Archive | February, 2009

iPhone apps are the real money-maker, analyst says

Call it the Apple App Store effect, says the ABI Research study on mobile storefronts. Despite having one of the smallest catalogs of all the development platforms — now around 15,000 app titles compared to 85,000 each for Palm and RIM — Apple’s iPhone App Store has generated significant sales across the board.

by RCR Wireless News Posted in Wireless0 Comments

Mapping a new, mobile Internet

A nascent industry involving the likes of Google and Nokia is pinpointing the movements and behaviors of millions of cell-phone users

by By Stephen Baker Posted in Wireless0 Comments

Nokia phone still works after week inside a fish

When it comes to losing your cell phone in the sea, you expect it to be buried there. You certain don’t expect it to turn up a week later inside a fish. And you most definitely don’t expect it to still be working.

by Chris Matyszczyk Posted in Wireless0 Comments

LG Versa’s detachable QWERTY: $200 feature phone seeks attention at Verizon

LG Versa’s detachable QWERTY: $200 feature phone seeks attention at Verizon

Verizon Wireless will begin selling the Versa by LG Electronics Co. for $200 with rebate and two-year contract on March 1.A multimedia handset with touchscreen and virtual QWERTY keypad that docks into a detachable base with an actual QWERTY keypad may test consumers’ interest in and knowledge of the difference between feature- and smartphones. The [...]

by Phil Carson Posted in Wireless0 Comments

Nokia’s big miss: Company’s 5800 touchscreen smartphone launches in U.S. with no carrier support

Nokia’s big miss: Company’s 5800 touchscreen smartphone launches in U.S. with no carrier support

Nokia Corp. said today it would offer its mid-tier, touchscreen smartphone – the 5800 XpressMusic – in the United States for $400, with no carrier support. The news undercut Nokia’s public statements that it has approached the U.S. market with renewed vigor and close collaboration with carriers here, a mantra the company has repeated for [...]

by Phil Carson Posted in Wireless0 Comments

Ko takes the rudder of Yahoo’s mobile operations

Yahoo Inc. tapped David Ko to replace outgoing mobile chief Marco Boerries.A nine-year Yahoo executive, Ko most recently led Yahoo’s business operations globally and previously served as managing director for the company’s mobile business in the Asia/Pacific region. He replaces Boerries, who had spearheaded a number of ambitious projects as chief of Yahoo’s Connected Life [...]

by Colin Gibbs Posted in Wireless0 Comments

AT&T Mobility, RadioShack hit with 3G netbook class-action lawsuit: $5,000 overage bill riles plantiff

A class-action lawsuit with potentially far-reaching legal, policy and business implications has been lodged against AT&T Mobility and RadioShack Corp. over a novel 3G netbook data plan.The litigation, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma, was triggered after a woman received a bill for more than $5,000 after purchasing a [...]

by Jeffrey Silva Posted in Wireless0 Comments

Nuance to acquire Zi for $35M

Nuance Communications Inc. said it will spend $35 million to acquire Zi Corp., ending a long-lasting – and contentious – courtship.The developer of speech-recognition technology last summer was rebuffed by Zi after offering an unsolicited $40 million bid for the Canadian software developer. The rejection sparked a patent-infringement lawsuit in which Nuance claimed Zi violated [...]

by Colin Gibbs Posted in Wireless0 Comments

Q4 tough on T-Mobile USA, No. 4 carrier posts dip in growth, ARPU

Fourth-quarter numbers from T-Mobile USA Inc. showed that the industry’s No. 3 and No. 4 players (Sprint Nextel Corp. and T-Mobile USA, respectively) were no match for their larger rivals during the all-important holiday shopping season.T-Mobile USA previously announced a prepaid-heavy 621,000 net customer additions during the final three months of 2008, which was about [...]

by Allie Winter Posted in Wireless0 Comments

Analyst Angle: For mobile advertising, orchestrate don’t dominate

Analyst Angle: For mobile advertising, orchestrate don’t dominate

<![CDATA[Editor's Note: Welcome to our weekly feature, Analyst Angle. We've collected a group of the industry's leading analysts to give their outlook on the hot topics in the wireless industry.Is mobile advertising broken? Or is it just early days?The jury is still out on that one. But there is no ignoring the gap between the [...]

by Peggy Anne Salz, chief analyst and publisher, MSearchGroove Posted in Analyst Angle, Wireless0 Comments

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