Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Don't lock yourself in the trunk without it (the cellphone, that is)

Locked into the dark trunk of a vehicle in an alleged abduction, a Mississauga man called for help — using his cellphone.

When police got the call at 8 p.m. Monday, they kept the 22-year-old on the phone while cruisers flooded the area with sirens blaring, asking him to listen and tell them whether they were getting any closer.

An hour later, officers found the vehicle in the Dundas Street West and Mavis Road area of Mississauga and freed the man from the trunk.

He was then brought to the police station, where officers questioned him on his version of the events, said Peel Regional Police Const. Craig Platt.

Platt refused to go into details, but said the man claimed he was abducted.

An ambulance was called to the scene as a precaution, but police said the man was not injured.

No arrests have been made.

Source: CBC News

5 Million Cell Phone Shoppers ... a job for every shopper?

Interesting post on the Compete blog about the particular bent of internet users to research products online before they purchase. One product of particular interest to me (and any T-Mobile employee) is the cell phone.

Here's a post on Compete's blog (by MiroKazakoff) called The Internet is Predicting Cell Phone Purchases that provides an interesting read:

Compete is fortunate to be able to talk to and observe millions of Internet users. We see millions of people buying things online, but we also see plenty of products and services that people research online and then head out to the store to touch and feel before they purchase. In fact, there are products where most people shop online before hitting the stores.

Cell phones are one of these clicks-to-bricks products.

Compete’s Wireless Practice has developed specific insights into how consumers use the Internet to research and purchase wireless devices, which models are receiving the highest consideration and why.
• Over 5 million shoppers conduct detailed online handset research each month
• The Internet is the most consistently used research channel and is more trusted than any source besides family and friends

• The most effective cell phone makers convert shoppers to buyers at twice the rate of the least effective ones

So what does all this info tell me? I don't know, I'm not that smart.

But I am smart enough to know that if over 5 million shoppers are doing online research each month for handsets, a blog just might be an effective tool to segue a portion of those shoppers in to a conversation about a "new job."

If they are interested in a new handset, just maybe they would be interested in hearing about a new job with the company that provides wireless service for the handset.

Just maybe.


This Halloween, Don't Leave Home Without Your Cellphone

Tips for the parents of trick-or-treaters to provide a bit of peace o' mind on Halloween:

Program your emergency contact numbers
Program numbers for nearby family and close friends to the speed dial list on your and your kids’ cell phones.

Have a family communications plan in place
Tell your kids to call home if they become separated from the group or if they ever feel scared or lost.

Capture the moment
Use your camera phone feature to snap those funny, spur of the moment photos of your kids in their Halloween costumes.

Create a "Trick-or-Treat" patrol
Have a group of adults monitoring Halloween activities by posting people with wireless phones throughout the neighborhood. It's a great way to keep neighborhoods safe and build camaraderie.

Make sure your wireless phone has a fully charged battery
That way, you can be assured the phone is working while out and around the neighborhood.

Raise the volume
With all the noise of a group, it can be hard to hear the phone ring, so be sure to put the volume on high and select a clearly audible ring tone.

Make sure kids can easily access their wireless phone
Costumes and candy can get cumbersome -- use a belt clip or other accessory that leaves hands free but keeps the phone within easy reach.

Establish a periodic check-in time
For older children who may venture out with less supervision, set a periodic check in time to call or text home through the evening to ensure they are OK.

Keep a list of adults’ contact information
Trade phone numbers will all parents who are in your party, especially if you can’t physically be with your kids.

Be a Wireless Samaritan
If you see anything suspicious or out of place, use your wireless phone to call 911 or notify local law enforcement authorities.

Source: RocklinToday.com

Roger's Net Income Triples; Wireless Revenue Gains

Rogers Communications Inc., Canada's largest cable-television operator, said third-quarter net income tripled as revenue from cable and mobile-phone subscribers surged.

Profit rose to C$154 million ($136.5 million), or 48 cents a share, from C$48.9 million, or 16 cents, a year earlier, Toronto- based Rogers said today. The average profit estimate of 14 analysts surveyed by Thomson Financial was 38 cents.

Revenue from the wireless unit, which accounted for more than half Rogers's total, rose 18 percent.

Source: Bloomberg.com

Monday, October 30, 2006

Retaining Local Managers in China Remains an Issue

As Multinationals operating in China compete fiercely for talent, a Manpower survey shows why retaining local managers remains an issue:

HR Prof's who believe Chinese employees quit mainly to seek better pay: 70%

Chinese employees who say lack of career opportunities is the key reason they leave jobs: 68%

Chinese employees who feel their company offers sufficient career development: 33%

Source: BusinessWeek Sept 18, 2006, p. 9
Data: Manpower Inc. survey of 141 HR exec's at companies doing business primarily in Shanghai, Beijing, and Guangzhou and 312 candidates interviewed in those cities.

AWOL Employees on the Rise

Companies Report unscheduled absences at highest level since 1999.

If you are skipping work without good reason you have lots of company.

Unscheduled absenteeism at U.S. companies and organizations has climbed to its highest level since 1999, according to an annual nationwide survey of human resources executives.

The survey, conducted for CCH Inc. by the Harris Interactive consulting firm, put the absenteeism rate at 2.5 percent in 2006, up from 2.3 percent a year ago and the highest since seven years ago, when it was 2.7 percent.

The survey found that personal illness accounts for only 35 percent of unscheduled absences, with the rest due to family issues (24 percent), personal needs (18 percent), stress (12 percent) and an entitlement mentality (11 percent).

The trend is costly for companies. CCH, which provides human resources services for businesses, said absenteeism costs some large employers an estimated $850,000 per year in payroll costs — more when lost productivity, morale and temporary labor costs are factored in.

"Organizations are engaged in a tug-of-war for their employees' time," said Pamela Wolf, a CCH analyst.
Source: AP, Statesman.com

Sprint Profit Plunges as Customers Flee

Sprint , struggling to digest its $35 billion purchase last year of Nextel, reported worsening results for the third quarter.

Sprint said net income fell to $247 million, or 8 cents a share, from $516 million, or 23 cents a share, in the 2005 period. Operating income was off by 6%. Revenue rose 8% to $10.5 billion. The results met expectations.

But worrisome was that at a time when Cingular and Verizon are routinely adding more than 1 million customers a quarter, Sprint managed to lose customers, notes Roger Entner, a wireless analyst at Ovum. "It's pretty bad."

Sprint lost 188,000 "post-paid," or contract, customers, historically Nextel's strongest and most lucrative growth engine.

On the plus side, Sprint added 216,000 customers for Boost, Nextel's cheaper consumer product. An additional 205,000 customers came from wholesale and affiliate sales. Total net gain: about 233,000.

Churn, which refers to how many people dump the service each month, was 2.4%. Cingular is in the 1.5% range.

Source: Mobile Tech Today

Verizon Profit Rises on Wireless Gains

Verizon Communications on Monday reported a slight increase in third-quarter profit to nearly $2 billion, as the phone giant added 1.9 million net wireless customers.

The New York-based company VZ posted net income of $1.92 billion, or 66 cents a share, compared with $1.87 billion, or 67 cents, earned in the year-ago third quarter.

Revenue rose 26% to $23.25 billion from $18.49 billion, boosted by wireless growth and a contribution from long-distance carrier MCI, which Verizon acquired in January. Adjusted for the MCI deal, sales rose a lesser 3.6% on a pro forma basis.

Although Verizon's wireless division keeps growing at a fast clip, the company's traditional local-phone business is still losing customers. The company faces tough competition as cable-television companies move into the phone business. And some subscribers have dropped landline connections entirely or switched to cheaper Internet phone services.

Source: MarketWatch from DowJones

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Popula8ion.com Launches 11/29/2006

From the genius of Exceler8ion.com, comes Popula8ion.com, the Recruiting focused Google Custom Search Engine. Nice job, J & S.

Want to do a Google search on on Sourcing, Recruiting, Employer Branding, Recruitment Marketing & Communications, Candidate & Employee Experience?

Check out Popula8ion.com.

If you are a job-seeker, you might even bump in to a recruiter, or two.


How to Launch a Career With Your Blog

How to Launch a Career With Your Blog

Can your blog really launch the career of your dreams?

Leslie Taylor (FastCompany) says yes.

I agree with her, but not because it launched me in to a new career. Rather, it's given my career an additional tool to reach out to the job-seeking community. It was my Christmas present to myself in December 2004. That's when I decided to start plugging in and posting about my passion: recruiting - work- jobs - wireless.

The result? Recruiter's Dumping Ground, which became Talent Bloggers, which morphed in to Career Builder's Blog, which brings us to the present: WirelessJobs.com.

That decision also created some new friendships and introduced me to the likes of a few people in the blogging community:

Recruiting.com - Recruiting Bloggers - The Recruiting Edge - ERE - Jobster - CollegeRecruiter.com, et al.

But most importantly, it put me in touch with the likes of you, the job-seeking public.

So, here's to blogging - new careers for some; new relationships for others.

Both good.


Stay Safe in Wireless Jungle

As more networks come online, many small businesses and residents are sitting ducks for preying hackers.

The advent of wireless computer networks has made it more cost-effective for homes and small and medium-size businesses to link up their computers. It might cost $400 per computer to link them in a wired network, but anyone can set up a small wireless network by purchasing an antenna and a Wi-Fi card for about $225.

But with the technology comes the danger that unwelcome visitors can glom on. Flannigan, of Trident Networking of Wilmington, said many businesses and homes are sitting ducks for hackers. All it takes to hack into an unprotected network is a laptop, a Wi-Fi card, and the will to search around.

A wireless signal goes anywhere from 200 to 500 feet, Flannigan said. Even in a single-family home on a grassy, tree-lined street, neighbors on either side are often within that zone, he said.

That signal is an especially tempting target for people in automobiles, Flannigan said. It's becoming more common for hackers to drive down the street, two to a car, one driving slowly, the other using a laptop to search for a signal. Once they find one, they can pull over and see how much information they can retrieve.

Having an unprotected network is like installing a live phone jack onto the outside of one's building, said Andrew Berkuta, who describes himself as a "senior security evangelist" for the antivirus and security software company McAfee.

No one's 100 percent safe, but there are three steps wireless network users can take to make it "extremely difficult" for a hacker to find their network, much less hack in, Flannigan said.

"You can block it each step of the way," Flannigan said.

•Each wireless network comes with a default name, which is automatically broadcast, and is picked up with Wi-Fi cards. Users should rename their network from the default, which is often the name of the company that created it, like Linksys or Netgear. Then turn off the function that broadcasts the name.

•Encrypt your network, requiring a unique "pass-phrase" to get through. Anyone without the pass-phrase might be able to see that your network is there, but all Internet communication would be garbled. It's important to guard the pass-phrase, so don't put it on a Post-it note left out on a desk.

•Use a firewall, which blocks anyone who manages to get onto your network from seeing your personal information on your hard drive. Many newer devices have a firewall already installed.

Source: Delaware Online.com
Picture: Adam Zyglis.com

Friday, October 27, 2006

My First Blizzard ... thank you, Colorado

Travelers Stuck (ME!), Power Lost as Blizzard Strikes

I guess El Dave knew the Blizzard was coming, as he high-tailed it to Canada just in time.

Me, well I just walked wide-eyed straight in to the most snow I've seen in years. It's too bad I wasn't in Colorado for business or I might have had the time to make a snow angel or two.

We did manage to get a quick tour of the Garden of the Gods pre-blizzard. Very nice.

Anyway, our 4-Wheel Drive fared much better than most and we managed to make it home without any driving casualities.

Now if we could just catch up on email.



Nearly 1.5 Million Back-Office U.S. Jobs Seen Moving Abroad - Management News by InformationWeek

Nearly 1.5 Million Back-Office U.S. Jobs Seen Moving Abroad - Management News by InformationWeek

The Fortune 500 could save $58 billion annually if it shifts about half of its general and administrative workforce abroad over the next decade, a Hackett Group research study finds.

Click HERE to get Eric Chabrow's take at InformationWeek.

Nokia: Knockoff Cell Phones Could Explode

Nokia: Knockoff Cell Phones Could Explode

A knockoff Kate Spade purse might be tacky but it won't blow up on you like a knockoff Nokia phone can – or, at least, that's Nokia's position.

Counterfeit mobile phones have unsafe battery packs that are prone to catching fire, Nokia has said, a more pointed statement after months of Sony battery recalls. That is why some mobile phone manufacturers, such as Nokia, put so much time and effort into fighting the knockoff market.

Not all manufacturers have chosen to fight this fight, but Nokia has filed a lawsuit in Chinese courts against two manufacturers that they claim knocked off the design of their 7260 model.

Bangkok Post Breaking News

Bangkok Post Breaking News:

"Buyers of mobile phones will snap up a record 1 billion mobile phones this year, according to a study published Monday by research company IDC.

The study predicted record sales for all five of the world's leading cellphone makers - Nokia, Motorola, Samsung, Sony Ericsson and LG - thanks to strong growth in emerging markets. "

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Will Nokia Knock the iPod from its Perch?

Slate's Alexander Dryer says Nokia could be the Apple Chomper (can you say, iPod?) that Zune wants to become.

Dryer spent a week with Nokia's latest, the N91. Here's how he finishes out the article:

The bottom line? The N91 is a good music player and a superb phone. That said, I wouldn't buy one for the outlandish current price of $599 when you can get an iPod and a phone separately for less money. However, keep in mind that today's music phones are for the early adopter crowd. Mobile-service providers are notorious for taking months to approve new phones for their networks, but once
the N91 or a similar Nokia model is cleared, the Nseries won't be for early
adopters anymore—it will be a legitimate competitor to the iPod.

Nice review, but I think it's a bit early to call Nokia the next Apple Chomper. However, here's what Bill Kinnon told us in September about iPods and musicphones:

So Apple sold 22.5 million iPods. In 2005, the mobile phone industry sold more musicplayer phones. How many? The telecoms industry analyst Informa reported that the total number of MP3 player equipped phones sold in 2005 were 90 Million. Adding to the existing musicphones, the worlds musicphone sales in 2005 were: 22.5 million iPods, 7 million other stand-alone MP3 players, and 90 million musicphones ...for a total of 119.5 million portable MP3 players. Apples market share of devices sold in 2005 is not 78%, it is 18.8%.
Bill's data puts things in perspective. And I now better understand Apple's desire to dominate the musicphone market. It's a big market (119.5 million portable MP3's!) and, besides, what other choice do they have?


Checkout accounting jobs, UK at AccountantCareers.co.uk.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Instant Video Messaging ... Veeker

MobileCrunch brings us an exclusive on Veeker, noting that Veeker has the potential to radically alter the way we use the video functionality of our camera phones as well as change the way we communicate.

The most basic use case is to shoot 60 seconds of video from your mobile phone and upload this video to Veeker in the form of an MMS.

Veeker’s tricks are where things start to get exciting. Each time you upload video to Veeker you are creating what they call a “Veek” which is short for Video Peek - which is of course, what these short videos really are. Your collection of Veeks is a “VeekFeed” and like RSS Feeds you can subscribe to other’s feeds and see in near real-time what they’re up to when they choose to upload video to their feeds.

Check out the entire story on MobileCrunch.

While you are at it, sneak a peeker at the Veeker.


Tuesday, October 24, 2006

ICE on Cellphones: An Acronym for Emergencies

A simple acronym entered into people’s cellphone listings, ICE, can help emergency room doctors who are trying to track down a patient’s family.

It stands for In Case of Emergency, and a report presented at a recent gathering of the American Conference of Emergency Physicians said doctors should encourage their patients to start using it.

“We are always faced with situations where patients come into the emergency room and for one reason or another are not able to communicate with us,” said the author of the report, Dr. Dennis McKenna of the Albany Medical Center.

Traditionally, hospital workers have searched for a wallet and then tried to find relatives through the identification inside — a slow and not always successful method.

But with cellphones so common, Dr. McKenna said, hospitals now often search through cellphone address books for clues about whom to contact. While efforts to teach people to add an emergency contact listing have begun, doctors can do more to popularize the idea, he said.

For the study, researchers surveyed more than 400 emergency room patients and the people accompanying them and asked if they knew about ICE entries and if they would be willing to use them.

Although about a sixth of those surveyed said they had heard of the idea, less than a tenth had the listing on their phones. When hospital staff members offered instructions or help, however, more than half of those who had phones with them agreed to put the listing in.

Source: NYTimes Health

Live from Seattle ... It's T-Moble HotSpot @ Home

Yesterday T-Mobile became the first major mobile phone carrier in the United States to begin selling service that allows a single handset to communicate over both cellular networks and Wi-Fi hot spots.

The first phones, which are available to consumers in Seattle on a trial basis, link to T-Mobile’s cellular network outdoors and to Wi-Fi routers at homes, in offices and in other locations like airports and hotels. This lets customers avoid using some of their cellular minutes and increases coverage in places where signals are typically weak, like basements and rooms without windows.

To gain access to the service, called T-Mobile HotSpot @Home, customers must buy a phone that works on both networks. T-Mobile is selling a choice of two handsets that cost $49.99 for customers who sign up for a two-year rate plan for at least $39.99 a month. Subscribers are charged $19.99 a month in addition to their regular cellular plan fees.

Customers also need a wireless router, which is free with a rebate. The router is then connected to any available broadband line for home or office use. The phones connect not just to the wireless router, but also at any of 7,000 Wi-Fi hot spots that T-Mobile operates at Starbucks coffee shops, Hyatt Hotels and other public locations.

T-Mobile has set up a Web site, www.theonlyphoneyouneed.com, for customers who want to sign up for the service.

Source: NYTimes Technology


Monday, October 23, 2006

AT&T Profit Skyrockets 74% on Cingular Wireless Gains

Cellular News reports that AT&T Inc. reported third-quarter net income jumped nearly 74%, lifted largely by acquisitions and results at the Cingular Wireless joint venture.

The San Antonio, Texas, telecommunications company earned US $2.17 billion, or 56 cents a share, in its third full quarter of operations since the former SBC Communications bought the old AT&T and adopted its famous name.

Obtaining 100% control of Cingular would enable AT&T to promote a unified brand, reduce expenses and fully exploit the benefits of its rapidly expanding wireless unit.

So.....is the Cingular orange soon fading to blue?


Sunday, October 22, 2006

Who's Ditching Landline for Wireless?

More and more U.S. households are dropping their landlines and opting to go completely wireless.

According to Telephia, the largest provider of consumer research to the communications and new media markets, households in Detroit and Minneapolis-St. Paul have the highest rate of wireless substitution among the 20 largest cities in the country.

Detroit and Minneapolis-St. Paul posted household wireless substitution rates of 19 and 15.2 percent, respectively.

The Tampa metropolitan area secured a 15.1 percent rate, representing nearly 177,000 households. Nearly 219,000 (14.3%) households in Atlanta and 220,000 (13.6%) households in Washington D.C. cut the cord. Rounding out the top 10 were Phoenix, Seattle, Denver, Boston and Los Angeles.

See Telephia's complete list HERE.


Saturday, October 21, 2006

The Best Double Play I've Seen in a Long Time

Endy Chavez Double-play

Christmas 2006 Wish List: Cat Feeding Cellphone

The daily question in our home: "Have you fed the pets yet?"

If my oldest daughter had this cellphone, our cat would weigh 300 lbs.

The Mosquito Repellent Cellphone

Listen, where I come from, you couldn't get enough cellphone-packin' citizens in the city to run off the monster we call mosquitos.

Buyer ..... beware.

Source: Gizmodo

One of these things is not like the other: Cellphone : Restaurant

Fire - Water

Water - Vinegar

Water - Cellphone

Cellphone - Restaurant

Rember the words to the song, "One Of These Things (Is Not Like the Other):"

One of these things is not like the others,
One of these things just doesn't belong,
Can you tell which thing is not like the others
By the time I finish my song?

Confucious ask:

Why do people suddenly turn in to idiots when they are in a restaurant and get a ringy-dingy on cellphone?
Confucious answer:

Maybe they were idiots before they got ring-dingy on their cellphone.

Morphing Cellphones into Blackberrys

For wireless carriers, business is becoming increasingly complex.

In addition to handling voice calls, the carriers are now faced with distributing games, ringtones and multimedia messaging. Even television is on its way. But one problem that the carriers still haven't figured out is how to make sending and receiving e-mails from a cellphone easy.

Now, there is a little-known company, Huntington Beach, Calif.-based Voice Genesis, that has come up with a product it calls Vemail.

It could be the answer.

Vemail, which is based on Qualcomm's BREW platform, is currently used by 28 carriers in 50 million mobile phones, and it is remarkably simple. The idea is fast message review.

E-mails come in and you read them. To respond quickly, you speak the response instead of trying to type a response using the tiny keys on a mobile phone. The system then records your voice and sends an e-mail to the recipient with a hyperlink. The recipient clicks on the hyperlink and hears the recording of your message.

Verizon and Alltel have given their thumbs-up and customers now pay $4.99/month for the service.

Who's next? My guess is that more carriers will jump on the Vemail bandwagon soon.

Now, when's somebody going to come out with a blog tool that allows me to talk in to the microphone and have my words posted to Blogger (with all the pertinent hyperlinks, of course)?

source: Nikhil Huteesing, Forbes.com

You Can Pick Your Friends, and You Can Pick Your Jobs...

...but you can't pick your friend's job.

Yeah, that's my version of a lil' one-liner that usually includes the word "nose."

So let's go back to that thing you can pick without offending the person in the car next to you:

Your JOB
So, if you are in the pickin' mood, check out a few of our jobs at T-Mobile:

Engineering - Director, Regional Program Management Parsippany, NJ

Human Resources - Sr. Manager, Compensation Bellevue, WA

Information Technology, Network Engineer, Datacom Atlanta, GA

Learning and Development, Regional Development Trainer, Orlando, Fl

Product Development, Director, Social Networks and Content, Bellevue, WA

Legal, Director, Corporate Investigations, Bellevue, WA

Accounting/Finance/Tax, Director, Retail Finance, Bellevue, WA

Sales, Manager, National Accounts, Houston, TX

If none of these suit your fancy, just keep browsing. There's plenty of jobs to go around.

And, pickin' your next job is a lot more fun than picking your, well, uh, your friend's job.

T-Mobile USA

Sony Ericsson Taking on King Moto

After 2 years of flooding the market with the hip RAZR, Motorola Inc is still leading the market (kickin' booty and takin' names). But Moto is getting their fair-share of competition these days, and much of it is coming from Sony Ericsson.

BloggingStocks Briian White reminds us that, Sony Ericsson, born out of a joint venture between Sweden's LM Ericsson and Japan's Sony, was unleashed upon the world in 2002 with the intention of creating a brand that was stronger than either company could establish individually. Years later, Sony Ericsson's use of the "Walkman" and "Cybershot" brands on its handsets have made the joint venture hugely profitable as well as producing phones specifically for mid-tier and high-end markets, leaving the entry-level handset business to Nokia and Motorola -- and Samsung.

The result? Although Motorola has overtaken Nokia as the largest wireless handset manufacturer in the U.S., Sony Ericsson was the fastest-growing wireless handset manufacturer in the latest quarter, even outpacing Motorola and market leader Nokia.

Who knows if this will last, and if it is signaling a possible stagnation with Motorola's branding efforts (using names, not model numbers) along with RAZR craziness starting to wear off -- after only two years.

New Advertising Schemes Surface on Job Boards

Excerpt from The itzBigBlog:

"Any job seeker who has visited the large job sites (you know the ones) has encountered ads for everything ranging from prescription medicines to stylish pantsuits to World Series tickets. These ads drive us (and most job candidates) crazy. See Feeding the Monster for more details. Well, it seems that the old model for advertising wasn’t enough. The job boards have found new, cleverer ways to advertise to you and make it even harder for you to find job postings that apply to your search."
This is an interesting read - check out The itzBig Blog's take on the shape-shifting world of advertising ... HERE.

I'm Only Talking to You Because I Forgot to Bring My Laptop

Drumroll please............ new findings reveal that those who stay connected to work around the clock can hurt their well-being and their family lives (full read at Investors.com).

Ya, think?

So there's all this talk going on about the "wireless leash syndrome."

And here's what the research has determined:

Accidents, anxiety, fistfights and wrecked marriages are being blamed on excessive cell phone and PDA use.
Dr. Ken Siegel, president of Impact Group, a team of psychologists who consult on business management, says,

Companies should develop clear policies to protect staffers' mental health.
Wow. I thought most companies already had a cellphone policy...

"Here's your cellphone. We're paying for it so you are expected to answer it 24 x 7."

Korn Ferry International, (KFY) an executive search and talent management firm, released the findings in August. More than 1,700 executives from 75 countries were surveyed.

According to the report, 38% of those polled believe they're spending too much time on their cell phones, laptop computers, PDAs and pagers.

In addition, 27% more say they don't think they have a problem, "but others may disagree."

In other words, nearly two-thirds of executives admit to having some kind of problem with themselves or others.

Well, you gotta love the data. It tells us what we already know, but I guess it's good to know that

"I have a problem and I'm not alone."

Would love to write about this more, but an email just came through my BlackBerry.

Wireless Chip Designer WiSpry Raises $13.5M

Irvine-based WiSpry Inc., a startup designer of chips for wireless phones, has raised $13.5 million in a second round of venture financing.

The funding brings WiSpry’s total raised to $22 million, including a venture round last year and seed money after the company’s 2002 start.

WiSpry is looking to get its chips into the hands of top phone makers—Nokia Corp., Motorola Inc., Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications AB and Samsung Corp.

It also wants to land them with bigger chipmakers that sell to phone makers, including potential rivals RF Micro Devices Inc. of North Carolina and Massachusetts’ Skyworks Solutions Inc., which has operations in Irvine.

Source: Orange County Business Journal

Twins Cities Tops Wireless-Only Households

As technology changes, people are ditching their landlines and instead choosing a cell phone.

A new report shows the Twins Cities area is at the top when it comes to the most wireless-only households.

Read the complete article at WCCO.com

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Bangladesh's biggest mobile phone company considering IPO

Bangladesh's top mobile phone company, GrameenPhone, is studying the option of listing shares on the local stock market, the Dhaka-based New Age daily reported.

GrameenPhone (GP), majority owned by Norwegian telecom company Telenor, is Bangladesh's biggest mobile phone company with over 9.5 mln subscribers.

source: Forbes.com

Sick Days and Cell Phones

Click HERE to find out what to do next time you are shopping and receive the unexpected call from your boss.

I hope none of the T-Mo recruiters get any funny ideas!


About 1.3 Million Canucks Hate Their Jobs

Animal, what's up with this?

About 1.3 million Canadians don't like their jobs (Canoe Money)!

Nothing in the reports surprised Gil McGowan, president of the Alberta Federation of Labour.

"Even in a tight labour market where more and more employers are improving job quality in an effort to attract and retain employees, they're still not doing enough to make their workplaces desirable places to be,"

said McGowan.

I'm sure there's only 1.1 or 1.2 million Americans that don't like their jobs, but I'm not really counting or anything.


Cingular Wireless Q3 Net Income Jumps 282%

Cingular Wireless LLC, a joint venture between AT&T Inc and BellSouth Corp, said its third-quarter net income jumped 282 pct as sales rose 9.2 pct to 9.55 bln usd.

Net income for the nations largest wireless provider surged to 847 mln usd from 222 mln usd in the year-earlier period.

'Solid execution drove a significant increase in net income, growth in ARPU, and
strong margin performance,'

said Stan Sigman, Cingular's president and chief executive.

Average revenue per user (ARPU) increased to 49.76 usd from 49.65 usd in the year-ago quarter.

Source: Forbes.com

T-Mobile to Launch Cell-to-WiFi Service, says VoIP Central

VoIP Central is reporting that T-Mobile is working on a new service that will allow customers to use one phone that will switch between cell and WiFi networks, T-Mobile At Home (TAH).

T-Mobile’s product testing company, Centercode, has started tests on their upcoming TAH service. TAH is a wireless router-type device that broadcasts GSM and does VoIP through your broadband connection. Using T-Mobile, customers will be able to use their mobile phones as a cell phone on T-Mobile's network, but will be able to switch to WiFi when a network is available. Calls would then be routed over VoIP rather than T-Mobile's cellular network, allowing customers to make and receive phone calls from the same phone number.

The benefits would be better call quality, reduced load on the cell networks, and probably most important to many consumers, preserving precious call plan minutes. It is anticipated that T-Mobile will charge a monthly fee for the service, which is expected to be lower than current landline costs.

Additionally, there might be new services involved such as the ability to retrieve voice-mail messages over the Web and seeing which of your phone contacts are 'online' and available to receive phone calls, similar to Skype.

T-Mobile is currently signing up customers only over e-mail and having them reply via e-mail. People who call up customer service or go to T-Mobile stores cannot sign up.

With T-mobile At Home and the included Samsung dual-mode phone (WiFi + Cellular), you can switch back and forth between the cellular network and any WiFi access point.

Asia to Top One Billion Mobile Phone Users

According to Informa Telecoms & Media's latest World Cellular Information Service report, the number of mobile subscriptions in the Asia-Pacific region has doubled in just three years. This brings up the regional subscriber base from 600 million in 2004 to more than 1 billion by the end of 2006.

In a press release issued Monday, Informa's principal analyst Liz Hall attributed one of the key growth drivers to higher mobile phone penetration in China, India and Pakistan.

In the first nine months of 2006, Hall noted, the mobile subscription base in the Asia-Pacific region rose by 160 million with China, India and Pakistan accounting for 70 percent of this growth.

So, how many billions of MOU's are we talkin' bout each month?

Sounds like some serious revenue to me.

Source: BusinessWeek

Up to 90 Percent of World to have Wireless Coverage

90% of the six billion people on this planet will have mobile phone coverage.

According to a study, 90% of the six billion people on this planet will have mobile phone coverage by 2010.

The study was done by the GSM Association, saying the current coverage will be up from 80 percent. Despite having 80 percent mobile phone coverage, only 40 percent of the global population have access to mobile phone connections.

The group said mobile phone coverage could reach nearly 100 percent in four years if governments used funds collected from telecom operators to extend mobile coverage rather than use the money on fixed telephone line services.

Source: LaptopLogic.com

Verizon Wireless tops study of handset support

Verizon Wireless was all too happy to announce that a research company has given the company top props for ranking highest in customer satisfaction for handset support. The research firm, Strategy Analytics, found one in three customers called the company for support regarding its handset. That was the lowest of all carriers in the study.

Of those calling in for support, 73% said they were satisfied or very satisfied with how quickly a response was handled by the company. 78% said they were satisfied by the reps knowledge and helpfulness.

If that wasn't enough good vibes, the company also had 76% of customers say they were satisfied with the extent to which the issue was handled.

Source: Geek.com

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Six Degrees from Talent

Excellent article titled, Six Degrees from Talent, in ZoomInfo's October 06 Newsletter by the El Capitán of Talent, Dave Mendoza.

Read the complete article, HERE.

Feel free to reach Dave Mendoza at dave@jobmachine.net for On-Site and Webinar Training on Advanced Sourcing Techniques with JobMachine, Inc.

Dave Mendoza is a Strategic Tools & Sourcing, Management Consultant. Author of the recruitment blog, "Six Degrees From Dave," An authority in advanced sourcing methods for passive talent, and partner on behalf of JobMachine, Inc.

The Cell Phones of Tomorrow

Picking up on Stephanie Mehta's (FORTUNE) previous story about Qualcomm, she follows up with a run-down of of the ideas that Paul Jacobs (CEO, Qualcomm) believes we'll be seeing in the very near future:

Soon everyone will have access to multiple live TV broadcasts on their phones, eventually enabling communities to experience news and entertainment in what Jacobs calls "ultrareal time."

When: Next year

Sensors will read biometric data - a thumbprint, say - to grant access to files stored in networks.
When: 2 to 3 years

Tiny sensors will be able to monitor your heart rate, which your cell can then automatically send wirelessly to your doctor or personal trainer.

When: 1 to 2 years

If you download a song, your phone will be smart enough to know you've purchased a license for personal use, and can grant you permission to play it on your friend's stereo for a one-time listen.

When: 3 to 5 years

Wireless phones become the ultimate social networking tool, marrying global-positioning technology and mapping databases (like Google maps) to let you "tag" a favorite spot so that if your friends walk or drive by, their phones alert them that they're passing a cool locale.

When: 1 to 2 years

You'll take photos and home movies using the camera in your phone, then, using a wireless LAN like Wi-Fi, project your handiwork on the screen of your flat-panel television for all to see.

When: 3 to 5 years

Source: CNNMoney.com

It's a Family Affair at Qualcomm

Paul Jacobs, CEO of Qualcomm (charts) since July 2005, is talking up the tech company's latest big bet: live television on your cell phone. Jacobs is spending $800 million on the gambit, which includes a state-of-the-art network operations center a few miles from Qualcomm's San Diego headquarters. "You should see it," Jacobs declares proudly. "It's very trick."

A dozen years ago Qualcomm (Charts) was a wireless tech company, pure and simple. It had developed the digital wireless process called CDMA (code division multiple access), which is now the leading standard in the U.S. and serves as the basis for every 3G (third generation) network being built around the world.

Nobody would have guessed then that the company would one day be home to a fledgling media operation, and that its executives would be trying to do deals with TV networks and Hollywood studios. And nobody would have heard Dr. Irwin Mark Jacobs, a founder, previous CEO, and Paul's 73-year-old dad, use the word "trick" to describe a data center - or anything else.

But the world that Qualcomm has long dominated is changing, and to keep it going strong, the younger Jacobs must revamp the company's business and its know-it-all culture - the things his father created. To do that, Paul Jacobs, 44, can't just take a page from his father's playbook. The older Jacobs badgered the wireless industry into adopting CDMA as a way to squeeze more calls onto scarce wireless spectrum - even though much of the world embraced a competing standard called GSM.

Check out Stephanie Mehta's (Fortune Senior Writer) complete article here (CNNMoney.com)

US Wireline and Wireless Carriers to Report Robust 3Q Results

Analyst William V Power of Robert W Baird expects the wireline and wireless carriers in the US to report robust 3Q results, with the performance of the wireless segments offsetting the mixed-to-weak results of the wireline segment.

In a research note published this morning, the analyst mentions that recent retail trends indicate that the overall subscriber growth for communications services in the quarter is expected to have been robust, with market share expansion witnessed by Cingular and Verizon Wireless. The stabilising results in enterprise, along with continuing operating efficiencies, are likely to have offset the ongoing weakness in access lines in the wireline segment during the quarter.

Source: NewsRatings.com

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

What are Googlers Searching for When They Find You?

Just curious ... what are googlers searching for when they find your blog?

Here's a few from today's list that sent folks to wirelessjobs.com :

myFaves T-Mobile Blog

the luke johnson phone experiment

dennis smith blog


new work habits for a radically changing world

mobile wireless recruiting

guy kawasaki panel young people

People will remember how you made them feel

t-mobile corporate

t-mobile myfaves

So ... are googlers looking for you? Better yet, are they finding you?

Secret Lovers ... Who's in your T-Mo Fave5?

Of course, I'm a T-Mo Homer, but you gotta admit....this is funny.

For more details, you can check out myFaves.


Searching for Gold in Alaska ... Alaska Communication Systems

In three years, Liane Pelletier (President, Alaska Communications Systems) has made drastic changes in management and operations, at this once fledgling company.

The result:

ACS gone from posting a $39 million loss her first full year on the job to
hailing a $5 million profit during the first half of this year, with predictions
of more profits to come.

In fact, ACS has grown to become the leading company in the state's wireless sales and market share, and is gaining customers in most business sectors and is posting strong cash flows -- all despite working in one of the most competitive markets in the nation.

Check out the full story by Melissa Campbell of the Anchorage Daily News.

Sprint Nextel Must Connect

Sprint Nextel Corp., the country's third-largest wireless carrier, might be a household name, but Wall Street analysts say the company needs to do a better job of setting itself apart from competitors.

The Reston telecommunications company, which plans to release third-quarter earnings Oct. 26, has had trouble adding subscribers since Sprint Corp. bought Nextel Communications Inc. last year in a $36 billion deal.

The company added 708,000 retail subscribers in the second quarter, compared with industry leaders Verizon Wireless at 1.8 million and Cingular Wireless at 1.5 million. Analysts attribute Sprint Nextel's lackluster performance to factors stemming from the acquisition.

"The weakness in the Nextel business is probably the primary reason,"
said Christopher King, an analyst at Stifel, Nicolaus & Co., who has a "hold" rating on the company.

Source: The Washington Times

Recruiting Rock-Stars "Tour of the Bloguverse" Kicks Off October 18th

Put in your T-Shirt order now.

Recruiting Bloggers.com starts it's first jam session tomorrow, and this line-up has more stars than the '94 Cowboys.

Since I received the official notice from the Eskimo-Man himself (Recruiting Animal), I'll kindly refer to this motley group of enviable bloggers as ... The Frozen Chosen.

As they break camp and begin their ascent up Mount Recruitimanjaro, we are sure to be:

Challenged (Ami)
"Seery"ously amazed (Julian/Shannon)
Hunted by gorillas guerrilla's (Perry)
Tracked down by the Call Girl (Mo)
Promoted (as in job-promotion) by YourHRGuy
Wined/Dined by a King (King Colin, that is)
Entertained (Animal); and
Instructed/Educated by the Dynamic Duo (Shally 'n Glenn).

Get your lighters ready. This could be the first concert you've attended in years that you might actually remember.

Rock on, RecruitingBloggers.


Chicken Soup for the Employees' Soul

Instead of chicken soup and bed rest, most employees come to work when they're feeling under the weather, one recent survey shows.

A whopping 98 percent of employees admitted going to work when they were sick, according to a poll from Kronos Inc., a workforce management company. Two out of five said they did so out of guilt and 39 percent said their workload was too heavy to miss a day.

While these tough employees may impress the boss, their co-workers aren't happy to see them in the office with a fever.

So what is it these employees want?

Thirty-eight % of employees are afraid of getting sick when ill colleagues come to work, and another 35 percent blame their employers for not encouraging sick staffers to stay home.

Two-thirds wish the company would create a work environment where calling in sick isn't penalized.

Two out of five want employers to offer onsite flu shots and another quarter would prefer an onsite health care clinic.

Kronos polled 1,120 employed adults ages 18 and over in September.

Source: Forbes.com

Online Resumes and Privacy Concerns

Prospective employers may not be only ones eyeing your online resume. Identity thieves and other unsavory characters may want to download your personal and professional data. To keep your online resume from doing any unwanted damage to you or your credit, you need to understand the risks and how to mitigate them.

JobKite, a job posting Web site, offers the following tips:

Privacy concerns:
Make sure the Web site has a privacy policy so you know how the company will handle your personal data and credit card information (if you're charged for posting). If there's no policy, then you have no legal protection. Pay particular attention to how long the company keeps your resume on file.

Limit information:
No legitimate employer needs your social security number, bank account numbers, mother's maiden name or any other identifying information.

Post smart:
Don't post your resume on every site. Instead, seek out sites that are relevant to your career path and are well known. Quality sites, rather than quantity, is the key.

Leave it out:
Omit references from your online resume. If strangers start calling your old boss or best friend, you may find yourself without references before too long.

Source: Forbes.com (Technology)

Telecom NZ Slashing Up to 700 Jobs

About 700 Telecom NZ workers - 10 per cent of the company's staff - are likely to lose their jobs before Christmas as it prepares to face greater competition.

A company source said the "transformation process" - another way of describing redundancies - had been going on for nearly a year and staff were anxious about their futures.

"We hope it is over by Christmas," the source said. "It's been going on for months. We want the whole thing sorted out."

A review of all jobs, from the level below the executive team led by chief executive Theresa Gattung, was being done.

Source: NZHerald.co.nz

Monday, October 16, 2006

"Wireless" Topics Still a Blogpost of Choice

Posts that contain Wireless per day for the last 30 days.
Technorati Chart
Get your own chart!

Seems to me that "wireless" topics will continue to be a posting of choice in the bloguverse for quite some time.


Movie Tickets by Mobile Phone

Singapore-based mobile-commerce company Tagit has launched a mobile ticketing service in India and expects to do the same here soon.

Tagit has partnered with PVR, the largest multiplex cinema chain there, and Airtel, a telecommunications service operator in India with more than 25 million subscribers.

Mr Navtej Singh, Tagit's chief executive officer, said the company sold more than 2,000 tickets within the first few days of its launch last month.

Users can access the mobile ticketing service by downloading Tagit's Java application onto their mobile handsets for free.

The application not only allows users to choose a movie and the date and time of the show but also the seats from a layout of the cinema seating plan.

Source: ChannelNewsAsia.com

Parasitic (Freeloading) Cellphone Battery

Source: Gizmodo, "Parasitic Cellphone Patent Promotes Community or Gets You Beaten."
I'm not sure this will ever get off the ground, but you've got to admit, a battery that has the ability to free-load off another battery within bluetooth range is pretty cool.

Here's what Chen at Gizmodo had to say about it:

Motorola Corporation has come up with a clever way to keep friends and family members in cellphone contact even when their batteries have gone flat. The new system takes advantage of the fact the most modern phones can use Bluetooth for short range wireless links, which requires far less power than a normal cellphone call.

When a phone senses that its battery is running low it disables all non-vital functionality and blocks in-coming calls. At the same time it switches its Bluetooth transceiver to discovery mode and searches for compatible "proxy" phones nearby.

The failing device then uses a nearby phone to send a warning text message, via Bluetooth, to everyone on a pre-arranged emergency list. This lets them know that they can still get in touch, but only by texting. With the permission of its owner, the proxy phone relays any incoming text messages via the normal cellphone network and passes them on via Bluetooth.

Businessweek: The T-Mo Sidekick 3 ... it's no Blackberry

Ian Sager (BusinessWeek's Mr. Product Review), gives us his take on the Sidekick 3:

The Good:
Comprehensive instant messaging and e-mailing; Bluetooth; satisfying Web browser

The Bad:
Speakers pick up background noise; bulky

The Bottom Line:
A must-have for tech-savvy teens, young adults; won't replace BlackBerry.

Get the full low-down HERE, and help Ian find the SideKick 3 his lil' brother swiped.

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Warning: Tears Can Damage Your Cell Phone

Source: Cellular Blog (News.com)

Elinor Mills tells us that her friend offers up living proof. Cry in to your cell phone, and you're likely to be left with an expensive paper weight.

Word to the wise....if you know Donald Trump is calling to give you the axe, use a landline.

Read Elinor's post HERE.


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Bathroom Hand Dryer Ads

Adrants posted today about Bathroom Hand Dryers embedded with video screens that will soon be pushing products.

If products fly, why not "help wanted ads?"

Nobdy is going to take the time to read a long, boring job description, but how 'bout a quick tagline with an email address and website url?

Guaranteed, somebody will be doing this before long.