Is AT&T’s plan to end landline phone service crazy, or just crazy enough?


POTS, the loving acronym for “plain old telephone service,” is the single oldest continuously operating network in existence.

via Is AT&T’s plan to end landline phone service crazy, or just crazy enough? | The Verge.

No, this isn’t a crazy idea. Just don’t do it all at once. Ask folks calling for new phone service if they rather use Cell Phone service instead of POTS in their house.

Here in my house, we don’t use POTS. We both have cell phones and have told folks that if they want to call us, to call us directly on our cell phones.

The only major concern is that if the power fails, we need to have a backup power source (Mophie Juice Pack for example) to make sure we can charge the cell phones and keep them running over the time the power is out.

iPhone MMS Now Active; With A Hitch


All I can say is: “It’s about f**king time!” Man, what a crock of stuff to have to wait all this time for something that every other phone on the planet has been doing for years.

There is a bit of a procedure to updating your iPhone to make MMS work. After I updated my phone, I still didn’t see any MMS features. I haven’t seen anyone else talking about their experience activating the service so it may just have been my experience. I still want to let you all know in case anyone out there has issues getting MMS to work.

My experience was to do the check for updates in iTunes as one normally would. I got a message that there was an update that needed to be downloaded and installed. “An update to the carrier settings for the iPhone is available. Would you like to install now.” I told it to do the update. It only took about 30 seconds and it didn’t have to reboot the phone or really do anything out of the ordinary. So I get the impression it was a patch or a command to set a flag turning on the service.

I then had to reboot my phone in order to get MMS to work. I made a bunch of attempts to use MMS prior to rebooting the phone, but no luck at all. After rebooting, MMS was available and ready to use.

I took a brief peek at some of the features that MMS provides for the iPhone. Sure, you can send the typical pictures, videos and sounds that other MMS users have come to love. However, I also found that you can send address book entries, Map locations, and possibly others that I don’t know about yet.

All in all, some nice features above sending pictures and videos. I’m looking forward to sending my first contant to someone who needs the info, or Map location who wants to know where I am.

FCC Looking Into GV Mobile and Google Voice Application Rejections


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So the proverbial shit has hit the fan! Yep, the FCC is looking into the suspicious situation with Apple removing the AppStore applications GV Mobile and VoiceCentral as well as Googles unreleased Google Voice app.

A story posted on TechCrunch:

FCC Takes On Apple And AT&T Over Google Voice Rejection: “Earlier this week, we learned that Apple had suddenly begun to pull third party iPhone applications for Google Voice, citing the unconvincing rationale that they “duplicated” some of the iPhone’s functionality. We then broke the news that Apple had also rejected Google’s own official Google Voice application six weeks prior, sparking a din of complaints from developers and users alike over the arbitrary and possibly anti-competitive restrictions being imposed by Apple. AT&T, too, has been a target of frequent criticism as many of us believe it too may have also played a part in the decision.”

This is really really big news. According to TechCrunch, three letters were sent from the FCC. One to Apple, one to Google and the last to AT&T. They are trying to determine exactly what is going on and I would guess to see if AT&T had anything at all to do with the applications being removes/rejected.

If anyone can get to the bottom of this fiasco, the FCC can. I’m going to be glued to the news feeds for a couple of months to see how this plays out. Hopefully, the outcome will be a more public policy on AppStore rules and what exactly was the reason for the removal/rejection of the Google Voice applications.