TheTelecomblog’s Top Six Posts for October 2011

by Jeff Wiener on November 7, 2011

1. Will the Nokia-Microsoft Partnership Succeed?

As the day of the launch of Nokia’s first Microsoft Windows Phone powered smartphone draws closer, reactions in the market remain mixed. Many are skeptical about the success of the partnership, as it was formed at a time when the cell phone manufacturer was facing rough weather with losses of around $597 million in the 2nd and the 3rd quarters, and up to 10% cut in the workforce. By the time the deal was finalized in February and both the firms’ engineers started integrating cell phone technologies, rivals like Samsung, Apple and Google were already securing their place in the market.

However, a majority of mobile operators are hoping for the success of Nokia-Microsoft partnership. This will provide customers an option other than Apple and Google, the companies that have been dominating the high-end smartphone market since the past four years. But currently the odds are not in the favor of the mobile phone manufacturer.

2. CRTC to Lead New International Do-Not-Call Network

In the past, the CRTC has often been severely criticized for its inept handling of the national do not call registry. However, since last year things seem to be changing for the better, as Canada’s telecommunications regulator started working aggressively on a zero-tolerance policy against telemarketing violators.

The violators fined by CRTC in the last year include big wireless brands such as Bell and Rogers as well as several other telemarketers including Xentel DM Inc. and Goodlife Fitness Centres. However, despite these high profile examples, there’s a general belief that the enforcement of fines related to the registry is less than effective.

3. The Unthink Social Revolution Begins

At first glance the Orwellian name “Unthink” seems to be an odd choice for a social rebellion, imbued with overtones of shutting off one’s brain, of blind obedience, and Big Brother-like dictatorial control, but the vision of Unthink founder Natasha Dedis could not be more different.

For her, the name “Unthink” refers to breaking the control that Facebook exerts over our lives, ignoring the message that Facebook is the way social networking should be done, and opening our eyes to the true potential of user controlled social networking. While Facebook wants us to think that it holds the keys to social networking, what we really need is to unthink everything we think we know about social networking, and only then can we truly be free.

4. RIM’s Misery Worsens, BlackBerry Outages Continue for Second Day

To say that October was a disastrous month would certainly be an understatement, as the Blackberry-maker endured problem after problem, issues that had led many to question the lasting viability of the company. During the month a series of failures in Research in Motion’s private network disrupted BlackBerry service to millions of customers across four continents. While RIM worked diligently on the issue, the outage spread around the world, leaving many Blackberry users frustrated and looking for answers.

The answer, to RIM’s shame, was a paltry offering of free apps and downloads, certainly not enough to ebb the flood of angry users who made the opening weekend of Apple’s iPhone 4S the biggest in that company’s history.

5. Apple Disappoints with the iPhone 4S

It was a rollercoaster of a month for Apple, as the company endured the devastating loss of its long-time leader Steve Jobs. Jobs, who had stepped down as CEO this past summer due to health reasons, passed away early in month, only a day after the company released the latest iteration of its popular smartphone line-up, the iPhone 4S.

Visually a carbon copy of its predecessor, Apple was quick to point out, however, that the components of the iPhone 4 and the iPhone 4S could not be more different, with the new 4S sporting a faster more powerful processor in addition to host of other improvements.

But is the new iPhone 4S the latest innovative mobile device or simply an incremental upgrade over its predecessor?

6. Rogers “Beyond 4G” is Beyond Fast. My First Experience with LTE

While there are very few things I would place in the “revolutionary” category—the smartphone and subsequently the iPhone, Nintendo’s Wii, the iPad tablet, just to name a few—I have had the opportunity over the past several weeks to test Roger’s new Sierra USB LTE mobile Internet stick and I’m quickly coming to realize that I may have a new candidate.

There was a time not so long ago that I considered 3G connection to be fast, but having tried Rogers new 4G LTE wireless stick, I think my entire concept of fast Internet connection has been blown to pieces. Simply put, Rogers LTE, in my mind at least, is clearly the first step towards an entirely post-wired world, and now that I’ve experienced it there’s simply no going back…well, at least until I have to return the promotional LTE stick to Rogers.

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