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Wireless scores legal victory against prepaid mobile-phone trafficking : Virgin Mobile USA phones bound for Hong Kong

The first criminal conviction of an international prepaid mobile-phone trafficker was announced by U.S. officials in Houston, news that again highlights a growing problem of global proportions for wireless. Indeed, the issue has already triggered numerous lawsuits by a number of U.S. wireless service...

Navigation and handsets to drive GPS chipsets

The GPS chipset market during the next few years will be driven by integration into mobile devices like personal navigation devices and cellular phones, according to a new report from high-tech market research firm In-Stat.The most promising categories includes ultra mobile devices, handheld games,...

Fires burn up wireless lines: First responder networks prove their worth, commercial traffic jumps

AS WILDFIRES RAGED throughout southern California in recent weeks and hundreds of thousands were evacuated from their homes, wireless networks in the area saw dramatic increases in usage as well as some damage from the blazes. The increased usage included first responders who reported...

FMC rollout remains sporadic: Carriers continue to battle technology’s challenges

The U.S. telecom industry appears to largely be treading water when it comes to fixed-mobile convergence-with much talk about the subject and a few tentative sallies in that direction, but not an inordinate amount of action so far. However, many operators are in the...

Survey: Stand-alone Wi-Fi doesn’t match cellular

Wi-Fi-only phones probably won't replace cellular phones anytime soon, according to a new survey from research firm In-Stat.While stand-alone Wi-Fi phones theoretically could replace cellphones for some users, most respondents were lukewarm on the idea, with the majority of those responding expressing at least...

Pair of health studies fail to clear up cellphone-cancer debate

Two newly publicized health studies on mobile phone and base station radiation have produced mixed results, likely keeping alive the long-running scientific debate over whether handsets and cell site transmissions can cause cancer and other illnesses. Japanese mobile-phone operators NTT DoCoMo Inc., KDDI Corp....

Study: Coverage still king

Wireless subscribers still covet broad network coverage-and will switch carriers to get it, according to a new survey of mobile users by comScore Networks. About 27 percent of survey respondents who had switched to a new carrier cited "better coverage" as their primary reason...

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The Palms Hotel and Casino is now accepting live wagers on mobile betting devices, according to Progressive Gaming International Corp., which developed the system. The Rapid Bet Live Wireless technology was tested during last week's Monday Night Football game between the New England Patriots...

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Ice, Ice Baby can finally get its due as a classic, at least in ringtone form. Acclaimed jazz composer David Baker said he wants members of his orchestra and the audience at the first performance of his "Concertino for Cellular Phones and Orchestra" next...

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French rock star Johnny Hallyday’s latest single, "La Loi du Silence," is being made exclusively available on Orange mobile phones for one week, according to Orange. Hallyday has been called the French equivalent of Elvis Presley, though the French’s fascination with Jerry Lewis should...

TracFone handsets target of illegal resellers

Resellers of inexpensive cellular phones risk being targeted as terrorists these days, since local and federal law enforcement officials are on the look-out for purchases of large numbers of prepaid cellular phones. Five men of Middle Eastern descent were recently arrested in Michigan and...

Colleges: The textbook MVNO target

A growing number of colleges and universities around the country are grappling with how to communicate with and provide services for students who are part of a mobile generation, often have their own cellular phones and likely aren't going to sign up for landline...

Intrigue continues to follow Xero: MVNO forges ahead with launch plans amid SEC probe

Mobile virtual network operator Xero Mobile has yet to launch, but the company already is facing an investigation of its business by the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Los Angeles-based MVNO recently announced that it had been notified by a local office of the...

Intel speculation on mobile hits high note

In determining its path to a profitable future, Intel Corp. faces what other companies have faced before: the fundamental question of focus. Should Intel focus on core competencies, even if that's in cooling markets, or should it endure a slide in earnings and stock...

Celebrating 25 years of covering the wireless industry

A quarter century ago, RCR's inaugural issue rolled off the presses. Radio Communications Report was launched by Titsch Communications Inc. as a monthly spinoff of another publication, Two-Way Radio Dealer, to cover the emerging cellular telecommunications industry. In its second year of publishing, with...

Cell phones help push chip sales in 1Q

SAN JOSE, Calif.—Strong sales of wireless phones were a major contributor to increases in microchip sales during the first quarter, according to figures released by the Semiconductor Industry Association. Worldwide semiconductor sales reached $59.1 billion during the quarter, up 7.3 percent year-over-year, but down...

Lawsuit aims to block AWS auction with cell-phone radiation

WASHINGTON—A health-related lawsuit filed against Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin Martin and other agency members seeks to block the scheduled June 29 start of the advanced wireless services auction. The EMR Policy Institute, a watchdog group concerned about health implications of cellular phones and...

Xero Mobile banks on ads, free phones, college students to fuel lofty MVNO plans

Soon-to-launch mobile virtual network operator Xero Mobile plans to use 2 million free handsets and discounted talk time to jump into the wireless marketplace-the catch being that the freebies are in exchange for allowing mobile advertising on the handset. The company is going to...

Florida company sues FCC to allow it to sell jammers

WASHINGTON-A Florida company that makes and sells radio-frequency jammers for the federal government and overseas markets has filed a lawsuit against the Federal Communications Commission claiming it is being harmed by its inability to sell the devices to state and local governments. "The plaintiff...

Florida company sues FCC to allow it to sell jammers to state & local law enforcement

WASHINGTON—A Florida company that makes and sells radio-frequency jammers for the federal government and overseas market has filed a lawsuit against the Federal Communications Commission claiming it is being harmed by its inability to sell the devices to state and local governments. "The plaintiff...

Fortuna plans MVNO service for mobile gamblers

BURNABY, Canada-Fortuna Gaming Corp., a Canadian-based company focused on online and mobile gambling, sees mobile gambling as a big part of its future and eventually wants to launch a mobile virtual network operator service for gambling enthusiasts. "The long-term vision is to develop the...

Fortuna plans MVNO service for mobile gamblers

BURNABY, Canada—Fortuna Gaming Corp., a Canadian-based company focused on online and mobile gambling, sees mobile gambling as a big part of its future and eventually wants to launch a mobile virtual network operator for gambling. "The long-term vision is to develop the ultimate Mobile...

Sprint Nextel continues wireline/wireless convergence

OVERLAND PARK, Kan.—Sprint Nextel Corp. unveiled Voice over Internet Protocol services for business customers, and said it plans to integrate wireless capabilities with services that are expected to be deployed later this year. The Sprint IP Voice Connect service offers local and long-distance service,...

Proposed e-waste ban in California draws on EU model

A proposed law introduced in the California legislature last week would require makers of electronic equipment to phase out the use of hazardous materials in all devices sold in that state by 2008. Assembly Member Lori Saldaña (D) introduced Measure AB 2202, sponsored by...

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