One Person, One Phone,

By Jim Louderback  |  Posted 2003-04-24 Print this article Print

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So how does all this get us back to a single phone number for everyone? Remember the coverage problems cell phones have – they often dont work inside buildings, homes, garages, etc. But imagine you had a Wi-Fi network at home and in the office, and a Wi-Fi-enabled cell-phone. Suddenly youd have crystal clear coverage at home and work – whenever you were within range of an 802.11 hub – because that phone would suddenly go Voice Over IP, instead of GSM, CDMA, whatever. And remember, the 2.4GHz spectrum used by 802.11b and g is the same as used by modern home wireless phones. You wouldnt need a separate phone line at home. As long as the network was up, your phone would be too. Or if you like having a work and home phone number, imagine both routing to the same handset! Off work? Just dont answer that line. Of course there are roadblocks. The technologys expensive right now, and a Wi-Fi phone today would suck battery-life faster than a boom box in Central Park. The phones would be pretty massive too – much bigger than todays svelte models.
But the concept has me hooked. Sooner or later, when a baby is born, shell get a birth certificate, social security number and phone number assigned at birth. Then, on her third birthday the phone will be implanted – itll be no bigger than a dime. And from then on shell hear voices in her head, until the day she dies.
OK, well maybe not just like that. But really, I am excited. This world is coming, whether you like it or not! Latest Wireless News:
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With more than 20 years experience in consulting, technology, computers and media, Jim Louderback has pioneered many significant new innovations.

While building computer systems for Fortune 100 companies in the '80s, Jim developed innovative client-server computing models, implementing some of the first successful LAN-based client-server systems. He also created a highly successful iterative development methodology uniquely suited to this new systems architecture.

As Lab Director at PC Week, Jim developed and refined the product review as an essential news story. He expanded the lab to California, and created significant competitive advantage for the leading IT weekly.

When he became editor-in-chief of Windows Sources in 1995, he inherited a magazine teetering on the brink of failure. In six short months, he turned the publication into a money-maker, by refocusing it entirely on the new Windows 95. Newsstand sales tripled, and his magazine won industry awards for excellence of design and content.

In 1997, Jim launched TechTV's content, creating and nurturing a highly successful mix of help, product information, news and entertainment. He appeared in numerous segments on the network, and hosted the enormously popular Fresh Gear show for three years.

In 1999, he developed the 'Best of CES' awards program in partnership with CEA, the parent company of the CES trade show. This innovative program, where new products were judged directly on the trade show floor, was a resounding success, and continues today.

In 2000, Jim began developing, a daily, live, 8 hour TechTV news program called TechLive. Called 'the CNBC of Technology,' TechLive delivered a daily day-long dose of market news, product information, technology reporting and CEO interviews. After its highly successful launch in April of 2001, Jim managed the entire organization, along with setting editorial direction for the balance of TechTV.

In the summer or 2002, Jim joined Ziff Davis Media to be Editor-In-Chief and Vice President of Media Properties, including, Microsoft Watch, and the websites for PC Magazine, eWeek and ZDM's gaming publications.


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