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Telematics Detroit 2011: Product demonstrations from the show floor

NOVI, Mich. — RCR Wireless News hit the show floor here at Telematics Detroit earlier this month to get a sense of where mobile is shaking things up in the auto industry and capture some of the latest in-vehicle technology on hand. Please watch...

Siano Mobile Silicon receives $20M in funding, hopes to lead in North American market

Siano Mobile Silicon, supplier of mobile digital TV receiver chips, announced that it has completed a $20 million expansion capital financing round. The round was led by Israeli venture capital fund, Jerusalem Venture Partners. Gadi Tirosh, a General Partner at JVP, will be joining...

T-Mobile USA set to roll out tiered data plans

T-Mobile USA Inc. is set to jump on the increasingly popular tiered data plan bandwagon saying it will launch an entry-level bucket of data megabytes in time for the holiday shopping season.The carrier said it will begin offering two data options for customers starting...

T-Mobile aims for contracts with one-day 'free phones' promotion

T-Mobile USA Inc. is hoping to cash in on Fathers’ Day gift-buying by offering any of its 30 handsets free to customers who sign up for a family plan. The promotion, only offered on Saturday, comes days before Apple iPhone 4 officially comes to...

Asus-Garmin launch the A10

Powered by the latest Android OS, the A10 is “the perfect combination” of phone and GPS; or so claims Asus.

T-Mobile USA prices Garminfone for June launch

Looking to perhaps counter any bad press from its disappointing first quarter financial results, T-Mobile USA Inc. announced today pricing and vague availability for Garmin International Inc.’s Garminfone.The carrier, which announced exclusive domestic availability of the device last month, said the Google Inc. Android...

RIM stays top dog in OS battle, Android tops Apple for No. 2

Has Google’s Inc.’s Android operating system hit an inflexion point? Data released today by The NPD Group Inc. would indicate that possibility as the research firm reported that the sale of devices powered by the OS outsold Apple Inc.’s iPhone OS during the first...

Bits & Bytes: CTIA renames show, NSN to make LTE for 800, etc.

CTIA renamed its fall show in an effort to convey the growing use of mobile technology in the enterprise. The show is now called CTIA Enterprise & Applications. The show is scheduled to take place Oct. 6-8 in San Francisco.   Nokia Siemens Networks began production...

Bits & Bytes: CTIA renames show, NSN to make LTE for 800, etc.

CTIA renamed its fall show in an effort to convey the growing use of mobile technology in the enterprise. The show is now called CTIA Enterprise & Applications. The show is scheduled to take place Oct. 6-8 in San Francisco.   Nokia Siemens Networks began production...

T-Mobile USA lands Garminfone

T-Mobile USA Inc. garnered another exclusive to a top-flight device with the announcement today that it would begin offering Garmin International Inc.’s latest Garminfone. The device is the first from Garmin using Google Inc.’s Android operating system and integrates Garmin’s navigation service.   The device also...

@MWC: Microsoft starts over with Zune-like OS for mobile

BARCELONA – At Mobile World Congress today, Microsoft finally offered an entirely new look and feel for its mobile operating system in Windows Phone 7 Series.Presented as a complete reboot with no obvious remnants from the existing Windows Mobile operating systems (except for that...

Reality Check: The purpose-driven device

Editor's Note: Welcome to our weekly Reality Check column. We've gathered a group of visionaries and veterans in the mobile industry to give their insights into the marketplace.Whether you cringe at the thought of attending CES or look forward to it as much as...

E-reader success drives carriers into embedded devices market: Expect more experimentation with business models

While e-readers and personal navigation devices may be popular “embedded device” gift items this year, their success also will drive the emerging sector to bring even more innovative products to market in the next 12 to 18 months. The potential of the space also...

Android 2.0 healthy competition for Apple

Google Inc.'s Android operating system, already out in its second version, is likely to take market share from its competitors, but not likely to impact Apple Inc.'s proprietary OS, upon which the popular iPhone runs.Verizon Wireless and Google formally announced the Droid smartphone from...

AT&T Mobility, T-Mobile USA throw (more) hats into smartphone fight: Bevy of new devices set to launch ahead of holidays

Wireless carriers continued to bolster their smartphone lineups leading into the holiday shopping season as AT&T Mobility and T-Mobile USA Inc. both unveiled new offerings targeting the increasingly competitive segment.AT&T Mobility this week got the jump on Microsoft Corp.'s planned Windows Mobile 6.5 update...

Garmin’s nuvifone finally gets its bearings: GPS-centric device found at AT&T Mobility … for a price

More than a year and a half after announcing plans for a cellular technology equipped device, Garmin International Inc. is finally set to enter the U.S. market with its navigation-centric nuvifone G60 scheduled to launch at AT&T Mobility on Oct. 4 for $299 after...

Analyst: Apple’s IP battle over iPhone’s multi-touch capabilities is ill-advised: Firm reviews Apple’s patent filings for wireless technology

Apple Inc.'s threat to sue competitors over multi-touch capabilities that violate its patents, a warning made during the company's earnings call last month, may not be wise or even have a solid foundation, according to a leading telecom analyst. "Initiating multi-touch infringement litigation may...

More devices with Android OS likely to hit market in 2009

A handful of forces appear to be shaping a year to come that is likely to include numerous device launches featuring the fledgling Android operating system. Whether that will spell success for the license-free, Linux-based, open source OS is far from assured, though at...

2009 will be terrible. So what?: Wireless is long-term answer for voice and content connections

In 2009, the wireless industry is apt to suffer many of the same consequences exacted upon others by the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression: layoffs (likely giving way to stepped-up outsourcing), reduced capital spending, lower revenues and slimmer profit margins, tight credit,...

Android rumblings for next year

It's no secret that numerous companies have joined the Open Handset Alliance, which promotes Google's Android handset platform.Specifics are harder to come by. But it appeared this week, from various media reports, that Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. and Garmin are working on Android-based handsets....

Worst of the Week: All hail Google

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 RCRWireless.com to rant and rave about whatever rubs us the wrong way....

Garmin: Nuvifone is MIA until next year

Garmin Ltd. reported rosy jumps in sales in its various sectors - automotive, outdoor, aviation, marine - but its earnings and outlook disappointed analysts, sending the company's stock tumbling more than 19% to a new, 52-week low.Oh, and, remember Garmin's celebrated leap into mobile...

Brightpoint inks distribution pacts

LAS VEGAS-Brightpoint announced several distribution and logistics agreements last week at CTIA 2008.The company announced a distribution agreement with Cellatel L.L.C. that covers handset distribution through its North America and Latin America subsidiaries. Brightpoint Latin America will provide distribution services for Cellatel's Alcatel-branded handset...

Show off a little

When is the wireless industry, collectively and individually, going to start showing off a little?The networks are being built. The devices will take care of themselves (there is nothing like a little competition from an outsider to spark a little creativity in device options)....

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