Microsoft Thinks Outside Business Box in the Battle for the Wireless Prosumer

Microsoft Corp.’s wireless division wants you. And everyone else as well. In a shift in strategy announced last week at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the software giant noted, a bit creepily, that it will be our constant “companion in a world of change.” In fact, it is now actively targeting the con-sumer — or, […]

Editor’s Letter: Open for Business

As you are reading this letter, the 700MHz spectrum auction will be in full swing. At press time, just two weeks before the auctions start on Jan. 24, its unclear which companies will be the winners. Its also unclear when well know who the winners are since the auction has not set a close date. […]

Not Necessarily News: Ma Bell or Ma Gray?

Else the Bell a Liar Call With the name Bell, youd think Alexander Graham was destined to invent the telephone. However, a new book, “The Telephone Gambit: Chasing Alexander Graham Bells Secret” by Seth Shulman, casts doubt on Bells role in the invention of the telephone based on Bells own laboratory notebooks and voluminous correspondence. […]

The Google-Phone Effect

In the coming months, wireless dealers will be getting a bold new palette of handset options to offer their business customers. For one thing, devices built on Google Inc.’s Android platform, announced in November, should be making their way to market soon, adding another OS option to the already fragmented handset landscape. For another, the […]

Verizon Embraces Google

The network openness hits keep on coming. After making the move to champion open access and migrate its platform to the GSM-based LTE architecture, Verizon Wireless now says it will support the Google Android platform. Linux-based Google Android is an open development platform for mobile devices, and one that Verizon has been holding out in […]

Android: Its Not the gPhone or a Lot of Other Things

What Google Inc.s new mobile initiative is not is perhaps more notable than what it is, because Mondays announcement ended much of the tantalizing speculation people have had about Googles mobile initiatives. Android is not, for instance, the so-called gPhone, a.k.a. the long-rumored Google-sponsored iPhone-ish handset. Android also is not an iPhone/Mac OS 10-for-mobile competitor, […]

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