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Andy, this is kind of cool but its not as cool as UMA/GAN (WiFi Calling). For those of us in high rises in densely populated urban areas where GSM signals are weak (but where we have solid WiFi signals in our office and homes), why can't we have something like the T-Mobile USA Wi-Fi calling function in the phone (as software) instead of having to buy YACD (Yet Another Clunky Device) -- a femtocell -- which sucks up more energy (and makes Al Gore cranky)? Seriously, if T-Mobile can achieve UMA/GAN over WiFi, then why not the other carriers? What's the barrier especially with more and more smartphones that are capable of doing this in software on Android or iOS? With iOS one can understand the barrier may very well be Apple and its App store gatekeeping. But Android? Isn't Android the open source darling? Android is actually not the picture perfect "open source" little prince that Google likes us to think it is. Eric Schmidt, Larry Page and Andy Rubin have essentially tricked people into buying the Nexus phones (Nexus One, Nexus S) with the hyperbole about how "open" and "pure" they are and yet we can't put the T-Mobile WiFi Calling app on either one (of course T-Mobile with Kineto won't open source the app either). This despite Google having Samsung design the Nexus S to support only the 3G GSM bands of T-Mobile in the U.S. (and sold by Best Buy with a T-Mobile SIM chip in the box when the Nexus S made its debut in December 2010). Andy Rubin also does not return phone calls to Nexus owners who call and beg him to find a way to give the Nexus phones the ability to run UMA / WiFi calling (how hard can it be, after all T-Mobile makes it possible for the Samsung Galaxy S which is for all intents and purposes the same as the Nexus S so long as you go to jail for 2 years with a T-Mobile contract on the Galaxy S). People who purchased the Nexus S *trusted* Google that it would be an open platform that one could modify without rooting it, and have much more flexibility on. But Andy Rubin is apparently too busy to return phone calls of his passionate Nexus customers; contrast this with Steve Jobs who is known to return phone calls and answer people's emails because Steve really does care!
Very interesting ... so here's a big question: if mVideo as standardization is what's needed (which is *not* Skye or FaceTime), what are the odds on platforms tightly controlled like iOS that apps with mVideo will be "allowed" to coexist and even compete with Facetime if Steve Jobs doesn't really want open standards to win? Apple is not really a proponent of open source / open source communities thriving around iOS -- Apple's Developer program requires only fits three types of developers: a University, a Standard Developer or an Enterprise Developer (Enterprise requires a Dun & Brandstreet number). Then there are limits on "Ad-Hoc" apps. A community or tribe based on grass roots open source projects ranging from well organized Foundations (Mozilla, Apache, et al) to a students distributed across the world at disparate educational institutions who contribute code to a github repository, just don't fit in to Apple's little candy coated iOS developer world. This is what's quite concerning going forward in the context of promoting experimentation with open protocols for video call standards eh?
Toggle Commented Aug 24, 2011 on Report: Mobile Video Calling to Grow at VoIPWatch
> Now though with LTE they are starting to > feel some pain, as they are finding some > hiccups along the way first. I'm curious if you can provide more info about this pain? I would like to get Verizon LTE soon!
Toggle Commented Aug 5, 2011 on Why Verizon Wireless Has Customers at VoIPWatch
Andy, do you think traveling in the future such as with the next generation (iPhone 5) might be more difficult based on the rumblings we've heard in the rumor mills about how Apple may use a smaller (micro) SIM akin to the iPad? Are micro SIMs just as easy to find and shop for around the world as standard GSM chips? I much prefer to pay up front for an unsubsidized smart phone that is also unlocked so I can travel around with it (instead of being caught up in the typical American "debt trap" of signing away for two years to become indebted with a two year contract all for the up-front illusion of getting the phone cheaper. How likely do you think it is (given where the world is with infrastructure) that the next generation iPhone (5) will be a world phone capable of LTE? I have a USB modem from LG that works on Verizon's LTE network here in the U.S. and for the locations where LTE is available, its phenomenal (it humanly feels about as fast as using a cable modem or DSL broadband service)! I wouldn't mind having an iPhone (5) with LTE that I could travel around the world with (that would fall back to 3G GSM where LTE is unavailable) and which I could also use to tether other machines like a local hotspot (tether with a MacBook Air or iPad)! Is an LTE iPhone world phone that can tether plausible or still a ways away? -Eddie
Thanks for coverage of iPad2. Regarding AT&T 3G on the iPad2, the good fellows over at AnandTech have this very interesting nugget of an observation (6 down 1.5 up on 3G - cool! But also a little bit disappointing on less WiFi reception compared to iPad 1st generation). Andy, do you use your iPad to deliver presentations using the Keynote app? I'm hoping that the iPad2's much improved graphics capability along with its dual core CPU will make for a better and more fuller (transitions between slides, support of embedded video codecs, etc.) presentation device and hence no need to use a full fledged MacBook to do this. Computerworld asks the question iPad 2 selling out in US, but is it safe? and complains that Apple's iOS 4.3 has important security updates but this update won't work on previous iPhones (3G or older) or iPod touches (2nd generation or older) and the worry is that Apple is intentionally hyper innovating with short cycles (two iPads in less than one year?) in order to keep the cash cow going and intentionally unnecessarily deprecating older devices that should otherwise run just fine.
Toggle Commented Mar 12, 2011 on Apple iPad2 AT&T or Verizon In the USA at VoIPWatch
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