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.
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?
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.
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.
With the iPhone freshly launched in Europe, only now are we starting to get an idea of the true extent of Apple's power over the mobile operators.
Near field communications -- or NFC -- may sound like another dull mobile acronym. However, the reality is a smooth system that will delight the lazy and impatient.
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.
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?
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.
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?
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.
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?
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?
In telecoms, Telstra is no 800 pound gorilla. It's an 800 pound colic-ridden infant, irritably throwing its toys out of the pram when it doesn't get its own way.
Tech companies love to produce flashy videos gazing into the future. If only all their dreams could come true.