Coming This Fall

Research In Motion (RIM) will roll out a touch-screen model of its BlackBerry smartphone later this fall, thrusting it into direct competition with Apple’s popular iPhone. RIM said on Wednesday the BlackBerry Storm will be available exclusively to Verizon Wireless subscribers in the U.S. and Vodafone subscribers in Europe, India, Australia and New Zealand. RIM’s…

RIM to Launch Touchscreen BlackBerry ‘Soon’: Verizon

Research In Motion (RIM) is preparing to launch the long anticipated touch-screen version of its BlackBerry smartphone, according to an official promotion e-mail from U.S. carrier Verizon Wireless. The device will be known as the BlackBerry Storm 9530 and will feature “global capabilities”, Verizon said, without providing specifics. It also did not give an exact…

Should You Ban the iPhone?

When David O’Berry, IT director for the South Carolina Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services, was quoted in a Wall Street Journal story titled “Why IT Hates the iPhone,” he was inundated with complaints from Apple fans. “After that quote, I had to defend myself in multiple blogs. I didn’t say anything about hating…

Microsoft’s Silverlight Literally is a Game Changer

Journalists are not particularly noteworthy for being early risers, and there isn’t much that can induce me to roll out of bed before sunup. However, the prospect of interviewing Joel Cherkis, Microsoft’s technology point man at the Democratic National Convention in Denver, had me upright and drinking my first cup of coffee in the dawn’s…

Are You Ready for the All Wireless Workplace?

With 802.11n offering performance and security on par with cabled Ethernet, why wouldn’t you embrace wireless? This, anyway, is the vision of WLAN equipment vendors. The most telling slogan is Motorola’s: “Wireless by default, wired by exception.” The truth, though, is this all-wireless vision takes some parsing. All-wireless is coming—if you’re talking about the end-user…