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Thursday, 25.07.02
THOUGHT: The silent dead of the first German 3G operator - Quam
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:18 CET under 09 - Thoughts

"They had a dream" when Quam (Germany), the joint operator from Telefonica (Spain) and Sonera (Finland), got a 3G license for Germany for 8.5 Million € two years ago. As reported now, Telefonica as well as Sonera wants to freeze their 3G activities in Germany and the rest of Europe (Austria and Italy).

As hard as it for the employees is it a miracle? No, it isn't! Quam doesn't has any own network infrastructure today but uses the 2/2.5G network from E-Plus to start operation right before 3G is available and acquired with 800 employees - 200.000 customers only (60% of them

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Monday, 22.07.02
DISCUSSION: How to use a PPC Phone Edition as modem for Notebooks
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:23 CET under 09 - Thoughts

There is a pretty interesting discussion on the PPCW.Net Forum about how to use an O2 xda as a kind of wireless modem for a Notebook (what a lot of us do with its cheap mobile phones every day) and the only answer today is: there is no possibility!

This means that you can not connect your PPC Phone Edition (doesn't matter if it is an O2 xda or a HP WDA) to your Notebook to use it as a modem only and pass through the data to the PC. Also this is not possible with the Compaq iPAQ Wireless Pack! So if you are looking for a solution which lets you use it with your Pocket PC and your Notebook, you have to use a GPRS PC Card modem like the Option GlobeTrotter or the Sierra Wireless AirCard.

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Friday, 05.07.02
DIGITAL CAMERAS: Know your wireless options
Posted by Arne Hess - at 02:28 CET under 09 - Thoughts

"Communication is Cult", a sentence always used by my previous chief and that's what I usually use all my mobile devices (from my mobile phone to my Pocket PC to my Pocket PC Phone Edition) for. For sure you can use your Pocket PC for other things too like word processing but personally I like to use it for communication like E-Mail, SMS, Instant Messaging and other stuff. Also mobile phones can be used for other stuff as communication only today like PIM and games but I still use it mostly for voice for sure, as a modem for my Pocket PC, for SMS or even E-Mail access. In future I will use it for sure more and more for MMS but until the operators has launched MMS and interconnects it, it will takes time; but E-Mail is something all my friends and relatives has today.

However, a SMS and even voice can not transport the feelings of a situation and in Germany we say "A picture says more than 1000 words". So why not using a digital camera also for communication? As we've learned from British Telecom, wearable technologies has the potential to create a completely new marketplace and digital cameras are one of BT's top 5 products in this area; but what's your wireless options today and what's the strength and weaknesses?

For my column I took 3 of my digital camera devices I'm using regular but while I used it regular, I've noticed that all of them has different strength and weaknesses. Non of it was the best solution for every requirement and situation.

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