No-Tell, SMS and Made in India… huh?


* Nortel or No-Tell
* Dave Winer finally discovers it is a SMS world
* 802.11b is dead, long live 802.11g
* Beware, there is McCaw on the prowl
* AMD, Chasing Dell
* Solaris, Open Source, maybe
* Outlook as a platform, I finally get it.
* Verizon gets speedy, what took ya so long.
* Fujitsu: First WiMax Chip?
* AT&T’s “unlimited” data might be limited
* Xeon, now made in India
* Slimes of India
* India’s Broadband dreams


Dean Landsman

At the very last session of BloggerConII, when a brief discussion of moblogging, and then cell phones was raised, I brought up the point that SMS is a fact of life, and a huge part of the wireless phone usage in most other continents, yet has barely made a dent in the US market.

The assembled group, or so it seemed to me, was more interested in how to send photos to a blog than in learning about using one’s portable communicatoins handset as a short message and/or quick-shot device for anything other than conversation or taking pictures (and then perhaps posting them to a blog or as a view of a moblog or meetup).

After the session a few Europeans sought me out to discuss this further. By and large the discussion had to do with the pricing of SMSing and how bandwidth is marketed in Europe, as opposed to the bundled plans here, which are less robust, and have been in a long-term price war as the companies compete for share of market.

Once one of the leaders (or Nextel, the more likely mover and shaker IMHO) presses on with texting and takes a strong tie-in marketing deal with AIM or MSN IM, there will most likely be a wholesale change (pun intended) in how US users adapt to and learn about — and then make use of — the SMS features available on their wireless handsets.

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