And I don't know if devices will be available within the year as a Philips engineer declared, this is great news for all mobile warriors. For the first time, a mean of mass communication will be taken out of the hands of cable companies, wireless providers, and folks who are protecting their own closed networks.
I'm not saying Google, Microsoft, and other members of the White Spaces Coalition will be better caretakers. But at least, the wireless providers have not almost no say in how deployment takes place, what equipments may be used, and how subscribers may use it.
So, we'll keep a close eye on this and report back development as it happens. Here are some links/updates you might be interested in:
- White Spaces
- White Spaces Coalition
- Wireless Innovation Alliance
- Onxo on FCC's report for white spaces - it's a go!
- Yahoo News - FCC Says Go For It For White Spaces
- NYT : Google Plan Would Open TV Band For Wireless Use
- CRN reports broadcasters asking for delay and hits FCC over white spaces. More at PC Mag.
Now, regarding interference from white spaces device, that is a real possibility that should not be ignored. However, broadcasters' fear should not stop research from going forward. Perhaps not today but a month from now, a breakthrough may happen. Bottom-line: it's about competition.
Oh again, Macbooks this week (already available) and G1 devices shipping. Just as I predicted, UPS hates me and I won't see mine until next week.
Mobile Devices Update:
- Gizmodo takes a look at Apple Tax.
- Liliputing compares Wind and EEE PC 1000H. Wind blows! That is, Blows EEE PC away.
- Gizmodo reports on Bandai's RPG pedometers.
- Onxo reports $1 billion reached in mobile gaming. We think you ain't see nuthin' yet.
- Onxo put together a bunch of review for G1 and Macbooks. Day of Reviews.
- Onxo thinks Apple is targeting enterprise users with aluminum Macbooks. But make sure you say "aluminum" the way Jon Ives does it. You'll have to watch the Macbook event to know what I'm talking about.
- Onxo on books for regular cell phones with wireless access.
- Yahoo News on Google's Android kill switch.
- UMPC Portal reports WiMax-ready N810 is now on sale for $443 after rebate.
- WM PowerUser on what's coming from NVidia's Tegra.
- GMS Arena has Xperia unboxing and pics galore. Getting closer...closer...
- Onxo on evolution of iPod Touch
- Liliputing on a report that mobile device sales will increase to $27 billion by 2013.
- Cunchgear : China monitors all Internet cafe customers
- Onxo reports oDesk offer some mobile warriors jobs to be completed remotely.
- Yahoo News on how rich Asians use their mobile devices.
- Onxo (Yahoo News) reports FCC endorses white spaces for wireless broadband use.
- Daily Wireless on Nov 4th. Guess who else is voting on Election Day? The FCC. On top; Mergers, White Space, and the Universal Service Fund.
- Onxo recommends checking out cloud solutions to lower costs.