Showing posts with label Mobile Phones. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Mobile Phones. Show all posts

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Nokia 8110

Nokia had some classic phones. They brought back the 3310 and now they are bringing back the 8110 - famous for its appearance in The Matrix.

Via The Verge

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Hytera's One Device to Rule Them all

Via @travisgoodspeed

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Ten Weird Chinese Mobile Phones

Some strange phones, but one on page three, the Concox GK3537, reminds me of the Runbo X5. It does 400-470 MHz.

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Thursday, May 10, 2012

The Math Must Work

Verizon won't waive a $30 fee, so they lose the long term revenue stream worth much more than that. On the face of it, this makes no sense. I can only assume for every person that leaves Verizon there are more than enough people that will just pay the $30 to offset the other lose. It is tough being one of the few that want to fight against silly policies that are not logical, but may make financial sense to Gigantic Corps.

Thursday, May 3, 2012


More people have mobile phones than electricity or drinking water. I would assume part of the reason is it is harder to run big pipes than a little wire to some towers.

Thursday, January 12, 2012


Continuing on today's theme of watching, I found this scary infograph about the data a phone company collected about a customer in Germany. (See the interactive version here.)
So big companies are tracking you. The government does lots of tracking.

I think we'll see more things like this neat bit of technology (Escort Live) that help level the playing field...
"Escort Live (an accessory for Escort radar detectors) not only detects police speed traps, it also broadcasts their times and locations to other Escort Live owners. They (the traps, not the owners) show up on a map on the phone’s screen, thereby creating a speed-trap social network. The police can’t be thrilled."

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

No More Mobile Hams in the US?

NTSB new recommendations:

"To the 50 states and the District of Columbia:
  1. (1) Ban the nonemergency use of portable electronic devices (other than those designed to support the driving task) for all drivers; (2) use the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration model of high visibility enforcement to support these bans; and (3) implement targeted communication campaigns to inform motorists of the new law and enforcement, and to warn them of the dangers associated with the nonemergency use of portable electronic devices while driving. (H-11-XX)"
Seems to be a lot of folks with strong opinions on both sides of the proposal based on the chatter on the repeater and the general comments on various articles (here, here, here) posted about the recommendation. While I am in the don't tread on me camp, this cuts both ways as I want to talk on my radio/mobile phone, but I want my family to be safer, too. Liberty? Security? Pick one?

Monday, November 21, 2011

Kindle Fire Phone

Harry McCraken says:
"I’m not saying that a Kindle Fire phone would be an antidote to Android fragmentation. Actually, if it’s like the Kindle Fire tablet, it would be one of the most fragmented Android phones of all, since Amazon would utterly rework the operating system to serve its purposes. But the Kindle Fire, with its simpler interface and deeply-integrated services, is fragmentation with a point, rather than the random, unsatisfying fragmentation that otherwise pervades Android.
I have no reason to believe that Amazon is planning to make a Kindle phone. Then again, I’d be startled if it hadn’t at least pondered the possibility. I’d consider buying one–would you?"
But why not see this as a way to start chipping away at Apple's strengths. Amazon has often said it is not just a book seller. As General Neyland would say... Carry the fight to our opponent and keep it there.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Old Mobile Phone for 911

Not a bad idea... keep an old mobile phone charged to use as a back-up for 911 calls. He recommends using a timer to keep the phone from sucking juice all the time. I would suggest looking at the phone to see if shows that it is getting an SOS signal of some sort.

Friday, January 7, 2011

The Next Problem with SMS

Texting while driving is dangerous. Kids are sending inappropriate sexts.

Now it appears that the bad guys can send text messages that will disable your phone. As mentioned in the link, there are a large number of free services that could be used to send these self-destruct messages to the most popular phones and create mucho chaos.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

EU Standardizes Mobile Phone Chargers

I have mixed feelings about the EU's required standardization of mobile phone chargers. As someone that supports a fleet of mobile phones, I think it is a great idea. As a fan of letting markets work, I hate to think that this might limit the next big (or little!) thing in connectors.