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AT&T Wireless

Kramer: Ahhh-uhhhh-ahhhh-da-da-da

Yes, that’s your host imitating the sound you hear in an A.M. radio when your cell phone is on and is near the radio.

I was interviewed last year by O’Reilly Media’s James Turner. He has an Apple I-Phone which he’s not too happy with. He interviewed me regarding that buzzing you hear when you . . . → Read More: Kramer: Ahhh-uhhhh-ahhhh-da-da-da

Femtocells

Why do I have to Place the FemtoCell Near a Window?

The various femtocells being marketed by the major carriers require that they be place near a window.

Huh? They need a good view to not feel along all day?

Actually, it’s because the femtocells need to know where they are installed so that the carriers can (try to) meet the E-911 location requirements.

Femtocells have . . . → Read More: Why do I have to Place the FemtoCell Near a Window?

Femtocells

Like Getting A Million-Dollar Cell Site In Your Home For $249.99

That’s the title of Verizon’s news release dated 1/26/09 regarding their new femtocell.

It seems to me that this is a silly comparison, and one that isn’t anywhere near accurate.

A typical macrocell site costs a carrier something like $250,000 to $350,000 to construct. And given that the Verizon femtocells don’t provide 3G services such . . . → Read More: Like Getting A Million-Dollar Cell Site In Your Home For $249.99

Verizon

Verizion Wireless “Hub: Stylish

February 1, 2009: Verizon Launches the “Verizon Wireless Hub” (it’s version of a femtocell. What distinguishes Verizon’s offering from its competitors is the combination of in home cordless phone, and the extension of the Verizon wireless network via a built in femtocell site.

The Hub connects back to the . . . → Read More: Verizion Wireless “Hub: Stylish

General

President Obama’s PDA and Cell Phone?

President Obama has said that he’s going to say connected to the Internet and to email. If he does, he’ll be the first American President to do so. And while he professes his love for his Blackberry, that is certainly NOT the PDA that he’ll use to stay connected.

I suspect that our President . . . → Read More: President Obama’s PDA and Cell Phone?

General

No, I can’t hear you on Inauguration Day

Reporting on the massive cell phone congestion during today’s inauguration of President Obama, the Associated Press reported that call traffic was up 500% from normal for several carriers.

Big surprise.

The carriers are asking people wanting to transfer photos from their phone’s camera to wait to let the data traffic drop back to normal levels.

. . . → Read More: No, I can’t hear you on Inauguration Day

General

CTIA 2 DC vistrs..Pls txt..dont call.

In a copyrighted story appearing in the January 19, 2009 issue of WirelessWeek, Monica Alleven reports that that the wireless carriers in D.C. are expecting record-breaking crowds for the Obama inauguration, and with it big-time network congestion.

The CTIA suggests that visitors in D.C. text, rather than make voice calls, to help reduce network overloads. . . . → Read More: CTIA 2 DC vistrs..Pls txt..dont call.

Financial

Sprint Nextel Schedules 4Q08 Earnings Announcement

OVERLAND PARK, Kan.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Jan. 6, 2009–Sprint Nextel Corp. (NYSE: S) will release its financial results for the fourth quarter of 2008 on Friday, Feb. 27. The results will be posted at www.sprint.com/investors at approximately 7 a.m. EST. Sprint Nextel management will host a conference call at 8 a.m. EST to discuss the results, and details . . . → Read More: Sprint Nextel Schedules 4Q08 Earnings Announcement

General

Wireless (and some wires) MCLE Presentations

State Bar of California SECTION EDUCATION INSTITUTE & CALIFORNIA SOLO AND SMALL FIRM SUMMIT

January 16-18, 2009 Claremont Resort and Spa Berkeley, California

January 17: 2009 9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Session title: “Protecting Client Confidences While Using Mobile Technology”

Learn about the secret life of laptops, PDA’s, and telephones. . . . → Read More: Wireless (and some wires) MCLE Presentations

Gallery

New Photos in the Gallery: New Mexico and Alaska

Happy New Year!

I’ve just added a bunch of new photos to the cell site photo Gallery. They include photos in and around Santa Fe, New Mexico of camouflaged (AT&T monopine) and non-camouflaged sites (Santa Fe Opera).

I’ve also added some photos from Ketchikan and Haines, Alaska.

Just click on the photo above, or the . . . → Read More: New Photos in the Gallery: New Mexico and Alaska