By Ron Schneiderman
A MANAGER'S advisor TO instant TELECOMMUNICATIONS we know approximately mobile telephones, pagers, and cordless telephones, yet what precisely is "wireless" info, a "wireless" neighborhood quarter community (LAN) and "mobile" computing? such a lot managers have adventure with a few of these applied sciences, but when they need to make clever company judgements, they should wake up to hurry at the "wireless" international. retailers desire this knowledge to make sensible judgements approximately constructing new items and the way to bring these items. different managers have to retain their in-house telecommunication process present. For both desire, this publication offers: ** a quick historical past of the emergence of instant communications-and an outlook for close to and long term advancements during this attention-grabbing quarter ** an evidence of the foremost purposes of instant, together with cellular communications satellite tv for pc providers ** highlights of U.S. telecommunications rules and their effect on instant ** a advisor to present FCC spectrum allocation concerns ** a close thesaurus of phrases, together with acronyms. RON SCHNEIDERMAN (Hasbrouck Heights, NJ) is and professional on instant expertise and editor of instant structures layout journal. formerly he was once long island Bureau leader of Electronics journal. he's the writer of destiny speak.
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What is prepaid cellular calling service? Several phone manufacturers and service providers now offer prepaid calling service, allowing subscribers to prepay for airtime and value-added services. By prepaying for your mobile phone services, you can build up airtime credits that are automatically deducted in real time every time the phone is used, according to the call duration. At the start of each call, you're told how much credit remains. Value-added services such as fax and voice mail can also be prepaid as part of the package.
Figure 1-2. Motorola's I1000 wireless handset. 5 billion investment from Craig McCaw shortly after he sold McCaw Cellular to AT&T in 1995, has acquired several additional SMRs throughout the country and is expected to continue to grow its network into a national system over the next several years. Unlike cellular systems, there are no roaming charges when using Nextel's service. Nextel charges the same per-minute fee to users who travel as when they are in their home base, plus a 15-cent, flat-rate long-distance charge.
However, despite these impressive numbers, the 900 MHz cordless models, which offer much longer range, significantly more security, and more reliability than the more popular 4649 MHz models, account for only about 10 percent of the Page 18 market. The primary reason is cost. The 900 MHz versions are priced from just under $100 to more than $200 at retail, or about twice the more popular models. Nevertheless, the high-end models are expected to claim half the market by the end of the year 2000 as prices drop and consumers and business users opt for an upgraded product.