Cisco Killer OBi110 Puts Google Voice on Any Phone

Obihai Technology's poerful OBi110

It's been a long six-year run, but the Cisco SPA3102's reign as the most powerful consumer VoIP adaptor is over. A new device, the OBi110 by Obihai Technology, selling for less than $50, has stepped in to invigorate the sleepy consumer VoIP hardware space. The device offers virtually all the features that have made the SPA3102 the chosen adaptor among VoIP do-it-yourselfers, and sports a slew of enticing new powers. These include: The ability to make US/Canada calls and receive calls … [Read more...]

AT&T 3G MicroCell: Awakening Dead Spots at a Price

AT&T 3G MicroCell

AT&T Wireless has admitted that its service is less than reliable in large swaths of urban areas such as New York City and San Francisco, and has promised infrastructure upgrades in those areas in order to address the problems. When AT&T will get around to the service upgrades is anyone's guess. Fortunately, AT&T customers who live or work within dead spots in those cities now have an effective, albeit pricey, hardware device — the $150 AT&T 3G Microcell — that alleviates … [Read more...]

Mobilize 09 Sees a Bright, Connected, Portable – and Profitable Future

Anyone feeling blue about the economic downturn or at odds over political battles involving healthcare reform and financial stimulus would have done well to attend Mobilize 09 at San Francisco's Mission Bay Conference Center Thursday, as dozens of presenting speakers/companies and hundreds of attendees embraced there a future that will be on-the-go and location aware, serving up near-instantaneous communications and connectivity over ever-faster, increasingly stable wireless networks. And to … [Read more...]

Big Still Looking Better as Mobile Giants Merge in UK

Image Credit: canonsnappper Mobile broadband consolidation rocked the UK Tuesday as Deutch Telecom and France Telecom announced plans to consolidate their British operations, according to a report in the New York Times. Pending approval of both companies' shareholders and European regulators, the combined venture would become the largest mobile carrier in the UK, surpassing current leaders O2 and Vodaphone and commanding 37% of the UK's mobile subscriber base. Saturated European mobile … [Read more...]