Mobile Apps & the Wireless Data Quandry

6 thoughts on “Mobile Apps & the Wireless Data Quandry”

  1. As an aspiring webapp builder, where do you find out about such events? We are still on the hunt for seed money for our calendar project and would have loved to attend such an event!

  2. Om, the voice quality of 2/2.5G and 3G networks is independent of the data pipe utilization, unless the operators mess with it. The voice traffic is always higher priority, and in-fact uses the data-traffic share of pipe allocation as well when they are free (and if they are not, then well, it can still snatch that allocation away from data traffic).

    So, I dont see this issue affecting voice quality unless, as I said, the carriers have really messed up. These are ofcourse of primary concern to the operators as well as the designers when designing these networks. Voice is still bread-and-butter !

  3. Given that even 2.5G data is prohibitively expensive for most people — $80/mo. for a laptop card, $40/mo. for data on a Treo, etc. — I don’t think we have too much to worry about. Granted, if Cingular launches HSDPA in conjunction with a phone that will let you rent movies over your phone and watch them on your TV, that may change things, but I doubt that’s coming any time soon.

    Personally, I wouldn’t mind having a podcast aggregator on a phone that plays MP3s, but even that’s probably two years away at the earliest…

  4. Frankly I have higher hopes for and am more excited about hybrid phones that’ll support a variant of 802.11 or even WiMax and satellite-based 3G or GSM networks, that’ll make it easier for me to make calls for free and/or dirt-cheap with CD-quality sound unlike the crappy codecs used by all mobile phone carriers today, due to the limited amount of bandwidth they have at their disposition.

    THAT is when mobile revolution will truly happen.

  5. There are a couple companies that manufacture highly technical filters that allow much more data to be transported much more accurately over 2.5G and 3G networks. The companies are ISCO International (ISO) and Superconductor Technologies (SCON), the latter manufactures mostly filters that use High Temperature Superconducting (HTS) technology, the former has moved to non-HTS filters that are as good or better than similar HTS filters. Interestingly, ISO is having a record year in 2005 and SCON also is doing quite well. Verizon is a major customer of both. But rather little information is published because the telcos usually require NDAs because they don’t want the world to know that they need to upgrade their networks. Note that HTS is somewhat of a misnomer in that the temperatures remain extremely cold, though warmer than in earlier superconducting technolgies.

  6. Hi Om,

    Thought you might enjoy this post …

    Best Wishes!

    -+- William

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