UppWireless offers $15 BYOD phone service

Looking for dirt-cheap phone service for your smartphone? If it's an unlocked GSM phone that began life on AT&T or T-Mobile, you might want to check out UppWireless.

For as little as $15 per month, you can stock your smartphone with a no-contract SIM card that leverages Wi-Fi and 3G/4G connectivity for calls, text, and data. But is it really as simple as that?

I'll let you know once I've had the chance to test UppWireless for myself. In the meantime, I can tell you that your $15 buys you unlimited calling and texting … Read more

Windows Phone 8 gets security thumbs-up from US government

Windows Phone 8 has received a key government accreditation called FIPS 140-2, Microsoft said on Wednesday.

Robert Hoover, a Windows Phone project manager, wrote on the official Windows Phone blog that Win Phone 8 has reached an "important new security milestone," which could make the platform a prospect for governments and organizations that require high security and encryption on their networks and communications platforms.

The U.S. government has granted Win Phone 8 the FIPS 140-2 (PDF) security accreditation. FIPS 140-2 is used to scrutinize and assign a level of security to devices, including tablets and smartphones, that … Read more

With 'bring your own,' a PC isn't just another device

Much has been written about security and other headaches that employee-owned devices can cause for IT departments. Much of this hand-wringing is arguably overblown given all the products, technologies, and established best practices available to mitigate risk. Nonetheless, dealing with a wide variety of client hardware over which they have little control requires at least some level of planning and work for IT professionals.

The justification for this effort? Sometimes it's framed with productivity metrics. But, really, the usual justification is that it's happening with or without IT's acquiescence and participation. The storyline then continues on about … Read more

Divide for Android integrates Box with version 1.7

If you find yourself carrying around two separate mobile devices (one for work, the other for personal use), then you probably haven't heard of Enterproid's Divide app for Android.

Known as a solution to the growing BYOD (bring your own device) trend that plagues many a corporate IT department, Divide creates a separate, fully encrypted and password-protected work environment right on your Android device. This means you can securely access your work e-mail, contacts, calendars, and corporate applications, all while keeping your personal life out of your employer's reach.

Today, Enterproid updates Divide for Android to version … Read more

MIT Sloan CIO Symposium takes on mobile, data, clouds

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.--Most discussions about where computing is and where it's going end up touching on three big themes: mobility, big data, and cloud computing. Yesterday's MIT Sloan CIO Symposium was no exception, whether those precise terms were used or not.

Perhaps the most striking example of just how rapidly mobile devices are forcing IT organizations to adapt came from Scott Griffith, the CEO of Zipcar, who said that "60 percent of interactions are now through an Android or an iPhone." He also noted that essentially BlackBerry's entire share had shifted to Android over a … Read more

The state of 'Bring Your Own Device'

It's dangerous for those of us in the tech industry to naively take what we see playing out in our workplaces every day as a mirror of the wider world. High-tech workers are often more technically savvy and likely to be early adopters. High-tech employers are likewise more inclined to let employees use the tools of their choice. And high-tech companies as a group are, almost by definition, far closer to technology adoption's leading edge.

Which raises the question of whether all the personal gadgets from smartphones to tablets to laptops that appear to be an increasingly integral … Read more

Mobile devices increasingly bridging work, personal lives

SAN DIEGO--If you still can't use your own iPhone or Android smartphone for work, things may be changing.

At least, that's the intention of a lot of companies who gathered here this week for the CTIA Enterprise & Applications conference. One of the bigger themes of this year's show was getting businesses to jump on the "bring your own device" bandwagon.

There are a lot of benefits to such a trend. Employees can use the device they pick out, as opposed to a company-issued device that may not be as sexy (read: an old BlackBerry). … Read more