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New Rules? 700 MHz Auction set for 2008

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FCC Chairman pledges open access for part of 700 Mhz auction.

“Whoever wins this spectrum has to provide … truly open broadband network — one that will open the door to a lot of innovative services for consumers,” Martin said in an interview Monday.

What this would mean in practice: “You can use any wireless device and download any mobile broadband application, with no restrictions,” Martin explained. The only exceptions would be software that is illegal or could harm a network.


Insider scoop here.

And here.

The opposition:

Verizon Wireless – We don’t need no stinkin’ open access

Apple iPhone Countdown: T-minus 100 hours

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Activity surrounding the much anticipated iPhone launch is coming from all quarters. According to Gizmodo, a line in front of the Apple Store in New York City has already begun. So, what’s the word on iPhone from around the web?

Pictures of the first two guys in line at the NYC Apple Store from Gizmodo.

Gizmodo appears on The Daily Show tomorrow night to explain the iPhone.

The Apple Insider reports that the faithful will be joined on their iPhone sleepover by Apple employees.

The Insider also describes details on how the launch will occur at Apple Stores.

Come Friday morning, all Apple retail stores will open around 10:00 a.m. local time for a 4-hour stint. They’ll then shutter for the same amount of time while prepping for the iPhone premiere, reopening at 6:00 p.m. local time with the gadgets for sale.

“We’ll open the doors again at 6:00 p.m., when you can be one of the first to see, try, and buy the iPhone,” Apple said in a message posted on its retail website. “Be sure to arrive early — iPhone is available on a first-come, first-served basis.”

Engadget reveals the security plan for iPhone deliveries.

FedEx drivers to deliver the goods in teams (one must carry the boxes, the other wields a big stick) for the 6pm store opening.

From BarCamp the first iPhone Dev Camp on July 6 and 7.

What other announcements of note have you heard?

BREW 2007: Cardless SIMs on Sprint Nextel

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The BREW conference is underway in San Diego, CA. The attendance is strong and there are lots of applications which deliver “media”. My first observation at the conference was the following. The phrase mobile content is last year’s color, and now, all is media. Ringtones, wallpapers, logos, text messages, pictures, and of course, video are all media.

Brian Finnerty, director of devices at Sprint Nextel, reached the top of the escalator just as I walked up to it. I took the opportunity to ask him a question or two.

me: “Sprint has always been known as the carrier with the coolest phones. Why didn’t Sprint land the iPhone?”

Brian: “They didn’t ask us. Apple wanted a GSM carrier so they could launch worldwide, or internationally.”

me: “What about SIM cards for CDMA carriers? Will Sprint have SIM cards in the near future?”

Brian: “We are deploying SIM technology without the card.”

me: “When?”

Brian: “It’s working on the phone I have in my pocket, right now.”

me: “Can I see that?”

Brian: “No.”

me: “When will Sprint release it?”

Brian: “In August.”

Nextel phones use SIM cards, and the new cardless SIM solution may be one benefit that can be credited to the merger. From a consumer perspective the benefit of having a card module is the ability to move it from one phone to another or change network operators by popping in a new SIM card to an existing device. It’s unclear what the consumer benefit will be for Sprint’s cardless SIM.

BREW Conference 2007

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The BREW Conference 2007 will take place next week in sunny San Diego, CA. I’m attending portions of the conference and would be happy to meet with anyone interested in chatting about mobile applications, companies that would like to brief me for publication at Mobile Messaging 2.0, or would participate in a podcast interview. Email me at mojo @ thisdomain or text to +1 619 804 1268. P.S. I do not answer calls unidentified by or blocking caller id.


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