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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. Enter CodePoint CodePoint is neither an acronym nor a bottleneck. It is, however, an ena... (more)

The End of Telecom As We Know It?

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)

Cellular Voice and Voice over Wi-Fi

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)

The 7 Biggest Wireless Surprises Coming in 2004

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. My Ringers 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)

When Your Phone Is a Chip

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)