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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.

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

Your cellphone as a boarding pass? Some airlines are testing it: Delta Air Lines, American Airlines, others incorporate wireless into operations

From boarding passes to checking in luggage, airlines are testing wireless technology in efforts to speed travelers through to their destinations.Delta Air Lines, American Airlines and Continental Airlines are all offering mobile ticketing programs at some airports. And United Airlines is testing radio frequency...

Nokia puts $6.8M into China’s KongZhong

Nokia Growth Partners announced a non-binding deal to back China's KongZhong Corp. with $6.8 million in five-year convertible senior notes.KongZhong offers games and other content to Chinese users through the wireless Web and other distribution channels, and - like other content providers - has...

UDATED: Iridium looks to poach Globalstar customers

Iridium Satellite L.L.C. is relaunching a program in an effort to score customers from struggling rival Globalstar.The company has announced it will once again offer Trade-Up to Iridium because of the much-publicized degradation of Globalstar's voice service. The program provides pricing incentives for customers...

Bringing paging into the future: Healthcare field targeted for paging-enabled smartphones

A developer of wireless enterprise solutions claims it has combined the advantages of paging and mobile phones into one service that can be accessed with a smartphone.Onset Technology is targeting the healthcare field with the latest enhancement of its METAmessage Advanced Paging Solution. The...

DTV delay to impact access to 700 MHz licenses: Spectrum tie-up could impact LTE, FLO deployments

The wireless industry suddenly faces a delay of its own, with digital TV legislation likely headed to the White House soon that will force wireless carriers to wait about four months longer to access 700 MHz spectrum licenses purchased for nearly $20 billion from...

Venture capital financing wrap-up: Horvath Towers

The following list includes venture capital and other investments into wireless companies announced during the past week. The value of the investment is included when available.--Horvath Towers: National City Bank increased its debt financing commitment to Horvath Towers from $10 million to $18 million....

Verizon, AT&T spar with dueling devices that integrate home, wireless phones: The new Verizon Hub challenges AT&T’s HomeManager

Verizon Wireless today announced its new Verizon Hub, a touchscreen device that integrates wired and wireless home communications.The device is meant to replace stand-alone home phones by providing a touchscreen that displays access to all home communications. Running on a broadband connection, Verizon Hub...

New York City rolls ahead with public-safety network plans: M/A-COM may take legal action after New York State cancels public-safety contract

The state of New York may have struck out for the time being in building a statewide public-safety communications network, but New York City continues to make progress on a network of its own.State officials have cancelled a $2 billion contract with M/A-COM, claiming...

Venture capital financing wrap-up: Airborne and Horvath Towers

The following list includes venture capital and other investments into wireless companies announced during the past week. The value of the investment is included when available.--Airborne Mobile: iNovia Capital invested $2 million into Airborne Mobile. The company said it will use the funding to...

Nokia Siemens unveils Texan LTE center: Dallas facility to focus on tech requirements for N.A. carriers

Nokia Siemens Networks said it's creating a research center in Texas that will focus on the development and research of Long Term Evolution technology.The company's Next Gen Technology Lab in Dallas will focus on the requirements of operators in North America and provide support...

Video startup Buzzwire hires former Newsweek executive

Buzzwire Inc. bagged a new leader, hiring former Newsweek president and worldwide publisher Greg Osberg to expand its network of content and carrier partners.The Denver-based startup powers Verizon Wireless's m.vcast - a mobile Internet-based video service that debuted in September - as well as...

Interdigital, Samsung patent dispute nears an end

The patent-licensing dispute between InterDigital Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. appears to be over as the two companies have hammered out an agreement regarding royalties for the sale of 2G and 3G products.According to the agreement, InterDigital has agreed to grant Samsung a...

VZW unveils biz-focused static IP service: Offering targeted at secure communications

Heeding demands from its enterprise customers, Verizon Wireless recently began offering a solution that provides companies greater control and increased security for wireless devices on the network.The carrier added Static Internet Protocol to its private network for businesses. The private network allows customers to...

Verizon Wireless showcases wireless tech services at Variety Screening Series

Verizon Wireless is stepping onto the red carpet, allowing certain customers to use their mobile devices as ticket entry to this year's Variety Screening Series. Verizon Wireless customers who are invited to the series can receive their screening series tickets directly on their mobile...

Velocita, SkyTel set to tackle M2M space

Two companies with lengthy wireless histories have merged into one entity that is geared to tackle the machine-to-machine market.Velocita Wireless L.L.C. and SkyTel are launching their new business plan this week. Velocita was formerly owned by Sprint Nextel Corp. and SkyTel was formed 20...

Qualcomm: ‘Kayak’ to bring wireless broadband to emerging markets

Qualcomm Inc. has seen the future: there's gold in delivering cellular broadband connectivity to emerging markets thirsting for access to the Web.The San Diego-based chip company today announced "Kayak," a reference design for device makers who decide to tackle broadband for the unwired masses.Qualcomm...

TV broadcasters begin testing rival mobile TV technology: Offering to go up against MediaFLO, cellular-based services

It seems all the pieces are in place for traditional television broadcasters to tap the perennially hyped mobile video space. Well, all the pieces except the business models, anyway.An association representing more than 800 U.S. TV stations this week will announce successful broadcast trials...

Moving toward free laptops? AT&T cuts $150 off ThinkPad price tag: While Euro carriers fully subsidize cost of laptops, Lenovo, Ericsson team with AT&T to cut prices

AT&T Mobility, computer-maker Lenovo and infrastructure vendor L.M. Ericsson announced a teaming to knock off $150 from the price of 3G-capable laptops, with an eye toward enticing customers to mobile broadband.The new offer encompasses three Lenovo ThinkPad SL notebooks and all notebooks in Lenovo's...

REVIEW: Chirp . wait for it . chirp sluggish PTT from AT&T

Editor's Note: Welcome to our weekly feature, Yay or Nay. Every week we'll review a new wireless application or service from the user's point of view, with the goal of highlighting what works and what doesn't. If you wish to submit your application or...

RFID gains boost from DoJ

The U.S. Department of Justice has given seven companies its approval to move forward with plans to jointly license patents that are essential to deliver radio frequency identification technology.In its decision, the DoJ said the RFID Consortium L.L.C.'s plans could result in cost savings...

Agreement on E-911 proposals remains elusive: T-Mobile USA, RCA question current mandate

New enhanced 911 location accuracy proposals endorsed by public-safety groups and the nation's three largest mobile-phone carriers, while less stringent than now-defunct 2007 federal guidelines, have failed to win ringing endorsements by T-Mobile USA Inc., small and mid-size operators and major wireless vendors. ...

Intel hopes ‘Moorestown’ MID wishes evolve into reality: Exec outlines chipmaker’s vision of mobile Internet future

BOSTON - The future apparently belongs to mobile Internet devices (MIDs) that will be connected to broadband wireless networks like WiMAX and offer graphically rich, touchscreen-based interfaces, at least according to a glimpse of the future provided by Intel Corp.'s Anand Chandrasekher.Chandrasekher, VP and...

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