While working in the press room at CTIA 2007, I had an interesting conversation with one of my media colleagues. While talking about the lack of high-profile news in Orlando, he theorized that CTIA is just at the wrong time of year. He argued that since it follows both CES and the GSMA World Congress, CTIA ends up getting eclipsed by the earlier shows. So by the time CTIA rolls around, manufacturers are spent from trade show fatigue. As a remedy, he advocated switching the schedule of the two CTIA shows so that the bigger event comes in the autumn, … Read more
Apple already has a place on the desktops of many Windows users through iTunes. Like Microsoft before it, Apple figured this was a great Trojan Horse to start pushing its other software. Like Microsoft before it, Apple stepped over the line, as John Lilly, CEO of Mozilla, suggested:What Apple is doing now with their Apple Software Update on Windows is wrong. It undermines the trust relationship great companies have with their customers, and that's bad -- not just for Apple, but for the security of the whole Web.
John then goes on to say he's not against Apple's use of iTunes to push the Safari browser. He's wrong. Larry Dignan suggests John's complaint stems from Mozilla trying to protect its lucrative search relationship with Google. He's wrong, too.
If a browser had anything to do with iTunes, this wouldn't be so egregiously bad. But it doesn't. No, Apple's move bears the imprint of a would-be monopolist that cares more about its market position than its customers. I'm guessing it has little to do with Safari and much to do with...the iPhone.… Read more
Virgin Mobile USA today announced changes to its monthly plans that give customers expanded off-peak calling options. Besides the customary 400 anytime minutes, customers of the $49.99 per month plans will now get unlimited nights and weekends starting at 7 p.m. Previously, the same plan was $44.99 per month but nights and weekends were capped at 2,000 calling minutes. The $24.99 plan did not change in price but customers will now get 500 nights and weekend minutes, also starting at 7 p.m. And as usual, none of Virgin Mobile's monthly plans require a … Read more
Toshiba may not be the best-known manufacturer of mobile phones, but it certainly keeps things interesting. When it's not making Transformer wannabes, it's churning out peculiar combo devices with strange circular dial pads.
So it really should come as little surprise that its latest offering is anything but conventional either. The "Cosmic Shiner" is a luxury handset with diamond accents presented in a handmade lacquer box, but that's not the unusual aspect of this phone: "Buyers will be required to purchase the April issue of Seven Hills magazine to get the required unique ID … Read more
I walked into my local AT&T Wireless store on Saturday fully expecting and prepared to get a Blackberry 8820. My Blackberry 8800 died while I was in London last week, and both Visa and American Express tried to protect me from fraud by disallowing my attempts to order a new phone over the web. Hence, my face-to-face visit with AT&T.
Unfortunately for Research in Motion, maker of the Blackberry, the in-store price for the 8820 was the same as the iPhone. I deliberated for all of three seconds and walked out with the iPhone.
My reason was simple: I needed something that would sync consistently with my Mac. My Blackberry-to-Mac sync has been hit or miss for the past year (though I've been testing a beta of the new PocketMac and it is quite good) and I'm fed up. I just want something that works.
The iPhone "just works," and then some.… Read more
Spring has arrived and the flowers are blooming, and apparently so are the BlackBerrys. Just last week, RIM released the BlackBerry Pearl 8120 for AT&T, and now T-Mobile is getting the RIM BlackBerry 8820. It isn't the freshest model on the market; in fact, AT&T has had this model for a few months. However, it does present T-Mobile customers with a better-equipped business smartphone than the current RIM BlackBerry 8830, since it brings the addition of Wi-Fi and support for the carrier's HotSpot@Home service. It also continues to offer Bluetooth, GPS, and of … Read more
Only the most passionate cell phone geeks know that the Federal Communications Commission holds a treasure trove of information on upcoming handsets. Because the FCC has to certify every phone sold in the United States, not to mention test its SAR rating, the agency's online database offers a lot of sneak peeks to those who dig. And to save you the trouble, Crave has combed through the database for you. Here are a selection of filings from the past week on new and upcoming cell phones. Click through to read the full report.
If you've been thinking about saving money on phone service by switching to voice over IP, allow ViaTalk to entice you: Sign up now for the standard $199-per-year rate, which includes unlimited local and long-distance calling, and you'll get a second year free.
In case you're unfamiliar with them, VoIP services leverage your broadband Internet connection to let you make and receive phone calls. The experience is virtually identical to using a landline, and in most cases you can keep your existing number.
ViaTalk provides a boatload of calling features as part of their "vt_unlimited" … Read more
Australian teens will be pleased to hear that later this year Qantas will allow passengers to send and receive text messages and e-mails on domestic flights. Voice calls will not be permitted, but passengers will be able to tap away to their heart's content.
The decision follows a nine-month trial using a single aircraft. During the trial, which ended in January, Qantas gauged passenger reaction to in-flight texting and determined whether the technology interfered with the aircraft's systems. Clearly, the trial must have gone well, now that Qantas has decided to expand the program to a number of … Read more
Your perception of Apple's iPhone probably has a lot to do with your personal philosophy of computing.
Do you want unfettered freedom to run anything, whenever and however you want it? Or do you only need a few vital applications to make you happy, and really just want the damn thing to work reliably?
In these, the early days of the iPhone, it's very clear that Apple has taken a very cautious approach to independent iPhone developers and software development. Contrast that approach with Microsoft, which built a PC empire catering to developers' needs, and would like to … Read more