Hello from Cascais Portugal. Last week I was in the South of France, where I was working remotely from Domaine d'Aupilhac, helping with the planning of their 25th anniversary, is just as easy as working from home.
Being on the road didn't mean work stopped for me. Meetings using Calliflower,GoToMeeting, WebEx, UberConference. Calls using either Counterpath's Bria withSimpleSignal or via Skype, along with mobile service from Truphone, plus local mobile operators Bouygues Telecom and Orange have allowed me to stay connected. I'm also finding a massive shift in my behavior with the iPad Air with a Zagg keyboard vs. MacBook Air, my traveling laptop these days. The laptop stays in the apartment (gites) more than it leaves. Same here in Portugal.
In France while driving, I've made a ton of calls using 4G on Bouygues, but the calls were not over the usual cellular networks but over the data networks. The issue, coverage is still being built out and when you switch between 4G and 3G it's different networks and your IP calls get dropped. That problem will go away over time. Here in Portugal, Optimus' 4G network is giving me up to 50 megs of speed and I'm making VoIP calls using SimpleSignal like I'm home.
Net Net--The Internet keeps me connected and working from winery (WFW) or from the back of a taxi is the same for me as WFH (working from home).
Here in Portugal the combination of Optimus and Vodafone, as well as Truphone on my devices has me mobile and connected. The hotel has provisioned a personal direct connection to their broadband network for me, with my own Wi-Fi SSID so only my devices are on that part fo the network giving me 20 megs symmetrical up to 50 megs anywhere on the resort...This is where the new iPad is excelling as is the Nexus 7 tablet.
What else has changed. Over the past week or two members of my team and I have been digging deeper into GoogleDocs and I'm watching how much faster collaboration can occur. Also, being on Google with an Android is far more seamless than being on other devices, but if you use the Google Apps on iOS the seamlessness seems to continue so I don't see how Microsoft or Blackberry even can catch up. The only players who can are LG and Samsung, along with some new players like OPPO andXiaomi who a are both innovating with Android as the core OS and then adding to it.
Cheers...and now onto the news
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If the FCC changes the sports blackout rules, mobile networks and mobile infrastructure players will be the big winners as sports can be leveraged into packages. And you wonder why Dish Networks wants to buy T-Mobile and keep them out of Sprint's hands?
Sports leagues - especially the NFL - use blackouts to encourage fans to see games in the stadium rather than on TV. A new proposal by the FCC would make it harder to do this, but it won't bring relief to the majority of sports fans.
Speaking of T-Mobile, their "uncarrier" approach may take on an ever newer twist next year, with the Seattle based carrier buying customers out of early termination fees. That will spark a very big price war if it happens...or put an end to them along with subsidized phones.
Ever since John Legere teased Uncarrier 4.0 on his twitter account earlier this week, I've been racking my brains trying to decide what it's most likely to be. In terms of its own plans, value and available products, T-Mobile has done about as much as it can do to convince customers to join.
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