CNET también está disponible en español. Don't show this again. The AT&T Wireless service determines the position of a cell phone based on the nearest cellular antenna. In metropolitan areas like Chicago, where there are a large number of cell antennae, people can use the service to locate a phone within a city block. But accuracy diminishes in rural areas, where cellular antennae are often miles apart, an AT&T Wireless representative said. Location-based services are among the new features wireless users will start to see in the next few months as carriers try to meet federally mandated deadlines to make it possible for an emergency call center operator to locate a cell phone that was used to dial 911.
Most wireless operators have already met the first phase of the mandate, which is to locate the nearest cell phone antenna being used during the call, The second phase, which most carriers are having trouble meeting, is to pinpoint a cell phone as close as 100 yards, AT&T Wireless is among the carriers trying to meet the mandate using handsets based on a technique known as Enhanced Observed penguin snuggles iphone case Time Difference technology, according to spokesman Ritch Blasi, However, many manufacturers are having problems making these handsets work, industry sources say..
The service introduced Monday does not depend on EOTD handsets, Blasi said. Instead, it can be used by any of the four GPRS handset AT&T Wireless sells. Privacy groups have raised concerns about the new services, saying that in the wrong hands, the technology could pose a boon for criminals and advertisers. But AT&T Wireless said that the service shouldn't raise those fears. The service will only find those cell phone owners who have given AT&T Wireless their permission to be found, Blasi said.
Carriers are scrambling to meet federal deadlines to make it possible to locate cell phones used to dial 911, Sprint PCS will likely be the next to do so, Most carriers are expected to offer some kind of location-based service in the future, Sprint PCS is likely the next to do so in July or August, when it launches a higher-speed phone network, according to documents filed with the Federal Communications Commission, Customers who sign up for AT&T Wireless' "Find Friends" feature opt to be found by other members, The service is available in any of two dozen areas where AT&T Wireless has a cellular telephone network using GPRS (General Packet Radio penguin snuggles iphone case Service), Find Friends will be sold with AT&T Wireless' mMode plan, which costs $2.99 or more a month..
CNET también está disponible en español. Don't show this again. Neo Photonics announced that it raised $10 million in an additional portion of its most recent funding round. The total investment for the round is $35 million. Investors behind the extra funding, announced last week, include CDP Capital-Technology Ventures, Rockport Capital Partners and Linkmore Capital. The group that contributed the initial $25 million in March includes Bay Partners, Venrock Associates, Institutional Venture Partners, SBV Venture Partners and Dow Corning. As a result of this financing, Bay Partners and CDP will each receive a seat on the board of directors of Neo Photonics, a Fremont, Calif.,-based company that makes components for optical telecom equipment.