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Clearwire claims it has transformed Portland into the fastest unwired city in the West, making the city home to one of the first 4G WiMAX wireless broadband services in the world, called Clear. With Clear, consumers and businesses can access the Internet wirelessly, at broadband speeds ─ at home, in the office, around the Portland metro area, and on the go. Clear's mobile, residential and business plans can be purchased by the day or by the month, and do not require long term service contracts. Home Internet service plans start at $20 per month, while mobile Internet plans start at $30 per month. Additional savings are available for customers that purchase both home and mobile Internet services or that sign up for a two-year service agreement. Clear broadband delivers up to 6 Mbps download speeds with the Clear residential modem, while mobile Internet customers can ... (more)

In San Diego, The Future Began Today

(March 21, 2002) - If you live in San Diego, the future arrived for you today. Verizon Wireless customers there are the first mobile phone users in the entire USA to be able to download entertainment, gaming, information, communications, and productivity applications onto their phones over the air using QUALCOMM's Binary Runtime Environment for Wireless (BREW). Some of the first applications offered include popular games such as EA Sports' Tiger Woods PGA Tour Golf and JAMDAT Bowling from JAMDAT Mobile Inc., entertainment services such as Mattel, Inc.'s Magic 8 Ball, and musical ... (more)

Location-Based Services Around the World Struggle with Privacy Issues

The Wherify GPS Locator is, shall we say, the Mr. Hyde side of location-based technologies, but let's not forget that many people around the world are already talking too about their Dr. Jekyll side. Some companies already use RF tags (similar to those used to tag pets) in workwear to track employees through their factories. This can be used to track each time the wearer of a garment goes to the restroom, has a coffee break, cigarette break, moves from one area to another, and so on. In Hong Kong, an aptly named firm called the Pinpoint Company offers employers a service whereby t... (more)

The SA Forum Delivers the Next Critical Piece in the Development of Open, Modular Carrier-Grade Products

(April 15, 2003) - The Service Availability Forum, an industry coalition of communications and computing companies, has released the Application Interface Specification (AIS). This is the SA Forum's second open interface specification enabling carrier-grade platforms, middleware and applications to deliver critical elements needed for High Availability (HA) services. This Application Interface Specification standardizes the interface between SA Forum compliant HA middleware and customer applications This Application Interface Specification specifies the key standards for use in imp... (more)

Samsung Launches Camera Phone for Pixelphiliacs

By the end of this month or early November, any Korean phone user with a passion for pixels will be able to invest 1 million Korean won (US $876) in the world's first 5-megapixel camera phone. Samsung claims the new phone, the SCH-S250, is as good as a high-end digital camera. Kim Hun-bae, vice president of mobile research and development at Samsung, said at a presentation in Seoul: "The biggest difference between a digital camera and a camera phone is that the latter gets less light due to a smaller lens, thus resulting in inferior picture quality." While phone from rivals like ... (more)