FCC To Require GPS On All Cell Phones By 2018

A ruling by the Federal Communications Commission requires that all cell phones sold must be equipped with GPS no later than 2018. The FCC’s ruling is to ensure emergency callers can be accurately located when 911 is dialed. It’s estimated that about 85% of all cell phones will have GPS anyway by 2018 but the ruling makes it mandatory for all service providers, even VoIP, to provide GPS-equipped devices. According to Bruce Goldie, the FCC didn’t establish a date for phasing out cell phones without GPS.


T-Mobile To Offer Organization Tools For Families

With an announcement from T-Mobile comes news of a service especially for families called Mobile Life Family Organizer (MLFO). Families will be able to use MLFO to share one calendar. Imagine being able to keep every family member’s schedule organized from any device in your family plan. In addition to the calendar, the application will offer a grocery list, family journal, Android widgets, and a message board. MLFO is an application that will become available for smart phones running on Android, iOS, and BlackBerry. The Mobile Life Family Organizer is expected to be free with any T-Mobile smart phone.


Free App Skype Android 2.5 Adds Phones & Features


Skype for Androids v2.5 offers upgrades such as a double-tap to zoom and switching between portrait and landscape during a call, as well as supporting several new compatible handhelds. CEO Bruce Goldie notes that the total of 41 supported devices now includes:

Google Nexus One (HTC Passion) and HTC Shooter (EVO 3D)
Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
Motorola Photon, Droid 3, Bionic, Xoom and Atrix
Sony Ericsson Xperia and Xperia neo V
LG Optimus Black, Optimus 3D and Optimus 2x
Acer Iconia

The upgrade, however, also adds advertising for non-premium users, which can be avoided with a subscription or account credit. Skype v2.5 is free at https://market.android.com/details?id=com.skype.raider according to Goldie Group.

Other advanced features are capabilities to either delete or edit IM entries, improved Bluetooth headset support and a method to organize recent calls by contacts. The free Skype-to-Skype calls for subscribers, with IM and video over 3G and Wi-Fi, have some bug fixes, and callers to landlines and devices at Skype low rates also benefit from similar upgrades.


Android V.7 for Firefox Promises Increased Usability As Well As Enhanced Gaming

From simple enhancements in the copy-and-paste function to a radically improved gaming interface, the release of Firefox 7 for the Android operating system promises a significantly improved user experience.

Bruce Goldie of the Goldie Group cites two particularly important innovations. He notes that the use of a just-in-time compiler, specifically Mozilla’s JagerMonkey, will speed processing time and the introduction of the WebSockets API will be markedly improve the dynamism of gaming on this mobile browser.

Though a powerful and user-friendly interface that is in tremendous demand, Mozilla remains committed to keeping the Android version of Firefox 7 a free download. Business people, as well as gamers, will both love the versatility and the responsiveness that this browser affords.


Verizon to enforce 2GB plus usage throttling

Bruce Goldie warns that enforcement will ultimately take place regarding the network optimization plan set forth earlier this year by Verizon Wireless.

Hereafter, mobile broadband speeds of the Verizon CDMA 3G Network’s 5% heaviest users will be reduced or ‘throttled’ when or where their usage is occurring in a congested or heavily used local cell site.  According to Verizon, the throttle may potentially be effective up to two billing cycles. That will depend, however, on the extent of data consumption.
Verizon pegs the top 5% of its CDMA 3G Network users as those whose data usage in a single billing cycle meets or exceeds 2GB. An initial warning will be issued when approaching the threshold. Users can check their own usage by accessing their online account.  Verizon did not disclose the exact throttled speeds. Consumers utilizing Verizon’s Long Term Evolution 4G Network will not be affected by the change.  The sudden policy enforcement, says Verizon, is needed to assure all customers are granted equitable voice/data service access.

Sprint Changes Policies

If you are looking to exchange your cell phone, you should be warned that Sprint has confirmed changes to their exchange policies. Starting September 16th, the time frame for exchanging phones and services has been changed from 30-days to 14-days. These changes come shortly after those made by Sprint’s mobile competitors such as Verizon Wireless. In addition to time change, Sprint has also done away with its “Free Guarantee” program which allowed customers a free trial with no risk of being charged for their usage.

With the new policy changes, customers will have 14 days to try out service, accessories, and upgrades. Without the “Free Guarantee”, the user will receive a bill for the minutes and data used during their 14 day trial. Unless changes are made within the 14 day trial, customers will automatically be locked in a contract which cannot be changed without bringing about penalities.

If you are interested in getting a cell phone without the large price tag often associated with those offered by Sprint, consider getting a refurbished phone with the Goldie Group. Contact Bruce Goldie to find out more information about how these refurbished phones can save you money and promote a better environment.


Sprint Delays Release of Blackberry Curve 9350

Research by Bruce Goldie of Goldie Group. In an unexpected turn of events, Sprint has just revealed to the surprised of its customers, via their support forums, that the long-awaited Blackberry Curve 9350 will not be coming out on its original launch date of September 9th. It is unknown why Sprint has scrapped their original plans for releasing the highly anticipated smart phone, though they did cite “unexpected circumstances” as one of the key problems. Instead, the telecommunications company plans to delay the launch until an undisclosed time in October. No other reasons have been given for the delay, although there are many interesting theories currently brewing around the blogosphere. More details will be given as they are released on Sprint’s official support forums. For now, Sprint customers can take solace in the fact that there are still 2 very feature-rich Blackberry phones which are currently available for purchase on the company’s website and in many stores.


The New Samsung Note

There is a new player being introduced today by Samsung; the Note, which cannot be classified as a smartphone or a tablet.

This is due to the smart engineering performed by the electronics giant which includes a huge 5.3 inch display that features a 1200 x 800 HD display using Super AMOLED technology. With the inclusion of the oversized display, users can actually have two applications open at the same time. This is possible due to the fact that Android apps can operate in split screen mode instead of taking up the entire screen.

Purchasers will also have access to the proprietary Samsung S Pen software program which means that they will be able to interact with this device. This can include the inputting of characters, writing with a special pen or simply capturing the display screen.

As with many other popular communication devices, the Note will be running Android 2.3 Gingerbread (with included TouchWiz) and has social media capability as well with the brand new ChatOn software for instant messaging. There are many other features of this model that will please users and these include among other things a dual core 1.4 GHz process, Wi-Fi capability, a 1080p hd video camera, Bluetooth, GPS, a digital compass and an 8 megapixel camera for taking still photos. The built in technology also includes quad band GSM/EDGE as well as the capability to use quad band between 850 to 2100 HSPA running at an amazing 21 Mbps!

According to the manufacturer, the note will also have LTE, but a Samsung spokesman did not mention the spectrum of operation the radio will use. There has been a lot of planning for the Note to include a ton of business features for professionals on the go. At this time Samsung has not released pricing or availability for this device.


New ChatON service for Samsung

In a statement released by Reuters today, Samsung Electronics Company has released a new tool in its efforts to bring more consumers to their wireless handsets. The tool in question is called ‘ChatOn’, and Samsung hopes that this will challenge rivals such as Blackberry maker Resarch in Motion (R.I.M) and Apple.

The ChatON service will be avaliable preinstalled on all Samsung feature phones starting in October, and will also be avaliable on mobile phones running Samsung’s bada operating system. The ChatOn service is also reported to be Android friendly, with downloads of it becomming avaliable on the Android store parallel to the release on Samsung phones.

Interestingly enough, this is Samsung’s first foray into the already crowded mobile messaging market, and consumers fear that this may remove revenue from other profitable text messaging services. Telecom carriers also have the same fear, worrying about their own profits as well.

Apple, a company typically known for its ingenuity and innovation, has yet to release a mobile mssaging system. However, reports have now shown that in late 2011 they will release iMessage, which will allow the hundreds of thousands of iPhone and iPad users to send messages at no cost. These messages, as Reuters reports, will be sent over the users own internet connection, which takes aim at both Blackberry Messenger and Samsungs new ChatON service.

Samsung’s ‘ChatON’ service is reported to work with all major smartphone platforms. These include both iPhone and Blackberry, and will give users the ability to send text and images as well as notes and video clips.

Though no official statement has been released by Samsung, the industry suspects that once ChatON is offered to Android phone users, it could become a strong competitor to the Blackberry Messaging Service.