Secure Communications

Wiretaps may mute Nextel rivals

Meanwhile, Nextel is sitting on the sidelines, watching its competitors sweat it out. The company, along with Motorola, introduced push-to-talk technology in the early 1990s and has been able to capture the conversations for at least two years.

With competitors’ development efforts now possibly sidelined, the Reston, Va.-based carrier can continue perfecting its first consumer-oriented phones after a decade of selling them predominantly to mobile business professionals.

Nextel’s engineers, which worked alongside Motorola’s for two years on its tapping solution, uses an older generation of push-to-talk technology, in which everything, from the silences to the giggles, passes through the same bit of bandwidth.

“I can’t stress this enough: It took a lot of work for us to tap these phone calls,” Nextel spokeswoman Audrey Schaeffer said. “We had to invent an entirely new technology. It wasn’t easy, and we worked long and hard at it.”

Link to article


July 25, 2007 - Posted by | cellular phone, English, mobile, Nextel, phone tap, privacy, surveillance, tap, technology, wireless, wiretap

No comments yet.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: