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The below wireless news is from a number of sources including: Hack a Day and The Register.

 
Serval = Free Mobile / Cell Phone calls, for the World!
Thursday, 08 September 2011 08:53

Communicate anywhere, any time … without infrastructure, without mobile towers, without satellites, without wifi hotspots, and without carriers. Use existing off-the-shelf mobile cell phone handsets. Use your existing mobile phone number wherever you go, and never pay roaming charges again.

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Vodafone, EE and Three overcharging customers after contracts expire
Friday, 20 October 2017 21:01

Folk with mobiles on Vodafone, EE and Three are being stung by an average £22 per month for staying on their contracts after their handsets have been paid off, according to Citizens Advice.

Customers who choose to stay on the same plan after the two-year fixed deal ends are not getting their bills reduced, meaning they are paying extra for a phone they already own.

The extra cost can be as much as £38 a month on average for contracts with high-range handsets like the iPhone 7, Galaxy S8 and Xperia XZ Premium. For the iPhone 8 256GB package, customers

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Tezos crypto and $232m initial coin offering risks implosion – reports
Friday, 20 October 2017 04:38

If you threw money at the blockchain startup Tezos during its $232m initial coin offering fundraising round in July, here's something you can learn for future investments.

ICOs are a popular fundraising method for cryptocurrency where you buy tokens to access new networks, and you can make bank* if their value skyrockets. But Reuters reported that a leadership battle between the founders and the Swiss foundation handling its coin offering and computer network could break the venture.

It's a reminder that sometimes things go wrong. Investment insiders tell us there are plenty of red flags to watch out for when

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Breakfast at Jeffrey's: UK CEO admits Voda 'slightly lost its mojo'
Friday, 20 October 2017 01:31

"Basically the message is Vodafone is back," says UK chief executive Nick Jeffrey, a message he's so eager to convey at a breakfast briefing hosted by the company that it almost sounds as if the lady doth protest too much.

Jeffrey was made CEO last September amid the company's customer billing fiasco, caused by an IT cock-up that led to it being hit with a record fine of £4.6m . Previously he was chief exec of its enterprise division.

Reflecting on the last year, he says: "The company had slightly lost its mojo, heads were down, there were some fairly

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CableLabs, Cisco working on LTE-over-DOCSIS
Thursday, 19 October 2017 13:57

+COMMENT Cisco and CableLabs have put their heads together in the hope they can convince mobile network operators that with a bit of unicorn-dust, DOCSIS networks can support the LTE small-cell rollout.

Switchzilla's John Chapman blogs that “When small cells are deployed deep into the mobile network, DOCSIS will already be there. Fibre may not be” – but there's one important aspect in which a cable network can't support cell base stations: latency.

Most importantly, base stations need to ask the network for a data slot (the request-grant process). DOCSIS has a similar concept, but the two live at different

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