Daily CommBytes 5/25/07

Less than an inch thick and weighing in at a hair over two pounds, the Intel Mobile Metro is designed for communications with built-in WiFi, WiMax, EV-DO and noise canceling microphones for VoIP. The bad news: It's not going to be available for quite a while. Gearlog has the details. What's WRIX? No it's not a radio station. It stands for Wireless Roaming Intermediary Exchange, which is a new standard developed by the Wireless Broadband Alliance to simplify roaming between WiFi networks. … [Read more...]

Verizon Limits Unlimited

Fresh from its victorious pummeling of Vonage, Verizon is now gunning for abusers of its "unlimited" EV-DO data services who use more than 5GB of bandwidth in a month. Sounds like "any color you want as long as it's black." According to the carrier's user agreement, subscribers exceeding the limit are "presumed to be using the service in a manner prohibited" according to the service agreement and their service will be "terminated" immediately. Verizon says that the data service can only be … [Read more...]

Working on the Railroad

In what municipal wireless broadband provider 4G Metro is calling a national first, the company will deliver wireless Internet access and "entertainment" services to passengers riding Trinity Railway Express, a cooperative commuter service between downtown Dallas and Fort Worth, TX and the Dallas Fort Worth airport. There's no explicit statement about how this gets paid for, but the LCD screens providing "infotainment" that are part of the deal suggest one revenue stream. Also, the fact that … [Read more...]

Wireless – When Will Providers Learn?

I've been a little behind the eight-ball this week, glued to the TV news about the Democratic - both big and little 'd' - tsunami in Washington. So it was only this morning that I got around to Andy Abramson's Russell Skeptical On EvDO Rev A--So Am I. He's right that industry dynamics - not technology - is the greatest barrier to wireless connectivity. When are service providers going to recognize that they're their own worst enemies when it comes to wireless Internet access? … [Read more...]