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A Truly Twisted Cell Tower

Attention creative wireless site planners: A truly twisted cell tower has risen from a mesa in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

This uniquely designed multi-carrier cell tower constructed in the Mesa del Sol area in Albuquerque, New Mexico, just south of the airport.

The architect for this site is Dekker/Perich/Sabatini.

This site isn’t quite . . . → Read More: A Truly Twisted Cell Tower

Safety

Verizon Changes Position: Please Hold the Wheel When Driving

Shortly after we contacted Verizon’s PR guy, Jeffrey Nelson and told him about Verizon’s shocking policy of advocating handsfree driving, the press release was, ah, amended in part.

While Verizon changed the body of its press release to make it clear that they don’t support handsfree driving, they still the same (and now contradictory) headline: . . . → Read More: Verizon Changes Position: Please Hold the Wheel When Driving

Safety

Verizon Urges You to Take Your Hands off the Wheel While Driving?!

In a shocking turn of events, Verizon Wireless is now advocating “hand-free driving.” In fact, according to Verizon Wireless’s Vice President and General Counsel Steven E. Zipperstein, “Since 2000, our record has been clear: we support hands-free driving laws.”

Now, I don’t believe that hand-free driving is a very good idea, and I suspect that . . . → Read More: Verizon Urges You to Take Your Hands off the Wheel While Driving?!

Femtocells

Verizon Hub So Much More Than A Terminal

Verizon’s new “HUB” device (pictured below) is starting to get some wings. Specifically, Verizon has inked a deal with Time Inc. so that “Verizon Hub users can now view short-form videos from brands like People.com®, TIME.com®, and RealSimple.com® from Time Inc. brands by simply touching the screen on the Verizon Hub.”

This move make sense . . . → Read More: Verizon Hub So Much More Than A Terminal

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

Legal

President-Elect Obama: Can we see your records now? Good!

Personal Cell Phone Account Of President-Elect Obama Accessed By Unauthorized Employees

11/20/2008

BASKING RIDGE, N.J. — Verizon Wireless President and CEO Lowell McAdam made the following statement today:

“This week we learned that a number of Verizon Wireless employees have, without authorization, accessed and viewed President-Elect Barack Obama’s personal cell phone account. . . . → Read More: President-Elect Obama: Can we see your records now? Good!

Verizon

Verizon’s cost to build a modern MTSO: $31M

While individual cell sites cost somewhere in the range of $250,000 to $400,000 to construct, it’s interesting to learn the cost of building a new Mobile Telephone Switching Office (MTS0). Thanks to Verizon Wireless for helping to illuminate the answer.

Verizon Wireless Completes $31 Million Investment In New Omaha Network Facility

10/09/2008

OMAHA, NE — . . . → Read More: Verizon’s cost to build a modern MTSO: $31M

Sprint Nextel

Qwest may see help sailing into view over the Verizon

Okay, bad puns aside, and as a follow-up to my prior posting, Verizon Wireless is talking with Qwest about a wholesale (resale) agreement. Given Verizon’s network coverage, that makes a lot of sense.

It’ll be interesting to see whether Qwest’s Verizon negotiations will help Sprint sprint to a solution.

From pun central, I’m Jonathan Kramer . . . → Read More: Qwest may see help sailing into view over the Verizon

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