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Sonim tackles the ruggedized smartphone market

Smartphones are now practically everywhere, having penetrated the consumer and enterprise markets early on and are now taking aim at the ruggedized environments. A handful of such devices have been rolled out by devicemakers big and small, with some providing mere lip service (Samsung), while...

Device Review: Best. Smartphone. Ever.

For you techies out there, you are probably asking why would I get rid of my perfectly good iPhone/Droid/Evo/MyTouch device and get something made by a company known more for calculator watches? Here is why. Grab that smartphone that you just threw into the garbage, walk to the nearest concrete sidewalk or brick wall and throw that device against that object.

Verizon Wireless, Sprint Nextel continue device parade

Verizon Wireless (VZ) and Sprint Nextel Corp. (S) shed some launch light on a pair of handsets that both expect to begin offering over the coming days and weeks.Verizon Wireless said it will begin offering the HTC Corp. Droid Incredible 2 on April 28...

Analyst Angle: CES roundup – bigger isn't better

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.Things tend to be big at the Consumer Electronics Show, the annual gadget-fest held this...

Verizon Wireless adds data packs to prepaid plans

Verizon Wireless (VZ) unveiled the availability of data packages for prepaid customers that in turn will now allow those looking to eschew a contract a broader selection of devices.The carrier said prepaid customers can now add an unlimited data package to its “3G Smartphones”...

Fuji-Shiba? Merger Between Fujitsu and Toshiba Rumored

Japanese Nikkei Business Daily reported Friday that Fujitsu Ltd and Toshiba Corp are in the final stages of talks to merge their mobile phone businesses. The combined operation would become Japan’s second largest handset maker after Sharp Corp.

Casio device geared to construction, utlity workers

Verizon Wireless is selling a new Casio mobile device designed for construction and utilities workers and public-safety personnel who work under harsh conditions. The Casio G'zOne Brigade features a QWERTY keyboard; an HTML browser; and Document Viewer for reviewing Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint...

Worst of the Week: iCantwait

Hello! And welcome to our Friday 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 RCRWireless.com to rant and rave about whatever rubs us the wrong way....

VZW quietly rolls out Rev. A PTT service : Pair of phones target business users

Verizon Wireless has re-placed itself in the push-to-talk arena. As promised earlier this year, Verizon Wireless has released two new PTT phones, running on the carrier's CDMA2000 1x EV-DO Revision A network. The new devices are the Motorola Inc. Adventure V750 and the Casio...

eBay for billionaires

I'm not sure what it is about auctions that causes me to lose all sense of time and space, but the ongoing 700 MHz spectrum free-for-all has me bouncing off my cubicle walls and searching for a calculator that can display more than the...

Worst of the Week: Bad math

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 to rant and rave about whatever rubs us the wrong...

AT&T Mobility, Verizon Wireless keep the hits rolling

In the sudden rush of handset announcements-isn't June the traditional window for launching handsets?-AT&T Mobility plans tol bring on two new models from Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. The Samsung SGH-a717 is a slim clamshell with 3G multimedia offerings priced at $150 with a two-year...

Qualcomm guidance raises concerns

SAN DIEGO-While wireless chip titan Qualcomm Inc. posted strong first quarter results, the company's stock slipped slightly downward due to warnings of slowing sales in its second quarter. Qualcomm posted $620 million in net income, or 36 cents per share, for its fiscal fourth...

Casio Hitachi selects InnoPath’s OTA technology for phones

SAN JOSE, Calif.-Casio Hitachi Mobile Communications Co. Ltd. announced it will use over-the-air updating technology from InnoPath Software Inc. The technology will allow CHMC to remotely update the software in its phones."As the first company to deploy FOTA update technology for device management, InnoPath's...

U.S. operators patiently watch camera-phone market develop

Camera phones are the most rapidly accepted consumer electronics device in history. Yet it appears that wireless carriers-a group many assumed would reap the rewards of a camera-phone revolution-are sitting on the sidelines of this mass adoption, watching and waiting.Annual sales of camera phones...

Siemens teams with China's Ningbo Bird for phones

German handset maker Siemens AG and Chinese vendor Ningbo Bird Co. Ltd. announced a new strategic partnership to build and sell mobile phones in Chinese and international markets, moves that could expand both companies' sales opportunities. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.Under...

Siemens teams with China's Ningbo Bird for phones

German handset maker Siemens AG and Chinese vendor Ningbo Bird Co. Ltd. announced a new strategic partnership to build and sell mobile phones in Chinese and international markets, moves that could expand both companies' sales opportunities. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.Under...

Alcatel/TCL venture underscores changes in handset market

Alcatel's new handset deal with Chinese electronics manufacturer TCL Corp. is part of a notable and growing trend toward joint ventures and acquisitions, and analysts expect the pace to accelerate."There's going to be some consolidation," said John Jackson, a wireless and mobile technology analyst...

Casio, Hitachi detail phone venture

TOKYO-Casio Computer Co. Ltd. and Hitachi Ltd. outlined the details of their mobile-phone joint venture, first announced in November. The companies said their new phone business will be called Casio Hitachi Mobile Communications Co. Ltd. and will develop, design and manufacture phones for Japanese...

Motorola shows camera phone, Samsung trumpets N.A. success

LIBERTYVILLE, Ill.-The world's handset makers continue to make news at a frantic pace, with Motorola Inc. announcing a range of new products and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. trumpeting its market successes.First, Motorola announced six new mobile phones, mainly low-end devices that will sell in...

Motorola releases camera phone, Samsung trumpets N.A. success

The world's handset makers continue to make news at a frantic pace, with Motorola Inc. announcing a range of new products and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. trumpeting its market successes.First, Motorola announced six new mobile phones, mainly low-end devices that will sell in Europe...

Access to integrate Flash technology in NetFront browser

Wireless browser company Access Co. Ltd. said it will include Macromedia's Flash technology in its NetFront browser."Macromedia Flash is the obvious choice for our NetFront browser because of its ability to effectively deliver rich content in a compact format," said Toru Arakawa, Access' president...

Casio, Alps develop fingerprint scanner for device security

DOVER, N.J.-Casio Computer Co. and Alps Electric say they have developed a small fingerprint scanner to enhance security in cell phones and other mobile devices.The product, which is short, thin and cylindrical, comprises a sensor, light and lens and can produce an 8-level monochrome...

Action engine framework to run on TI OMAP processor

REDMOND, Wash.-Action Engine Corp. announced its Mobile Services Framework will work on Texas Instruments' OMAP wireless application processors, a move the company said will allow wireless carriers, device makers and system integrators to create compelling wireless data applications and services."With the Mobile Services Framework...

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