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PHOTOGUIDE: A stroll through the industry’s cellphone graveyard

As the wireless industry kicks into high gear for the upcoming holiday shopping season, and handset makers pull out all the stops to hype their latest offerings, now seems a good time to take a tour of some similarly much-hyped phones from the industry's...

Wireless carriers fail to make good grades in magazine survey

Wireless carriers struck out once again in Consumer Reports' annual survey of cellular phones and service. Cingular Wireless L.L.C.'s acquisition of AT&T Wireless Services Inc. came in for particularly harsh criticism, since many former AWS customers reported low satisfaction after the merger. Overall, customer...

Verizon Wireless tops in Consumer Reports’ annual survey

YONKERS, N.Y.-Wireless carriers struck out for a fourth straight year in the annual survey of cellular service and phones conducted by independent evaluator Consumer Reports. Cingular Wireless L.L.C. acquisition of AT&T Wireless Services Inc. came under particularly harsh criticism because of problems reported by...

PalmSource partners with Linux vendor

SUNNYVALE, Calif.-Operating system company PalmSource Inc. announced it teamed with Linux vendor MontaVista Software. Under the new partnership, MontaVista will join PalmSource's Palm OS promotional organization, while PalmSource will sign up for MontaVista's own Linux promotional group.PalmSource's move acknowledges the growing interest in Linux...

PalmOne returns to Palm Inc.

SUNNYVALE, Calif.-Mobile computing innovator palmOne Inc. officially became Palm Inc. today, trading on the Nasdaq under ticker symbol PALM. The company announced in late May that it had acquired rights to the Palm brand after buying shares of the brand controlled at that time...

BenQ smart phone approved for U.S. market

The Federal Communications Commission recently approved BenQ's high-end P50 smart phone for sale in the United States, an indication that the company is hoping to break into the U.S. market after its acquisition of Siemens AG's mobile phone business. Designed much like PalmOne Inc.'s...

RIM, PalmOne post strong numbers, PalmSource to cut jobs

Financials from smart-phone makers Research In Motion Ltd. and PalmOne Inc. indicate users are warming up to the expensive, high-end gadgets. However, sluggish results from Palm OS vendor PalmSource Inc. suggest that the rising tide is not lifting all boats. "RIM is reporting another...

RIM, PalmOne report strong quarters, PalmSource to cut jobs

Financials from smart-phone makers Research In Motion Ltd. and PalmOne Inc. indicate users are warming up to the expensive, high-end gadgets. However, sluggish results from Palm OS vendor PalmSource Inc. suggest that the rising tide is not lifting all boats."RIM is reporting another record...

BenQ smart phone approved for U.S. market

The Federal Communications Commission recently approved BenQ's high-end P50 smart phone for sale in the United States, an indication that the company is hoping to break into the U.S. market after its acquisition of Siemens AG's mobile phone business. Designed much like PalmOne Inc.'s...

Sprint releases software upgrade for Treo 650

Sprint released a software update for its PalmOne Inc. Treo 650 smart phone, a download that will add additional Bluetooth, dialing and messaging features to the high-end device. The move highlights the evolving nature of the smart-phone market, where users likely will have to...

Sierra Wireless abandons smart-phone market

Sierra Wireless Inc. announced it will abandon its attempt at the smart-phone business after a miserable outing with its first product, the Voq Professional Phone. Sierra said it will either divest its Voq business or simply terminate it. Investors reacted with apparent relief, sending...

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Boston Communications Group Inc. said it will contest a class-action suit brought by some shareholders in the wake of last month's $128 million patent-infringement verdict. The new suit seeks unspecified damages against the wireless network access management and back-end services provider, claiming among other...

Sierra Wireless abandons smart-phone market

Sierra Wireless Inc. announced it will abandon its attempt at the smart-phone business after a miserable outing with its first product, the Voq Professional Phone. Sierra said it will either divest its Voq business or simply terminate it.Investors reacted with apparent relief, sending the...

SK-EarthLink to sell Treo through OfficeMax

ATLANTA, Ga.-SK-EarthLink announced it will sell the Treo smart phone from PalmOne Inc. through retailer OfficeMax. The device will sell for $450, with calling plans starting at $40 per month and Internet access for $20 per month. "The EarthLink Wireless Treo 650 smart phone...

PalmOne goes back to roots, PalmSource’s future sketchy

Last week's unexpected exit of PalmSource Inc.'s chief executive officer was counterbalanced by the company's new deals with PalmOne Inc., valued around $187 million. However, PalmSource's future is still unclear at best, and some industry analysts believe its long-term viability is now suspect. "The...

Verizon offers high-end handsets, T-Mobile adds to EDGE phone lineup

Verizon Wireless is bolstering its phone lineup with high-end devices from PalmOne Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. Meanwhile, T-Mobile USA Inc. appears to be fleshing out its EDGE offerings with the release of its second EDGE-capable phone, the Motorola Inc. V330. First up,...

Verizon Wireless expands phone portfolio

Verizon Wireless is bolstering its phone line-up with high-end devices from the likes of PalmOne Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. First up, Verizon announced it is selling PalmOne's Treo 650 for $300 with a two-year service agreement. Verizon is offering the device with...

PalmOne pays $30M for original brand

Treo maker PalmOne Inc. will return to its original brand with the $30 million purchase of full rights to the Palm logo. The announcement comes on the heals of news that PalmOne renewed its license for the Palm operating system in a deal worth...

PalmOne announces LifeDrive mobile device

MILPITAS, Calif.-As expected, PalmOne Inc. announced its new LifeDrive mobile device, which features a 4-gigabyte hard disk drive from Hitachi along with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth technologies. Information about the device surfaced a few weeks ago on Amazon.com and other sites. Paul Cousineau, product line...

PalmOne announces LifeDrive mobile device

MILPITAS, Calif.-As expected, PalmOne Inc. announced its new LifeDrive mobile device, which features a 4-gigabyte hard disk drive from Hitachi along with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth technologies. Information about the device surfaced a week ago on Amazon.com and other sites.Paul Cousineau, product line manager for...

PalmOne makes Colligan permanent CEO

MILPITAS, Calif.-PalmOne Inc. appointed Ed Colligan as its chief executive officer. Colligan has served as the company's interim CEO since February."Ed has been a driving force for innovation in mobile computing. His outstanding record of leadership and his passion for the company and the...

PalmOne readies to unveil new gadget

PalmOne Inc. appears to be getting ready to announce a new gadget that combines Wi-Fi and Bluetooth with a 4-gigabyte hard disk drive. The company recently issued a press release promising to announce a new type of mobile computing product it described as a...

Magneto unifies Microsoft OS offerings

Microsoft Corp. is expected to unveil its new Windows Mobile 2005 operating system, codenamed Magneto, in conjunction with its developer's conference this week in Las Vegas. According to several sources familiar with the company's announcement, Microsoft's new offering will replace its current Smartphone, Pocket...

Microsoft to unveil new wireless device OS

Microsoft Corp. is expected to unveil its new Windows Mobile 2005 operating system, codenamed Magneto, in conjunction with its developer's conference next week in Las Vegas. According to several sources familiar with the company's announcement, Microsoft's new offering will replace its current Smartphone, Pocket...

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