The LightSquared Kerfuffle

We had a great discussion about the ugly problem of GPS interference last week and why it can’t be oversimplified.  Yesterday, venture capitalist Philip Falcone – a major financial backer of…

August 5, 2011 6

28 Years of American Cellular Phone Service

2013 will bring the 30th anniversary of cellular phone network in the United States.  This archive video about the launch of the Advanced Mobile Phone Service (AMPS) from the early 1980s on AT&T’s tech…

June 15, 2011 5

Is Sprint Hypocritcal on Spectrum Hoarding?

Large carriers like AT&T have frequently been accused of spectrum hoarding.  In AT&T’s case, critics base their claims on the fact that the company has one of the largest holdings…

May 27, 2011 3

Skype to Kill Asterisk VoIP Integration

There are reports that Skype will no longer license Asterisk integration into Skype after June 26 2011 (confirmed by PCWorld)  Asterisk is one of the most popular open source software…

May 25, 2011 5

Will Skype really kill the cellular voice business?

Will Skype really kill the cellular voice business?

Since the announcement of Microsoft’s acquisition of Skype, a lot of people are once again declaring the death of the cell phone company.  But people have been saying this for…

May 11, 2011 6

Microsoft buys Skype

All Things Digital is reporting that Microsoft’s play to buy Skype for $8.5 billion has been confirmed.  The deal would likely bring interoperability between Skype and Windows Live Messenger but more…

May 10, 2011 2

Consumer Reports up to its Old Tricks

Once again, the intrepid consumer watchdogs at Consumer Reports are “exposing” a potential flaw with the iPhone antenna, this time on the Verizon model. If you cover the gap in…

February 26, 2011 0

Recent Smartphone Developments

Some very interesting things are happening in the smartphone “ecosystem” these days that bear watching, especially if you’re in line for an upgrade like I am. The Blackberry Bold that…

February 22, 2011 0

FCC Seeks Input on Dynamic Spectrum Access

As a prelude to proposing rules, the FCC is seeking comment on many issues related to dynamic spectrum access technologies, including how they can increase spectrum capacity and what the…

December 16, 2010 0

CTIA Report by the Numbers

The newly-released CTIA report on mobile networks reveals some interesting data. Summing the revenue data, the report says that US carriers have invested $295B in capital equipment and billed $1.4T…

December 14, 2010 2