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Analyst Angle: Cable MSOs could enjoy a nice piece of mobile backhaul pie

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.During the recent capacity crisis suffered by AT&T Wireless it was expected the carrier would...

Adspend to top $7.6B by 2013

Total annual spending for advertisements on mobile devices will exceed $1 billion this year and could increase to about $7.6 billion by 2013, according to a report from Juniper Research. The firm said mobile streamed and broadcast TV services will become the most lucrative...

Motricity makes it official: job cuts and reorganization: Firm works to integrate InfoSpace acquisition

Motricity Inc. finally made it official, announcing that it will slash 250 jobs over the next nine months and move its headquarters from Durham, N.C. to the Seattle area.The moves, which were first reported last week, are an effort by Motricity to streamline its...

BLUE IN THE FACE: Bluetooth evolving as mobile marketing channel

Like it or not, Bluetooth marketing is gaining traction in the United States as an effective - if sometimes intrusive - way for advertisers to get their messages in front of mobile users. So depending on your view, Verizon Wireless subscribers are either missing...

CTIA’s WIC to target barcode scanning, mobile commerce

Editor's Note: Welcome to Reality Check, a feature for RCR Wireless News' new weekly e-mail service, Mobile Content and Culture. We've gathered a group of visionaries and veterans in the mobile content industry to give their insights into the marketplace. In the coming weeks...

Sprint Nextel chided for missing rebanding deadlines

Sprint Nextel Corp. rejected a Federal Communications Commission finding that the No. 3 mobile phone carrier failed to meet a key deadline for clearing certain spectrum as part of an 800 MHz rebanding process. The process is intended to remedy public-safety interference problems, and...

Calif. plans statewide wireless alert system

California announced plans to develop and launch a statewide emergency cellphone alert system within 12 to 14 months. The move is definitely apropos for "the Golden State," which has long prided itself on being a leap ahead of other states and the federal status...

Worst of the Week: Maybe D.B. Cooper was on to something?

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 RCR Wireless News to rant and rave about whatever rubs us the wrong...

LBS continues slow road to fruition

It's only March, but 2007 appears to be shaping up as the year of location-based mobile services. No, really, it might be true this time. Honest.Loopt Inc. this week is set to announce a major partner win, unveiling a deal to integrate its friend-finding...

Device pricing akin to buying airline tickets: Strategy nearly impossible for

It's easy to see the carriers' logic in dropping the online price of handsets in the holiday season: fire sales attract consumers in droves. Mentioning "free" to an American consumer is like waving a red cape at a snorting bull. At other...

RIM vs. Samsung: Did imitation go from flattery to infringement?

When two women in distinctive but identical designer dresses are seated side-by-side in a trendy restaurant, there may be mutual if mortified acknowledgement of the other's good taste, rapidly followed by a seating shuffle. In contrast, when Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.'s BlackJack smart phone...

FCC extends construction deadline for 2.3 GHz spectrum holders

WASHINGTON-The wireless broadband industry embraced the Federal Communications Commission's extension of construction deadlines for 2.3 GHz licensees, but remains angry over the agency's response thus far to terrestrial deployment of allegedly unauthorized satellite radio repeaters with the potential to undermine huge capital investment in...

Nortel scares up 3 Wi-Fi contracts, targeting mid-sized America

Ever wondered whether Wi-Fi technology works in haunted houses? Nortel Networks Ltd. is about to find out, as the Canadian vendor announced Wi-Fi deployment-contracts with three mid-sized cities, including Occoquan, Va., known as one of America's most haunted towns. Situated 20 miles south of...

Gov’t moves to use RFID spur private sector

WASHINGTON-The Bush administration is moving aggressively to integrate radio-frequency identification technology into homeland security, defense and immigration policies, a posture expected to catalyze private-sector investment while inviting increased security and privacy concerns as the emerging wireless application gains traction. The Department of Defense has...

Carriers increasingly turning to fiber for backhaul needs

Exchanging data over wireless networks is expected to grow at a steady rate in North America, according to the latest data from ABI Research. The firm said it expects growth of 16 percent each year through 2011, with a bit of a boom in...

U.S. closing gap in data adoption

It's safe to say U.S. wireless subscribers have caught up with much of the rest of the world in terms of data consumption. But it appears American carriers still have their work cut out for them when it comes to cashing in. The United...

LG’s ‘mass premium’ phones bring success

The signature letters in LG Electronics Co. Ltd.'s name, back at the dawn of time when the company formed in 1958, stood for Lucky Goldstar. Whatever connotations that name might have once had undoubtedly would be lost on mobile-phone consumers in the United States...

AirG announces Alltel, Amp’d mobile social networking deals

VANCOUVER, British Columbia—Social networking vendor AirG said it expanded its customer list to include Alltel and Amp’d Mobile. The company said it launched a mobile social networking community service with Alltel Corp. called Coolchat. Using the service, Alltel customers can chat with friends and...

Zafirovski: It’s time to focus

As the world waits for Nortel Networks Ltd. to post its fourth-quarter financials, chief executive Mike Zafirovski outlined his plans to overhaul the telecom company, addressing Nortel's technology focus, organizational structure and supply chain strategy. Speaking at a conference sponsored by RBC Capital Markets...

Sprint Nextel wins two siting cases on opposites sides of the country

WASHINGTON-Two courts on opposite sides of the country have ruled in favor of Sprint Nextel Corp. and against two municipalities that wished to reject tower-siting applications. Both courts said that cities could not enact rules that arbitrarily restricted tower sites."Because the City of La...

Benefits of wireless connectivity are key to handset-based m-commerce

There's little doubt that m-commerce is quickly gaining traction among U.S. users. But exactly what m-commerce means to the wireless industry is far from clear. Contactless payments-speedy point-of-sale transactions that are processed through RFID chips-are being deployed at thousands of merchants in the United...

Mobile search space finds legs

The mobile-search playground gets even more crowded this week, as an established behemoth expands its offerings and an infant startup tries to get onto the field. InfoSpace Inc. this week should unveil a service that delivers business listings and maps, movie showtimes and other...

New research finds no initial link between cell phones and brain tumors

WASHINGTON-European researchers said a major study found consumers are not apt to have a nervous-system tumor known as acoustic neuroma develop during the first 10 years of mobile-phone use, but cautioned that an increased risk after longer use could not be ruled out. The...

More marketers choosing to tap cell-phone users via Bluetooth

Marketing companies increasingly are using Bluetooth to get their messages across in airports, shopping malls and movie theaters. While advertisers view the tactic as a valuable new way to get close to consumers, some say it's nothing more than high-tech spam. Marketers have been...

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