Free Wi-Fi Influences Choice of Destination Site

According to a recent report from In-Stat, the availability of free Wi-Fi service significantly contributes to the websites we will end up visiting.

The report noted that nearly two-thirds of those surveyed said the availability of free Wi-Fi influences their choice of destinations, while 31% of those surveyed said free Wi-Fi “may influence” their decision. Only 5% said the availability of free Internet access would have no impact on their decision. Read more of this post

Job Growth in Wireless and semiconductor sectors

According to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics,  the  telecommunications.  computer and electronic products – saw mixed employment news in September.

The computer industry had a month-to-month job gain of 1,800 jobs, while the telecommunications segment lost 5,200 jobs from August to September. However, year to year, both sectors lost jobs, with the computer sector reporting 3,900 fewer jobs from a year ago. More than 1.1 million jobs were reported in the category in September. Drilling down, the semiconductor space is performing well, with 370,000 jobs reported in September, up nearly 7,000 from the year-ago period. Read more of this post

All aboard… LTE is on the roll…

Last week, Verizon Wireless provided more details on its impending LTE network launch.  Their service will be available in 38 markets covering 110 million potential customers before the end of the year. The carrier plans to increase that coverage to 200 million pops by 2012 on the way to covering more than 285 million pops, virtually its entire 3G network, by the end of 2013.

The initial launch markets include: Read more of this post

The Fall of Qualcomm FLO TV means nothing to Mobile DTV testing in Washington, DC. Not yet

It doesn’t look like the recent fall of Qualcomm FLO TV means anything to the Mobile DTV testing  that has been underway in Washington, DC since May of this year.

Open Mobile Video Coalition, a voluntary association of television broadcasters, has been conducting a consumer showcase of the mobile digital TV technology, since May and is expected to wrap up by the end of this month. The survey is termed as the “OMVC Washington Consumer Showcase,” and was conducted as a market research on the growing usage of mobile phones or smart phones especially for watching television on mobile. Read more of this post

Count down for the Shut down of Qualcomm FLO TV Mobile TV Service Begins

As we reported back in mid summer, Qualcomm  will finally shutter its FLO TV mobile TV subscription service by the end of this year. After hesitantly entering the direct-to-consumer side of the space just a couple years ago, Qualcomm is now cutting its losses on that front and is in the process of shutting down FLO TV.

The company is reportedly in talks with distribution partners AT&T and Verizon about the future of FLO TV, which launched via partners in 2004 and debuted its direct-to-consumer version in 2008. Read more of this post

T-Mobile: America’s New Bastard

(the pact between Google and Verizon Wireless) hasn’t killed the Net Neutrality yet, but many wireless carriers have already started their abuse. The new bastard is “T-Mobile” which happens to be my own carrier too 😦 Their case is yet classic example of a totally arbitrary decision by a carrier to block text message calls between consumers and organizations they want to communicate with. Read more of this post

More White-spaces Spectrum to be Opened up

According to the New York Times, sometimes within the next thirty to sixty days, the FCC could approve rules to open up white-spaces spectrum for commercial use.

Freeing up the spectrum means more wireless companies like Spectrum Bridge which has been using white-spaces spectrum to provide broadband services to the rural area, could pop out to take advantage of the opportunity.

Details of device requirements for the white-spaces spectrum have yet to be announced, but could be spelled out at the commission’s Sept. 23 open meeting. Read more of this post

The relatively Unknown Companies behind Mobile Computing

Thanks again to Steve Jobs and his invention of iPhone, it is amazing to see how far we have come and how integral mobile devices have become in our daily life.

Although, Apple, Google, RIM, and HTC have been the major players in taking us toward the mobile computing away from Desktop computing (not quite yet), but there are a few other companies behind the mobile computing technology you may want to know.  In fact, I would say they are the ones reinventing the way we think about mobile. Read more of this post

Stop Voogling and Ditch AT&T – You will live

Now that AT&T has also decided to join Google and Verizon with their controversial proposal to kill the net-neutrality, it is time to put a leash on these guys before it’s too late.

Those of you new to the subject, here are the recap: Read more of this post

BlackBerry Torch: Bigger but Needs More Viagra

AT&T and RIM’s  BlackBerry Torch hit the stores this week. The new device marks the first to ship with version 6 of BlackBerry’s OS which is very important launch for RIM.

Although, RIM has finally  realized, the larger the display screen, the better, but the company totally missed the  phone’s mojos – a) the processor which is only 624 MHz,  b) the low-resolution screen! It’s way too slow compare to other smartphones in the market – in particular iPhone 4.

Check out the processors and resolutions on their competitors here: Read more of this post