How To Donate Money By Cellphone To Japan Quake Victims

Charities have moved quickly to establish mobile donation campaigns to help the victims of the earthquake and ensuing tsunami that devastated Japan early Friday morning.

Much like earlier campaigns that benefited Haiti and other areas hit by serious natural disasters, donations for the Japanese earthquake victims can be sent via cellphone text messages. Each pledge is for $10 and will be routed to nonprofits providing disaster relief. The charge will appear on the giver’s cellphone bill.
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Bill Seeks 5-Year Tax Freeze on Wireless Services

A bipartisan bill introduced yesterday by House and Senate lawmakers would freeze new taxes and fees on wireless services for five years.

The Wireless Tax Fairness Act, introduced Thursday by Reps. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) and Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) and Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Olympia Snowe (R-Maine), provides a five-year moratorium on new discriminatory taxes and fees imposed only on wireless services.
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Romance is dead, people prefer taking their phones to bed

Six out of 10 smart phone users check their phone before getting out of bed in the morning, according to a disturbing new survey which reckons our smartphones are now more important than our right arm, and that most of us check Facebook before even brushing our teeth.

The poll of 3,000 smart phone owners was conducted by UK mobile phone insurance firm Protect Your Bubble, to show just how obsessed we’ve all become with our shiny, app laden devices – to the point where we can’t even manage to get out of bed without tuning in, turning on and updating a tweet.
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Verizon to light up LTE network in 30 “NFL cities” this year

We already knew Verizon was planning to hit one third of the country with LTE this year with plans to expand dramatically after that, but things are starting to come into sharper focus: the carrier today said that it’ll light up 30 “NFL cities” with 4G by the end of the year. Now, there’s only 32 teams, so it shouldn’t be too hard to figure out where that’s going to be — and considering the plan is to hit “major metropolitan areas,” we’ll go ahead and guess Green Bay isn’t on the list, even though the Packers are by far the best team in the league. (Buffalo and Jacksonville also spring to mind — and let’s not forget that the NFL still isn’t in LA, despite Ari Gold’s best fictional efforts on Entourage.) The plan is to first upgrade each cell site’s backhaul connection to Gigabit Ethernet so they’ll have the necessary bandwidth to support the 5-12Mbps down and 2-5Mbps up speeds with 30-150ms latency promised for Big Red’s LTE network at launch. Ambitious, but hey — we’d love nothing more than to be streaming the Super Bowl over LTE when all’s said and done.

Update: As many of our beloved commenters have pointed out, there are technically only 30 NFL markets, as New York has the Giants and Jets and the Raiders and 49ers play across the bay from each other. LTE for everyone, then? We’ll have to wait and see — and we’ve got a feeling a few Oakland residents might take offense at being lumped in with their neighbors across the bridge.

Worst of the Week: Byte me! Dan Meyer | RCR Wireless News

How much data is it?
1 email (text only) = 20KB
1 email attachment = 300KB
1 web page = 180KB
1 App/Game/Song = 3MB
1 minute of streaming video = 4MB
1 minute of streaming music = 1.25MB
1 Photo download/upload = 500KB

1MB = 1,024 KB, 1GB = 1,024 MB

One of the wonders of so-called “4G” networks is their ability to efficiently transport data traffic that for a spectrum-constrained industry like the mobile industry is seen as an increasing necessity. This is of course due to a customer base that does not seem to be losing their enthusiasm for streaming high-definition cat videos to their mobile devices.

In talking with dozens of people way smarter than me on this topic, I have learned that these networks can do this because they convert all of the information to be transmitted into bytes of data that somehow travel unabated along all-IP networks. Read the rest of this entry »

Mobile malware: You will be billed $90,000 for this call

Be it business or pleasure, most of us have our cell phones handy at all times. Those phones are full of vulnerabilities which are ripe for viruses. Some people change apps faster than their underwear; some of those apps act as a Trojan Horse carrying malicious code. Although some software security experts expect smartphones to be a tempting new target for hackers, F-Secure reported there haven’t been more than 500 mobile phone viruses so far. What do we have to thank for staving off the upcoming smartphone attacks? Windows XP. Read the rest of this entry »

Cellphone towers not linked to childhood cancer

British scientists who conducted the largest study yet into cell phone towers and childhood cancers say that living close to one does not increase the risk of a pregnant woman’s baby developing cancer.

In a study looking at almost 7,000 children and patterns of early childhood cancers across Britain, the researchers found that those who developed cancer before the age of five were no more likely to have been born close to a cell phone tower than their peers.
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Report: Sprint, VZW Carry More Data Than AT&T

The following articles is from Wireless Week. Once again, some more confusion on the comparison of the data networks. AT&T is advertising the fastest 3G network (please remember they are actually talking about the maximum speed bursts may be faster than what Verizon’s fastest speed bursts are). This may one of the reason why they are faster. Less people equals less traffic to slow down the network. Is that actually the answer, who knows? The last line of this article sums it up pretty well. -Bill

So much for blaming AT&T’s poor network performance on the iPhone. ABI Research today released a report that says of the big three major carriers in the United States, AT&T actually saw the least amount of data traffic. Verizon Wireless and Sprint each carried over 16 billion more megabytes of mobile network data than AT&T in 2009, the firm says.
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