The Internet offers a number of highly technical news groups
and web sites on mobile communications:
is a forum for the discussion of cellular phone technologies.
tech is more oriented to the cellular phone hobbyist.
- Alt.dcom.telecom is an
unmoderated newsgroup covering telecommunications.
- Comp.std.wireless is
devoted to issues regarding mobile communications standards.
Interested is seeing how the slugfest among CDMA, TDMA and GSM
is going? This is an invaluable forum for those companies that
have not yet decided which of the seven standards they
are going to use for their upcoming PCS systems.
- Comp.dcom.telecom is
a moderated digest of telecommunications news.
ch carries technical discussions of telecommunications.
gement covers telecommunications network management issues.
- Mobilis Oriented
to the kind of person who uses Skytel to read email while commuting
information resources This site contains links to other web
sites covering all telecommunications topics including mobile
- Qualcomm Qualcomm
is a leading provider of satellite tracking and communications
services for the trucking industry. It also created the CDMA
(code division multipleaccess) standard for digital cellular
and PCS mobile communications. Today in the US CDMA is the leading
standard adopted by PCS companies.
- Metricom On-line Services
Metricom offers some of the most advanced of mobile communications
- The Virtual Institute of Information
The is a site run by the Columbia Institute for Tele-Information.
It is a searchable database of news stories on telecommunications,
mass media, and cyberspace.
Privacy is a major issue in mobile communications. It is so
easy for people to eavesdrop on mobile communications -- including
cordless phones -- that until recently snoopers could buy off-the-shelf
scanners in the US for eavesdropping. Today they can nevertheless
buy books or find Web sites that tell them how to build scanners
and tell them what frequencies to tune into for the juiciest conversations.
An example of a publisher that caters to these snoopers is Index Publishing Group,
And then there is the wireless Ethernet standard, IEEE 802.11.
The protocol itself is badly flawed. Set up a wireless network
and you can expect intruders to do whatever they want to you.
Read about this problem -- and how to exploit it -- at http://wardriving.com.
However, there is a cornucopia of ways to achieve communications
privacy. See what the hacker
world can tell you..
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