Monday, June 30, 2008

Can iPhone 3G Compete With BlackBerry?

According to a recent survey addressed to 105 CIOs in USA by Sanford Bernstein and published by Financial Times, business is 'yet to be convinced by iPhone'.

"... The findings, part of a broader study that found a more conservative outlook for IT spending this year compared with 2007, suggest that cracking the business market could be a challenge for Apple, which hopes to sell 10 million iPhone handsets by the end of this year.

“Our CIO survey suggests that corporate iPhone use will be driven by employees purchasing their own iPhones, rather than company-wide deployments,” wrote Toni Sacconaghi, an analyst at Bernstein Research. “If this persists, it may ultimately limit iPhone penetration into the corporate space. ...”

Personally, I don't think it can right now. Currently BlackBerry and the company behind them (RIM) have a well thought out process for all of their current offerings. Apple does not provide the encryption that the BES servers for BlackBerry do. The iPhone is a very fun phone to use .... and can increase productivity .... but it is not a challenge to the BlackBerry right now.

There are some other differences between the two device technologies that also impact this question.

1) By not having a BES (Blackberry Enterprise Server) the iPhone is missing some capabilities that are important to the Enterprise customers. Remote Kill is probably the most critical as a lost or stolen device could contain all kind of information that the company doesn't want exposed outside of the corporation. With a Blackberry on a BES a simple command will wipe the device of any useful information. OTA (Over The Air) enforcement of password requirements and similar is another powerful tool for the company IT and Security folks to be aware of. AFAIK there is no equivalent with the iPhone. There are others, but from an enterprise perspective these are probably the most critical.

2) Applications .... While there are some really cool iPhone applications out there, there seems to be a lack of business focus with them so far. That may change if iPhones gain significant enterprise acceptance, but I can see the possibility that these devices may experience a similar problem that we've seen with the MAC. In other words, a lack of business applications for a long time because the business world had standardized on another technology platform. Basically a situation like PC versus MAC. In this case RIM/Windows Mobile/Palm versus iPhone. Sure the iPhone might catch up eventually, but will it be enough to make a difference?

3) Security .... OK the iPhone has TLS. Some versions of the Blackberry have FIPS 140-2. Meaning they meet the standards mandated by the Feds and required for virtually all federal agencies. Which means that the same standards largely apply to many State agencies as well. Which means the same standards apply to many companies that do business with these agencies. Unless the iPhone meets that standard it's precluded from use with such companies/agencies.

4) Features .... The keyboard difference seems to be mentioned often. To many that's enough to keep them using their Blackberry. But to many employers, the entertainment focus of the iPhone is enough to make them unattractive. Many companies feel their employees face enough distractions as it is. Why put a device in their hands that makes it so easy to get distracted?

To summarize, I think the Blackberry is fairly safe for now. Nothing says the iPhone couldn't address it's shortcomings to become more attractive to the business enterprise. But they aren't there today.

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Friday, June 27, 2008

How To Get Deals On Custom PCs, Laptops, Monitors, PDAs, Software, And More

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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Does Anyone Care About WiMAX?

Apparently Intel swears by it, but does anyone else really care? We are already surrounded by several technology mediums that will allow us to stay connected: pre-4G LTE (UMTS Rev 8), 3G (UMTS), 2G, (EDGE, GPRS) and WiFi – do we need yet another technology (yawn)?

What advantages (if any) would WiMAX have over our existing technology base?

1) WiMAX is NOT more expensive to develop than LTE. In fact, with the recent creation of the Open Patent Alliance and the goal of capping WiMAX royalties at 10%, LTE deployments will be significantly more expensive due to higher costs of base stations, and device manufacturers will have much higher development costs (LTE is targetting 15% royalty model).

2) Intel commitment to WiMAX means that every device running an Intel chip will be capable of running on a WiMAX network . With this large potential device ecosystem, WiMAX has a very legitimate shot at being successful

3) For those who claim that LTE is an evolution from 3G while LTE is an alternative technology - that is just nonsense. Aside from some minor differences at the MAC and PHY layers, WiMAX and LTE are strikingly similar (SAE Gateway in LTE = CSN Gateway in WiMAX, PDN Gateway in LTE = ASN Gateway in WiMAX, both use OFDM transport, similar scheduling models, QoS models, etc). There will be no backwards compatibility for LTE to legacy 3G technologies - they are using different radio technologies (3G are CDMA or TDM, not OFDM), and therefore cannot be deployed on the same spectrum. This is why AT&T and Verizon have both heavily bid at 700MHz spectrum - for LTE deployment.

4) WiMAX is not really a replacement for T1 or DS3 Bandwidth. 3G is better suited to that. Quite frankly, if you are trying to replicate a deterministic bandwidth model (TDM) using a technology meant for burstiness (IP), you will spend a ton of money building a network that is built for SIGNIFICANTLY more capacity than it will ever see.

5) For those who are claiming that the span of time between production WiMAX networks and production LTE networks is shrinking - that is a very US-biased viewpoint. WiMAX networks exist today, LTE does not begin device certification until end of 2009. There are 3 issues that I point to that cause me to question LTE's time-to-availability:

a) With HSPA+ appearing, there will be significantly less incentives for European operators to migrate to LTE when they can leverage their existing spectrum, existing BTS, and existing handsets (backwards compatible) while still providing higher-speed data services.

b) With the telecom mentality that the LTE vendors have historically worked under, they develop for the next evolution of technology, not 3 evolutions down the road. So, with most worldwide operators deploying 3.6Mbps HSPA, there is still a roadmap to 7.2Mbps HSPA, 14.4Mbps HSPA, and finally HSPA+ (3GPP R7).

c) 3GPP R8 (official standards track of LTE) is slated for Stage 2 freeze in mid-2008 with official radification of Stage 2 planned for Dec 2008. WiMAX 802.16e was radified in 2005 and we still do not fully see an interoperability standard between vendors. This points to 2010-2011 before we will reasonably see anything similar in LTE.

Finally, anyone who claims that the move to 2.5GHz from the 900MHz and 1.9GHz of 3G means that the CAPEX model for 3G is significantly better than that of WiMAX - I think that is VERY highly imprecise. There is ALWAYS a tradeoff between capacity and coverage. If you want to attain the same coverage model for WiMAX as for 3G, you are right - you will need more towers. HOWEVER, if you are looking to create the same coverage AND increase capacity, regardless of the frequency used, you will need to create smaller cells with large overlap, meaning that the size of a 1900MHz cell providing high speed data services and the size of a 2.5GHz cell providing high speed data services will be roughly equivalent. You never get something for nothing.....

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Monday, June 23, 2008

MagicJack Definitely Has Issues .... Buyer Beware

With all the hype and mad rush to get the new MagicJack ... it was bound to happen.

It was just too good to be true.

Yep ... customer service issues, billing problems, install headaches, and more.

To see what others are saying about MagicJack (good and bad) .... check out the discussions in the MagicJack Forum here:

MagicJack Forum

To get a background on just what Magicjack is ... if you don't know already .... read this article from US News & World report: MagicJack The Vonnage Killer?

But ... don't take too much of the "sales job" literally.

For example their advertising model just creeps me out. I wondered how the heck they were going to keep their price so low ... and still turn a profit. I guess I can now say .... "I told you so".

Interesting part, something I have always said I am opposed to....

"Borislow plans to make money by selling advertising, which will be displayed as part of the software that runs while magicJack is plugged in. 'It'll eventually become more of a portal,' he says of the software interface.

The company also reserves the right to monitor the numbers dialed to tailor those ads, which some critics find creepy. Rob Beschizza at BoingBoing called it 'systematic privacy invasion.'

Borislow responds that targeting ads based on user information is no worse than what Google does in tailoring ads based on Web searches or the content of E-mails in its Gmail system. 'We'll be doing what other people do in Web advertising,' he says, promising to protect user privacy. His software robots won't monitor the content of phone calls themselves. 'I'm not going to do anything to piss off my customers.'"

Well .... by the sounds of the buzz over the internet. There are definitely a lot of customers "pissed".

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Friday, June 20, 2008

What Applications Require Major Amounts Of Bandwidth For A Limited Time?

What would you identify as applications that significantly increase an enterprise's need for internet bandwidth for limited periods of time (i.e. - for a day, a week, a month, 3 months, etc.)?

Off the cuff some examples include videoconferencing, off site data backup, large CAD drawings, enterprise document management, synchronization of databases, new product release advertising campaigns, annual enrollment for employee benefits, seasonal media events like Final Four, oscars, super bowl etc.

Areas of the film production industry require large amounts of bandwidth for short periods of time during production and editing.

Diagnostic imaging for medical services companies also requires a lot of bandwidth in short increments. Due to goverment regulations, most companies aren't allowed to compress the data they transmit and store. When transmited and received, these images can consume very large amounts of bandwidth for short periods of time.

Some of these companies employ reserve DS3 bandwidth services that allow them to turn up a pipe whenever they need it. Others like this utilize "burstable" billing options on a larger pipe for cost savings (such as OC3 Bandwidth).

Really the list is quite diverse. The easiest way to think of this is in terms of 'objects'. What objects are likely to be delivered or transfered. In the case of media events, then you think to yourself .... "well how well is this event known"? In the case of the Super Bowl, its known by millions so there is a going to be high demand for the 'objects' being transfered .... and therefore large amounts of capacity will be needed to handle all of the simultaneous requests.

I like the idea of considering "objects" and demand. The obvious bandwidth hogs are video conferencing, voice, large file transfers or high transaction rate environments, software distribution, the need to have disaster recovery etc. The hard bit is understanding the variability of demand over time. For example I know of at least one European country's phone network being brought down by TV viewers using a freephone number to vote on a question ......... the organizers totally underestimated the capacity needed to handle the volume of calls. Cacheing, traffic shaping, bandwidth on demand, QoS, policy based routing, etc. .... each have strengths and weaknesses in relation to managing bandwidth requirements.

I guess that the rapid growth in user generated content and social networking is also going to be a big driver for network operators. There is the old rule of thumb that data rapidly grows to fill the network capacity available. Just look at the size of todays powerpoint presentations ...... filled with bitmap images etc.

I would also think about the type of bandwidth needed. There are many different types of networks that an organization needs to "feed and clothe".......

* High Quality, low latency, time critical Network (High QoS)-

Needed for Voice, Video, certain LAN-based transaction processing type applications etc. This tends to be a scarce and finite resource. It is expensive due to tarriffing options at Service Providers and is usually actively managed in an organisation.

This type of network resource is often burst driven - be it short bursts like conference call/broadcast calls or longer things like Month End processing or Data synchronisation/replication between sites.

* Regular Networks -

The typical WAN in and organisation carries lots of different types of traffic as discussed above. One major source of traffic that has not been identified is the distribution and management of desktop applications and systems.

The regular patching program used in many organisations gives a large amount of traffic point-to-multi-point. This includes Operating Software fixes, Anti-Virus/SPAM/Malware updates. I have frequently been asked to help companies optimise this issue in their network.

* Cheaper Low Quality Networks (Best effort) -

These are typical non-time-critical applications like web browsing. The user is expecting the page to load over time - and the odd slow response isn't too much of a problem. This tends to be a background traffic and includes things like e-mails etc. Large e-mails on long distribution lists (to multiple organisations) can be big sources of traffic - especially when marketing efforts revolve around video or sound clips.

In the end predicting and preparing for what may spike your bandwidth needs isn't that difficult. As long as you're prepared via some type of "burstable" capability your enterprise network shouldn't suffer. To help with acquiring extra bandwidth, or setting up "burstable" capability .... I strongly recommend you use the free services offered at Bandwidth Solutions

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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

BlackBerry Thunder .... It's On It's Way

For all of you BlackBerry fanatics .... the wait is nearly over. Well .... almost.

Originally when news leaked out that BlackBerry was coming out with a new phone .... folks were calling it the "Storm". That's not true cauliflower ear .... the real name is "Thunder".

To wet your whistle on what to expect ... here ya go.

The BlackBerry Thunder will launch in Q3 of 2008 (THIS year).

The Thunder is a full touchscreen BlackBerry .... with no slide out keyboard .... and with only 4 physical keys.

The 4 physical keys are the send / end phone keys, the BlackBerry menu key, and the back key.

Plus get this .....the Thunder will launch as a worldwide lifetime exclusive on Verizon and Vodafone! I can't say I'm doing somersaults over that bit of news (I'm not a Verizon fan). But it should pan out OK.

What's more supposedly the BlackBerry Thunder will be a hybrid device .... with CDMA EV-DO Rev. C and GSM HSPA for international travel.

For those who aren't up on the latest techie evolutions ..... Rev C., also known as UMB, is practically dead. If the Thunder will indeed launch with a 4G solution, it'll most likely be LTE. Keep in mind though that although the chip might support it .... there's no sure thing that the network will be ready to follow suit.

Oh yeah .... just in case you're wondering ...Verizon and Vodafone will have the same unit. No issues with differences in look, design, function, features, etc.

Currently, the proposed model number for the Thunder is the BlackBerry 9500. It's still early though and the model number could likely change.

This whole deal is absolutely HUGE for all you Verizon lovers. For once you'll get an exclusive device! But ..... Verizon will have a sales quota for the Thunder device. The word is that if they don’t meet those numbers, it's possible the exclusivity agreement will then go "bye bye".

Whatever happens .... it'll be exciting to see how rollout of the BlackBerry Thunder all plays out.

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Monday, June 16, 2008

What If Google Announces A Surprise Merger With Yahoo?

What If Google Announces A Surprise Merger With Yahoo?

Interesting scenario ..... what do you think may happen?

This is in wake of the failed attempt of Microsoft's $40 bid for Yahoo back in Jan 2007. Now they offered somewhat less. ( Source: Bloomberg )

Jerry Wang refused Microsoft's bid for various reasons .... and I'm sure the board of Directors knew why they refused the offer back in 2007 and again in 2008.

Now comes this rumor that Google .... "the Stanford alumni brotherhood" .... is willing to help Jerry out. What if Google is hatching a cunning scheme to shell out some dollars and grab Yahoo (if allowed obviously)?

First the news media will wet itself at the opportunity to work the words "Google", "Yahoo", "Microsoft" and "don't be evil" into one sentence.

Then the Y people will grumble and gripe - all the way to the bank. Online advertisers will scream to the point of hurting themselves - and still spend money on online ads with a keen outlook on ROI. MS will sniff that they were never interested anyway - and go buy whatever other online ad companies they can get. Miva.com and Roar.com get splashed in the news as the next up and comers - for doing exactly what they have been doing for years.

GOOG will be crowned as champions - and dolts.

In the end, the earth will somehow manage to keep spinning on it's axis - as some 17 year old kid is programming something that will take everyone by surprise.

Personally .... IF the scenario were to occur I like this hypothetical summary - but I would add that I doubt it will happen.

Yahoo and Google have different cultures (in my opinion) making a merger difficult to survive, and I don't know why Google would take on Yahoo since they do everything they do anyway. What would they hope to gain? Yahoo's registered user list? Maybe their fantasy sports leagues (I haven't seen that on Google yet)? Yahoo's search has been marginalized for years now; I haven't used Yahoo for months. Add to that the complication anti-trust laws may play in such a large merger ..... and it seems like an unlikely 'what-if' scenario.

Plus, Microsoft would probaly file an antitrust lawsuit against them.

How funny would that be?

So, the world will keep spinning and some kid is designing the next big thing anyway.

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Friday, June 13, 2008

Using A Mobile Phone As A Modem For Accessing The Internet

What features and functionality should you understand in order to fully take advantage of accessing the internet via a mobile phone? Although this can appear complicated and involved ... a little information goes a long way to "keep it simple".

For the sake of discussion .... let's say you have a mobile handset with the following specifications:

Networks.....

2G Network-GSM 900/1800/1900
3G Network-UMTS 2100

Data.....

GPRS- Clause 10(4+1/3+2 slots),32-48 Kbps
3G-384 Kbps

You have configured the software application given with the phone on your laptop .... and once you connect the phone to the laptop using the USB connection you can access Internet. The settings used in the software application includes "call type=GPRS". The connection speed (downlink) is around 375 Kbps when checked through a freely available tool on the Internet .... and the phone's modem speed is shown as 460.8 Kbps all the time( on the network connection). Since your speed is less than 384 Kbps (3G speed is given as the phone's spec), you're likely using 3G. Since GPRS is also supported, when the 3G coverage is not available, you're probably able switch to GSM/GPRS.

Your service provider says they support EDGE,GPRS,3G and HSDPA/HSUPA.

Here's some questions you may ask .....

* What are the theoretical maximum speeds of EDGE, GPRS, 3G?

* What is actually meant by 3G here?

* What is the underlaying technology used by my phone?

* Which method is better to connect the phone to the laptop; Bluetooth or USB?

* Your phone spec says Bluetooth v1.2 and USB2.0 and you've heard that USB2.0 (480Mbps) is faster than Blootooth v1.2 (1 Mbps). Is this correct? Will it make any difference, since your connection from phone to the Internet is 375 Kbps?

Here's some feedback to help you work through such a scenario .... and the associated questions above:

For sure, the speed with USB 2.0 should be much better than that through Bluetooth (of any class).

3G is a network technology that should offer some extended data services in addition to the regular GSM features. However, I would recommend that you check with your service providers since they should have the exact specifications that you asked for.

Theoretical speeds for EDGE are up to 10 times those of GPRS. But again, since these depend on network configuration you need to check with the service provider.

Since your speed is less than 1 mb/s, frankly, it doesn't matter if you use bluetooth or USB - the speeds cited are correct. I would use what is most convenient for you.

In any case, the edge/hsdpa connection speeds are still slower than either Bluetooth or USB, so they will not bottleneck your speed. So as long as your battery isn't about to run out, you can connect however you choose to.

3G HSUPA is Third Generation High-Speed Uplink Packet Access - a 3G mobile telephony protocol, which offers increased data transfer speeds and capacity of up to 3.6 Mbps on the downlink and up to 1 Mbps on the uplink, under ideal conditions.

3G HSDPA 3.6 is a 3G High-Speed Downlink Packet Access mobile telephony protocol, which offers increased data transfer speeds and capacity of up to 3.6 Mbps on the downlink and up to 348Kbps on the uplink, under ideal conditions.

3G - Third Generation High-Speed Downlink Packet Access - offers increased data transfer speeds and ables customers to access the Internet and email from their cellphones.capacity of up to 1.8 Mbps on the downlink and up to 348Kbps on the uplink

EDGE (Enhanced Data rates for GSM Evolution) or EGPRS provides data transfer rates significantly faster than GPRS or HSCSD. EDGE increases the speed of each timeslot to 48 kbps and allows the use of up to 8 timeslots, giving a maximum data transfer rate of 384 kbps.

HSCSD (High Speed Circuit Switched Data) enables data to be transferred more rapidly than the standard GSM (Circuit Switched Data) system by using multiple channels. The maximum number of timeslots that can be used is four, giving a maximum data transfer rate of 57.6 kbps (or 38.4 kbps on a GSM 900 network). HSCSD is more expensive to use than GPRS, because all four slots are used simultaneously - it does not transmit data in packets. Because of this, HSCSD is not as popular as GPRS and is being replaced by EDGE.

GPRS - General Packet Radio Service is a mobile data service available to customers with GSM cellphones. With a GPRS connection, the phone is "always on" and can transfer data immediately, and at higher speeds: typically 32 - 48 kbps. An additional benefit is that data can be transferred at the same time as making a voice call.

I would recommend using USB as it is faster then Bluetooth. You will not have a bottleneck created by the bluetooth link.

Regarding the underlying technology .....

When you phone is connected to a 3G network it will be using W-CDMA (Wideband Code Division Multiple Access) W-CDMA is the higher speed transmission protocol as used in the UMTS system, it is a third generation follow-on to the 2G GSM networks deployed worldwide.

When your phone is on 2G GSM it is using a form of TDMA (time division multiple access).

Again .... the main message is this: Wherever possible simplify and make it convenient for you!

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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Virus Tips & Information Website ......

Tom Sparks has put up a site telling all about frequently asked questions concerning virus infections and how to fix them.

Knowledge is power - so bookmark this site.

By the way, you can email Tom with your questions, too.

Here's a good place to begin any query for help on viruses and other annoying internet pests - Virus Information

Here's an example of some of the helpful content .......

Q. My browser home page has been taken over by another website! Also, when I do searches I get taken to a website I didn't want to go to! What's up?

A. Your browser has been hijacked, and your computer probably is also infected with Spyware. You can clean these nasties from your computer with some software called Spybot Search & Destory, free from Kola

If you'd like more resources and information on the subject visit the "Technology Professionals" or similar discussion forums at the Ryze Business Networking Community. You can enter through my portal (remember to register once you're there to "see" everything .... it's free).

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Monday, June 09, 2008

Razr2 vs IPhone ..... Who Wins?

Diehard mobile phone .... or "smart" phone .... users seem to easily spin themselves into tizzy. Just ask them what they think of X vs Y .... for example Razr vs iPhone. Then stand back and watch the fire works.

Think about it ........

Does anyone think the "new" Razr2 helps motorola or is even able to compete against the IPhone? The new Razr2 retails around 250 to 300. Personally I think they should have taken the Razr off the market before Razr2 because the original cannibalizes the sales of the newer platform.

Why buy the new one for ~300 when the original is almost given out for free? Motorola needs to get away from the Razr platform and come out with something more innovative. They even fell behind Samsung for Pete's sake!.

That is a disgrace.What do you think it will take for Motorola to redeem itself and its one time market share and compete with the new IPhone?

My take .........

Sometimes giants need to stumble a bit to realize that they are not impervious to damage. And sometimes they fall and break a hip. However...

I feel the RAZR2 can only help Moto. Will it bring in buyers like the original? No way. Will it save Moto from being an also-ran, or worse? No, not on its own. Motorola has hopefully realized their folly and will:

a) educate the consumer that this is not simply the latest in a long stream of mildly tweaked and updated RAZRs - probably their most difficult task;

b) already be working on the successor to any and all of their new phones by the time they are released, no matter how successful they are.

And once the public realizes that the iPhone isn't all it's cracked up to be, especially as a phone, its sales are bound to slow way down. Then again, the original RAZR was a steaming pile of crap (in my opinion) before Moto made many key improvements, and it still sold extremely well.

By the way, the RAZR2 is not the same platform as the original AT ALL, it's only using similar nomenclature. There is value in brand equity, and Motorola at least recognizes this. Again, Motorola's task is to educate the public that this is not their grandfather's RAZR, and to use existing public awareness of what is the second best-selling mobile phone (behind the Nokia 1100) in history.

For the record, I doubt that the iPhone will ever come close to the original RAZR's sales because of the extraordinary price, and that I feel it isn't even all that good as a phone. Knowing Apple's track record, the iPhone's successor will be much improved, so you never know.

If you're looking for a Razr, iPhone, or similar "smart" cell phone .... here's a convenient resource website that puts everything in one place. Easy to compare mobile phone models, providers, features, pricing, accessories, etc. Plus, if you find something you like you can even order through the site too.

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Friday, June 06, 2008

Why Should You Buy An iPhone 3G?

Apple is supposedly going to release its new iPhone 3G in a few days from now. Why should YOU buy it?

Here a few random thoughts on the question.....

If you use your phone mostly for calls and don't need high speed (HSDPA) Internet on the device there is no need unless you travel to places without GSM (i.e. Japan)

With it, your connected to just about everything you need electronically no matter where you go. (Except for outlying rural areas where service may not be available). With Apple Mail, Safari, and the soon to come plethora of applications for iPhone/iPod touch, its really about mobile computing than then phone. Can you make calls with it? Sure, but if you are similar to most iPhone owners, the phone aspect of it is not used nearly as much as the other communication aspects. Bottom line, if you want to be connected 24/7, the iPhone is your best and easiest to use bet.

To be perfectly honest though .... that's a pretty open ended question. But I'll provide some brief context to help you answer for yourself..

To me an iPhone purchase indicates that the purchaser wants the most comprehensive feature set they can get in one package; true internet web access, contacts, calendar and a solid phone to name a few.

It also means that the owner wants a phone with flexibility going forward. Since the iPhone is software based, new functionality can be added quite easily. More compelling is the release of the Apple's iPhone SDK this month which will add the all important Exchange server integration functionality, making the iPhone a player in corporate environments. Exchange functionality will enable push contacts, email, and calendar as well as access to GALs and use of certificates, VPN, identities and security features like auto wipe should your phone be lost or stolen.

3G is really just an increase in network speed so browsing, YouTube playing etc. will be accelerated. Most folks who already own an iPhone likely won't feel compelled to upgrade to a 3G. However if I was in the market for new phone, I'd probably go for the iPhone.

There are two drawbacks though....

* You gotta go with AT&T as your provider. They've got the exclusive for the foreseeable future. Mind you, service may actually be very good ..... but it is limiting.

* Like many phones today, iPhone has a camera built in but can’t currently take video. Why a robust phone from Apple .... that has a hard drive built in .... can’t take video is beyond me.

Actually considering the fact that the iPhone 3G is not out yet, answering that question is pure speculation. There is no truth yet to any specifications that the iphone will have ..... except that fact that it is 3G capable.

Honestly, from what I have heard there really aren't any drastic improvements. Quite frankly, I can't really see any except maybe a GPS chip ..... which will make GMM more accurate.

So .... armed with just some "preliminary" info as shared above .... your best course of action is probably to wait a week or 2 after the announcement. Let the fallout settle and the "truth" come out. THEN make a decision.

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Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Qwest "Naked" DSL Available

Earlier this month Bridgevine announced that they now have Qwest "naked" DSL (or "dry loop") available.

This means that you can now purchase Qwest DSL high-speed internet service without having a local phone line.

This is perfect for people who use their cellular phone as their main phone line, but still need a high-speed connection in their house.

For more info on Qwest and to check pricing simply visit here: Qwest Naked DSL

Besides Qwest ..... you can also get information on high speed internet offers from Insight, HughesNet, AT&T, WildBlue, Charter Communications, ComCast, Time Warner Cable, Otimum, and Verizon.

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Monday, June 02, 2008

How To Build A Business Website With A High Sales Rate

As a member of the Broadband Nation .... If you intend to do any business via the internet you need a website that gets lots of traffic AND converts that traffic to sales at a high rate.

The professionals at SiteBuildIt will build and manage just such a website for you/your clients.....at a lower price than you can find anywhere else. Many of the websites they've created are in the top 3% on Google. That would get you a good amount of web traffic.

But not just traffic....traffic that converts to sales. That's what you really want. That's the kind of a website they build. One that has a high sales conversion rate. To learn more visit their website:

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