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Cell Phone Bills Are Dropping

A T-Mobile store at the San Jose MarketCenter ...A T-Mobile store at the San Jose MarketCenter shopping center in San Jose, California. Photographed by user Coolcaesar on May 6, 2006. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Over the past six months or so I've been attacking the spend on my cell bills. For starters I took advantage of the Verizon Wireless share plan, then did some surgery on Sprint, AT&T and T-Mobile. This week, with the release of T-Mobile's unCarrier approach I dropped close to another $250 a month off our company's mobile bills and my personal accounts with them.

T-Mobile has taken some shots with their new "Uncarrier Pricing" but to me, eliminating the contract and lowering my monthly spend a bit more makes total sense. What I also did was made use of an EU variant iPhone with T-Mobile, taking a non-used Nano SIM, popping it in and getting 3G speeds in San Diego with it. The phone lacks AWS (1700mhz) but given the refarming of spectrum by T-Mobile the 1900mhz bandwidth is there for the using. 

 


Oracle Buys Tekelec

If you can't build it, buy it. That's what Oracle Corporation seems to be doing as they venture deeply into real time communications related services, take aim at F5 Networks, Cisco and HP in the network services space and grow their sales portfolio. First was Acme Packet, a competitor to client Sansay, and today they entered into an agreement to purchase Tekelec, one of the leaders in signaling technology and policy management.

All of this is being fueled by the need to manage and control the way information flows and crosses boundaries. What is also obvious is what Mark Hurd learned while running HP is now being applied at Oracle.

Hat Tip to Todd Carothers of Counterpath for flagging this news.