Category Archives: Telecom

UTStarcom GF200

According to PCWorld, UTStarcom’s recently announced GF200 phone (Q2 2006 availability) will allow connection to either GSM (Cingular/TMobile in the US or Fido/Rogers in Canada) networks or Wi-Fi hotspots for use with VOIP. The phone apparently supports WEP encryption but lacks the ability to authenticate through public hotspots that require browser authentication.

Using multiple wireless devices in hotels

Many early adopters are now accumulating multiple devices that can connect to the Internet. These can include a laptop (and possibly a second laptop for a spouse or other partner), wireless-capable PDA, voice-over-IP phone adapter or telephone, handheld gaming consoles, etc. When traveling, it is now advantageous to carry a router or even a wireless router.
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Protecting VOIP conversations

Yesterday I wrote about a new unannounced wi-fi voip phone from Linksys, the WIP 300. I am excited by the fact that it appears to be the first wi-fi VOIP phone out there that has a built-in browser (which would likely allow it to connect through most public hotspots that require users to log in or that require users to click through an initial page). Since then I’ve listened to a couple of podcasts about VOIP security and the difficultly of building in functionality to protect (encrypt) the conversation, particularly when products of different manufacturers are utilized. Here’s a thought – why not build in a PPTP VPN client?
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USPTO notifies RIM and NTP that patents likely to be struck down

According to the New York Times, the USPTO has notified both NTP and Research in Motion, the maker of the BlackBerry wireless e-mail device, that the technology patents at the heart of an infringement lawsuit by NTP against RIM are likely to be struck down. The office has issued preliminary rejections of all five wireless e-mail patents in the past. The final rulings may come by mid-February, earlier than expected.

Terror groups cloning Rogers phones

Better keep those cell phones close at hand, and LOCKED. According to the Globe and Mail law professor Susan Drummond received a phone bill for $12,237.60 – 160 times larger than her normal bill – and which primarily consisted of calls to foreign countries that included Pakistan, Libya, Syria, India and Russia. As a result of researching the fraud, Drummond and her partner discovered that phones of senior Rogers executives, including Mr. Rogers himself, were repeatedly “cloned” by terrorist groups that used them to make thousands of overseas calls. Ms. Drummond is apparently pursuing legal action against the cellphone giant, charging that the company can easily spot a fraud-in-progress, yet “lets the meter run.”

Competitiveness of Canadian Cellular Market

Some blogs have recently been commenting on the competitiveness of the Canadian telecom market. I decided to check out Fido’s website to see how things have changed during 2005. Thanks to Rogers (who acquired Fido just over a year ago), the bill for Fido subscribers heading south this winter as compared to last may be twice as high. So much for competition.
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