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#TBT: Nokia dominates; AT&T scores … this week in 2000

Nokia dominated the sales charts, and AT&T posts robust growth despite capacity issues ... 16 years ago this week Editor’s Note: RCR Wireless News goes all in for “Throwback Thursdays,” tapping into our archives to resuscitate the top headlines from the past. Fire up the...

FLO TV moves beyond carriers to build awareness

LOS ANGELES--FLO TV President Bill Stone is moving beyond carrier agreements with Verizon Wireless and AT&T Mobility to try to drive awareness to the mobile TV space and increase consumer adoption of the nascent TV service. Stone, who took over the reins of FLO...

Virgin’s first EV-DO phone marks entrance of new handset player: Personal Communications Devices CEO hails from Audiovox

SAN FRANCISCO -- Personal Communications Devices L.L.C. chose the CTIA Wireless I.T. & Entertainment 2008 as its coming-out party, announcing a deal to distribute Virgin Mobile USA Inc.'s first CDMA2000 1x EV-DO capable handset, the Shuttle.Although PCD is a new company, it has strong...

Health lawsuit charging consumer fraud linked to brain-cancer litigation

Despite being less of a target in recent years, the cellphone industry remains entangled in health-related litigation that could turn on how the District of Columbia Court of Appeals rules on a challenge to a lower court's dismissal of six brain-cancer lawsuits last year....

Worst of the Week: What if. I was as rich as Bill Gates?

Hello! And welcome to our Thursday column, Worst of the Week. There's a lot of nutty stuff that goes on in this industry, so this column is a chance for us at RCR Wireless News the chance to rant and rave about whatever rubs...

Plaintiff pushes court on ruling in headset case

WASHINGTON-Mobile-phone companies asked U.S. District Judge Catherine Blake to refer jurisdictional questions to the Federal Communications Commission in connection with brain-cancer and headset lawsuits in Maryland federal court, a request that builds on emerging agency activism in support of the wireless industry in major...

Declining ASPs make emerging markets a gamble

The good news is that about 80 percent of the world's population is covered by wireless networks, and only about one-quarter of those actually subscribe to a wireless service, which means emerging markets offer opportunities for handset vendors to grow market share and, possibly,...

Executive shuffle continues at embattled UTStarcom

ALAMEDA, Calif.—Handset maker UTStarcom Inc. said its chairman and chief executive officer, Hong Lu, plans to resign from the company at the end of the year. Lu will focus on strategic opportunities and assist during the transition to a new CEO during his remaining...

UTStarcom stock down on delay in annual report

ALAMEDA, Calif.—UTStarcom Inc., a wireless equipment and handset manufacturer, announced it will delay filing its 2005 annual report until the end of April so its audit committee could resolve a premature recognition of $22 million in revenue and complete an assessment of its internal...

Phone Monocle rescues subscribers from tiny cell-phone screens

LA CRESCENTA, Calif.-Magnific's Inc. said it has created a magnifying glass-like product that fits onto cellular phone displays. The Phone Monocle, which Magnific claims magnifies screen characters up to two times, is designed for phone users who are over 40 years old, those who...

Pantech outlines 2006 U.S. handset plans

South Korean electronics vendor Pantech Group said it plans to increase its handset sales in the United States by 20 percent this year. The company also said it will work to sell its products directly to U.S. wireless carriers."Even though we are a relatively...

After falling short last year, Pantech outlines 2006 U.S. handset plans

SEOUL-South Korean electronics vendor Pantech Group said it plans to increase its handset sales in the United States by 20 percent this year. The company also said it will work to sell its products directly to U.S. wireless carriers. "Even though we are a...

Amended health lawsuit bypasses cancer question

WASHINGTON-The activities of cellular trade group CTIA under former president Thomas Wheeler are highlighted in a re-filed class-action lawsuit alleging wireless carriers, vendors and industry lobbyists failed to disclose to consumers that scientific studies differ on whether mobile-phone radiation can cause health problems. The...

Health litigation reverts to states

WASHINGTON-Telecom analysts said the mobile-phone industry's legal exposure is heightened by the Supreme Court's refusal last week to block health-related lawsuits from going forward in state court. The high court Oct. 31 declined to review a divided 4th Circuit decision that said class-action lawsuits...

Alltel to sell Samsung handsets

DALLAS-Samsung Telecommunications America reported a new relationship with Alltel Corp. to bring Samsung's line-up of handsets to Alltel's network. The initial device launched as part of the deal will be Samsung's SCH-n330 handset, which is already available from Verizon Wireless. In addition to Alltel...

UTStarcom shows off new corporate brand

ALAMEDA, Calif.-UTStarcom, Inc. announced plans to launch its new corporate brand at the PT/Wireless & Networks Communication China show in Beijing. The company says its new logo and tagline highlight its core values of innovation, flexibility and reliability."A World of Better Communication" is the...

Alltel to sell Samsung handsets

DALLAS-Samsung Telecommunications America reported a new relationship with Alltel Corp. to bring Samsung's line-up of handsets to Alltel's network. The initial device launched as part of the deal will be Samsung's SCH-n330 handset, which is already available from Verizon Wireless.In addition to Alltel now...

Nokia counters Motorola with 3250 music phone: Other handset makers release new wares

Nokia Corp. responded to rival Motorola Inc.'s recently launched Rokr iTunes-capable device with a music-driven tri-band GSM handset. The Nokia 3250 twists to transform its keypad into music keys and stores up to 1 gigabyte of music, which equates to about 750 songs. Motorola's...

Handset makers release new wares for wireless carriers

Several handset makers, including UTStarcom Inc., Motorola Inc., Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. and Kyocera Wireless Corp., chose wireless trade shows from San Francisco to Singapore as venues to introduce new handset models Tuesday.

Virgin Mobile opens Internet access via 3G handsets

Virgin Mobile USA Inc. said it has torn down the walls surrounding its mobile Web browser, allowing users with third-generation handsets to freely surf the Internet. The operator said subscribers can access the entire Internet from 3G phones including the Audiovox Flasher V7 and...

Pantech to merge two subsidiaries

SEOUL, South Korea-Electronics manufacturer Pantech announced it will bring its various mobile-phone operations closer together. The company said its mobile-phone affiliate Pantech Co. Ltd. will merge with its recently acquired SK Teletech Co. business. "With the completion of this merger, we will have moved...

Pantech to merge 2 cell-phone subsidiaries

Electronics manufacturer Pantech announced it will bring its various mobile-phone operations closer together. The company said its mobile-phone affiliate Pantech Co. Ltd. will merge with its recently acquired SK Teletech Co. business. "With the completion of this merger, we will have moved one step...

Cingular expands Good service to Windows smart phones

ATLANTA-Cingular Wireless L.L.C. expanded its GoodLink wireless messaging and data access service to Windows Mobile-enabled smart phones, according to Good Technology Inc.GoodLink is available on Audiovox SMT 5600 and Motorola Inc. MPx220 smart phones. Both devices support GoodLink 4.5, which provides continuous two-way wireless...

UTStarcom posts loss, despite handset successes

ALAMEDA, Calif.-UTStarcom Inc. posted a loss in the second quarter, and its third-quarter outlook offered no relief, news that helped send its stock down more than 6 percent to around $8 per share. "While we had hoped that the downward revisions to revenue growth...

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