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I Need a New Phone

My third Nokia N900 lost the ability to recognize a SIM card recently.  And the usual home repair tactics (bending the SIM, adding padding between the SIM slot and battery) had no effect.  I tried a cold reflash to no avail.

So I went back to my previously-trusty Nokia E71x only to find that the infrequent odd behavior it had been exhibiting (mainly going unresponsive when I needed it most) has now become the norm.  The little thing spends most of its time now in a coma and requires measures just short of serious abuse to awaken.  Factory reset didn’t help there, either.  It’s also not a mobile computer.   Continue reading


Verizon kick-starting US WiFi?

There are two wireless broadband truisms that have proven unassailable here in the US:

  1. The promise of ubiquitous WiFi has failed, for the most part, to manifest;
  2. Market-restricting service providers fear ubiquitous WiFi

There’s a high correlation between those two axioms, and the result has been a self-fulfilling prophecy.  The largest US telecommunications companies, Verizon and AT&T, have struggled to fit wireless access into their business models (although AT&T has done better of late).  The concern, of course, revolves around monetization– once a widespread, reliable and easy-to-access WiFi infrastructure gained traction, smaller service providers would have the incentive and the means to compete with the bigger players… the latter of which appear to develop allergies to free markets once they reach critical mass.

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Nokia </3 Irving?

Pardon me for use of the emoticon, but I was coming up dry for clever article titles today.  I think maybe the current cold weather has frozen key neurons.

Anyway, the “</3” commonly symbolizes a broken heart, or lack of love.  In this case, I am wondering about Nokia’s true sentiments regarding its Irving, Texas location.

The Nokia Irving campus has been surrounded by negative speculation at least since the US factory (Alliance) closed down and its operations sent to Reynosa, Mexico.  The rumor mill was fueled further when Nokia Siemens Networks was formed, and further still when the campus’ Building 1 was emptied.  Anonymous comments on internet sites have not generally expressed much hope.

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