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Mobile revenue to touch US$ 1.3 T; Brazil, Mexico in top 10

A number of emerging nations are highlighted in analyst Chetan Sharma’s telecommunications predictions, released earlier this month. Brazil takes fifth place in total number of subscribers, while Mexico takes the 10th spot. China leads in the number of subscribers, but the U.S. dominates in...

Computex 2011: Intel creates new mobile category, the Ultrabook

TAIPEI, Taiwan – Intel Corp. has invented a new category of mobile computers it is calling the “Ultrabook” the firm revealed at Computex on Tuesday. The company said it was also accelerating its Atom processor roadmap to a one-process-generation per year cadence.Speaking publicly at...

Nokia pulls new smartphone from shelves: 5800 reportedly can’t find a 3G signal in U.S.

Even giants stumble, as Nokia Corp. discovered over the weekend when it pulled its mid-tier 5800 ExpressMusic smartphone from shelves at its New York and Chicago flagship stores. The current troubles appear two-fold: one is faulty earpieces, improperly sealed against moisture; the second is...

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...

Smoothing the path for mobile Linux

When in past years Symbian Ltd. nervously eyed the nascent promise of mobile Linux, Symbian evangelists noted sharply that the rival, open-source platform would require considerable sweat equity or costly out-sourcing to ready it for market.That claim turned out to be true to an...

@MWC PHOTOGUIDE: The phones of Mobile World Congress

BARCELONA, Spain - The world's handset makers pulled out all the stops this year in their attempts to grab attention and generate interest in their products. At this year's Mobile World Congress trade show, Nokia Corp., LG Electronics Co. Ltd., HTC Corp. and others...

@MWC: Cisco extends WebEX software to more smartphones

Cisco Systems said it is extending its WebEx client software to a host of smartphones.The online conferencing service is now available on BlackBerry models the Bold, Storm and Curve 8900, the company said, as well as the Samsung Blackjack II and several Nokia E...

@MWC: LogMeIn demos remote support for Android smartphones

LogMeIn Inc. plans to demonstrate a solution that allows for support for Android smartphones at Mobile World Congress this week in Barcelona.The company said it will show smartphone manufacturers and mobile service providers how they can use LogMeIn Rescue+Mobile to provide on-demand, remote customer...

@MWC: Maximizer targets BlackBerry users with CRM solution

Maximizer Software has launched its entirely first mobile product exclusively for BlackBerry handsets that is geared to free workers from laptops and reduce downtime in the field for sales and service professionals.The customer relationship management software company is unveiling its CRM 10.5 Freedom for...

LG to cut $2.2 billion in costs, no major job cuts announced yet

LG Electronics Co. said it will trim $2.2 billion from its overhead, including headquarters and 82 subsidiaries around the globe, citing the global economic downturn that led it to a loss in fourth-quarter earnings.LG is the third-largest handset maker worldwide and third in the...

2009 Wireless Forecast: Handsets: The pain in Spain: Gloomy outlook likely to drive discussion at MWC

The short-term forecast for the handset market calls for pain and belt-tightening, no matter which market analysis you favor. And those analyses range from pretty harsh to very harsh. "We expect the first quarter of 2009 to be the absolute volume bottom in the...

Texas Instruments cuts 3,400 jobs: Chip maker girds for long-term recession

Texas Instruments, Inc. yesterday posted a 30% year-on-year drop in revenue and a 95% drop in operating profit. About one-quarter of T.I.'s revenue in the fourth quarter was derived from wireless work. As a result, the company announced it would cut 12% of its...

Analyst Angle: The death of subsidies for mobile devices may be exaggerated

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.A critical question for wireless operators in the US is whether prospective customers of wide-area...

The Treo, Pre, Windows and the circle of life

I used to love my Treo handset. (Sadly I can't remember whether I owned the 600 or the 650). I loved the stylus, I loved the games, I loved the ringtone (you know, the same ringtone every other Palm user had). But sometimes you...

UIQ files for bankruptcy

Swedish smartphone user interface vendor UIQ has filed for bankruptcy, according to media reports.Indeed, the move was foreshadowed in June when UIQ announced it would layoff 200 of its 375 employees and seek new lines of business. However, it seems the company's efforts did...

‘Deteriorating situation:’ 2009 mobile device sales to be sluggish: Smartphones sales also may slow

The first half of 2009 may see alarmingly slow handset sales worldwide and, even if the back half of the year improves markedly, all sources point to negative growth for the coming year. Forecasts for the magnitude of the anticipated slowdown, however, vary widely...

$10 smartphone at Verizon Wireless

The handset market is one big sale this season, if you conveniently ignore the service contract gambit that recoups a carrier's investment in the subsidy that makes mobile phones artificially cheap. Just last week, one analyst noted that the new $200 price ceiling for...

RIM’s hostile bid sees pushback as Certicom seeks to stop acquisition

Research In Motion Ltd. said today it will fight for its takeover bid for Certicom Corp., an encryption firm, after the latter sought a court injunction to thwart RIM's purchase. Certicom said it would weigh RIM's bid -RIM is offering Certicom shareholders $1.20 per...

Palm tiptoes high wire with Nova OS in the wings: Is Nova too late? Palm’s Colligan says such concerns are ‘ridiculous’

Palm Inc. said yesterday that it is operating in an "extremely tough climate" with "continued challenges in coming months" as it prepares to launch a next-generation platform dubbed Nova along with new handsets.Palm is widely expected to present its new OS and, possibly, devices...

Analyst Angle: The dark side of the open OS handset trend

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.The migration to mobile messaging and data was the story of the first half of...

Economic slowdowns in China, India cast shadow over handset sales

The twin engines of global handset growth - China and India - are experiencing economic slowdowns that threaten "serious harm" to 2009 sales, according to a prominent financial analyst. The slowing of those emerging economies could drag global handset sales below negative 10% growth...

Motorola credit ‘junk’

Standard & Poor's lowered its long-term corporate credit rating on Motorola Inc. on Friday to "junk (bond) territory," according to the Wall Street Journal.S&P's rating change was to "BB+" from "BBB." Moody's Investor Services warned last week that it, too, may cut its credit...

Nokia cuts quarterly forecast, again: Vendor’s visibility is poor heading into next year

Nokia Corp. said last week that holiday-related handset sales will likely fall short of the company's last estimate, issued in mid-November. Three weeks ago, Nokia had forecast 330 million units, a slight drop from the year-ago quarter. Even with its much-vaunted visibility into...

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