Tag Archives: Mobile Phone

Adjustable Data Quota Limits on Member’s of Family/Shared Data Plans

A cap on the amount of shared data each person in the plan is allowed to use should be adjustable at any point in the billing cycle. Good Use Case:  my kids are on my family plan, and I want to limit their data usage.  They always use more than my wife and I.

Another possible use case, from a small business perspective, if you add a few lines on your plan, then you may allocate to specific type of employees, such as sales reps., specific amounts of data.  There are several types of widgets can be used, such as a pie chart, and the total pie represents the total data package, and each slice represents an allocation to each member of the shared plan.

Update: I stand corrected, and do see an AT&T Smart Limits for 4.99 USD per month:

Where is My .fon Generic Top-Level Domain (gTLD)? .tel doesn’t cut it.

Every phone number in the world should have an IP address and a domain name associated with it, hence the gTLD proposal for .fon for every phone number.  Things like us.emergency.fon = 911 would be possible.   In addition, a group of cloud vendors would be awarded management of sections of these domains, which may be aligned to the phone number carrier, or if they don’t have the capability, they can ‘sell’ or ‘lease’ out the resource to a third party Internet Provider and Cloud Vendor, similar to the way we sell mortgages, or the mortgage companies sell off our mortgage.

Not only would the service of management of the domain name correlated to an IP address and a phone number, but each IP would have a virtual image managed in the cloud, which could provide to the consumer, cloud storage for storing public and private documents, as well as a ‘home page’, cloud computing cycles for the consumers public and private applications, as well as enabling the services: VoIP, text and email messaging.

These services may be provided free for some basic subset, and the extended subset would charge the customer, e.g. for additional cloud storage space.  In addition, the client may choose to move their service to another provider.  A public index.html home page, and a private index.html home page could be created, so a person may design their own portal, e.g. containing widgets, frequently used numbers, news widgets, etc.  These pages scale downward to a mobile device or up to a high resolution image, e.g. addressable HD television.

Solving the Corporate and Personal Data Dilemma for Mobile Devices

After reading this article in the New York Timers, I.T. Managers Struggle to Contain Corporate Data in the Mobile Age – NYTimes.com, regarding employees using their mobile devices for both corporate and personal use, I pulled apart these challenges one by one.

One of the challenges mentioned is corporate and personal applications, potentially malware running on the same mobile OS, and this is not a new problem.  Typically, companies provide the hardware, and lock down the PCs where non-corporate software installed is a violation of corporate policy, and there are even at times, nightly corporate programs that go on the network, find these non-corporate applications and remove them.  One solution to the mobile devices in the corporate world is a similar approach whereby the mobile OS vendors allow corporations to apply this approach, if the corporation is providing the mobile hardware.

If the company is not providing the mobile device, an effective way partitioning data in the PC world could also be applied to the moble OS world, multiple boot partitions, just like a VM image. As the mobile hardware gets more robust, such as more processors and more, and fast RAM, this solution should be extremely feasible, and allow for the partitioning of corporate data.

There was also an implied usage of personal application using the bandwidth of corporate data, not so much an issue, however, this too can be solved with the traditional PC approach of a Proxy and Firewall approach, i.e. know, acceptable, published ports for approved applications.

In short, a multiple, dual, (or even mobile) OS boot, just like a virtual machine, whereby when you start up your mobile device, you select personal, or corporate image (or corporate 1, 2, etc), and even the image of the mobile OS could be housed in a clould architecture, which I have mentioned in the previous article I posted last year, Elastic Computing for Mobile Devices: Mobile OS Hosting Maximizing Computing Capacity