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Mike Robuck
Mike Robuck
4/26/2016 2:44:03 PM
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Vodofone
According to the LR story, Vodafone is going to be opening more of these IoT labs as well. As we saw with Verizon, getting the developers involved is key to move IoT forward. 

 

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freehe
freehe
4/26/2016 8:40:16 PM
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Re: Vodofone
This is exciting. I would love to see something like this in the U.S. Other countries are so far advanced. We need to catch up quickly.

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faryl
faryl
4/27/2016 7:45:15 PM
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Re: Vodofone
Couldn't agree more!

There are still parts of the US that can't even get internet access - at home or via their phones. 

To think there are US residents that are shut off from the opportunites that online marketing, purchasing, connecting, and education is really troublesome to me.

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dlr5288
dlr5288
4/27/2016 9:01:15 PM
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Re: Vodofone
Very good points and I agree.

To me it's crazy to think about people in the US that don't have internet. For me the internet is a very crucial part of my life. When I was in college for the past four years, I couldn't imagine not having the internet...it's almost laughable to think about. I don't know how people do it!

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faryl
faryl
4/27/2016 10:09:31 PM
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Re: Vodofone
Right? I think that's why AT&T has recently introduced affordable ($5-10/month) internet for people with lower incomes - it's similar to the lifeline program which makes sure (almost) everyone can afford to have a phone, since that's so necessary for doing anything.


My boyfriend had to try to find a job without any access to the internet. Even having someone look online for listings for him didn't help, since most jobs required an online application.

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ms.akkineni
ms.akkineni
4/28/2016 7:06:05 PM
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Re: Vodofone
That's interesting to know. I could never think of anyone at this age and time trying to find a job opportunity without using online resources. I am not positive if all jobs would be published in alternate sorces like newspapers any more. There may be some but not many for sure.

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faryl
faryl
4/28/2016 11:29:10 PM
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Re: Vodofone
That's part of the reason there's  been some civil rights-related movements around internet usage as well.

The federal government currently can stipulate that internet access is a violation of a person's Supervised Release terms when they are released from prison. (Supervised Release is different from parole, in that the person has served their full sentence before release).

I think someone may have actually won their lawsuit against the government because the courts agreed that internet is a basic right, as is phone and electricity. (I'll have to get my google on tonight or tomorrow and see if I can find a related link about it)

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ms.akkineni
ms.akkineni
4/28/2016 11:33:05 PM
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Re: Vodofone
@faryl:

Interesting information to know about Internet usage being challenged as a basic right. Thanks for the info.

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mpouraryan
mpouraryan
4/28/2016 5:09:49 PM
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Re: Vodofone
There are indeed pockets where "access" is a challenge.     When "AOL" is still making money on Dial-Up, one underscores the challenge.   But that's changing big time--and if and when local governments get their act together in pushing municipal wi-fi access--that would be a true game changer.

Dreaming on...

 

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ms.akkineni
ms.akkineni
4/28/2016 7:10:53 PM
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Re: Vodofone
This is so unfortunate. 

Same here, I can't even envision myself in that situation. If we think about we have become so internet addicts. Sometimes we tend to think we should make ourselves off the hook with devices etc, that all sounds so good may be for a couple of days or a week. But beyond that I wouldn't consider that to be pratcical atleast in my case.

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afwriter
afwriter
4/27/2016 1:30:32 AM
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Price of Tea in China
This is really unrelated but...I have a little beef with IoT right now.  I am pretty handy and installed my own smart thermostat last week.  After realizing that it was not working properly I brought in an HVAC expert who after a week told me that it has to be the device itself that is malfuntioning because all of the wiring is good.  I love all of this technology, but the more advanced it is the more of a headache it is when it doesn't work the way it is supposed to be. 

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Mike Robuck
Mike Robuck
4/27/2016 11:10:02 AM
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Re: Price of Tea in China
I feel your pain. Nothing is more frustrating than when new services or applications don't work the way they are supposed to. We bought a universal remote a few weeks ago, but still had to use the old one to get to the TiVo. Last night we figured out how to get the universal remote to access Tivo DVR recordings. Hopefully we can go from four remotes to one now. 

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Michelle
Michelle
4/27/2016 12:00:56 PM
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Re: Price of Tea in China
Ouch! Did you have to label all the remotes too? I have family with a serious remote problem like yours. We're down to 3 at home.

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faryl
faryl
4/27/2016 7:48:40 PM
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Re: Price of Tea in China
I still haven't figured out how to get my roku connected to my remote and I've had it for several years.

I think it uses infrared or bluetooth - I'm sure those technologies will be outdated by the time I figure it out!

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jbtombes
jbtombes
4/27/2016 11:46:24 AM
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Re: Price of Tea in China
Slightly off-topic, agreed. Existing consumer IoT platforms tend to use WiFi, Zigbee, Bluetooth, Z-Wave or other LAN technologies. The emerging NB-IoT technologies - there are a couple - seem more directed toward industrial IoT, at least for now. Fwiw - I've noticed that HVAC techs as a rule dislike Nest and its variants. 

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dcawrey
dcawrey
4/27/2016 1:46:53 PM
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Re: Price of Tea in China
Is this lab for consumer applications? It would seem to me the bigger opportunitiy is in industrial use cases for IoT.

Businesses and governments are the ones that are going to be paying big money for the efficiencies that IoT provides. I thihk that the consumer market is a bit saturated right now with products offering little overall benefit even though thet are connected to the internet. 

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Mike Robuck
Mike Robuck
4/27/2016 5:26:09 PM
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Re: Price of Tea in China
It's a test bed for manufacturers and application developers.

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ms.akkineni
ms.akkineni
4/27/2016 3:26:08 PM
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Re: Price of Tea in China
Can't agree more with you.

Sometimes we as consumers have apprehensions thinking that moving towards a new invention means buying in more problems and headache. I am not a person that have problems with new technology. But the way things have been is the way our thinking has been lately.

I never deny the value add from the new technical advancements.

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ms.akkineni
ms.akkineni
4/27/2016 3:42:54 PM
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Good Allainace
This allaiance between Huawei and Vodaphone is unquestionably a good one. Jump starting with the first lab with more on IOT services and applications is a very good development. These labs having a pre-integration testing environment is a real bonus in the whole process. Looking forward to hear more as we move along.

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srufolo1
srufolo1
4/28/2016 6:48:59 PM
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Re: Good Alliance
The use of tech labs to innovate and brand has a rich history. Many companies, such as HP, Google and Amazon have made use of big budgets to invent and develop new ideas in such labs. Hopefully, it will be just as successful for Huaweii and Vodafone for refining products and apps to better connect the world through NB-IoT.

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ms.akkineni
ms.akkineni
4/28/2016 7:14:22 PM
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Re: Good Alliance
Yes, I am aware and have heard about Amazon and Google using similar approach with labs for new innovations. And I believe that proved to be succesful for them.

Lets wait to see the outcome of this combo initiative from Vodafone and Huawei. Hope that results in many more innovations.

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