Verizon wireless updating
This system enables firmware upgrades without the need of physical access, saving time and money if the nodes must be re-programmed.
On modern mobile devices such as smartphones, an over-the-air update may refer simply to a software update that is distributed over Wi-Fi or mobile broadband using a function built into the operating system, with the "over-the-air" aspect referring to its use of wireless internet instead of requiring the user to connect the device to a computer via USB to perform the update.
When enabled, the controller tells the other APs to include additional information in the Radio Resource Management Packets (RRM) that would assist a new access point in learning of the controller.
It is sent in plain text however, which would make it vulnerable to sniffing.
Similarly Voitel Wireless and Straight Talk, which both use Verizon network, use *22890 service code to program Verizon based wireless phones.In general, the term OTA implies the use of wireless mechanisms to send provisioning data or update packages for firmware or software updates to a mobile device — this is so that the user does not have to go to a store or a service center to have applications provisioned, parameters changed or firmware or software updated.Non-OTA options for a user are a) to go to a store and seek help b) use a PC and a cable to connect to the device and change settings on a device, add software to device, etc.As mobile phones accumulate new applications and become more advanced, OTA configuration has become increasingly important as new updates and services come on stream.OTA via SMS optimizes the configuration data updates in SIM cards and handsets and enables the distribution of new software updates to mobile phones or provisioning handsets with the necessary settings with which to access services such as WAP or MMS.