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May 31, 2011

Mobile Communications Week in Review

By David Sims, TMCnet Contributing Editor


This past week TMC (News - Alert) noted that in the run-up to the release of the Verizon iPhone (News - Alert) 4 this past February, Toktumi wrote “How to Maximize Your Verizon iPhone 4 Experience.”

Yes, pretty much everyone considers Verizon’s network stronger network than AT&T’s (News - Alert), as Toktumi said in January, “there are some issues that potential Verizon iPhone users should be aware of.”

For one, Verizon’s cellular network is based on the CMDA standard, not AT&T’s GSM based network. As far as the end user is concerned, this affects multi-tasking and international accessibility. As Toktumi explains, it’s much easier to find GSM networks overseas. If you’re not a jet-setter that won’t bother you too much, but the multi-tasking probably will, Toktumi officials say.

Toktumi sells affordable hosted PBX phone services for small businesses and virtual offices and mobile VoIP product for business users and consumers.

Also this past week Mini Swamy reported that Aruba Networks, which sells next-gen network access for the mobile enterprise, has gained strength in the Enterprise WLAN space thanks to its Mobile Virtual Enterprise architecture that unifies wired and wireless network infrastructures.

According to a report issued by Dell' (News - Alert)Oro Research, Aruba Networks has increased its market share to 15.9 percent: “The dynamism exhibited by the WLAN market and the upward trend have been dictated by 802.11n migrations. This result marks an acceleration of Aruba’s market share gains, primarily at the expense of Cisco.”

Aruba reported that more than 90 percent of AP shipments in its most recently completed fiscal quarter were 802.11n.

Stefanie Mosca wrote this past week that according to a Pew (News - Alert) Research report, an astounding 85 percent of Americans over the age of 18 own a cell phone today.

“Needless to say, I don’t have to stress the importance cellular manufacturers, operators and carriers are faced with as the demand for mobile communications continues to grow,” she stressed.

Having and using a mobile device these days can provide a user with advantages that can both simplify and complicate one’s life, Mosca wrote, no doubt speaking from experience with both. But with the commodity of owning a cell phone, also comes the monthly requirement of paying the wireless bill that keeps it up and running.

With the need for more than just voice capabilities associated with mobile requirements today, paying your wireless bill every month can turn into quite the inconvenience with expensive voice and data plans and additional overcharges that seem to come out of nowhere.

And this past week Anshu Shrivastava wrote that Rhomobile, a provider of tools for enterprise smartphone applications, released Rhodes 3.0, with company officials calling it “the first native smartphone app framework.”

In addition to support for near field communications (NFC) chips, the new version also includes Windows Phone 7 and Windows CE support. “We are the first solution to support Windows Phone 7 and NFC ensuring developers can support the next generation of smart devices today,” said Adam Blum, founder and CEO of Rhomobile.

Rhodes 3.0 now features the company’s Integrated Development Environment (IDE) – RhoStudio. Company officials say it provides integrated app generation, editing building, device emulation, and debugging.


David Sims is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of David’s articles, please visit his columnist page. He also blogs for TMCnet here.

Edited by Rich Steeves




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