Emerging standard for 4G peer-to-peer mobile location

Just when you thought LTE was the end of the wireless standards race comes a new entry from Qualcomm.
Called LTE Direct, it envisions mobile devices broadcasting brief spurts of user identifying data that would be recognized by other devices or retailers. In essence, it’s a location-services finding device that’s simpler than current technology.
However, carriers would have to surrender some spectrum to make it work. Why bother? Location-based services are another way carriers hope to get more revenue from subscribers. Read this and see if you’re convinced.

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Howard Solomon
Howard Solomon
Currently a freelance writer, I'm the former editor of ITWorldCanada.com and Computing Canada. An IT journalist since 1997, I've written for several of ITWC's sister publications including ITBusiness.ca and Computer Dealer News. Before that I was a staff reporter at the Calgary Herald and the Brampton (Ont.) Daily Times. I can be reached at hsolomon [@] soloreporter.com

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