It's significant because Apple has consistently proven that it can break new ground with the Powerbooks and iPods. If Apple can make iChat mobile, it will bring video and video messaging to a new level.
This mirrors a lot of thinking that those in the mobile messaging market have been expressing to me for some time. Recently I spoke to three classes at Temple University about changes in communications. The biggest and maybe the most important comment I had was that talking and seeing other people face to face has to return to their communication habits, and that IM and Email will need to go more visual. The story about Apple's possible entry into mobile video messaging supports that position.
It seems according to LightReading, and a Heavy Reading report, that the mobile operators are having a devil of a time getting their arms around the concept of Fixed Mobile Convergence.
The problem here is not limited though only to the USA, but is a global issue. With more and more dual mode phones like the Nokia N80i (i for Internet Edition) and the E series having WiFi and SIP built in, the growing desire of users to be able to use "better quality" and less expensive WiFi connections is looming.
Next week at GadgetFest in San Diego I'll moderate a panel that has Steve Howe of Earthlink and Steve Blumenthal of BridgePort Networks, both of whom have convergence devices to show off.
These new devices are going to be more in demand next year than this year, but the key is that they are here today, and the carriers will have to embrace the new opportunities. These new devices are geared for making it easier for people to stay in touch over IP/WiFi but yet will mimic the cell phone. In the case of BridgePort Networks it's their MobileStick. For Earthlink it will be a new WiFi Phone that sells for a low price and which Howe promises will work on their WiFi networks.
I do too. The problem seems to be in my mind a lot of hopping back and forth between networks, both PSTN and VoIP that we experience.
Of late I've noticed degrading line quality when calling cell phones, yet, when I make an all IP call, or a pure cell to cell call the calls sound great, indicating that transcoding and mismatched codecs may be the leading culprits.
Hopefully, as more and more companies turn to IP the mobile operators feel the pressure to make more pure VoIP cross connects. That in my view will change the way calls sound and also reduce costs.
Well if you live in one of the more faster growing cities in Nevada you sure can.
Never to be second in the race to come first, but also a company which has proved they can blow it, the mother of all phone companies, MaBell's own AT&T has decided to break ranks and hook up the residents of Pahrump, NV with WiMax, avoiding the central office and bypassing any kind of possible bad intercourse found at the dslams by going to the air.
For those of you who have never been to Pahrump, the town is best known for its trailer park hideaways that house some of the nation's only legal brothels, just an hour or so outside of Sin City, Las Vegas.
AT&T's WiMaxx efforts are a wet dream for early adopters. It's got all the touchy, feeling, slap and tickle makings because playing with WiMax is a move akin to becoming a wireless mistress to it's own Cingular, but yet we all know that this is not just some cheap trick. Instead this "under the covers" activity, likely leaked by someone with a deep-throat source in Hookerville is more than likely Ma Bell's next daughter.
Long time pal Tony Greenberg who is well versed in all issues related to the Internet and service has written a very definitive piece on the subject of net neutrality. His points about the impact on gaming are as appropriate with VoIP and Video in the near and long term.