Wi-Fi friend, says Voicestream head: the Boston Globe reports on the CTIA conference's embrace of Wi-Fi as a seamless partner to 3G. One 3G company's head says, Wi-Fi service will forever be spotty; 3G will be the spackle of coverage. [via Alan Reiter]
Jumping the Gun?
Several folks tried to sell me as news Joltage's plan for announcing their software rollout. I'm confused about this. The rollout may be news, but without a footprint and with two competitors (SOHO Wireless and Sputnik), I'm not sure if this isn't marketing by press release. Eleven days ago, I wrote about all three companies.
802.11 Planet breaks the news that VoiceStream has ended its hereUare partnership: hereUare is refreshingly frank in this article about the end of their business relationship with VoiceStream, which had originated back in the MobileStar days. The break-off means that hereUare has half the reach (about 600 versus previously 1,200 hot spots). The flip side, though, is that hereUare is strongly positioned going forward as one of the lead back-office handling aggregators for alternative real-estate. In English, hereUare has a package they can offer smaller chains and single businesses that allows integration into a larger network, billing, customer support, and so forth. The larger real-estate holders, like hotels and convention centers, will most likely require infrastructure builders as partners.