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The merry second lives of Telstra

The merry second lives of Telstra

Friends, industry watchers, readers; I come not to bag Telstra, but to praise it. The evil that telcos do often lives on after their Investors Days, while the good is often lost during interminable speeches.

published November 1, 2007 by

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Has Nokia's Symbian romance cursed UIQ?

Has Nokia's Symbian romance cursed UIQ?

You wait for some hot news on smartphone software -- well, I do -- and then several bits come along at once. This week has seen some seriously fascinating movements in the field -- but what does it all mean for your mobile?

published October 17, 2007 by

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Is the world losing faith in WiMax?

Is the world losing faith in WiMax?

With the CEO of US mobile operator and WiMax cheerleader Sprint, Gary Forsee, now leaving his job, questions are being raised about whether confidence in WiMax can recover from such a body blow.

published October 8, 2007 by

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Is mobile GPS going in the wrong direction?

Is mobile GPS going in the wrong direction?

Most mobile services which are peddled as the "next big thing" have been around for donkey's years, while operators and handset manufacturers try to find a reason to convince consumers to actually pay for them. GPS looks to be going down the same road.

published September 27, 2007 by

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Odd patents and the patently odd

Odd patents and the patently odd

Today I'm taking a dip into the most interesting patents -- and patently silly ideas -- and what manner of messed-up services may be coming to your handset before too long, including the fertility phone, smellophone and Feng Shui phone.

published August 23, 2007 by

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Vodafone waves white flag in WiMax wars

Vodafone waves white flag in WiMax wars

After the government threw its hat in the ring over WiMax, friends and foes of the technology have been frothing at the mouth to deliver a natty sound bite on why the standard is the wireless equivalent of a cold sore or the saviour of all things broadband. Vodafone has now announced it's sleeping with enemy and joining the WiMax Forum. Who's the winner here?

published August 14, 2007 by

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Has Telstra Sol-d out?

Has Telstra Sol-d out?

This may be one of the few times I find myself in agreement with John Howard -- the recent announcement that Telstra's CEO, Sol Trujillo, will now find his pay packet bloated to some AU$12 million seems a little like overkill.

published August 12, 2007 by

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Is Google's gPhone a threat or a promise?

Is Google's gPhone a threat or a promise?

Imagine for a minute -- just imagine -- that all the Google phone rumours are true and the search giant is about to bring out its own mobile device. What can Google give us that the existing handset makers can't?

published August 6, 2007 by

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Get your hands off my Internet, Virgin!

Get your hands off my Internet, Virgin!

Getting into the finer print of Virgin's broadband-over-3G plans is a little like getting up close and personal with the office hottie and then discovering they have a personal hygiene problem. Last week, Virgin launched two broadband packages using HSDPA -- high speed 3G -- as backhaul instead of the traditional ADSL used by fixed line broadband.

published July 30, 2007 by

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Is there room for a fourth screen?

Is there room for a fourth screen?

Last week, BigPond launched a new mobile telly offering, smartly named BigPond TV (knew you'd like it), with the usual selection of clips and full programs, old favourites and made for mobile. So will BigPond succeed where so many have struggled?

published July 26, 2007 by

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Why did Telstra and O2 say bye-mode?

Why did Telstra and O2 say bye-mode?

This week has seen both Telstra and O2 in the UK ditch NTT DoCoMo's i-mode mobile content service after adopting it for just two years. Is this a good sign or a bad sign for the Internet on mobiles?

published July 17, 2007 by

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