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Make it so … – IoT innovation Episode 9

"Internet of Things" Innovation is often started with the CEO or board expecting to add an IoT "theme" to their business – often not aware what that means – and that their business leaders will just "make it so." During this episode, Chris Hare and Nicholas Napp recap...

Gobi heads to market, adds 2 more notebook makers : Qualcomm touts its embedded solution

When Qualcomm Inc. talks, people listen. So when Qualcomm recently announced that its "Gobi" embedded connectivity module had been certified by AT&T Mobility for the latter's network and that Hewlett-Packard Co. and Panasonic had signed on to include Gobi in some of their new...

What now for wireless?

Last week's upheaval in the financial markets certainly will impact the wireless industry, but in what ways and to what extent remains to be seen. Smaller startups may have a more difficult time getting credit or finding backers, and larger players may postpone some...

Bail, baby, bail!

The big take-away for wireless and other telecom-tech sectors in the wake of the latest Wall Street meltdown might mistakenly be this: By hook or crook, get as big as you can and implicate as many consumers (and their financial assets) to the greatest...

Advertising: Another dime in mobile music jukebox

Mobile music has been a one-hit wonder. But the big follow-up to the lucrative ringtone market may not be ringback tones, full-track downloads or any other single application. It may be advertising.Ringtone revenues in the United States will shrink in 2008, falling to $510...

Firms look to tame the wireless wild for enterprise

How much do we really know about our phones or - even more complex - our smartphones? We know they turn on, make calls and even connect to our work e-mail. The hard part usually comes when trying to organize the bill, trouble shoot...

Carrier partnership good business for The Wireless Zone

Editor's Note: In this monthly feature, RCR Wireless News talks to retailers across the country to get a first-hand view of what's hot in wireless.The Wireless Zone is a 20-year-old Verizon Wireless exclusive retailer. Originally named The Car Phone Store, (because 20 years ago,...

Tower industry remains open for business: Sprint Nextel sells 3,300 towers for $670M, SBA picks up competitors

The tower industry was busy last week with Sprint Nextel Corp. announcing the sale of 3,300 towers to TowerCo L.L.C. for $670 million and tower giant SBA acquiring a pair of smaller players. Sprint Nextel said the sale of its towers to TowerCo provides...

Search for the mobile masses: Mobile search set to explode as platform evolves

It's no secret that trying to find content or information on a mobile phone is a daunting task for most consumers.Carrier deck layers can seem like concentric circles of hell, wireless Web searches are often ill-suited for wireless devices, and the screen sizes of...

Wafer-thin mint?

I continue to be amazed by consumer infatuation with razor-thin cell phones. Motorola has sold what, 50 gazillion Razrs, and Samsung seems to be rolling out a new "thinnest" model every other week. As they say, "Thin is in."Industry research firm Current Analysis noted...

Leap unites markets with unlimited in-network roaming

Leap Wireless International Inc. said it will allow its Cricket customers to roam in Cricket markets across the country without paying an additional fee. The carrier also announced a new WAP-based wireless portal and a new rate plan that includes unlimited mobile Web data...

Report: Cingular network spending slows with Carrier Access

A report from ThinkEquity Partners L.L.C. said that AT&T Inc.'s pending acquisition of BellSouth Corp. has affected their wireless affiliate Cingular Wireless L.L.C.'s spending on its network infrastructure, and that some of the carrier's equipment vendors are feeling a squeeze as a result. According...

Virgin Mobile USA invigorates messaging

WARREN, N.J.-Virgin Mobile USA L.L.C. announced two new services that incorporate audio and messaging. "Txt Tones" will allow users to link musical tones to text messages instead of rings. The three- to five-second sound clips can be used as an alert that a text...

EA, Gameloft show mobile gaming increases

REDWOOD CITY, Calif.-Shares of Electronic Arts Inc. jumped after the game-making behemoth reported increased mobile sales and surprisingly good overall quarterly revenues. The company rang up $35 million in mobile game sales, up slightly from the previous quarter's $33 million. EA reported $784 million...

Embarq launches PTT, parental control service

OVERLAND PARK, Kan.-Embarq Corp. plans to offer its wireless customers push-to-talk services and parental controls on a Sanyo Corp. 2400 mobile phone. Embarq, which has a mobile virtual network operator relationship with Sprint Nextel Corp. after being spun off from the larger company earlier...

VCs pour more money into content firms, even as established players hit bumps

For mobile content players, these are either the best of times or the worst of times. Or, in some cases, both. Investment money continues to flow into wireless content and marketing. Thumbplay Inc., a direct-to-consumer aggregator, hauled in $10 million in a third round...

For a good time, call Luke Johnson’s mobile

Ordinary people like Luke Johnson sit at the intersection of social networking and the cell phone. Searching for something new that he could do involving video-sharing site YouTube.com, Johnson woke up one night with an idea: Why not post his cell-phone number on the...

Qwest turns profit, Rogers posts better ARPU, SunCom challenged

Qwest Communications International Inc. reported a profitable third quarter with net income of $194 million, reversing a $144 million loss the company reported in the same quarter last year. Further, Qwest said the penetration rate of its service bundles increased 6 percent compared with...

Verizon Wireless: No. 1 in revenue

Verizon Wireless continued its domination of the postpaid wireless market and outpaced larger rival Cingular Wireless L.L.C. in net customer additions during the third quarter.Verizon Wireless said it brought in 1.9 million net subscribers for the quarter, compared with Cingular's 1.4 million net additions....

Andrew to buy EMS Wireless for $50.5M

WESTCHESTER, Ill.-Consolidation among communications vendors continued as Andrew Corp. announced plans to spend $50.5 million in cash to buy the wireless division of EMS Technologies Inc. Georgia-based EMS Wireless racked up revenues of $28.5 million during the first half of this year from sales...

Rogers plans HSDPA launch

TORONTO-Rogers announced it launched Canada's first HSDPA network in the greater Toronto area and laid out plans to expand the network to the country's top 20 markets throughout next year. Along with voice services, the HSDPA network offers subscribers the ability to download data...

Copps slams FCC for ignoring bird-tower clashes: Agency to prove if towers are killing migratory birds

WASHINGTON-The Federal Communications Commission launched a rulemaking to determine whether rules are necessary to reduce the number of migratory bird collisions with cell-phone towers and other telecom antenna structures, setting the stage for a pitched battle between environmentalists and the tower industry. The FCC...

A glance inside the handset: keeping it simple

A mobile phone runs on the chips inside it, if an over-generalization may be permitted for simplicity's sake. And the basic functions of a basic phone rely on four types of chips: the power amplifier, the RF transceiver, the analog baseband and the digital...

Motorola on offensive against counterfeit handset accessories

Motorola Inc. reiterated its concern over a proliferation of counterfeit accessories, particularly Bluetooth headsets, purported to be made by Motorola and reaching consumers in the United States. Motorola warned that the counterfeits are cheap fakes, won't perform as advertised and cannot be serviced by...

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