Archive for January 21st, 2009

Truphone continues smartphone rampage

Mobile VoiP provider Truphone today announced support for the Android operating system. While that doesn’t include a heck of a lot of phones just yet–pretty much the T-Mobile G1 in the U.S., the U.K. and soon in Germany–the Google-developed mobile OS has a lot of momentum behind it. Motorola, Sony Ericsson, LG Electronics and Samsung have all committed to developing Android phones (see the full list of Android partner’s here), and, in the case of Motorola, have even dumped the Symbian operating system to do so. Truphone may have just expanded its potential future customer base considerably.

Truphone has developed a VoIP calling service that uses a smartphone’s Wi-Fi radio or local number routing to offload international calls onto its SIP-based network, thus allowing customers to avoid the outrageous per-minute charges most operators bill for international calls. Over the last two years it has added more smartphone platforms to its service–including Nokia S60, BlackBerry and the iPhone–and has expanded the capabilities of its client to support messaging and interoperability with other VoIP providers like Skype. But Truphone has even bigger plans. As Telephony reported last week, Truphone plans to launch an MVNO that would combine the best elements of the different roaming, messaging and international calling platforms it offers. It still isn’t offering up many details, but we’re bound to find out more at Mobile World Congress next month.

Apple not interested in more wireless experimentation

Although Apple’s first wireless gamble paid off immensely, the company isn’t ready for more experimentation just yet. On Apple’s first quarter earnings call held this afternoon, Apple’s fill-in CEO Tim Cook shot down rumors of an iPhone Nano and a Mac version of the netbook, a mini-laptop made for mobile users. more

Is green good business?

I’ve spent considerable time writing about green initiatives within the telecom industry — you can read it all here – and I personally consider the telecom industry to be at the heart of a lot of what we can do to save energy. But for all of that, I’ve seen very little in the way of advertising and promotion from telecom service providers where environmental benefits are concerned.

I don’t know if this is because advertising dollars are very tight, or because telecom players aren’t convinced consumers care. Enterprises certainly do - because energy savings affects the bottom line — but advertising may not be the way telecom service providers are getting their message out to their enterprise and SMB customers.

But I think promoting the envirnomental benefits of today’s telecom services has merit, and it’s something I’d like to see the industry do. Such advertising would raise the visibility of telework, telepresence, remote energy management, and remote monitoring services, all of which will be based on broadband connections. The current projections for 2009 revenues in telecom don’t look good, but lowering broadband prices and battaning down the expense hatches only goes so far.

I think telecom needs to take a broader view, and display some of its vision for what the future could be, if we made better use of telecom resources already available to us.

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