Category Archives: Mobile Phones

MobileViews Podcast 84: WWDC 2014, Sprint/T-Mobile merger, Amazon smartphone on June 18

In MobileViews podcast 84 Todd Ogasawara and Jon Westfall discuss:

– Apple’s 2014 WWDC announcements (nice roundup in The Verge)
– The rumored Apple health gadget (iWatch?) launch in October
– The $32B Sprint/T-Mobile merger (Reuters)
– Amazon’s presumed smartphone announcement scheduled for June 18.

Apple developer links (may require developer account)
What’s new in iOS 8
What’s new in OS/X 10.10 (Yosemite)
Apple Swift language sample code

MobileViews Podcast 73: Bye bye Nexus?

In MobileViews Podcast 73, Todd Ogasawara and Jon Westfall talk about:

MobileViews Podcast 69: Life after Windows Phone, Microsoft Project Siena, credit card security

Todd Ogasawara and his old friend and special guest, Jon Westfall, talk about their move from Windows Mobile/Phone to other mobile platforms, Microsoft Project Siena for Windows 8.1, and credit card security (COIN, Loop).

AT&T says cell sites greatly improved in my area (twice). Oh, really?

On Nov. 26, 2011, AT&T Wireless sent me a text message stating that over 50 cell sites in my area had been enhanced. Did I see better coverage or data speed? Actually, since then it appears that a section of the city of about 2 miles by 0.5 miles does not have any 3G data capacity (despite phones reporting it has a 3G signal) and often no voice coverage. In other areas, voice coverage has deteriorated to the point where voice conversations are difficult to conduct for more than a few seconds at a time.

Yesterday, Jan. 25, 2012, I received another text message from AT&T Wireless stating that a call site in my “local area” (whatever that means) was enhanced specifically for wireless Internet access. Oh really? The app reported a ping time of 432ms (very slow), 0.16 Mbps download (that’s 160Kbps) and 0.06 Mbps upload (that 60 Kbps or nearly analog modem speed). This is actually far worse than it was before the enhancement.

To say the least, I am not impressed by AT&T’s “enhancements” to their cell towers.