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This Week in BlackBerry #61

June 27, 2009

This Week in BlackBerry
   Friday / 6.26.09 / #61

 The only good is knowledge and the only evil is ignorance.”
~Socrates

Tips
1. Fix Tip: Verizon *228 Not Working
Commentary
2. Handheld Computers
3. Agnostic Wireless Enterprise Architecture
In the News
4. BAC on Mobile Banking
5. Verizon BlackBerry Curve 8530 Aries in February 2010
6. Google Voice, Very Cool!!
7. Mind your Mobile Manners
8. Agito VoIP for BlackBerry
9. Review: iPhone 3G S
10. Google Voice, Very Cool!!
11. Review: BlackBerry Best for Business
12. iPhone 3G S Sales Exceed 1M
13. iPhone 3G S Disassembled
14. T-Mobile’s MyTouch: 3G Android is Worth the Wait
15. iPhone 3G S Sparks YouTube Explosion
16. AT&T Femtocell before Year’s End
17. TI Sees Multicore Phones Coming in 2011
18. Mobile Payment Draws Serious Investor Interest 

Tips

 1. Fix Tip: Verizon *228 Not Working

 If you are trying to activate a Verizon cellular device by dialing the usual *228, but it not working, and Verizon technical support has no idea why, then perhaps they tell you your device is broken and you need to get a new one, and say your coverage is good (about 4 bars).  My guess is that you are roaming on a Verizon partner’s network.  In the example of a BlackBerry you can see the network you are accessing via the BB > Options > Mobile Network.  If it says “Home Network: Extended Network”, you are roaming, and it won’t work until you get into “Home Network: Verizon Wireless”.  My recommendation:  Drive to the next biggest town (pop the battery to ensure it switches networks) and try the “*288”.

 Like a welcome summer rain, humor may suddenly cleanse and cool the earth, the air and you.”
~Langston Hughes

 

Commentary

2. Handheld Computers

Next year up to 36% of US consumer mobiles will be their primary phone, up 7% from this year.  Processing speed, memory, storage, video resolution, and wireless chips are:  smaller, consuming less power, and getting more powerful.  The next-gen BlackBerry and iPhone offer more and richer applications that reduce our desk-time.  TI is working on a multi-core processor for “phones”.  As the “smartphone” allows us to run all the tools we need and want, does it become more of a handheld computer than a phone? ~Scott Curtner

 

Laughter is by definition healthy.”
~Doris Lessing

3. Agnostic Wireless Enterprise Architecture

There are only 3 enterprise-worthy smartphone infrastructure solutions: BlackBerry, Windows Mobile, and Good Technologies.  Operationally, each is significantly different, but there are similarities.  If you were to boil their architecture down to their simplest form, what would they have in common?  I believe an agnostic wireless enterprise architecture would include: a smartphone, the wireless carrier, an internet cloud, mobility servers (providing end-to-end encryption and mandatory device security controls), and application servers. What do you think? ~Scott Curtner

In the News

4. BAC on Mobile Banking

With 2.6M active mobile banking customers, you can imagine Doug shared interesting information in his interview with Information Security Media Group.  Read Doug’s thoughts about the how Bank of America became the leader in mobile banking and their plans for the future (including biometric security). BankInfoSecurity.com

 

You can’t stay in your corner of the forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.”
~Winnie the Pooh

5. Verizon BlackBerry Curve 8530 Aries in February 2010

Although it doesn’t have the impressive specs of the Bold or Tour, the BlackBerry Curve 8530 (aka BlackBerry Aries) will be a great device when it arrives early next year.  The Verizon 8530 will be a CDMA version ofT-Mobile’s 8520 Gemini with and optical trackball, a QVGA display, Wi-Fi, fast processor, and a 2MP camera.  Note that Verizon will launch theTour 9630 this summer.CrackBerry

6. Google Voice, Very Cool!!

Google is accepting invitation requests for a solution offering single number reach (your cell/home/office all ring simultaneously) vmail, SMS, that has too many features for me to list here, so check it out…Google Voice

7. Mind your Mobile Manners

Very few companies have policies on smartphone use in meetings, which leaves it up to employees to feel their way across uncertain terrain.  Professionals often lay BlackBerrys or iPhones on a conference table before a meeting – like gunfighters placing their Colt revolvers on the card tables in a saloon.  It’s a not-so-subtle way of signaling “I’m connected. I’m busy. I’m important. And if this meeting doesn’t hold my interest, I’ve got 10 other things I can do instead.”CNBC

 Funny how the new things are the old things
~Rudyard Kipling

 8. Agito VoIP for BlackBerry

 Agito Networks can offer a VoIP Wi-Fi solution for enterprise users of the BlackBerry.  BlackBerry models supported include the Bold 9000, Curve 8900, 8800, and the Curve 8300. Support is on the way for CDMA-based devices.  Agito says it is the only unified communications company in the BlackBerry developer program.  Pricing for Agito’s RoamAnywhere solution starts at about $9,995 for the 2000 Series and $27,495 for the 4000 Series.  RIM BlackBerry support for this product won’t be available until early next month through leading channel partners worldwide. WirelessWeek

 9. Review: iPhone 3G S

 If you like apps or the Internet, go buy the iPhone 3G S right now. The new model’s improved processor and graphics chipset significantly boost the speed of everything from Web browsing to games, cementing the iPhone’s role as the nation’s most flexible handheld computer. No, it still isn’t the world’s best phone. But that’s never been the true goal of the iPhone line: Apple is devoted to bringing handheld computing to the masses. And it’s succeeding brilliantly. PCMag

 10. Google Voice, Very Cool!!

 Google is accepting invitation requests for a solution offering single number reach (your cell/home/office all ring simultaneously) vmail, SMS, that has too many features for me to list here, so check it out…Google Voice

 11. Review: BlackBerry Best for Business

 The new BlackBerry Bold easily surpasses the iPhone as a business tool if you use words more than you use software, like e-mail, messaging, invoices, documents.  The keyboard and seamless integration with business software make it the perfect mobile workstation.   The Street

 12. iPhone 3G S Sales Exceed 1M

 In the first three days after its launch, Apple sold more than 1 million of its new iPhone 3G S devices which is impressive because it’s a third-generation product, and we’re in the midst of a nasty economic recession. Washington Post,Wall Street Journal,Marketnews,InternetNews

 13. iPhone 3G S Disassembled

 A picture is worth a thousand words…RapidRepair

 14. T-Mobile’s MyTouch: 3G Android is Worth the Wait

 T-Mobile USA will release the myTouch 3G phone in August, a slimmer version of the HTC G1, which also runs on Android 1.5 software. Unlike the G1, the myTouch features a 3.2-inch HVGA highly-responsive touchscreen (rather than a keyboard).  It comes with a 4GB microSD card for you to store photos, videos and music, which can be upgraded to any size. The phone has a built-in 512MB of internal memory. It seamlessly integrates all Google services including Google Chat, Picasa, Search, Calendar and Gmail.  Priced at $200 (same as Palm’s Pre & iPhone 16GB), the myTouch adds the ability to upload video to the webGigaOm,Reuters,PC World

 15. iPhone 3G S Sparks YouTube Explosion

 Mobile-video uploading has surged fivefold since the iPhone 3G S went on sale a week ago and contributions from cell phone users have skyrocketed 1,700% in the last six months. Previous iPhone models had no video-upload feature.InformationWeek,MocoNews.net

 16. AT&T Femtocell before Year’s End

 AT&T will roll out nationwide femtocell service by year-end. AT&T’s launch would mark the first UMTS service in the U.S. and represent a broad expansion of its ongoing trial of the home base stations.  Unlike Verizon’s Femtocell that uses your residential gateway, AT&T will offer integrated femtocells.  Unstrung

 17. TI Sees Multicore Phones Coming in 2011

Texas Instruments is betting that a more powerful cell phone, one that uses identical computing cores working in parallel inside the application processor, a setup it calls symmetric multicore processing, will be here as soon as 2011. Such phones, which will be built with multicore ARM-based chips, will allow for faster processing on mobile phones without sacrificing battery life.GigaOm

18. Mobile Payment Draws Serious Investor Interest

The race is on among investors to back technology designed to develop more convenient and simpler mobile payment and banking systems, according to industry executives and analysts who note that the promising service has yet to catch on because of the challenge of squeezing such a complex application into a mobile phone.The New York Times

 

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