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Travis Kirby by Bob Verplank, Computer Visions

Smart Phones: November 2010

Travis Kirby and Tom Day
Cellular Express

Well, all of you guys and gals who miss our programs and expect to be able to make it up on the notes will miss a lot on this one. The power points cover the basic facts of the various cell phones, really smart phones and their operating systems and some of the positives and negatives of each and are excellent.

Travis Kirby (pictured) and Tom Day from Cellular Express put on a great program on Tuesday, November 16, 2010. Travis's answers are hard to capture. Suffice to say that he covered the iPhone and its various upgrades, the BlackBerry, the Androids, the HP/Palm, and the new Windows 7 phone were all covered along with the operating systems, Apple, Droid 2.1, 2.2, Froyo, and some of the operating characteristics of each.

The PowerPoint slide deck from the meeting is available for download; it has been converted to a much smaller PDF file and an even smaller text file.

Then, we come to some of the questions and answers. A smart phone might save you as much as 45 min. per day. It might enable you to work remotely. It might keep you working in an otherwise dead spot.

Some can except credit cards with a device that plugs into the headset. They can be used to monitor your server. A dual core model will be available in the second quarter of the year 2011.

In five years time from 2006 to 2011, the market has been increasing by 10% per year for smartphones to reach as much as 50% of the total market by 2011.The average power user will replace his phone every year. VPN is available on some iPhones perhaps on future Droids as well. VPN for Cisco is available. Captivate, Fascinate, and TVL are all available.

The download/upload speed of the 3G networks continues to rise and that is perhaps the greatest improvement that we will see in the next year as the speeds increase.

A smart phone may connect a laptop and the Internet, or to a hotspot that will provide up to eight laptops dependent upon the carrier. Another method for connecting a laptop to a smart phone to the Internet is called tethering. This may be readily available, or a fee may have to be paid in order to get it.

Another device can be hooked to the company's network which will extend the range of the cellular phones by making the wires of the network become a part of the antenna system. This is called a range or network extender. It may be available from either AT&T or Verizon. This device is in use at Wintek and at Computer Visions. It uses the internet to make a call instead of the cell tower.

Different apps were discussed and the availability of apps for different operating systems and smart phones and the nonavailability for others. There are currently over 200,000 apps for the iPhone and one hundred thousand apps for the Droid and those hundred thousand apps have all been written since July when the system became available. An app is available to back up all of your apps called Titanium.

In different parts of the room different questions were being asked and with different answers, and some great discussion of all of the above.