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Cell Phone Advancements

  Technology with Integrity

By Tim Torian, Torian Group, Inc.


Keeping up with cell phone technology is a full time job these days. This article will give you an overview of what’s new, and what changes are coming to the Visalia area in the next few months.

All the big players have plans to upgrade their service in the coming months. High speed cellular data access may finally be coming to Visalia. Verizon promises to have EV-DO active by the end of December.  Sprint is also promising EV-DO sometime soon. Cingular will be offering HSDPA sometime after March 07.  What this means for you is that you will have the ability to access the internet at usable speeds via cellular service.

EV-DO and HSDPA are competing standards for data only transmission over a cellular signal. Both promote the average range of speeds between 400-700Kbits/sec (compared to a 56Kbits/sec modem dialup) but it is possible to get speeds over 1000Kbits/sec in ideal conditions.  This is more than fast enough to surf the internet in comfort.  You can purchase an “air card” which plugs in to your laptop; giving you internet access from anywhere you can get a cellular signal. This enables a whole new set of mobile applications for farming, sales, delivery services, and many other industries where people work out of the office.

In addition, smart cell phones and cell phone/PDAs will work at dramatically improved speeds. Mobile applications for the internet such as inventory and timekeeping are now much more practical.

Verizon will be the first in Visalia to offer the higher speed. Pricing will be the same as it is now: They offer unlimited data service as a separate cost: $45/Month for cell phone/PDA, and $60 or $80 for a laptop air card. This is on top of the regular cell phone service charges. The data service does not count as air time for phone charges, it is separate.  You can also use your cell phone as a network connection for your laptop. This is called tethering, and is available for $15/Month above the $45/Month data charge, making it about the same cost as an air card.

Many newer phones support Windows Mobile 5, a new technology that works with Microsoft Exchange mail servers. It enables you to be in constant contact with your email and calendar, with updates showing as soon as changes are made. 

Combining a phone with PDA is becoming more attractive, and the availability of high speed data will bring many opportunities for new ways of doing business.

For more information go to: http://www.evdoforums.com/thread1235.html

Tim Torian teaches computer networking at the College of Sequoias, and has owned and managed several businesses. He is president of Torian Group, Inc. which provides a full range of Technology Consulting services to local business, including computer services, networking, and custom software development. They can be reached at (559) 733-1940 or on the web at http://www.toriangroup.com


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