Interview: Ericsson CEO on the role of Wi-Fi in mobile

While there is a groundswell of enthusiasm for Wi-Fi as a mobile data alternative to cellular, Ericsson CEO Hans Vestberg says there is a limit to what Wi-Fi can accomplish. Wi-Fi will have a role, but it will be one connection option among many.

Soon cell towers will start following you

Intucell is working with an unnamed North American operator to build a new kind of self-aware cellular network. Its self-optimizing network technology will transform today’s static cellular grid into a network of constantly expanding and shrinking cells that follow customers through the network.

Wi-Fi roaming will make mobile operators connectivity providers

In the coming year, Wi-Fi is going to become a much more vital part of the plan for mobile carriers transforming them from providers of cellular voice and data to purveyors of connectivity thanks to a new Wi-Fi roaming standard in the works.

Cellular smart grid scores a win

Put one on the board for the cellular smart grid. Utility Consumers Energy announced that it will work with SmartSynch to roll out cellular-based smart meters for 1.8 million customers.

FCC set to trial first database for Super Wi-Fi

Call it what you want, but Super Wi-Fi or white spaces broadband just got a big win today when the FCC approved the first trial using the radio and database needed to deliver the broadband service. the test brings us one step closer to better broadband.

Duke Energy embraces cellular for smart grid

Duke Energy is turning to cellular networks as the backbone for its smart grid. The utility detailed the network plan in a white paper released earlier this month, and revealed one of the most aggressive uses of cellular networks by the utility industry in the U.S.

The United States of Connectedness

A new data and visualization project called the Connected States of America helps bring some focus into the way mobile phones facilitate communications and shows how conversations and text-messages bind areas and regions together, even ones that are far apart.

JAJAH Can Transform Your iPod Touch Into an iPhone

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With the introduction of microphone support and an external speaker, the gap between the iPhone and the iPod touch was becoming increasingly narrow. It was really only a matter of time before it happened, but one company, JAJAH is now claiming to have bridged the space between the two, and brought phone features to the iPod touch, going beyond what even existing VoIP apps have done in the past.

Specifically, JAJAH will allow you to not only make calls with your iPod touch, but also send and receive text messages. Of course, since the device lacks any kind of cellular antenna, you’ll have to be in a Wi-Fi hotspot in order to use JAJAH’s phone features. You’ll also have to have an iPod headset with Mic, and you aren’t actually able to do any of this yet, because JAJAH is not currently available in the App Store. Just like the MMS solution we covered before, JAJAH is a white label service that will be offered for sale to other companies.
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Roku to Stream HD Movies by Year’s End

The Roku set-top box will stream movies from Netflix in HD by the end of the year, according to a post written to the company’s forums over the weekend.