Fred Wilson has a terrific list of wishes for 2009
I haven’t looked at the cell-phone-by-satellite business in a few years, but I’m still both intrigued and completely skeptical. Intrigued because complete coverage of the US is clearly valuable to some segment of the population (including rural public-service folks). But odds are the service will be pricey and the handsets will be ugly, and the combination will be too tough to overcome.
I hope I’m wrong. A little more competition in voice and data services can only be a good thing.
Students from Richard Montgomery High School dubbed the prank the Speed Camera “Pimping” game, according to a parent of a student enrolled at one of the high schools.
Originating from Wootton High School, the parent said, students duplicate the license plates by printing plate numbers on glossy photo paper, using fonts from certain websites that “mimic” those on Maryland license plates. They tape the duplicate plate over the existing plate on the back of their car and purposefully speed through a speed camera, the parent said. The victim then receives a citation in the mail days later.” —
Ah, teens and technology!
Gizmodo has a pretty comprehensive comparison of 3G speeds by carrier in 8 cities, and Sprint does very well. If only its stock price were performing that well also…
Just in case you’re shopping for a $4,000 gift for me next fall: I want one of these.
A few obvious observations on my part:
1. “Sprint 4G” is a far better name than “Xohm”!
2. A combined WiMax / EVDO modem will be an appealing product
3. The competition between Sprint 4G and Clearwire at retail, with Sprint owning 51% of Clearwire, will be strange and interesting
Wolff: The suite of services people will eventually be able to buy are residential broadband, mobile broadband for each individual in the house, residential voice, and ultimately, mobile voice.” —
While there’s great potential for cooperation in mobile, I’ll be interested to see how the cable companies support (or undermine) Clear’s efforts to sell residential broadband and residential voice, both of which compete direct with the MSOs’ own offerings.
The 100 MHz figure is impressive. It’s not top-quality spectrum— the 2.5 GHz band has poorer propagation compared to the spectrum sold in the recent AWS and 700 MHz auctions. But the 100 MHz certainly gives Clearwire a lot to work with. Now comes the (next) expensive part, the build-out…