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Partnerships: AT&T wins Omnicom business; CellTrust partners with NewNet; and more

AT&T announced a global strategic relationship with advertising and marketing communications firm Omnicom. The agreement includes a contract valued at $57 million. The companies said as part of their new relationship they are exploring the delivery and deployment of AT&T applications, mobility and cloud-based...

Partnerships: AT&T wins Omnicom business; CellTrust partners with NewNet; and more

AT&T announced a global strategic relationship with advertising and marketing communications firm Omnicom. The agreement includes a contract valued at $57 million. The companies said as part of their new relationship they are exploring the delivery and deployment of AT&T applications, mobility and cloud-based...

Alliances: TeleNav powers U.S. Cellular service; IPWireless teams with Altair; and more

U.S. Cellular (USM) launched its Your Navigation Deluxe navigation service, which is powered by TeleNav (TNAV). The service includes voice-guided turn-by-turn 3D GPS navigation, speech recognition, business listings, real-time traffic alerts and one-touch rerouting, weather updates and online trip planning.Alcatel-Lucent (ALU) said it has...

Bits and Bytes: Qualcomm launches gaming center; British Airways offers inflight portal; and more

Qualcomm Inc. (QCOM) teamed up with the Georgia Institute of Technology to establish the Qualcomm Augmented Reality Game Studio, a research and design center aimed at pioneering new advancements in mobile gaming and interactive media.Mobile TeleSystems (MBT) said it won a 2010 Meffys Mobile...

China Mobile to use Red Bend’s FOTA software on OPhone

China Mobile Communications Corp., the world’s largest wireless operator, will use Red Bend Software’s firmware over the air (FOTA) software for updating and device management for China Mobile’s OPhone operating system.Under an agreement with China Mobile Research Institute, China Mobile’s research and development arm,...

Sagem, world’s No. 8 handset maker, to go to venture capital firm: Owner Safran to take $343M hit as part of deal

Safran said it will swallow $343 million to spin off its troubled Sagem Mobiles division to venture capital firm Sofinnova.Sofinnova plans to rebrand the handset manufacturer as Sagem Wireless, with Safran holding a 10% stake. The company will develop and market products under other...

More crumbs for 2nd-tier handset vendors: Top-tier share losses create opening for regional OEMs

A sequential dip in shipments by Motorola Inc. and Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications between the fourth quarter and the first quarter spelled t-r-a-c-t-i-o-n for numerous second-tier handset makers, particularly in emerging markets. The opportunity for greater volumes among those outside the elite top tier...

Flint leaves Sony Ericsson on his terms: Sources say family issues prompted move

Miles Flint, president of Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications, is stepping down Nov. 1 based on personal, family issues, sources said last week.The company said that the move was Flint's decision, but SEMC's carefully worded statements, Flint's successful tenure and near-simultaneous news that the vendor...

Qualcomm crows about Sagem W-CDMA deal

Sagem Communication signed a royalty-bearing agreement with Qualcomm Inc. to make and sell W-CDMA handsets worldwide at the latter's "standard rate," Qualcomm announced. The deal represents another customer win for Qualcomm, which competes with other W-CDMA intellectual property holders in the high-growth 3G space....

Sony Ericsson exec’s mantra: disciplined growth

Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications has come of age in the past year and finds itself in an enviable, if somewhat dicey, position. No resting on your laurels in a what-have-you-done-for-me-lately industry. The vendor's disciplined focus on sales and profit, while carefully growing share, has...

Top handset players jockeying, suddenly: Nokia, Samsung grab Moto’s lost share

Everyone loves a horse race, and in the first quarter global competition in the handset industry has tightened, infusing the high-stakes race with a sense that the future is in play. While first-quarter earnings reports and market analysis found no change in overall tier-one...

From the handset delicatessen: Sony Ericsson still on a roll

Sony Ericsson continued its strong momentum in the first quarter of the year, posting big gains in revenue and profit. The vendor's growth in those two metrics far outstrips all the other, top-tier players. Unit shipments of its handsets, while way up on the...

Giants still rule on handsets : But nimble competitors look to compete for 200M units

ORLANDO, Fla.-The intriguing thing about the mobile handset business is that competition and ambition can help a vendor thread the eye of a needle. To some, that's the slim opening for vendors not counted among the top-tier, whose five companies claim more than 80...

Sony Ericsson doing U.S. spadework

ORLANDO, Fla.-The mantra of profitability remains the guiding principle at Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications L.P., even as it invests in development efforts in the United States and moves ahead in emerging markets. "Without profit, you're nothing," said Miles Flint, president of Sony Ericsson, in...

Sony Ericsson doing U.S. spadework: New Sagem deal for emerging markets

ORLANDO, Fla.-The mantra of profitability remains the guiding principle at Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications, even as it invests in development efforts in the United States and moves ahead in emerging markets."Without profit, you're nothing," said Miles Flint, president of Sony Ericsson, in a private...

Handset vendors at risk : Squeeze from top may take victims

"Consolidation" is a well-worn phrase in business circles because it politely masks the fact that someone probably is going to get it in the neck.Typically, that means workers get hurt, though the game of executive heave-ho remains popular, particularly after a difficult quarter or...

Analyst: Nokia ‘smells blood,’ may cut prices to squeeze Motorola: Smaller players could be forced to consolidate or retreat to home markets

Nokia Corp. may take advantage of Motorola Inc.'s current financial and portfolio weaknesses by lowering its handset prices incrementally, which could drive further consolidation among the industry's smaller, weaker vendors, according to Ben Wood, director of clients for Collins Consulting Services in the United...

Got Ningbo Bird?

A lot of ink is expended on the competitive machinations of the top five global handset vendors-for good reason. This year, together, they will account for perhaps 80 percent of the nearly 1 billion handset shipments around the world. Big research-and-development budgets that support...

Motorola eyes Sagem

Motorola Inc. is moving and shaking with ambition and two news items this week point to a growth strategy that includes European markets for handsets and networks. In public statements, Greg Brown, president of Motorola's network and enterprise division, said that public-safety needs and...

Motorola looking abroad for expansion, eyes French handset maker

SCHAUMBURG, Ill.—Motorola Inc. is moving and shaking with ambition and two news items this week point to a growth strategy that includes European markets for handsets and networks. In public statements yesterday in London,Greg Brown, president of Motorola’s network and enterprise division, said that...

Nokia dominates Latin American handset sales

BOGOTA, Colombia-A national survey of Colombian wireless users found Nokia Corp. dominating the South American country's mobile handset market, which despite its modest size-at 43 million in population, the world's 30th largest country-provides a glance at a rapidly growing emerging market and battleground for...

Nokia dominates Latin American handset sales

BOGOTA, Colombia—A national survey of Colombian wireless users finds Nokia Corp. dominating the Latin American country’s mobile handset market, which despite its modest size—at 43 million in population, the world’s 30th largest country—provides a glance at a rapidly growing emerging market and battleground for...

Tao Group releases handset software

READING, England-Software company Tao Group launched a mobile version of its intent multimedia software platform for handset vendors. Tao Group said the intent Mobile solution supports several different operating systems-including Linux and Microsoft Corp.'s Windows CE-and features a middleware suite and an application suite...

Tao Group releases handset software

READING, England-Software company Tao Group launched a mobile version of its intent multimedia software platform for handset vendors. Tao Group said the intent Mobile solution supports several different operating systems-including Linux and Microsoft Corp.'s Windows CE-and features a middleware suite and an application suite...

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