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Updated: 2016-12-09T09:45:59-08:00

 



Calling On The Plane

2016-12-09T09:53:25-08:00

I don't know what the big debate is about when it comes to making calls from airplanes. USA Today and other media outlets, including the Wall Street Journal all covered what is a religious like debate between the FAA, the FTC and various factions in air travel over the viability, technical capability and passenger disturbance factors surrounding calls while flying. For starters, it's obvious most of the reporters never flew when we had GTE Airfone in existence. There handsets were scattered two for every three seats or so, and you swiped a credit card or used an account code to...



T-Mobile Has Your Digits

2016-12-08T08:33:45-08:00

T-Mobile has started to roll out a new beta program called Digits. In many ways it's a next generation FindMe, Follow Me type service that goes somewhat farther than GoogleVoice. While I've yet to try it, what seems the most appealing to me is the ability for a call to be placed or received on an iPad or Android tablet as it looks like what T-Mobile is doing is some marrying up of IMS and VoLTE to make that happen. I've pinged T-Mobile's PR team to try to get more clarity, and once I've enrolled in the beta I'll provide...



Cord Cutters, Never Corders. Now Meet The Dish Dumpers

2016-12-07T16:11:03-08:00

The market for OTT (over the top) mobile cable and broadband to the home is growing. It is becoming the mode to watch content by the younger, hipper millennials who still consume linear television, but are also rapidly moving to the SVOD (subscription video on demand) approach being offered by Apple, Amazon, Hulu and Netflix to name a few. But the cable industry isn't the only market being hit by all this. There's another market that is likely also being impacted. That market is the satellite TV market. All one has to think about is why AT&T is moving so...



Engadget on Bots and Credit Card Theft is PR Problem For Visa

2016-12-07T08:11:14-08:00

Having been part of the PR and reportorial world world since before I could drive, I know both sides of the table and am very disappointed at what the world of both PR and Journalism have become. PR people complain reporters don't talk to them. Journalist say they get too many requests. Thus stories don't get told right, and issues, when they arise, tend to fester. Much of this is caused by the growing "ostrich approach" in Public Relations these days. For those of you who don't know what the ostrich approach is, it means burying your head in the...



Rogers One Number Goes To Zero In January

2016-12-07T07:40:53-08:00

Longtime communications watcher Jim Courtney has been a user of Rogers One Number since it started. But Rogers has decided to dump it, turning it off come January, 2017. The service, which rolled out in 2012 is an example of how fast new technology is being replaced. OneNumber's demise is clearly linked to mobile devices taking over the majority of calls and now with the arrival of Wi-Fi calling, there was a dramatically reduced need for the service. OneNumber, which uses technology from Counterpath and Ericsson, pretty much brought Skype like calling to Rogers mobile users who were able to...



Talk Or Not-The UC vs. Messaging War Wages On

2016-11-26T04:27:50-08:00

Long time Unified Communications watcher Dave Michels authored a presentation at the UC Summit 2016 on the entitled "Did You Get The Message?" He cites the rise of Slack (slide 13), which in many ways is Unified Communications 2.0 vs. the more traditional version. On slide 14 he compares UC 1.0 and what I am calling 2.0. The difference in my opinion is older work teams still work in the traditional office environment and have both UC 1.0 as their primary modes of communications. That means, a PBX, desk phones, find me follow me that rings their mobile phone, video...