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HD voice news from AstriCon via HDConnectNow

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You’ll find three (3) pieces about HD voice from AstriCon over at the HD Connect Now website (www.hdconnectnow.org)–

AstriCon 2009: It is all HD voice (handsets) AstriCon 2009 – Dialogic talks HD voice media server From AstriCon: Rumors of AT&T running HD voice in San Antonio

Bottom line: You have to look REALLY hard [...]

AT&T allows Skype – but don't expect them to roll over

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AT&T, trying to avoid a FCC dope-slapping, announced that yes, it would allow Skype to make lower cost phone calls on the iPhone.  Interestingly, this comes on the heels of Vonage’s iPhone client last week.  Regardless of the outcome, don’t expect AT&T to rollover and play dead when it comes to net neutrality.

Allowing [...]

FCC puts down its markers for Net Neutrality

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Net neutrality had been relatively dormant under the previous administration, but an all-Democratic Congress and Administration has put the issue front-and-center.   FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski drew a line in the sand this week to carriers and they’re reacting with their usual party lines.

In a Monday speech at the Brookings Institute, Genachowski indicated the [...]

Kabuki theatre over Apple iPhone/AT&T/Google Voice

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Can we just cut to the chase and allow VoIP apps on the iPhone already, regardless of who does them and what network they use?

AT&T has apparently ‘ fessed up that, why yes, the iPhone deal does block VoIP apps from using its cellular network, but VoIP over Wi-Fi is somehow OK.

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The Apple/AT&T/Google triangle – and where's Skype, anyway?

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Apple decides to pull the plug off of Google Voice-related apps, supposedly at the request (or a wink and a nod) from AT&T, because the App allows free text messaging and two cent per minute international calls.  The Federal Communications Commission decides this Isn’t Right and has launched an investigation of sorts.

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Comcast shows iPhone love

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Comcast has announced a free mobile app for the iPhone to allow its customers access to all of the company’s “favorite” services, including  a unified email inbox, visual voice mail, address book sync, TV listings, and trailers.   One could almost image a Comcast product manager opening up his window and yelling “Can you hear [...]

Sprint offers 99 cent netbook at Best Buy

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Best Buy is offering Sprint bundle deal offering a netbook for 99 cents (yes, under a dollar) with a two year contract commitment. Dan Hesse, are you crazy, or crazy like a fox?

I was a little shocked when I first saw the Best Buy Sunday ad flier — I thought that there had [...]

AT&T outlines 3G upgrades, LTE path

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On Wednesday, AT&T announced how it plans to upgrade its 3G network to deliver faster speeds, including LTE trials in 2010 and deployments starting in 2011.

HSPA (High Speed Packet Access) 7.2 technology is the central part of today’s upgrade announcement, and will give a speed boost to AT&T’s favorite child, the iPhone.  In [...]

Will Verizon's data network be the key to slaying AT&T Wireless?

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AT&T Wireless has been taken to task on a number of fronts when it comes to what exactly you get when you buy 3G data service. Coverage isn’t studly enough to make people like Om Malik happy using an iPhone. In the latest grumbling, SlingPlayer over the AT&T network has been turned into a [...]

CWA responds to AT&T's "Last, Best and Final" contract offer – but no strike

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Yesterday, CWA District 6 responded to AT&T’s “Last, best and Final Offer” with “Thanks, but no thanks.”  AT&T presented a package of over 100 pages of items, says the union, and sent out the news with the CWA local presidents out of town and out of pocket to being able to communicate with their [...]