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Backup power ruling remains in limbo: Questions linger over court jurisdiction

A dispute has erupted over whether a federal appeals court should delay ruling on the wireless industry's challenge to the Federal Communications Commission's backup power rule until Bush administration budget officials complete their review of controversial guidelines designed to respond to communications failures from...

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Going green 211(me), a company that allows users to create personalized virtual business cards with digital photos, messages and links, said it is donating the advertising inventory on its paperless business cards exclusively to green causes. "Our mobile green business cards already offered users...

T-Mobile USA goes 3G in NYC

T-Mobile USA Inc. officially launched its first 3G network in New York City, the company announced. The nation's No. 4 carrier said the UMTS/HSDPA network uses the advanced wireless services spectrum it acquired during the 2006 auction for $4.2 billion.The carrier has been...

Leap expands Texas presence

Leap Wireless International Inc. will be launching its Cricket unlimited wireless services across areas of Texas bordering the Rio Grande and the Gulf of Mexico beginning tomorrow. The service will be available in the cities of Beaumont, Brownsville, Corpus Christi, Laredo and McAllen covering...

Nortel stakes IPR claims to LTE: Campfire sing-along over LTE patents appears unlikely

Nortel Networks Corp. said today that it would charge "about" a 1% royalty rate* to handset vendors licensing Nortel's Long Term Evolution patents.(Yes, that asterisk is intentional. See below or Nortel's statement.) The infrastructure vendor said its motive was "to provide increased transparency and...

Cellular South expands m-banking service

Regional wireless provider Cellular South said it is teaming with fellow Mississippian BancorpSouth Inc. to expand its m-banking offerings.The Web-based application allows BancorpSouth customers to view account balances and history, transfer funds and pay bills from a Cellular South phone. The service is powered...

AP targets iPhone users with news portal

The Associated Press is targeting iPhone users with a new multimedia portal for wireless devices.The Mobile News Network, which is optimized for Apple Inc.'s device, but is accessible with other phones, culls content from more than 100 newspapers including The Miami Herald, the San...

Analyst Angle: Is Huawei telecom’s Barack Obama?

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. In the coming weeks look for columns from NPD Group's Ross Rubin, Enderle Group's...

Survey says wireless-savvy workers have market advantage

Workers with wireless technology expertise could have an edge in the job market in coming years, according to a new study. "A survey of more than 3,500 information technology managers reveals that wireless and RF mobile technology is the skill set expected to...

Analyst Angle: CTIA 2008: More Than Just Mobile World Congress With Showgirls

By most accounts -- mine included -- this year's CTIA Wireless in Las Vegas bore a striking resemblance to February's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona (the show formerly known as 3GSM). To be sure, there were clear differences outside the convention center: cava...

The Q&A: Jim Orr

Jim Orr is a principal network architect in the wireless market development group at Fujitsu Network Communications.Q: It seems the infrastructure market has experienced some turbulence over the past several years. How do you view the strength of the infrastructure market today?A: We are...

Bush appoints new NTIA head: Cheney assistant to take top spot

President Bush appointed Neil Suryakant Patel to head the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, a week after lawmakers raised concerns about what the leadership changeup might mean for billion-dollar public-safety and digital TV transition programs.Patel currently serves as Vice President Dick Cheney's assistant for...

Glu ‘formally’ joins forces with Superscape

Glu Mobile Inc. moved one step closer to acquiring its U.K.-based rival Superscape Group plc.Glu said it obtained commitments for roughly 81% of the issued shares of Superscape, which claims 135 employees in San Clemente, Calif. and the British town of Fleet. The proposed...

Icahn, Moto locking horns again

Activist investor Carl Icahn has raised his stake in Motorola Inc. to 6.3% and the company has responded by warning investors that it has not endorsed Icahn's nominees for its board, according to media reports.Icahn now owns more than 142 million shares, or 6.3%,...

Worst of the Week: Your predictions for 2008

Hello!And welcome to a special edition of our Thursday column, Worst of the Week. As 2007 draws to a close and we take stock of all the changes that have happened in the wireless industry, we can't help but wonder how things will look...

Back to the Bay: CTIA Wireless I.T. & Entertainment 2007 set to kick off in San Francisco

After a one-year hiatus when the show visited Los Angeles, the CTIA Wireless I.T. & Entertainment event is back in the city by the Bay for 2007. The move is minor considering the wireless trade association's larger spring show has been bouncing between the...

CellAntenna continues cell jamming crusade

ATLANTA-A small Florida company that sells equipment that can be used to jam cell phone reception is continuing in its quest to allow wider use of the technology, despite having its lawsuit over the issue thrown out of federal district court. The company has...

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The Palms Hotel and Casino is now accepting live wagers on mobile betting devices, according to Progressive Gaming International Corp., which developed the system. The Rapid Bet Live Wireless technology was tested during last week's Monday Night Football game between the New England Patriots...

Second quarter to see clear line between winners, losers

Ah, the second quarter-no big holidays and the momentum from fourth quarter sales is but a distant memory. Still, it hasn't been an idle three months for the wireless industry: several carriers have revamped sections of their pricing plans, and mobile virtual network operators...

Motient sells DataTac wireless data network for $1

LINCOLNSHIRE, Ill.—Motient Corp. said it is selling its legacy wireless data business, including its narrowband terrestrial DataTac wireless data network and its IMotient Solutions platform, to Geologic Solutions Inc. Geologic is a subsidiary of Logo Acquisition Corp. Logo agreed to assume most of the...

Verizon Wireless launches network in Arkansas, expands coverage in Manhattan

NEW YORK-Verizon Wireless launched wireless service in Little Rock, Ark., and expanded its coverage in Manhattan.The carrier's first three wireless stores in Little Rock will open Dec. 15, with two more store locations expected to start up in January, 2006. Best Buy and other...

Nextel argues lower value for Partners affiliate

Sprint Corp. and Nextel Communications Inc. continue to wage a number of side battles in Sprint's attempt to acquire Nextel. Most of the conflicts are with respective affiliates that are trying to clear up partnership pacts before the merger closes, expected to happen sometime...

Nextel asks affiliate for more financials to determine its value

Nextel Communications Inc. said it has sent a letter to affiliate Nextel Partners Inc. asking for revisions to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing by Nextel Partners in late June detailing the terms of a control premium in the affiliate's put option. That option,...

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