Many blame WAP, a lack of 3G bandwidth, or both, for the m-commerce woes
we've all experienced or heard about. But what every consumer wants, sooner
or later, every consumer gets. In this case, some of us may be getting a
truly user-friendly m-commerce solution as soon as this fall.
Anyone for acronyms? First we had WAP, a genuine industry term, which stands
for Wireless Application Protocol. Shortly after WAP something HAPPENED, my
term for Hunt And Peck Poses E-Nightmare, Ends Data Downloads. Since then we
have been experiencing the McFAD, or Mobile Commerce Fades Out and Dies,
while in the background, jeers of WAP is CRAP! are heard echoing across the
wireless landscape. CRAP of course, is not an acronym, though I had
considered Can't Really Apply Protocol as a possible option.
CodePoint is neither an acronym nor a bottleneck. It is, however, an ena... (more)
Alliances, competitors, technologies, hardware, and roaming line the path to
dual-mode, cellular/Wi-Fi handsets.
Another game of sit and wait has begun as major carriers ready themselves to
swallow small providers whole once they have fattened themselves with
successful Wi-Fi hotspots. Which end of this communications food chain are
you on? Free spectrum is a good motive for providers to get into Voice over
Wi-Fi. Providers will leverage the spectrum for voice as they do for data
while they continue to build out their hotspots. When there is enough
coverage by provider hotspots ... (more)
Wireless is taking off in a big way, but some surprises await us. How do you
predict the seven biggest surprises about to hit the wireless industry?
I spoke with two well-connected "ringers" who have a keen sense of the
industry. I absorbed their combined input and pooled seven responses.
Alex Lightman is a wireless visionary heavily involved in supporting IPv6. He
keeps his wearable computer from Charmed Technology (his product, his
company) focused on the pulse and frequency of tomorrow's wireless realities.
Attorney Robert Rini is a telecommunications and technology pa... (more)
Industry players Wavecom and Intel have successfully entered the cellphone
market with solutions-based, all-in-one chipset modules. These modules are
waltzing OEMs over the line into the world of cellular phones.
Wavecom Enables Turnkey Cellphone Business
For companies in the CDMA market without expertise or experience in GSM, the
Wavecom product affords the opportunity to slap this module into a handset,
complete with IP indemnification licensing, carrier approval on the GSM
network, and the necessary chips and other licensing, and offer up a GSM
phone just like that.
These comp... (more)
Most rainbows are colorful shining heralds that a storm has passed. "Project
Rainbow" leaves us in a fog as to what is to come. So do frequently named
participants such as IBM, Intel, AT&T, and Verizon by their silence. At its
vaguest, Project Rainbow is a consortium that loosely ties at least the
aforementioned companies together. According to a consensus of surrounding
industry hearsayers, the purpose is a serious verbal rumination about the
plausibility of a nationwide 802.11 network that all participants could
profit from. The fact that Project Rainbow exists with such certai... (more)