Top Stories of the Week – May 21, 2011

Android holds major share in the global smartphone market

Android holds major share in the global smartphone market
Researchers discovered that Google’s Android continues to dominate the smartphone market worldwide by 53%, followed by Apple’s iOS with 28% and RIM’s BlackBerry OS in third with 16%. However, while the report published last April 2011 by Millennial Media indicated that there are more Android-based handsets; Apple continues to lead when it comes to application revenues.

Class action suit filed against AT&T for overcharging
A class action lawsuit, along with a related news report, says that AT&T has thoroughly padded the data usage of their iPhone and iPad users. The lawyers of the complainants hired an independent computer firm to analyze the data used by AT&T’s customers against the amount that the company charges users for. The study indicates AT&T pads customer data usage by about 7% to 14%, resulting in an overcharge and never an undercharge.

Registration to a “do not call” list extended in Indiana
In Indiana, a new law takes into effect allowing local residents to register wireless and VoIP numbers on the state's Do Not Call list. The list was designed to screen out persistent telemarketing calls and text messages. Local residents have until May 23 to register their mobile phone, landline or VoIP number on the list. Numbers registered can expect fewer of this unwanted communications by July 1.

More small companies switching to VoIP communications
According to a Canadian publication, more small businesses are considering using VoIP technology to power their communications. Omar El Akkad, a writer for the Globe and Mail said the wide adoption of broadband networks has made service quality of VoIP much less of an issue. Today’s telecom networks handle real-time video communication better than it was just a few years ago. Omar said because of the development, small and medium-sized businesses are increasingly considering switching to the new means of making calls.

Japanese military used VoIP phones during tsunami disaster
VoIP phones are known for their cost-saving benefits, but the Examiner, a U.S. publication, highlighted the IP phones’ disaster-preparedness advantage.

When a recent earthquake and tsunami struck Japan, their military abandoned the use of cellular communications due to its damage from the disaster and switched instead to wireline alternatives, including internet-based messages. Some of its commands were issued though Facebook, while its voice calls were temporarily routed through the U.S. military's network using an approved switch, reports Examiner’s writer Mark Albertson.

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