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Archive for July, 2004

9/11 Commission on iTMS

This is cool. Apple has made selected testimony before the 9/11 Commission, including not only members of the Bush administration (Rumsfeld, Powell, Rice, Ashcroft, etc.) but also the infamous Sandy “Pants” Berger and the compromised Richard Clarke, available for free from the iTunes Music Store.

DoCoMo To End iMode in Japan

Here’s a stunner: NTT DoCoMo announced that it is ending all marketing of iMode in Japan and will phase out the service over the next two years. The company said it will attempt to migrate its huge iMode subscriber base to its WCDMA FOMA service and will eventually only offer inexpensive voice services on its […]

Death Watch for Palm.Net

“Dear Jack: As a thank-you for your subscription to Palm.Net, we are please to make a special $100 discount offer for you to upgrade to the new Treo 600 by August 1, 2004.” So begins the letter I received on my Palm i705 Mobitex handheld yesterday. The letter gushes about the Treo “We have been […]

Aether to Exit Technology, Enter Mortgages

Oh, how the mighty have fallen. Once the darling of the wireless data business, Aether has sold its transportation business, says it has plans to sell its mobile government division and will invest in mortgage-backed securities. The company sold its BlackBerry reseller group last year. At the company’s peak it employed 1400 people and had […]

AT&T Launches WCDMA

As was rumored and reported last week, AT&T Wireless began offering WCDMA service in four US cities yesterday. By making the service available this year AT&T satisfies the terms of its agreement with NTT DoCoMo; the company faced stiff financial penalties if it did not launch. The new service is available in metropolitan Detroit, Seattle, […]

AT&T Launches WCDMA

As was rumored and reported last week, AT&T Wireless began offering WCDMA service in four US cities yesterday. By making the service available this year AT&T satisfies the terms of its agreement with NTT DoCoMo; the company faced stiff financial penalties if it did not launch. The new service is available in metropolitan Detroit, Seattle, […]

Hang Up and Drive!

According to an article in the WSJ the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has new research that substantiates its view that using hands-free-equipped cell phones does not make drivers less distracted. How’s that again, you ask? You thought NHTSA advocated headsets, given recent laws mandating their use in New York, New Jersey and Washington, DC? […]

3G Battle Warms Up in UK

There are now three UMTS data service operators in the UK, and one voice operator. Both Orange and T-Mobile launched 3G data services today, joining Vodafone. Orange immediately fired a price shot by offering 1GB of data access for £75 per month; Vodafone charges £85 for a metered service. T-Mobile bundled WiFi service with its […]

WCDMA Rollout in US Next Week?

Reuters is reporting that AT&T Wireless will launch its WCDMA services next week in San Francisco, Seattle, Phoenix and Detroit. AT&T originally committed to roll out service in 10 cities in partnership with NTT DoCoMo, then scaled back its plans in late 2002. In March the company recommitted to a December rollout, but the Reuters […]

It’s Available, Except When It’s Not

Here’s a lesson in how to annoy your customers. Apple announced a very cool (and cheap) 802.11g base station, the Airport Express, a couple of months ago. At the time of the announcement the company said the device would ship in mid-July. So Apple issued a press release yesterday which said, in part: AirPort Express […]