In case you can not tell. I am Psyched about Skype and Verizon Wireless announcement.
It has real meat on the bone to talk about. I came into the call expecting it to be something akin to termination strategies our support for over the top VoIP. What we got instead was something more intriguing. Peering relationship that is a direct benefit to the consumer.
Jim Courtney of Voice on the Web points out that on ATT we are going to have VoIP skype apps and on Verizon Wireless we are going to have a 3G app. It makes for an interesting comparison. We know in theory the Skype on Verizon Wireless on a Blackberry should be a better application.
We have scheduled a calliflower call for 11 tomorrow to discuss in more detail For now this is a great warm up podcast.
Mark’s history mirrors the wireless industry closely and includes being the CTO of Leap and leading developments at Nextwave and Qualcomm. Today, he is doing some consulting and thinking about new opportunities in the market.
With all this history the discussion takes us to in-depth analysis. He blogs about various aspects of the industry and his life at http://spassmeister.com/ .
On this call, we discussed.
The History of GSM and CDMA and why we are at where we are.
The role of WiMAX in the market.
How it relates to wireless backhaul.
The issues of spectrum.
The smartphones impact on the carriers.
Demand and Costs are converging on the carriers roll out of wireless backhaul.
What business models are making sense right now?
What the opportunity for White Space in the market?
You can find Mark’s website at http://markkelleyonline.com/index.html
No Its not the superbowl. I expect the Steelers to win, but will root for the Cardinals! Its 4G Wireless Evolution I am talking about. And as we get ready for the next generation of wireless that will be part of the Internet, I am seeing the need. My small circle of non telecom friends discussed their phone options and frustration. Some hate the iPhone as a phone. Others have a variety of devices from Verizon, but no one was in that state of rapture that you get from iPhone enthusiasts. Device wise, I don’t think we are 1.2 yet never mind 2.0.
My Gphone has the battery life of the first analogs, My replacement blackberry is like a friend you had a blow out with and now are back together. An uneasy truce to cover the breached trust.
But at this stage we are not at the 4G device. The base stations are in deployment and the chips are being produced. We have a future to look forward to that may make old brands irrelevant and new brands our future. I am coming to Miami to be wooed with the hope of something better.
Where have I been lately? That was the question from friends as I tried to reset my life after my phone crashed. It used to be that I could trust my fingers to remember a number and I would say the persons name and the pattern would appear on the touchtone pad.
These days the mouse has no relation to the person so scrolling brought back nothing on my new blackberry.
Rebuilding from scratch? Surely they can download from the old device.
Wait a minute. The problem with my old phone was the data port. I can’t download.
No problem we can download it from the SIM.
What do you mean its not designed to automatically save it to the SIM?
And Plaxo’s Plus has lost its value. Geez
Okay, like the economy I am rebuilding
ATT and Verizon are rapidly becoming the last teams standing as the focus is continues on wireless opportunities. As I continue to hear that LTE is the clear winner. I can’t help but think this cant be about a single device and a single service. Is the iPhone all that we need? Lets get serious.
As I sit here on my MacBook and see the tools that are missing that were part of my world, I know that I will probably buy another PC in the future. Or at least reconfigure my bootcamp.
As i talk to people on my blackberry, I see the need for some better tools.
If innovation is fostered by discontent. I am an Innovation Evangelist.
I want more than I have with the devices I have. Is anyone else discontent?
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